Kano’s DIY-computer kits can be used to make PCs, screens, radios, artwork, music, games, Minecraft hacks and more, letting people of all ages play and learn with technology.

As part of the Obama administration’s ConnectHome initiative, the company helped bring digital literacy training and devices, along with internet access, to over 275,000 low-income households in the US.

Kano has doubled its sales each year and raised $19 million investment to date, shipping over 150,000 kits to 86 countries.

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