Ok, Time for something a little different to blog about. This one is quite simple really.
I’m throwing down a gauntlet for other IT Geeks out there who also blog regularly, or just occasionally.
Below is a list of a few charities and organizations that I have found who are focused around Technology related causes. Either bringing technology and training to developing areas of the world, helping to rebuild communications and infrastructure in areas ravaged by natural disaster, encouraging technology education in schools, helping to increase diversity in the technology industry, etc.
Here’s how this challenge works.
If you are someone who has a Social Media presence, either in Blogging, Twitter, Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, whatever. I’m challenging you to take this list, select one to donate to (your time, money, used equipment, whatever) then do some research and find other charities in this category that aren’t on the list and add them, along with these that I have listed, into a blog post, Facebook post, Google+ post, of your own and throw down this gauntlet for anyone who reads your post as well.
Preferably the organization is one that has more than just a local impact on our industry but whatever fits the idea is fine.
“Disaster Tech Lab provides rapid response communication networks for use in disaster relief and humanitarian aid work. Our networks and services help to connect responding organisations as well as affected communities.
We also develop new technologies for use in disaster response work.”
“Computer Aid International is a UK-registered ICT for development charity which aims to reduce poverty through practical ICT solutions. We collect IT equipment for distribution in hospitals, universities, schools and not-for-profit organisations in over 100 countries.”
“Tech For All makes available to individuals in the community the means to become skilled and competent in computer use; we do this by gathering donations, collecting and reconditioning used equipment, identifying qualified recipients and placing the appropriate equipment with them solely for their use and at no charge.”
“When one woman helps another, amazing things can happen. Professional careers leap forward. That’s what Women in Technology is all about.”
“ECHO exists to reduce hunger and improve the lives of small-scale farmers worldwide. We work to identify, validate, document and disseminate best practices in sustainable agriculture and appropriate technology.”
These are just a few. Now here, I’ve done some of the work for you. Here are a few sites listing charitable organizations so you don’t have to do as much research.
There it is. Step Up. Accept this Challenge. Take one, Pass IT on.