Announcing the October Connect Chicago Meetup: Computer Refurbishing in Chicago

At the next Connect Chicago Meetup, we’ll learn about computer refurbishing programs in Chicago. Refurbishing programs produce discounted devices (laptops, PCs, tablets) for organizations and individuals, often incorporating technology training and professional development in the refurbishing process. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP here and include your full name so we can register you with building security.

Event: Computer Refurbishing in Chicago

Date: Friday, October 28, 2016

Time: 11am – 1pm

Place: Chicago Community Trust — 225 N. Michigan Ave.

Chicago is home to several computer refurbishing programs. At our Meetup we’ll feature the work of PC Rebuilders & Recyclers (PCRR) and have a discussion about device availability. Our special guest speaker for this event will be Sarah Cade of PCRR. More about PCRR: 

Founded in 2000, PC Rebuilders & Recyclers (PCRR) has a two-fold purpose of bridging the digital divide and supporting environmental responsibility through the refreshment of prematurely retired computer systems.  In doing so, we provide a responsible way for corporations to dispose of their unwanted equipment as well as an inexpensive way for anyone to invest in technology.

Come meet and network with computer trainers, nonprofit professionals,  technologists, and fellow residents who care about digital access & skills in Chicago. 

This summer I had the opportunity to meet Sarah and tour the PCRR space. It was fascinating to see the process and hard work behind computer refurbishing and recycling. Accessible free and discounted devices are an important ingredient to an equitable technology ecosystem. At this Meetup we will not only learn more about this work, but also  strategize as a community how to strengthen ties between trainers and device refurbishers. Join us!

Another notable refurbishing program in Chicago is FreeGeek, a not-for-profit community organization that recycles used computers and parts to provide functional computers, education, internet access and job skills training to those who want them. Check out their website for open shop hours, training opportunities, and volunteer opportunities.

About the Connect Chicago Meetup. The Connect Chicago Meetup is a monthly gathering of computer trainers, nonprofit professionals, and fellow residents who care about the digital lives of Chicagoans. Email me with any questions, concerns or ideas: dlinn@cct.org