INVENEO Computer – The Low Power Advantage
Inveneo is a non-profit organization based in San Francisco with focus on Information and Communication Technologies for organizations supporting underserved communities in the developing world, mostly in Africa. The organization has developed an ultra-low-powered computer, called the Inveneo Computing Station, as well as a VolP-enabled unit called the Inveneo Communication Station, and a hub server, all of which are designed to run on a 12-volt power supply. TechAide is the only and preferred ICT partner in Ghana as detailed here: http://www.inveneo.org/partners/local-partners/#ghana
The Inveneo Computing Station is an ultra low-power, affordable, and easy-to-use desktop computer designed for use in rural locations such as clinics, schools, field offices, community centers and internet cafes.
Computing Station key design features include:
- Solid-state design eliminates fans, hard disks, or moving parts of any kind, making it ideal for use in extreme environments (2GB flash unit)
- Very low power consumption allows the units to operate efficiently on 12 volts DC, with renewable power from solar panels or other sources.
TechAide is a technology social enterprise that addresses the development needs of citizens globally in a unique way; their work impacts locals especially in rural areas It exists to provide appropriate technologies and develop human capacities to unleash the potential of individuals, communities and institutions.
TechAide’s experience in designing, developing, and deploying ICT solutions in harsh rural conditions, coupled with their team’s ability to speak several local languages and knowledge of the challenges in such areas, allows us to leverage our unique strengths. Over the years, TechAide has made great impact by bringing technology solutions to under-resourced communities in the developing world to promote rapid socio-economic development.
TechAide is guided by the SPEED principles (Social, Professional, Ethical, Entrepreneurial, and Devoted) which define their organizational values, and form the base of their culture and business philosophy.
Based in Morristown, NJ, Delbarton School, is an independent Roman Catholic learning community conducted by the Benedictine monks of St. Mary’s Abbey with their lay colleagues. It invites young men in grades 7-12 from diverse backgrounds to pursue excellence, to develop leadership, and to build character by educating the whole person; mind, body and spirit. Since Students Bridging the Information Gap was founded in 2008, we have worked closely with the leadership of Delbarton School including former Abbot Giles Hayes, current headmaster Brother Paul and current Abbot Richard.
We have held five book drives in conjunction with Delbarton School and have cumulatively shipped over 8,000 books to the SBIG supported schools in Ghana including BASCO (2008), Good Shepherd Orphanage (2009), New Life (2010), and In My Father’s House (2011). Together these schools reach about 2,100 students and orphans each year.
In addition, many Delbarton Students including: Abdel Banda, Thomas Killian, Alex Balog, Mickey Moran, Andew Soulas, Tom Hanley, Kenny Nyameke, Brendan Barry, Matthew McNamara, Matthew Killian, Kevin Lewis, and David Lewis have participated in one or more of the SBIG mission trips to Ghana to work with the four schools and orphanages supported by SBIG. Many Delbarton parents have also participated in one or more trips including Steve Balog, George Barry, Mike Moran, Joe McNamara, and Tom Killian.
Most recently, on June 10, 2014, Delbarton School donated approximately 2,000 boxes (156 boxes) for shipment to schools and orphanages in Ghana that are supported by SBIG.
CALVARY EPISCOPAL CHURCH
An Episcopal Church located in Summit, NJ, organized a Christmas Outreach on behalf of SBIG.