The first phase of Proudly Human’s Off-World initiative is the Antarctic Research Community (ARC) – an off-world settlement simulation experiment. Our aim is to demonstrate technology-enabled sustainable community living in Earth’s most extreme and isolated environment: the Antarctic winter. For almost a year, a carefully selected crew will live as a community with the aim of building a functional and sustainable technology layer from life-support to communication, independent of currently existing infrastructure, with the ultimate aim of thriving off-grid in one of the harshest environments on Earth.

The ARC experiment will take place at White Desert, one of Antarctica’s only private camps. The conditions over winter provide a unique research opportunity to test life-support technologies – in areas from renewable energy, water management and precision farming, to IoT, blockchain, edge computing, communication networks and 3D printing – in one of the world’s harshest environments. At the same time, we aim to investigate the dynamics of a community living in an isolated, extreme and resource-constrained environment. The entire experience will be documented for a global audience by our premium production and global television network partners. Through the Off-World Tech Hub in Cape Town, we aim to prepare the technology for ARC and subsequent experiments as well as to promote companies developing technology for sustainability, facilitate skills development, and most importantly, inspire the next generation of STEAMers that, in the words of Nelson Mandela, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”



We will demonstrate getting off-grid during the Antarctic Winter, using a ground-up approach to build a functional and sustainable technology layer from life-support to communication, independent of currently existing infrastructure at the base. We will have a range of partners as technology sponsors and advisors, in areas from energy provision, habitat control systems, water management, precision farming, manufacturing, transportation, safety and medical infrastructure, to communication, IoT, data management and cybersecurity systems.



Energy Systems

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology
Wind Energy Conversion Technology
CO2 Energy Conversion Technology
Excess Energy Recovery systems
Energy Manipulation and Distribution Technology

Habitat Control Systems

Climate Control (Heating)
CO2 Scrubbing Technology
Habitat Contamination: Monitoring and Control Technology

Water Management
Extraction, Storage, Purification, Distribution, Recycling

Food Systems

Indoor Hydroponic Systems
(water extraction, tanks, pumps, piping, crop containers, growth medium, lighting, nutrient delivery, plant health monitoring)

Manufacturing Systems

3D Printing Technology
Manufacturing Tools

Transport Systems

Snow-based Mobility Technology
Body Warming Technology
Portable life support systems for outdoor excursions
Deep sea expedition gear (extreme cold)

Safety Systems

Personal Safety Hardware
Portable life support systems

Medical Systems

Extreme Cold & Isolation effect monitoring Technology
Exercise Technology for Extreme Cold and Isolation
General Emergency Medical Equipment

Communication Systems

Robust Portable WiFi Technology
Near Range Handled Communication Technology
Mesh Network Communication Technology
Emergency Communication Technology
Data center (server hardware)


IoT-enabled resource management
Blockchain-based data management