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Ø1About Us

Hello World works with
the most marginalised communities on Earth to integrate online learning, and change their world.

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Knowledge
Is Power

We believe communities across the globe deserve Internet connectivity, access to information and educational resources and the chance to build a better future. At Hello World, we’re committed to making this happen; building solar-powered, outdoor Internet kiosks so that underprivileged children and adults in marginalised, remote areas can teach themselves, communicate with others and have a voice in the global community.

Hello World mobilises communities to build Hello Hubs. These solar-powered outdoor Internet kiosks come with state-of-the-art technology that includes high-quality solar panels, satellite connectivity, rugged, waterproof touch-screens, cameras, and audio equipment. Hello Hubs are designed to withstand extreme outdoor weather and are energy autonomous, which means that they can bring connectivity and education to even the most isolated communities.

Katrin Macmillan
Founder & CEO

Ellie Besley-Gould
COO

Nathan Okiror
Community Support Officer - Uganda

Johnny Fenn
Team Leader - Nepal

Jason Holden
Engineer

Chris Irish
Accountant

Katrin Macmillan
Founder & CEO

Ellie Besley-Gould
COO

Nathan Okiror
Community Support Officer - Uganda

Johnny Fenn
Team Leader - Nepal

Jason Holden
Engineer

Chris Irish
Accountant

Friends & Collaborators

Tom Adams

Raeshib Aggerwhil

Abu Augustine

Gift Augustine

Sayeed Anwar

Hillary Basemeza

Will Beckett

Drew Edwards

Marcus Exall

Senka Filipovic

Wil Fischer

Caleb Flynn

Sophie Gelsthorpe

Monika Hubbard

Tabu Hussein

Justin Keena

Shaf Mansour

Steve McCauley

Lane Merrifield

Sugata Mitra

Judith Mueller

Surina Narula

Sundar Raman

Matt Roeser

Tom Saater

Steve Schinnerer

Anna Southgate

Geoff Wells

Roland Wells

Aliyu Zubairu

Tom Adams, Raeshib Aggerwhil, Abu Augustine, Gift Augustine, Sayeed Anwar, Hillary Basemeza, Will Beckett, Drew Edwards, Marcus Exall, Senka Filipovic, Wil Fischer, Caleb Flynn, Sophie Gelsthorpe, Monika Hubbard, Tabu Hussein, Justin Keena, Shaf Mansour, Steve McCauley, Lane Merrifield, Sugata Mitra, Judith Mueller, Surina Narula, Sundar Raman, Matt Roeser, Tom Saater, Steve Schinnerer, Anna Southgate, Geoff Wells, Roland Wells, Aliyu Zubairu

Individual Donors

Jonathan Asante
Stephen Dawson
Charity Futures
Marcus Exall
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
Marek Gumienny
Hub Games
Sophie Kelly
Abdul Koroma
Knickerbockerglory TV
Lessons for Life Foundation
Lane Merrifield
Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation
Anhad Narula
Anna Southgate
Souter Charitable Trust
Rupert Pybus
Matt Roser
Roger Ross

Individual Donors

Jonathan Asante, Stephen Dawson, Charity Futures, Marcus Exall, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Marek Gumienny, Hub Games, Sophie Kelly, Abdul Koroma, Knickerbockerglory TV, Lessons for Life Foundation, Lane Merrifield, Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation, Anhad Narula, Souter Charitable Trust, Anna Southgate, Rupert Pybus, Matt Roser, Roger Ross

Trustees

Margarita Aswani
Andrew Kimball
Ceinwen McMillan
Duncan McMillan
Jonathan Stadlen
Lai Yahaya

Trustees

Margarita Aswani, Andrew Kimball, Ceinwen McMillan, Duncan McMillan, Jonathan Stadlen, Lai Yahaya

“Considering how difficult it has been for even a wealthy country like the United States to bring Internet access to its own schools, the accomplishment of Project Hello World cannot be understated.”

Hugh Jackman, Actor

“Hello Hub, to me, is like the grandchild of the Hole in the Wall, 16 years later…”

Sugata Mitra

“I think this is FANTASTIC! Such simplicity and such efficacy all rolled up together! I am in awe. I support Hello World with all my heart and think it is the smartest idea since sliced bread.”

Joanna Lumley

Ø2What We Do

Self-Directed Learning

Education isn’t just kids in a classroom, nor is it a teacher or book. It’s all of these things, driven by a sense of autonomy. We know that if a child doesn’t have the tools to take charge of their own future, they’ll never be able to change it.

