“We are proud to help build an open and inclusive technology ecosystem in Toronto. Partnering with Free Geek encourages the entire TechTO community to play a part in providing more access for diverse populations to join the growing Toronto technology scene,” said Alex Norman, managing director of TechTO.
Between December 11 to 15, Free Geek Toronto — a non-profit that aims to break barriers for low-income communities by providing access to essential technology — will be touring the city with donation bins and information booths. Accepted items are wide-ranging, and include items like VCRs, smartphones, and ethernet cables.
“In this hectic season when we’re so focused on shopping and replacing the old with the new, the #DonateTech drive gives people the opportunity to make a difference with their retired tech,” says Ryan Fukunga, executive director at Free Geek Toronto. “Too often, technology is tossed away when it still has so much left to give. When you donate your old tech, you’re giving someone the opportunity to build invaluable technical skills, perform better in school and access new job opportunities.”
According to Free Geek Toronto, Canadians throw out over 14 million tonnes of tech a year.
“Being a software company, we understand how powerful technology is and how often access is taken for granted,” says Mike Etzinger, VP of marketing at RL Solutions. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to work with the team at Free Geek Toronto to raise awareness about the impact that donated technology can have in our local community.”
The #DonateTech booths are available at the following locations:
- The DMZ at Ryerson University – Monday, December 11, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- WeWork (33 Bloor Street) – Tuesday, December 12, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- MaRS Discovery District – Wednesday, December 13, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- City Hall – Thursday, December 14, Friday December 15, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
There are also permanent dropoff locations throughout the week. For more information, check out the drive’s official website here.