The Tech2students initiative, which allows people to donate unwanted laptops to students in DEIS schools, is now fully up and running in Galway.
Tech2students was set up in April 2020 by Trinity Access and Camara Ireland in response to the digital divide experienced by students in DEIS schools and Phase 1 raised over €300,000, delivering over 1,000 devices.
People in Galway can now donate their unwanted laptops to the Galway Chamber offices in Commerce House, Merchant’s Road, every Tuesday from 9.30am to 4pm.
For people who live outside of the 5km radius, the Tech2students team of volunteers can send postage labels which means that people can donate their devices using free postage.
The tech2students initiative in Galway is a collaborative effort between the University of Sanctuary initiative at NUI Galway and key community partners including the Galway Chamber, the Insight Institute for Data Analytics, Trinity Access, An Post, Camara Education Ireland and the Galway City Partnership.
Aidan Harte, coordinator of NUI Galway’s University of Sanctuary initiative, said that it is great that they are finally up and running in Galway.
“The technological inequalities exposed by the pandemic are being addressed in some way by what we are doing, and with donations of unwanted devices we can challenge technological inequality while simultaneously promoting recycling and the circular economy,” said Aidan.
For more information, to donate, or to request laptops, people can email firstname.lastname@example.org