Similar programs have the following shared goals:

  • Adoption of open source software
  • Participants leave with a device that they can use to access technology

Goal: Create Communities of Collaboration to share Best Practices or Curating a peer community to share best practices

  1. Research programs that match the shared goals and create a list of programs to follow up with
  2. Draft an email template to send out to programs
    1. Do you provide computers?
    2. Does the computer come with installed software

Could include:

  • Hardware
  • Desktops included - laptops typically aren't taken apart to the same extent
  • Hands-on
  • talk to Nick C and get his program info
  • talk to Amy M at the library to get her contact info

Next steps: do they still exist, build a profile, survey: would they like to join a community and what benefit would they be looking for in the community

Community of Practice to:

  1. Share resources
  2. Identify best practices
  3. Opportunities for partnering around funding
Program NameFLOSS?Keep?Build?Contact?Contact InfoOrganization NameTypeLocationParticipant AgeDesktop/LaptopMissionCostNotes
Tech ScholarsYesYes
Yesinfo@kramden.orgKramden InstituteNonprofitDurham, NCGrades 3-12Bothprovide technology, tools, and training to bridge the digital divide$0 - $100Desktops free for kids, $50 for adults; Laptops $50 to HS students, $100 for adults
Free GeekYesYesYesYesinfo@freegeek.orgFree GeekNonprofitPortland, ORAllBothsustainably reuse technology, enable digital access, and provide education24 Volunteer HoursClasses are separate from the computer donations
Teacher on Special AssignmentYesNoNoMayberlitt6@yahoo.comVarious School DistrictsTeacherCaliforniaK-12N/AN/AN/AUsed donated computers and open source software to build free computer labs for schools, outlines the process for others. It might be nice to talk to him about similarities/differences in training kids vs teachers, his curriculum for kids, etc.
Asian PenguinsYesYesYesYesstuartk@csemn.orgCommunity School of ExcellenceSchoolMNGrades 6-8Desktopslearn and share open source softwareFree?Club officers last updated 18-19; meet for 30 mins 2x/week
St. Louis Byte Works Earn-a-ComputerYesYesYesYesinfo@fyifergyouth.orgFerguson Youth initiativeNonprofitSt. Louis, MOGrades 4-8DesktopsYouth EmpowermentFreeForm no longer active, last comments from 2017
North Colonie Central School District


SchoolColonie, NY

Open source computer club (MS)
Schodack School District



Urban ScholarsYesYesYesYesmmccolgan@siena.eduSiena CollegeCollegeLoudonville, NYElementaryDesktopsSTEM

Taconic Hills Central School District



Troy Area United MinistriesYesYesYesYeskueblc@gmail.comTroy Area United MinistriesNonprofitTroy, NYHigh School

Computers for ClassroomsNoYes
No-Computers for ClassroomsNonprofitChico, CAAllBothprovide technology, tools, and training to bridge the digital divide$75 - $250Microsoft Refurbishers, not Open Source and kids don't do the work
No-VA STARStateVirginia
FreeComputers donated to families in need, but not the students refurbishing
Computers 4 KidsNoNo

Ran a similar program off a grant in the summer of 2000

Open source educational softwareFreeTux4Kids is an open source software organization that develops high-quality software for kids, with the goal of combining fun and learning into an irresistible package.
What's in the Box?
Sugar River Valley Regional Technical CenterSchoolNH

*article is from 2000
TeamChildrenNonprofitPhiladelphia, PAFamiliesBothtechnology for economic opportunity$65 - $225
Close the GapNoYesNoNo
Close the Gapinternational social enterpriseBelgiumN/aBothbridging the digital divide
Takes refurbished computers and donates them to projects in developing countries
Partners Bridging the Digital DivideNoN/aN/aNo
Partners Bridging the Digital DivideNonprofitILN/AN/abridging the digital divideN/aInformation sharing agency: training, list of programs
Greenbelt MakerSpaceCo-opMDN/AN/A
N/aMaker space that has offered classes on Arduino, refurbishment/ubuntu
Change the EquationN/AN/AN/ANoN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/ALooks like it was created during the Obama administration and is no longer active. The website is only their logo, they aren't on Guidestar, and their Facebook hasn't been active since 2017.
freeCodeCampNonprofitN/AN/AN/Ahelp people learn to code for freeN/AFree coding lessons/challenges and forums
Computers for LearningNoNoNoNo
US GovernmentGovernmentN/AN/AN/AEnsuring Opportunity for all ChildrenFreeExecutive Order allowing schools and educational nonprofits to apply for free computers
Maybe?Contact@EqOpTech.orgEqOpTechNonprofitSan Jose, CA
FreeComputers donated to families in need, but not the students refurbishing
Open Source TourYesYesYesMaybeamazanake@gmail.comMinodoonomadic communityTogo
Desktops, ArduinoDigital transformation of Africa through free and opensource software
Maker Article
Boys and Girls Club of Orange County

Greenville High School

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