Eric Nitschke

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Eric Nitschke is a social entrepreneur building open hardware, software, and educational resources needed to build a more resilient and inclusive Internet. Nitschke & his team at Wakoma won the 2021 IEEE Connecting the Unconnected Challenge for their work on the nimble, an open source DIY rapidly deployable mesh network that operates without access to the internet.  In 2018 Nitschke co-founded what has become the largest community network in South Africa, and is now working to jumpstart and scale locally-focused telecommunication operators around the world to provide internet and offline services and content where one-size-fits-all national operators have fallen short.

Nitschke previously helped design and implement mobile, web, geospatial, and IoT tools and trainings in the WASH sector, primarily in Eastern and Southern Africa and Latin America.

Currently residing near Prague, Czech Republic, Nitschke is a member of Global Innovation Gathering (GIG), a member of the IEEE CTU Selection Committee, and technical advisor to several startups and NGOs.







Permaculture Living Lab - Open source tech solutions for sustainable food production and every day care

Mike Jensen, Nils Brock, Elektra Wagenrad, Eric Nitschke, Kersti Ruth Wissenbach, Pamela Cuadros

Experience sustainable food and energy production hands-on. Web will take you on a journey to explore building of off-grid, low tech solutions, such as solar powered irrigation systems to service plant ecosystems. Free explorations, daily guided tours and permaculture intro talks are waiting for you
Off Stage

Engaging Communities, Collecting Data and Solving Problems

Mirko Ebelshaeuser, Antonio de Jesus Anaya Hernandez, Eric Nitschke

This is a conversation between initiatives, the UNDP Accelerator labs, UNTAPPED and the Internet of Production Alliance, Open-Know-Where (OKW), about their different approaches to collecting data and building data systems for decision-making at the community level.
Climate crisis
Civil Society