Dan Mayer's Dev Blog
Impacting Work 16 October 2016
A job that will inspire you daily
The work we do at Off Grid Electric, has a clear impact. The mission is inspiring and the immediate benefits we deliver are obvious and extremely rewarding.
Our team is amazing, and driven to rise to a challenge. We face unique challenges operating without physical addresses, 60% network coverage, and customer support for people without internet. We take distributed work both challenges and benefits seriously, building a team and process to enjoy it’s freedoms.
installing our system on a roof in a remote village of Karatu, Tanzania
We are hiring
Our Software team is hiring the positions below. There are other non software positions as well
- Sr. Data Engineer, big data, ETL, and data infrastructure.
- Full Stack Ruby, APIs, integrations, and IOT.
- Sr. Android Engineer, majority of our workforce is on motorcycles with an Android.
- QA Engineer, test automation, team management, web/mobile testing.
Don’t take my word for it
“Across sub-Saharan Africa, fully 590 million people lack access to power. And it’s a life-or-death issue: Indoor air pollution from wood stoves now kills 3.5 million people per year, more than AIDS and malaria combined.” –Brad Plumer: Washington Post
Over the years, I have learned to respect Bill Gates for his passionate endeavors to change the world. His recent post highlighted the importance of the work we do at Offgrid. We deliver directly on #1 and provide free power to schools helping enable #4.
There are four objectives I think we should prioritize:
- Provide everyone on earth with affordable energy without contributing to climate change.
- Develop a vaccine for HIV and a cure for neurodegenerative diseases.
- Protect the world from future health epidemics, which might be more infectious than Ebola and more deadly than Zika.
- Give every student and teacher new tools so all students get a world-class education.
Another, current inescapable name in the technology world these days is Elon Musk, who is know for his passion for Solar energy.
“this handy fusion reactor in the sky, where you don’t have to do anything—it works, it shows up every day, and it produces ridiculous amounts of power.” –the deal with Solar
“This is because the overarching purpose of Tesla Motors (and the reason I am funding the company) is to help expedite the move from a mine-and-burn hydrocarbon economy towards a solar electric economy, which I believe to be the primary, but not exclusive, sustainable solution.” –Original Tesla Master Plan (recently doubled down in Master Plan, Part Duex
Musk clearly believes in it because he is an investor in Offgrid Electric, through his involvement with SolarCity. He recently talked of the kind of impact we are working to deliver.
“This allows you to go completely off grid. It’s analogous to the way that mobile leapfrogged landlines.” –Tesla Energy Will Help World’s Poor Leapfrog the Grid
Offrid Electric in Tanzania
Our global headquarters is in Arusha Tanzania. While we are launching in other countries, Tanzania is by far the most developed part of our business. We recently rebranded Offgrid Electric’s offerings from M-Power to Zola in Tanzania.
Office in Arusha, TZ, field visit with Sales team, hanging out employee cottage
We have partnerships and sell at gas stations through out Tanzania.
Banner ad outside gas station, Demo unit inside Total gas station
We sell most frequently to areas with limited or no access to the power grid. Often these are more modern villages just to remote for access, but we also sell to Maasai villages, which can spread over large distances into the mountains.
Panoramic view from hilltop down to base of Maasai village, we have a number of customers in the village