Two recent recipients of Internet Society (ISOC) Community Grants recently attended the PacINET conference in Suva, Fiji in November 2012. From Left to Right, Bruce Baikie, Emani Fakaotimanava-Lui, and Laura Hosman are pictured below, at the conference.
One of the two Internet Society Community Grant represented at the conference was awarded to Rocket Systems, the internet service provider on Niue, which is utilizing the grant to help it keep the Niue language alive—on the Internet. Emani Fakaotimanava-Lui is managing director of Rocket Systems, and is therefore responsible for overseeing the carrying out of the grant.
The other ISOC Community Grant went to the PISCES Project, co-directed by Professor Laura Hosman from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Bruce Baikie from Inveneo. The PISCES Project Pilot consisted of a hands-on workshop in long-distance solar powered WiFi at the Univ. of Guam, followed by an in-field deployment of both long-distance solar WiFi connectivity and a Solar-Computer-Lab-in-a-Box at a Primary School on rural Udot Island in Chuuk, in the Federated States of Micronesia. Their video of their presentation about the project appears below.
Emani Fakaotimanava-Lui, who was also recently named both Board Member and Secretary of the Pacific Islands Chapter ISOC (PICISOC), speaks to the audience, pictured below.