DURBAN – Black Beard, a South African tech solutions builder has partnered with GirlCode in an initiative designed to collect and utilise old tech devices known as Tech Relief.
Tech Relief aims to collect and distribute ‘old’ technological devices that are not being used. The outdated devices will then be used to address the burning need for technological learning tools in educational institutions and initiatives especially in underprivileged areas.
Tech Relief has created a platform, in association with GirlCode, for the public to donate old devices, such as iPads, Notebooks, Desktops and Cellphones to the programme to then be distributed to worthy recipients. Sponsors will be able to track who the devices are given to and then watch the progress and education path of the recipient knowing that they have made an enormous impact, with GirlCode providing the accountability in the process.
Yolandi Strauss is Agile Head of Product Delivery for Black Beard Technologies said, "The great opportunity that has emerged from this is that these simple yet old devices can be used to address the burning need for technological learning tools in educational institutions and initiatives. These can be used to enhance the educational experience of children as well as the less fortunate".
GirlCode aims to get more women get involved with technology, design, development and leadership and run various initiatives to empower women to work collaboratively in creating new tech solutions.