A mobile multi-purpose IT centre for rural communities

Digi-Truck drives technology education in developing countries by creating access to pre-owned computers.

The Digi-Truck is a mobile multi-purpose IT unit intended to strengthen computer skills and drive technology education in rural regions. A prototype of the truck was unveiled in 2014 in an inaugural ceremony, which was attended by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The first Digi-Truck arrived at Moshi, Tanzania in August this year.

Digi-Truck was conceived and built by international non-profit organisation Close the Gap. The non-profit’s aim is to bridge the digital divide between first world and developing countries by donating quality, pre-owned computers to educational, medical and social causes. It strongly believes that access to information and communication technology (ICT) can impact on the educational and economic development of a country.

The mobile Digi-Truck was designed as a multifunctional space that can be used as a health centre, community training room, cyber café and IT classroom. The 40 feet container on wheels is built with solar panels that supply power to the interior space. The room is equipped with 20 laptops, one printer, two routers, one LED screen and space for 18 students.