David Kobia is a Director of Software at BRCK, a company that develops rugged hardware and software solutions for connectivity in remote and difficult settings. BRCK has a vision to enable millions of children in schools across emerging markets to access digital educational tools for better learning.
David is also a co-founder of Ushahidi, a non-profit tech company, born in Africa, which specializes in developing free and open source platform for crowdsourcing information and visualizing data. Ushahidi builds tools for democratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories.
After pursuing a BS in Computer Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, he has been a professional software engineer. David is an MIT Directors Fellow and in 2010, he was a recipient of MIT Technology Review’s TR35 award (35 top innovators under 35) and the Humanitarian of the Year award.
BRCK Education provides a holistic education technology solution that turns every classroom into a digital classroom, enabling millions of children in schools across emerging markets to access digital educational tools for better learning. BRCK Kio Kit provides a « digital classroom in a box » model that connects any school within range of a mobile phone tower to the internet, as well as provides locally hosted content to the Kio tablets within each kit.