One Mobile Projector per Trainer (OMPT), a non-profit that revolutionizes how information is delivered to remote populations through tech-based solutions, is pleased to announce that it has selected the Canon Vixia HF R700 as its new dedicated camera model. OMPT trains organizations in the 50 poorest countries in the world to use video for poverty alleviation. Videos on topics such as disease prevention and agricultural training are shown to communities on battery-powered video projectors that can be taken to the most remote regions of the planet.
We want to share with you some industry-related news from our friend Matt York, founder of the non-profit OMPT (One Mobile Projector Per Trainer). OMPT was recently selected by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to respond to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.
Ebola. What’s your reaction to that word? Do you shudder a bit? Recoil in fear? Envision the epidemic in West Africa? Think about the Americans who’ve been infected, including the two who died? Worry about it spreading to the North State?
The Idea: Video and projectors are commonplace in the educational landscape of the developed world. However, barriers in cost, equipment size, and access to electricity have left these tools underutilized in mEducation environments in developing and low-resource environments. Recent, disruptive innovations in LED light engines and battery power allow organizations to use SD-cards and mini projectors to take their message to more areas and reach more people, while maintaining control over the end message. Since 2010, One Media Player Per Teacher(OMPT) has trained the staff of organizations to locally produce simple videos for improved learning outcomes, behavior change and sharing knowledge. OMPT found that organizations can be quickly taught to harness the advent of locally produced video and cordless projectors in as little as four days, just as organizations learned to embrace mobile phones, computers, and the internet. With improvements in solar technology, having projectors permanently dedicated to low-resource areas and classrooms is a viable option.