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Ribbon HUNDRED 2020
Kiwix brings internet content to people without internet access.


Lausanne, Switzerland
Kiwix brings internet content to people without internet access. Wikipedia, MOOCs, books from the Gutenberg Library or even TED talks: these and a thousand more can be made available offline and accessed on smartphones, computers and hotspots, even where there is no connectivity. Kiwix is free to use and distribute, and has more than 3 million users in 200 countries and territories.

Kiwix, connecting the unconnected

“I live in a small and remote village where information is not available. (..) With this software I help hundreds of kids with their schoolwork.”

User, Cuba

In the age of fiber optics and 4G/5G deployments, four billion people still do not have access to a working internet - be it because of poor infrastructures, high data costs or even censorship.

Kiwix is an offline browser, meaning that it can read websites that are stored locally or downloaded from its library. Be it the entirety of Wikipedia, or books, or videos, it does not matter: Kiwix is content agnostic and works on any platform.

Kiwix now has around 4 million users in 200 countries, from Antarctica to Cuba to North Korea and we plan on 100 million users by 2023. It is already being deployed in African schools, in European and US prisons, or used by medical students in India. 

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Innovation Overview
6 - 18
Age Group
3 000 000
Focus areas
internet access, offline
Tips for implementation
In order to use Kiwix you will need either a smartphone, or a tablet, a computer, or a 30 USD Raspberry Pi hotspot. Content can be carried and stored on a flash drive or microSD card.
Contact information
Stephane Coillet-Matillon

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Gabriel Thullen on bringing offline Wikipedia to West African schools – Wikimedia Blog
Luc Héripret on the Orange Foundation’s Digital Schools project – Wikimedia Blog
Offline-Pedia converts old televisions into Wikipedia readers – Wikimedia Blog


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