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WaveBook: Listen & Read - Solar powered e-reader and radio.

Listen and read - lessons broadcast over radiowaves, providing up-to-date, relevant audio and notes.

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What problem does your innovation solve?

Wavebook will enable consistency in education through good narrative from experienced teachers, in tune with the local and cultural needs of the area, with access to the right content at the right time.

Explain your innovation.

A simple, yet robust, low cost, low memory, solar powered e-reader with built in radio, supporting an audio and a data channel. Lessons can be tailored to support the local region and different age groups, with textual and simple diagrammatic content updated via radiowave. One WaveBook e-reader per class and/or per child depending on the amount of aid made available.

Who benefits?

WaveBook is easily updated, and content distributed before, during and after broadcast lessons. With multiple channels open, serving different needs, WaveBook allows for a wide variety of up-to-date educational material to be distributed.

How is your innovation unique?

Radio is not unique and is a great medium for transmitting information. E-readers are a growing phenomenon, which is bringing down the price. Both devices can be sufficiently powered by solar. Text content and simple black and white diagrams are easily broadcastable over radiowaves. The combination of these technologies should provide a cheap, innovative means to providing education to the most rural of locations.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

The idea is embryonic. At present there is no plan other than the concept. This will require hardware engineers, software developers and broadcast specialists to help in prototyping, along with engagement with education providers and aid workers to determine the best user interface for support the most use cases.

Tell us more about you.

This concept is contributed as a personal project. I am otherwise a freelance digital product innovation consultant, operating under Uservox Limited. For the scale of this project I would be looking to collaborate with hardware and software developers, broadcast professionals, educators and aid workers. At present I have contacts in South Africa and in the UK, in software, education and broadcasting, but not hardware and aid.

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Natural disaster
  • Armed conflict
  • Prolonged displacement
  • Extreme drought
  • Other (please specify in next question)

Emergency Setting - Elaborate

WaveBook has the potential to support a wide range of educational needs for areas where electricity and the internet is scarce, and educational needs are high.

Where will your innovation be implemented?

Armed conflict and prolonged displacement areas are most likely to have a more immediate need, where radio masts can be temporary and/or more easily rebuilt. Where congregating on mass may be impractical or unlikely.

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • No, not yet.

In-country Networks

I have previously worked with companies in both South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Sector Expertise

  • I've not yet worked in a sector related to my innovation but am excited to learn more.

Sector Expertise - Elaborate

My background has led me through design, marketing, user research, customer experience, and business strategy and innovation - primarily for digital products, with an earlier career in print. I have helped conceptualise projects for Reach and Teach, a South African NGO in the late 1990s, and helped found a Key Stage 2 maths application called Conker IT in the early 2000s. I have recently consulted on projects for an NGO, Digital Catapult on LPWAN and IoT programmes in the UK.

Innovation Maturity

  • Early Stage Innovation: I am exploring my innovation, refining, researching, and gathering inspiration.

Organization Status

  • Other

Organization Location

Personal contribution - based in Somerset, England. UK.


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