Baeza, Ecuador; Nairobi, Kenya; Sanfebagar, Nepal | The AMD Open Architecture Challenge
AMD 2008 Open Architecture Challenge
The submission period for the AMD Open Architecture Challenge for 2008 is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered.
Imagining a world without the Internet is nearly impossible. Despite the Internet’s global significance, less than 20 percent of the world’s 6 billion people currently have access to the educational, social and economic opportunities it can create.
The AMD Open Architecture Challenge was an open, international design competition run from September 2007 to February 2008. Its aim was to develop not one but many solutions for building sustainable, multi-purpose, low-cost technology facilities for those who need them most. Three community partners were selected to participate. This included Kallari Association in Ecuador, SIDAREC in Kenya and Nyaya Health in Nepal. Each site posed a unique set of design constraints and opportunities. While the needs of each client were unique, the hurdles they face in embracing technology to offer access to education, healthcare and the global marketplace are shared by millions of people in communities all over the world.
Currently the competition is being juried. Once jurying is completed (mid April – early May), all entries will be viewable by the public. Additionally, the overall winning solution will be built and one years’ operating costs will be given to the community partner with funds provided by AMD. Centers will be constructed for the other two sites and replicated for additional community partners as funding becomes available.