Project Mobi

Project Mobi helps students exchange business knowledge for mobile technology.


Education is not limited to the traditional classroom. For many kids around the world who work for their parents' businesses, the street corner is also their business school. The idea behind Project Mobi is to take advantage of the intellectual capital and business know-how of these children and turn it into a way for them to enjoy the benefits of technology in their classrooms.

By creating tutorial videos, these kids can transmit their business knowledge base to students in the developed world who do not have that wealth of knowledge. The kids in the developed world do have access to more capital, however, and with the knowledge they gain and the access they have, profits can be generated to payback their peer-teachers with technology.

Mobile devices such as the iPod Touch are everywhere and their influence will only grow in both business and education. In an effort to bridge the digital divide and connect students from around the globe, Project Mobi will launch in 2010 with the purpose of getting these mobile devices into the hands of students in Mumbai.

How it Works:

1. Classrooms from the United States connect with the Akanksha Foundation
2. Akanksha teachers and volunteers work with business-savvy students in Mumbai to create short videos. The videos would essentially be peer-to-peer instructional tutorials with tips on how to run a small business.
3. Upload the instructional videos to YouTube.
4. Students in the United States form small groups, watch the videos and begin to plan out a small business idea with their partners.
5. Once the plan is set, they get funding (in the form of a micro-loan) from the students at Stanford University who run the Gumball Project
6. They use that micro-loan to buy supplies, then pick a couple of weekends and get to work executing the plans.
7. All the businesses pool the money they make and purchase as many iPod touches as possible.
8. The iPods are loaded up with as many educational apps as possible. Many of the apps are free and they are great for helping students with the basics: spelling, vocabulary, pronunciation, adding, subtracting multiplying and dividing.
9. Students in the United States take the loaded iPods and ship them to Akanksha.
10. The kids at the Akanksha center use them. They learn. They grow.
11. The world becomes a better place.