Wind: Off-Grid Services for Everyday People

When disaster strikes, connectivity becomes difficult. Information can save your life, guiding you to safety and services. Networks today are fragile and easy overloaded. There has not been enough investment in the many other possible nets, that may be better suited for situations where connections to the global internet are not available or affordable. The potential in radios, sensors and processing available in the cheapest of smartphones and routers are not fully utilized or realized.

Wind is a network designed for opportunistic communication and sharing of local knowledge. It is built on impermanence, movement, and spontaneity.  Wind is a direct counterpoint to the metaphor of the Web, a system built upon the concept of fixed physical nodes, centralized authorities and permanent links. It is rooted in the mindsets and needs of people and communities who face challenges communicating. Wind is shaped by the movements and density of people in time and space.

Background Information

Source code & Public Works

Wind Poster Credits:

Written by Nathan Freitas, Guardian Project

Editing and graphics by Carrie Winfrey, Okthanks

Starlings—“A murmuration of starlings” by Adam is licensed under CC BY 2.0. The image is a derivative of the original.

Survivor—“Wat Pathum Wanaram” by Adaptor-Plug is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Community Organizer—“DSC_2318” by Chabad Lubavitch is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Medical worker—“Me” by Lee Cannon is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Journalist—“DSCF52321” by Chabad Lubavitch is licensed under CC BY 2.0


Headlight” icon by Identidea, from the Noun Project

Network” icon by UNiCORN, from the Noun Project

Router” icon by Focus, from the Noun Project

Verified” icon by Bestdesignmarket, from the Noun Project