I wanted to send an update since many of you that donated are curious how many WikiReaders were distributed.
We launched this October a 3-month pilot with 500 devices in three schools in India, South Africa and Mexico. We received grant funds to supplement the Indiegogo funds and additional funds from the Wikimedia Foundation.
The grant details are here
The recent photos we’re received from schools are here
We have received surveys from students and teachers giving feedback for the first month of use and will continue to send updates. So far the feedback is very positive. If the pilot is successful, in January we plan to raise a second round of funds or partner with a non-profit to buy the remaining 21,000 devices. We are looking for partners (NGOs and others) interested in partnering to buy the devices. The manufacturer is offering them to us for $15 USD a piece.
Thanks again for your support.
Aislinn & Victor