More than 200 million people were affected by natural disasters or displaced by conflict and violence in 2014. 50 per cent of refugees are women and girls. When crises strike, gender inequalities worsen. Gender-based violence increases, women are excluded from life-saving services and their limited mobility leads to physical insecurity. Access to healthcare is also limited, increasing mortality and malnutrition rates, particularly for mothers and infants. As a result, 60 per cent of preventable maternal deaths take place in settings of conflict, displacement and natural disasters.
Under such circumstances, timely and accessible information is crucial for women in order to take care for themselves and their families. Making vital information accessible to marginalized women is the core of our project. This is why we developed HopeSpot - the Humanitarian Hotspot. HopeSpot is a small plug-and-play wifi hotspot which is not connected to the internet. It serves exclusively our mobile web application which plays back audio contents in the local language of the women. (You can actually visit the web app at www.uridu.app). Since the web app runs in the browser it will work on any smartphone.
Did you know? The developing world is set to add 1.6 billion smartphone connections between now and 2020. India will lead the world in smartphone adoption with a net addition of 350 million connections. There are literally billions of good reasons for many, many HopeSpots out there ...
HopeSpot - The Facts
HopeSpot has not been exclusively designed to play back Uridupedia contents. NGOs and other organizations can flexibly change the contents on the HopeSpot using an USB stick. In fact, the use of HopeSpot is not limited to crises, it can be used in any scenario where audio information should be shared on mobile phones free of internet charges. Hospitals, schools, universities and other public institutions could provide useful information and knowledge to the public.
HopeSpot is powered through USB which offers a great flexibility in the field. It can be powered using a USB car charger, a USB power bank, solar power and more. Power comsumption is very low - just 1.5 W.
The device is lightweight (77g) and small: it is the size of a pack of cigarettes. The Wifi range is up to 200 meters. HopeSpot is robust - it has no movable parts and it relies on proven hardware that has been used million times before.