Distributed Technology X (DT X) is building the next generation model from the grassroots of infrastructure Telecommunications 4.0 to IoT, Industry 4.0, Education 4.0 and financial services (Banking 4.0) leveraging Distributed Ledger technology.
The aim is to empower whilst going beyond the traditional and typical approach of projects by targeting the sore points globally, opposed to the traditional proposals and whitepapers of a target market of 2 billion people who currently don’t have access to banking across the world.
With the rapid increase in the affordable internet with the advent of the smartphone, in South Africa, for example, 75% of the population had internet access in 2016. While not all countries are as connected as South Africa, one common denominator is that affordable internet penetration in Africa is increasing with predictions showing that mobile industry will account for 8% of the continent’s GDP by 2020.
Experience has shown that the integration of hardware and software solutions can solve the gap in access to education in Africa. Erik Hersman, founder of technology start-ups Ushahidi and iHub in Nairobi has developed Kio Kit, a tablet loaded with school curriculum and designed for African rural schools where access to power is not guaranteed. The material on the tablet can be updated by connecting it to the BRCK which has Wi-Fi, a Sim card, and ethernet connectivity.
The Centre for Education Innovation lists key themes in innovative education technologies in Africa which can inform education technology investors of the range of opportunities the continent offers.
• The use of technology to increase access to learning materials, for example, the computer exchange programme (Kenya)
• The provision of learning content and software free for all or at reduced prices for example Train Your Brain(South Africa)
• The provision of instructional materials and training for teachers, for example, Nokia Life+(Nigeria)
• Creation of an online platform for students interaction for example Connecting Classrooms(Liberia)
• Online delivery of skills for work, for example, Shamba Shape Up(East Africa)
DT X is more evolved around Telecommunication infrastructure merged with Distributed Ledger Technology over its own Network on a national scale thus securing all information and providing Industry 4.0 the infrastructure to grow and create economic growth whilst supporting Fintech, Education, and Public or Private services, and the selection of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a Central African country, to host the DT X Aqua Telecom Education 4.0 pilot project is significant.
The programme will enable access to e-learning materials of international standards using blockchain technology. Students who go through the programme will be issued with internationally recognized certificates. The programme will later be rolled out in the rest of the world.