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NoPC Summary January 2012

What is NoPC?
NoPC is an educational IT solution which is provided FREE to schools, universities, public libraries and community centres in the developing world, with our first large scale launch planned for the Caribbean region in 2012. We see a world where every student, young and old has access to free, high quality, computing, educational content, and the internet. We achieve this by deploying ground-breaking computer technology connected through mobile networks to the latest educational software and the internet via our servers in the cloud. PCs break, theyre expensive, they age, they use a huge amount of electricity and they can drive you crazy! No PCs mean less power, less problems, less cost and less hassle. We can do this with zero cost to the end user because our already ultra-low cost solution is entirely funded by desktop advertising with a rigorous ethical advertising policy. The world needs a future focused, future proof IT solution that addresses the challenges of today whilst unlocking, for a generation, the potential of tomorrow.

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How it Works
Although desktop PCs have become indispensable to business and education globally, PCs carry with them inherent problems: expensive, especially to take to scale; difficult to manage, maintain and secure; depreciate in value as technology rapidly advances. Equally they require: the latest antivirus software, password managers, spam filters, firewalls and on-site maintenance. Our solution overcomes all of these issues. Cloud computing is where a user's software and data no longer resides on a specific piece of localised hardware (i.e. a desktop PC or laptop) but are instead hosted and delivered to individual end users from our centralised datacentres via a mobile network connection. Computing, educational software & the internet are delivered from a central location to the remotest of regions. Our low power monitors connect to a low power (3 watts) ultra-low cost Thin Client T erminal and through a mobile phone connection gain access to a Google powered desktop, the latest educational software and the internet. You wouldnt think that you had no PC under the desk, no expensive broadband rental and no costly electricity bill - with a 10 terminal setup practical to power from a small 100 watt solar panel rather than the 2000 watts drawn from a more traditional approach.

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How it Works

Computing, educational software and internet access can be delivered from a central location to the remotest of regions.
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Advantages of NoPC

o Computing that is FREE o Computing that doesnt break o Computing that doesnt go out of date o Computing thats energy efficient o Computing without viruses, data loss or the need for maintenance
No PCs = less power, less problems, less cost and less hassle. A revenue stream from advertising = sustainability, scalability and ICT for the next billion.

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Computing for the Next Billion


Over 2 Billion people in the developing world live in communities that lack basic information and communication technologies. Access to computing and the internet can have a profound impact changing lives, providing better economic opportunities and offering a better future. Access to ICT and the internet is now a fundamental component of education in the developed world.

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Student User Experience


NoPC is supported by and powered by Google OS with a student friendly operating system using simple to use App system. We have access to thousands of free downloadable educational Apps at the Google Chrome Store.

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Our Story so F ar
NoPC was founded by social entrepreneurs Rob Wilson and Andy Lindsell, and has quickly grown its network of clients and partners to include Governments, the Shell Foundation, Accenture, Airtel, Cable and Wireless and Google. NoPC have run pilot projects on a small scale in East Africa and the Caribbean region. We are now looking to build partnerships and support in order to launch a nationwide roll out across Grenada in 2012.

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Why Grenada?
NoPC used a three staged rationale to decide on the destination of the first commercial launch. Given NoPCs social mission, the country chosen for launch must have a clear need for an ICT solution. Secondly, the country must have favourable business conditions and lastly, it must be a place from which rapid expansion to other locations can occur. Grenada was considered the ideal first location because: o Significant need for an ICT solution which meets the educational requirements of primary schools. Grenada has higher poverty levels and greater unemployment challenges than its neighbours (InfoDev 2007). o The Island provides a controlled environment to test NoPCs commercial and technological model. o NoPC has already established strong business partnerships during the pilot phase. o Grenada was voted in the top ten most improved destinations to do business in 201 (Doing Business 201 1 1). o Grenada is the perfect destination for launching activities across the wider Caribbean region in years two and three. In mid 2012 we will deploy 1000 terminals in 100 schools reaching 50,000 school children. We will look to expand beyond Grenada in 2013.

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Sustainable Business Model


We will generate ongoing revenue from ethical adverts permanently displayed on the desktop of our terminals. NoPC offers a static or animated banner advert on every NoPC unit, rotating every 30 seconds on a 10 minute cycle. So a 30 second advert would be seen 48 times in a typical 8 hour day. NoPC utilises the excess of a 16:10 widescreen monitor so we display an entirely standardised 4:3 screen resolution. We can also generate revenue from selling prime App space to a select few providers to appear on every users home screen. We believe both opportunities will appeal to CSR departments wanting to provide ICT to children, charities wanting to push specific health messages to children, and marketing budgets from companies selling to the base of the pyramid.

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More Information

NoPC will connect the next billion to IT and the internet, and we're going to do it at no cost to the end user.

Whos coming with us? Website: www.nopc.org.uk Email: info@nopc.org.uk Phone: +44 (0)207 993 9919

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