Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Open Architecture Challenge

Winners of the AMD Open Architecture Challenge were announced in June, 2008. Despite the Internet’s global significance, less than 20 percent of the world’s 6 billion people currently have access to the educational, social and economic opportunities it can create.

The 2007 AMD Open Architecture Challenge invited the global community to help address this digital divide. It challenged design professionals and others to develop not one but many solutions for building sustainable, multi-purpose, low-cost technology facilities for those who need them most. As the winner of the 2007 AMD Open Architecture Challenge, The Global Studio will see their ideas come to life for SIDAREC in the heart of the Mukuru Kwa Njenga settlement in Nairobi, Kenya.

This year there were Challenge Clients in three sites around the world:
Africa Challenge Site:
SIDAREC: A media lab and library will serve a staff of 7 and 250 youth

Asia Challenge Site:
Nyaya Health: A clinic to serve a staff of 10 healthcare workers and 7,700 beneficiaries.

South America Challenge Site:
Kallari Association: A chocolate factory and satellite technology hubs to serve 16 staff members and 800 families (5000+ individuals) living in 22 remote villages in the Amazon.

2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Portable Classrooms
The next Open Architecture Challenge needs you to help design the modular classrooms of the future.

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