Geeks Without Bounds is proud to be partnering with Hugo Lucitante and the village of Zabalo to build network connectivity, educational resources and tools to share insights into land issues facing the Cofan people of Northern Ecuador.

In phase 1 we will be building a local network and library resources for the school and community in Zabalo, and we will demonstrate a range of open source projects which the community can use for land and water management. We will be using technology built by the GWOB Accelerator Alumni teams from LDNL and Taarifa along with other projects developed at hackathons in the last 3 years. We will also be experimenting with some novel approaches to expanding network connectivity across the jungle so that in phase 2 we can look at expanding access to the real-time Internet and to other villages.

(You can add to the discussion about problems and strategies for building a low-cost network in the jungle on this hackpad from the RHoKSec hackathon we ran at Hack In The Box Haxpo 28-19 May 2015)

Your tax deductible donation will help us make this a reality. All donations from this page will go directly to support the “Canoe Net” project and related work, including the Zabalo ethnobotanical medicinal garden, the deployment of Taarifa for land and water management in Cofan territories, and connected educational programs.





By Aperture (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Aperture (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons