FreedomBox / Unhosted / PageKite for Access Innovation Prize 2012

Back in May, when I did a FreedomBox-related demo at the Internet Identity Workshop, I was made aware of the Access movement, which hosted the recent RightsCon and is also doing a lot of other great work.

They are now calling for proposals for the Access Innovation Prize where you can win $20k.

So Michiel of Unhosted, Bjarni of PageKite, and myself have decided to submit a proposal, which would include building a simple FreedomBox prototype that runs an Unhosted “remoteStorage” component and PageKite to make it accessible from the open web. Also, the idea is to try integrate FreedomBox with the local FunkFeuer community mesh network in Vienna. We haven’t submitted the proposal yet (deadline is August 15th), but here’s the current text we’re working on:

Basically, the idea is that you could use any Unhosted-enabled web application out there, and your data remains on your FreedomBox.

If we win the prize, then this could serve a few purposes..

  1. The three of us would have some $$$ to actively work and contribute to the FreedomBox at least for a little while.
  2. The stuff we would work on (putting Unhosted and PageKite on the box) seems to align well with the “DropBox Replacement” idea that has been floating around.
  3. We would have an actual (limited functionality, but working) FreedomBox, and a minimal viable product that can be demo’d at conferences.
  4. The prize would mean a PR boost for the involved projects.


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