Community-Driven Innovation

The Future is Offline

Offline access to vocational training and higher education for refugees

Team Lead

Jérémy Lachal

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Muy Cheng Peich

Dear Dr. Westerman,
My apologies for the late answer. Here are a few elements of response:
- The MOOCs that we will create and the MOOC that we curate are either MOOCs under Creative Commons licenses, or MOOCs for which we have negotiated the rights for diffusion in humanitarian contexts. Therefore piracy should not be problem.
- The current numbers of courses completed is indeed still quite low. But we have observed that the main obstacle is access to connectivity (either because people lack access to the infrastructure, or because access to the internet is very restricted in certain refugee camps, or because data is too expensive). By making the courses available offline, we hope to serve at a very low cost per user a very large population, hopefully at scale, the entire refugee population eligible for higher education, vocational training and lifelong learning.
- As for the value of customer information, we aim to target users about whom the traditional market knows very little, because they are disconnected. Even for international agencies and international NGOs, this information would be very valuable. Being able to push sensitisation information - about for instance an upcoming Ebola crisis - or to push polls would be a great asset for the humanitarian response.

Many thanks for your comments! Please feel free to let us know if there is any other point that you think we should further explore.

Dr. George Westerman

In response to What is your business model?

The value of customer information often depends on the wealth of the individuals about whom the info is being sold. Have you identified the actual economic value of the information that you hope to sell?

Dr. George Westerman

In response to How many people are you currently serving with your solution? How many will you be serving in one year? How about in five years?

1200 courses completed, among millions of refugees, still seems small. How can you demonstrate the scalability and impact of your solution?

Dr. George Westerman

In response to What is your solution?

I like this solution because it doesn't require connectivity. Are the MOOCs already your property to distribute? also, i assume piracy will not be a concern since you are doing this as a humanitarian effort. So, for example, if people steal your SD cards and IP, will this be a problem?

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