The World Is Yours

We don’t build our Hello Hubs for communities. With our help, they build them themselves and also learn how to maintain and repair them. It’s a self-sustaining model that relies on mutual investment and radically challenges traditional thinking about development.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Aretha had it right. We firmly
believe in listening to the
people we partner with. It’s
the base level of respect
we all expect and marginalised
communities are no different.
If there’s an issue, we take
feedback on board and pivot
when necessary.

Sky’s The Limit

By empowering our Hello World communities, we turn them into engineers who can go on to build future Hubs. The gift of education can be repaid exponentially across the planet.

Stay On-Trend

Our Hello Hubs run world-class
educational software that’s
up-to-date with the rest of the
world. That means our kids can
follow a curriculum, get
qualified and keep up with
children anywhere in the world,
no matter where they live.
Time to close that gap for good.

Growth Potential

Look no further, we’re the
best-unlimited plan in the
World. One Hub provides
unlimited internet access for
over 1500 people. They’re
WiFi enabled, solar powered
and have touch screens for
multi-person access at the
same time.

Self-Directed Learning

Education isn’t just kids in a classroom, nor is it a teacher or book. It’s all of these things, driven by a sense of autonomy. We know that if a child doesn’t have the tools to take charge of their own future, they’ll never be able to change it.

The World Is Yours

We don’t build our Hello Hubs for communities. With our help, they build them themselves and also learn how to maintain and repair them. It’s a self-sustaining model that relies on mutual investment and radically challenges traditional thinking about development.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Aretha had it right. We firmly
believe in listening to the
people we partner with. It’s
the base level of respect
we all expect and marginalised
communities are no different.
If there’s an issue, we take
feedback on board and pivot
when necessary.

Sky’s The Limit

By empowering our Hello World communities, we turn them into engineers who can go on to build future Hubs. The gift of education can be repaid exponentially across the planet.

Stay On-Trend

Our Hello Hubs run world-class
educational software that’s
up-to-date with the rest of the
world. That means our kids can
follow a curriculum, get
qualified and keep up with
children anywhere in the world,
no matter where they live.
Time to close that gap for good.

Growth Potential

Look no further, we’re the
best-unlimited plan in the
World. One Hub provides
unlimited internet access for
over 1500 people. They’re
WiFi enabled, solar powered
and have touch screens for
multi-person access at the
same time.

Self-Directed Learning

Education isn’t just kids in a classroom, nor is it a teacher or book. It’s all of these things, driven by a sense of autonomy. We know that if a child doesn’t have the tools to take charge of their own future, they’ll never be able to change it.

The World Is Yours

We don’t build our Hello Hubs for communities. With our help, they build them themselves and also learn how to maintain and repair them. It’s a self-sustaining model that relies on mutual investment and radically challenges traditional thinking about development.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Aretha had it right. We firmly
believe in listening to the
people we partner with. It’s
the base level of respect
we all expect and marginalised
communities are no different.
If there’s an issue, we take
feedback on board and pivot
when necessary.

Sky's The Limit

By empowering our Hello World communities, we turn them into engineers who can go on to build future Hubs. The gift of education can be repaid exponentially across the planet.

Stay On-Trend

Our Hello Hubs run world-class
educational software that’s
up-to-date with the rest of the
world. That means our kids can
follow a curriculum, get
qualified and keep up with
children anywhere in the world,
no matter where they live.
Time to close that gap for good.

Growth Potential

Look no further, we’re the best-unlimited plan in the World. One Hub provides unlimited internet access for over 1500 people. They’re WiFi enabled, solar powered and have touch screens for multi-person access at the same time.

Ø3Our Mission

Ø4The Hello Hubs

Free, online, open source learning to explore the world’s body of knowledge without limitation.

Crate
Every Hub arrives in one of these easy to transport crates and the community chooses the configuration.

The crate dimensions are 72″ x 48″ x 48″ so it isn’t big!

We could fit it all into a crate this size because we use solar tiles.

The crate itself becomes part of the Hub.

The Power Station
Not sunny enough to power? No problem, this Hub has a magneto charger to top up the batteries with pedal power!

Communities come up with all sorts of original ways to configure their Hub, depending on the setting.

The Classroom
Hello Hubs can be put into schools too! Here’s a classroom-based Hub which supports teachers and in-school learning.

It’s still Solar powered and that means we bring power to the school too!

Need to charge another device? There’s always a charging strip.

The Dome
In some places, more rain cover and sunshade are needed, and so we designed the Dome.

The children decorate the panels of the dome to make each one personal

Wind-proof and lightweight!

The iPad in the Wall
An homage to our friend and Advisor Sugata Mitra and his original Hole In The Wall experiments. These Hubs can drive people to health centers and libraries.

