BRCK makes a connectivity device that allows users to connect to Wi-Fi anywhere in Africa simply by inserting a 3G Sim card. The device works in more than 140 countries and can connect with up to 20 devices at a time. The BRCK itself is a durable device, meant less for people living in developed nations than for those on the go in developing nations. BRCK, a spinoff project from the team that built Ushahidi, Crowdmap, and the iHub, has also created the Kio Kit, an education kit that turns any schoolroom into a digital classroom.
In 2017, the company launched the SupaBRCK device to bring Wi-Fi to remote, off-the-grid areas. The weatherproof, solar-powered, all-in-one microserver has a dual-core Intel processor, a 5TB hard drive, and capability to create 100 internet connections, and comes with BRCK’s Moja service, which offers free public internet. With less than one-third of Africa’s population connected to the internet, BRCK’s technology is a step toward bringing the whole continent online—and a boon for entrepreneurs struggling to find cheap and reliable internet access to conduct business.