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Jerry at InnovAfrica

Jerry first trip to Burkina, Africa to participate to InnovAfrica forum which promoted hacking & local development thanks to information technologies.
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Romain Chanut

on 22 November 2013

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Transcript of Jerry at InnovAfrica

Jerry
, the DIY server first trip to Burkina Faso,
Africa.
Jerry

is a
nomad computer or a server,
depends which service you expect from him.
Jerry

is made out of
end of life materials
&
easy to find electronics components.
Jerry

is

a
Do-It-Yourself
product so he's
customisable
&
serves makers interests.
Jerry

is a
free software
partisan.
Have you met Jerry?
Duration
: 2 weeks
People involved
: 150 locals, schools, public sector actors, makers, IT charities
Context: InnovAfrica Forum
First crash test in developing country
Objectives of the trip
2 Harddrives (SATA connectors)
1 customed ATX powersupply which supplied all the components
1 mini-switch (4 port)
Hardware configuration
Webcam
Web Server
Feedbacks from
non-technical
local
people...
Dust
Heat
Protection
How Jerry was used?
Software configuration
2 mini-ITX motherboards (Intel AT5NM10T-I) choosen because of low electricity consumption + good heating resistance + affordable price: 70€ in France)
End of life components
New components

Regular computer
Any interest in Jerry VS traditionnal computer?
First things first:
only free and open source technologies
Why Jerry was a good companion?
Technical aspects
Ubuntu server
Webcam to record workshops
Local wikipedia

3G key + Wifi = Internet hub on the camp
Collaborative writing platform
Application + Web server
Social aspects
Mobile
: easily moved from a room to another to reach more users
Dust
: fastened with elastics makes easy to clean components to extend electronics life expectancy
Cooling system
: no service crash because of heat, Jerry worked 24h a day
Protection
: stable base
Resources
: cans and sewing stuff can be found everywhere, so people dont see Jerry as a complicated technical product.
Inspiration
:

Jerry opens the box about the vision of computers, so they seem less unfriendly than in a closed metal box.
Curiosity
:

Jerry is a good interactive platform to show how a computing system works so people wanted to know more about electronics & computers
.
Adding a battery can maintain service during the move between 2 places
Adding a manual start button on motherboards
Areas of Improvement
Limits of Experimentation
Short time event
This Jerry was made in France, not locally
No problem with power infrastructure, which is usually an issue in in Sub-Saharan Africa
Technical test for the compute system
Identifying the breaks to make
new Jerrys locally
Help us to make Jerry Babies and spread a different idea of what computers should be.
Website
:
www.youandjerrycan.org
Twitter: @JerryDIT
FB: Jerry Do It Together
Place
: Training center in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Activities
: Barcamp, workshops, trainings, FabLab installation... to support local development thanks to new technologies
A BIG BIG thanks to our friends who take care of Jerry during the trip !
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