Hubs all have large 9.7” iPads so that children can learn and play together.

We submerged these iPads in buckets of water, just to make sure they could withstand monsoon rains.

The Hubs are loaded with educational software and learning apps and games.

Hello Hub 2.0
Like our very first Hello Hub but stepped up to the next level.

All Hubs are Wifi enabled to people can use their own devices.

Waterproof, dust-proof and available 24 hours a day!

Crate
Every Hub arrives in one of these easy to transport crates and the community chooses the configuration.

The Power Station
Not sunny enough to power? No problem, this Hub has a magneto charger to top up the batteries with pedal power!

The Classroom
Hello Hubs can be put into schools too! Here’s a classroom-based Hub which supports teachers and in-school learning.

The Dome
In some places, more rain cover and sunshade are needed, and so we designed the Dome.

The iPad in the Wall
An homage to our friend and Advisor Sugata Mitra and his original Hole In The Wall experiments. These Hubs can drive people to health centers and libraries.

Hello Hub 2.0
Like our very first Hello Hub but stepped up to the next level.

Ø5The Data

We love data. We use it to understand more about who uses our technology, how they use it, and what benefit it has.

19 hrs / day

Are Hello
Hubs Used?

We’re excited to see that across all Hello Hubs, the average usage is 19hrs a day. An average user comes to the Hub 2.9 times a week with each visit lasting an average of 1.8 hours.

19 hrs / day

Internet Based Usage

What are the Hubs used for?

82% of Hello Hub usage is internet-based, largely video sites like YouTube for non-entertainment purposes. A solid 10% of the time is spent using the educational games installed on the Hubs.

Let’s talk about porn! Only a tiny, 0.7%, of searches, are for adult purposes; many of which can be blocked by community installed safe-searching.

Internet Based Usage

School Age Users

Who’s using Hello Hubs?

75% of all Hello Hub users are of School Age and 25% of these have no other schooling. Encouraging stats given the benefit we know self-directed learning has. 73% of users are male under 29. Over the age of 29, the gender trend flips with more female users.

School Age Users

Ø6The Story So Far

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Soap and Plastic

While living in Nigeria, Hello World founder Katrin works on a number of social enterprise projects. Two standouts include the Bwari Soap Co and a house built entirely from recycled plastic bottles! A key lesson for Katrin (which will later inform Hello World) is that the projects that work are down to the leadership role that local communities played in their success. An interest in the power of communities to drive their own development was sparked.

Forgotten Classrooms

In a visit to one of the world’s most remote tribes, the Hamar Tribe of South Omo, Ethiopia, Katrin becomes interested in the idea of providing education in places where it’s difficult to retain teachers. After seeing yet another derelict school building that can’t be maintained and a community to which no teachers would go, she starts thinking about possible solutions.

An Electric Idea

Katrin sees Sugata Mitra’s TED Talk on the power of child-led learning. This could be the answer she has been looking for. She becomes excited that this approach could solve the widespread lack of teachers and schools.

DIY

Hello World is born. We took lessons from Sugata’s initial experiment – involving communities in the design and building of their computer kiosks. “The Ikea effect”: building something for yourself significantly increases the value you place on it.

A plan is hatched

Katrin drops Sugata a cold-call (remember him from the TED talk?) to tell him about what she’s been up to. Weeks later they’re sharing ideas on how to partner up and take Hello World even further.

Hello Nigeria

In late 2013, the first Hello World pilot is launched in Suleja, Nigeria. The first computer terminals can survive dust storms, monsoon rain and children tapping away day and night, and we’re pretty darn excited about them.

Hello Uganda

With support from our first major backers, Hello World builds four Hubs in Uganda.

Sugata’s Support

Sugata Mitra inspired Hello World and has been a crucial advisor and mentor. Whilst speaking about Hello World, Sugata said, “Hello Hub, to me, is like the grandchild of the Hole in the Wall, 16 years later….”

Tweet and they will come

A tweet about Hello World leads to link-up with the phenomenal design team at Avenues: The World School in NYC. Avenues have now taken on the improved design of Hello World 2.0.

Porridge and Plans

Over coffee and porridge, Katrin hatches a plan to bring her friend Ellie into the Hello World team. With complementary skills, including expertise in fundraising, policy and business planning, Ellie is a perfect fit for COO. Ellie isn’t really looking for a new job, but then, Katrin doesn’t really like porridge. You could say a match made in heaven.

A New Adventure

After a break for Ellie and Katrin to have their third children, the Hello World team is back together for a new adventure. This time: Nepal.

A New Hub

A new hub configuration comes together, as the prototype of the Dome Hub is built in under 2 hours!

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