Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox Project Named to Prestigious Nominet Trust 100 List of Projects Using Digital Technology to “Do Good” Around the World
2015 has been a wonderful year for Jason Griffey.
- In January, his Evenly Distributed project was awarded a $130,000 grant from the Knight Foundation
- In July, he was named a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center
Today, we learn that his LibraryBox project has been named to the Nominet Trust 100 list that honors projects using digital technology to do good around the world.
From the Nominet 100 Entry For LibraryBox
LibraryBox is a small, very portable device that acts as a WiFi hub. Running off low power (suitable for solar, bicycle generators or USB), the box creates a network that anybody with a smartphone, tablet or other device can connect to. The owner of the LibraryBox plugs in a flash drive with media that they’d like to freely share, allowing everybody on the network to see and download the files. Importantly, the owner of the box retains control over the material hosted, though LibraryBox can also host a chat portal for everyone connected.
Jason developed LibraryBox through a successful Kickstarter campaign, and has since raised prototype grants from the Knight Foundation to continue development. Version 2.1 is now out, and shares the ethos of the original model: LibraryBox is available to buy, but Jason has also made both the hardware module and the software open source – allowing anybody, anywhere to build a box with clear instructions.
I’m very happy to announce that The LibraryBox Project has been named among the 2015 NT100 – Nominet Trust’s annual celebration of 100 inspiring ‘tech for good’ ventures from around the world. Among this year’s companies selected for inclusion are Google X’s Project Loon and Open Street Maps…I’m gobsmacked that LibraryBox can be included in a list with those amazing projects.
Read Jason’s Complete Blog Post
Congrats Jason! The entire library community is proud of you and your important work. Keep it up!
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