How can we leverage wireless technology to keep people connected to each other and to vital information sources in the aftermath of a disaster where Internet access is unavailable or compromised?
The Off-the-Grid Internet Challenge seeks solutions that can provide connectivity in one of the most challenging situations: the immediate aftermath of a major disaster. When disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes strike, communications networks are often among the first pieces of critical infrastructure to overload or fail, leaving individuals disconnected from one another and from essential services and communications. With a total of $1M in prize money, the Off-the-Grid Internet Challenge seeks solutions that help individuals wirelessly access each other and information services like maps and messaging following a disaster.
ideas that have been rigorously researched and outline how the proposed solution would be constructed.
Documentation might include: + Mockups and wireframes + Hardware and network diagrams + Written documentation
How can we leverage existing infrastructure to provide robust wireless Internet connectivity in communities that need greater access?
Ten percent of all Americans — 34 million people — lack access to quality Internet connectivity. The Smart Community Networks Challenge aims to close this access gap by enhancing wireless connectivity in areas where Internet access is a challenge, whether due to geographic, financial or other factors. With a total of $1M in prize money, the Smart Community Networks Challenge seeks wireless solutions that leverage existing physical infrastructure to provide robust access to the whole Internet in underserved areas.
proof of the working prototype’s capabilities.
Documentation might include: + Network test data + Video demos + Photographic documentation + Software code + Hardware schematics