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Village Video

The Problem

It is difficult to bring visual entertainment education and video training to areas with little access to traditional media. Advocates who use film and video to teach must rely on mobile cinema-where large screens, generators and projector systems are brought to rural areas. But this solution is expensive, unwieldy, environmentally unsound and does not lend itself to repeat visits, which boosts learning. Furthermore, it requires audiences to travel in darkness to attend night screenings, making them hard to access or even unsafe for women and children.

Our Solution

Village Video (ViVi) can fill the gap in the areas of low screen saturation and provide an unparalleled source of educational entertainment, video training and other visual teaching. ViVi is a self powered micro-mobile cinema. Whether carried by hand or mounted to the back of a bicycle or motorcycle, it can go where other screens can’t: to the most remote villages to reach the most underserved populations. Unlike any projector based mobile cinema, the ViVi can screen content during the day/in bright sunlight, therefore, not limiting the exposure to evening hours. Not only that, the ViVi is solar powered, allowing it to go off-grid without the smoke and noise of generators.

PVI’s prototype motorcycle-mounted microcinema was a key platform in the biggest solar energy campaign in Tanzania (partner: World Bank/Lighting Africa)

We’ve iterated the design several times and are currently on ViVi 4.0. As part of our mission, we’ve made the design open access. Download plans at GitHub.