The Digitruck

A mobile computer unit connecting people

ICT4D projects are dependent on the electricity grid. Close the Gap is removing this dependency, strengthening computer skills in vulnerable communities in the most rural regions.

Digitrucks in Africa & their impact

Presently, Close the Gap deploys 6 Digitrucks with the help of various partners and sponsors.

Digitruck 1

Arrow Electronics|Tanzania

In 2014, Close the Gap launched its fist Digitruck. In 2015, Close the Gap, in collaboration with Arrow Electronics, built a Digitruck, which is currently at the Neema Orphanage in the Kilimanjaro region, Tanzania. Having this phenomenal classroom in the middle of a village is a fantastic opportunity to give children a second chance at a bright future through education.

Digitruck 2

Deloitte Belgium|Cape Town, South Africa

Close the Gap collaborated very closely with Deloitte Belgium to build a Digitruck, bringing computers and connectivity to students in the Western Cape region. This Digitruck is operated by Quirky30, based in the township of Langa, South Africa. They want to empower (ex-)offenders, inmates and vulnerable youth by giving them technology skills, specifically in coding. 

Digitruck 3

Brussels-Capital Region| Kinshasa, DRC

Bianca Debaets, the Brussels-Capital Region’s Secretary of State and responsible for Development and Cooperation, sponsored the construction of a Digitruck that was delivered to the non-profit organization ‘La maison des Savoirs’ in Kinshasa, which offers IT classes and activities to those who have difficulties with access to IT.

Digitruck 4

Dumoulin | Cape Town, South Africa

Sponsored by Dumoulin, this Digitruck was built in South Africa and delivered to the Overstrand Training Institute (OTI), a non-profit organisation responding to the digital skills training needs of youth in the Overstrand community. This is an area of coastal and agriculture-based villages an hour’s drive from Cape Town. 

Digitruck 5

Arrow Electronics | Kenya

A fifth Digitruck is touring through Kenya to introduce proper e-waste management skills as well as digital inclusion in various Nairobi counties. This Digitruck is operated by Computers for Schools Kenya (CFSK) and the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Centre (WEEE Centre). Click here for the full story.

Digitruck 6

The 6th Digitruck will probably go to a refugee camp in Lebanon sponsored by the Dutch embassy or it will be used for a coding programme in Dutch Schools.

Technical information

 

Why ICT4D for rural communities?

  • 75% of Africans live in rural communities
  • Only 46% of students from rural schools qualify for secondary school
  • Rural incomes increase when ICT is used to access knowledge and information
  • Lack of technological and market information has been given as a major reason for low productivity in African agriculture.

 

What is the digitruck?

  • mobile, multi-functional IT lab fit in a 40’ container on wheels. The Digi-Truck will be able to reach the most remote areas in Africa that don’t have access to electricity thanks to solar energy.
  • The flexibility in design and functionality enables the “Digi-truck” to be used as a mobile health centre, hold community trainings, double as a cyber cafe and an IT classroom.
  • It has the capability to run 100% off solar power or be connected to the grid, is completely secure with double steel doors and window shutters with bolts and has triple insulation against the African heat.

 

What’s inside?

  • 20 fully configured laptops
  • 1 LED screen
  • 1 printer
  • 2 routers
  • 2 SSD DISKS
  • LED lights
  • Space for 18 work at a time

 

For more technical details, click here.