Commotion Construction Kit launch

Commotion Construction Kit Diagram

Since 2010, we've worked with OTI, in collaboration with the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, to build the Commotion Construction Kit (CCK). This project is a set of essential educational tools to show people how to plan, design, install and configure community wireless networks. Designed to be a living platform, the CCK is modular and open, using a simple and accessible visual language. Through this approach, users are able to mix, remix and easily generate new materials that contribute to the kit. Our utilitarian approach to design also paves the way for multilingual translations. The CCK has been recently used to build community networks in Detroit, Brooklyn, India and Tunisia.

Officially launched last month, the kit was recently featured in The New York Times:

“There have been some really incredible breakthroughs in the past 10 years,” said Sascha Meinrath, director of the Open Technology Institute, or O.T.I., at the New America Foundation in Washington, which has been the nexus for the wireless mesh networking movement through organizing international conferences and funding community projects.
Last month, O.T.I. released its Commotion Construction Kit, which provides step-by-step instructions on how to set up a wireless mesh network using open source code and off-the-shelf routers and antennas. The kit is a synthesis of methods learned from the construction of community mesh networks.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

Learn more about our work on the Commotion Construction Kit.