UNICEF’s Digital Drum has been chosen as one of Time Magazine’s 50 Best Inventions of 2011. The Digital Drum is designed to help rural communities that have difficulty getting information about health, education and other issues. These solar powered computer kiosks, which come loaded with educational content, are made of locally available metal oil drums and built to be durable against the elements.
Our team in New York developed the initial design with South Africa’s Meraka Institute. Currently, the rugged solar-powered kiosk is being further tested and developed in Uganda by UNICEF’s Technology for Development unit and is featured as one of the best ideas and innovations of the year in Time’s annual “Best Inventions” issue.