Kio Kit, developed by Kenya-based BRCK, wins international design award


The Kio Kit won the Product Design category award at the 2017 iF Design Awards held in Germany after being recognized as a component that’s a “complete computer lab in a box.”

The Kio Kit – manufactured by BRCK – is a rugged product designed for schools with poor infrastructure. With a hardened, water-resistant, lockable case, the Kio Kit consists of 40 ruggedized Kio tablets, headphones and a BRCK route. There is a single plug to charge the Kit and one button to power on the entire system while the Kio Tablets and BRCK have sufficient battery to work during power outages. The Kio Kit also comes with pre-loaded content from from digital publishers – which includes academic content aligned to local curriculum; games that stimulate critical thinking; and content outside of the curriculum focused on responsible citizenship.

“Last week, over 2,000 guests gathered in Munich to celebrate the winners of iF DESIGN AWARD 2017. Alongside these great industry giants, BRCK now has an IF Design Award to add to its value pouch… It’s such a huge honor, to have this award. Our hard work from all our designers, Mechanical Engineers, Software Developers, Electrical Engineers and the BRCK Education team that manage the development of the Kio Kit, couldn’t get a better pat on their shoulders, than having this award. We are grateful to Cramasie and Teague who also helped with their expertise through the design process,” wrote the BRCK team on Facebook while celebrating the award.

This year’s awards, which marked the event’s 64th edition, had over 2,000 guests from 41 countries celebrating together with the winners of the iF DESIGN AWARD 2017 in the BMW Welt in Munich.

“On 10 March, over 2,000 guests from design, business, culture, politics and the media from over 40 countries celebrated the winners of the iF DESIGN AWARD 2017 at the BMW Welt in Munich. Each year, the iF International Forum Design GmbH (Hannover) awards the internationally renowned label for design. 75 winners from around the world were honored for outstanding design achievements on stage by Ralph Wiegmann, iF CEO, with the coveted trophy, the iF gold award,” states the iF Design Award website.

A total of 5,575 contributions from 59 countries entered the competition in the following disciplines: Product Design, Communication Design, Packaging Design, Service Design, Architecture, Interior Architecture and Professional Concept.

In January, a 58-member judging panel drawn from 19 countries awarded the design label, the iF DESIGN AWARD 2017, in Hamburg. Additionally, the 75 best works were honored with the iF gold award 2017.