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JumpToPC: Affordable personal computing and online learning

A learn- and work-from-home solution for mobile-first and low-income households.

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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.

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

We want to leave behind the inequity caused by lack of access to computers and the internet. Children who cannot type on a keyboard, open a spreadsheet or try their first "hello world" script until secondary school or college are at an immediate disadvantage across most fields of study and work. The COVID-19 pandemic has only deepened this inequity. Amazing online educational content is being created for all types of learners. However, what was the last edX course that you completed? The last language that you learned on DuoLingo? Like all skills, learning digital skills requires good instruction AND hands-on practice. JumpToPC wants learners from all backgrounds to have the opportunity to master and put their skills to use.

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.

What region are you located in?

  • Southern Asia

Where are you located?

The JumpToPC team is based in Khar Bazaar, Mumbai.


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Photo of Gilberto Cardenas

Hello Dan null ,
Your idea solves so many issues that people without a computer or access to bandwidth at home may have. Phones and TVs are ubiquitous and JumpToPC gives people access to a computer. It's very innovative, great job. I'm curious to learn more about how users can work on the platform. Will the JumpToPC app provide the needed tools, or will the system integrate with already installed apps on the phone.

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Hi Gilberto Cardenas 
Thanks for your comment! Any app that is installed on the phone can be used with JumpToPC. However, most apps are not optimized for being "jumped" onto the big screen, which can make the user experience challenging (e.g. the toolbar on a spreadsheet takes up half of the screen). There are also new experiences that can be built when the user no longer interacts directly with the phone (e.g. something like the Playstation camera). Right now, it takes a lot of effort by the user to correct for and use these. We are still at an early stage, so let us know if you have any thoughts.