A learn- and work-from-home solution for mobile-first and low-income households.
Tell us about your idea
JumpToPC makes online-learning available to families without a computer or laptop by connecting technology that most families already have at home. The JumpToPC device can be easily installed on any television, including box TVs (CRTs). Through a high-bandwidth connection, the device pairs the user's television and smartphone, and mobile content is projected onto the large display. The JumpToPC mobile app and wireless peripherals augment the tap-and-swipe mobile experience toward a click-and-type PC experience, while preserving familiarity and convenience. Online-learning and productivity tools are easier to watch and use on the large TV display, and with wireless keyboard and mouse. Instead of a "parachute technology", JumpToPC software complements the hardware to transition a proficient smartphone user into a skilled computer user. Built in Android, developers can create customized learning solutions that meet the unique needs of learners with different abilities and backgrounds. Just like their peers, JumpToPC learners can participate in online classrooms and tutoring, practice typing, play games, learn coding and experience the internet beyond social media and messaging.
How common are computers, broadband internet, smartphones and televisions around the world? Out of these four, televisions and smartphones are the most common. Globally, there are 83 mobile broadband subscriptions for every 100 people, compared to just 14.9 fixed broadband subscriptions. Computer ownership is nearly 90% in the US, 82% in developed countries, 39% in developing countries, and 10% in least developed countries. Household television ownership worldwide is approximately 80%, but only 30% in least developed countries. Nobel laureates Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo point out that smartphones and televisions are generally the first luxury assets that poor households buy, almost entirely for entertainment purposes. JumpToPC hopes to extend the value of these precious assets by unlocking access to digital education and productivity opportunities.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
We are a small team of entrepreneurs, teachers and researchers focused on designing high-quality products and services for the underserved. After spending a lot of time talking to people in slums, farms and villages, we found that most people desire a few things beyond their basic needs: to feel happy and entertained, to be connected with people they care about, and for their children to access good opportunities. The idea for JumpToPC was born from those conversations.