CSC News

June 22, 2007

Geek-a-Thon Set for October 5-7 at Centennial Campus Middle School

As part of our 40th Year Celebration, the Association for Computing Machinery/Association for Information Technology Professionals (ACM/AITP) and the Women in Computer Science (WiCS) student organizations in association with the NC State Department of Computer Science and the Kramden Institute, Inc., and in partnership with Centennial Campus Middle School, will host a Geek-a-Thon the weekend of October 5-7, 2007.
Primary sponsors of the event include Platinum Sponsor - the NC chapter of the Society for Information Management (NC-SIM) which is providing substantial financial support and the majority of the PCs to be refurbished, Gold Sponsor - The Pantry / Kangaroo Express, Silver Sponsor - Cisco Systems, and Bronze Sponsor - the Raleigh Chapter of Information Systems Security Association (ISSA).
 A Geek-a-Thon is a weekend long event where computers are refurbished and then donated to help high-achieving, but less-advantaged middle school students in Wake County cross the digital divide. A large portion of the refurbished PCs will go to families of students from Centennial Campus Middle School, our partner and host for the event.
Members of NC-SIM are taking a lead role in helping secure PCs to be refurbished.  However, anyone can donate to the cause.  
Ideally, we would like to have sets of 50 same-model computers (plus monitors, mice, and keyboards). The donated computers must meet the following requirements:
  • Computers must have a processor speed of at least 450 MHz (Pentium III or higher) or equivalent so we can install the software for the recipients, (typically 5 years old or newer). They don't need to work, but they must not be stripped of parts, wrecked or overly damaged.
  • PCs only. Sorry, no Apple/Mac products.
  • All other items (monitors, printers, etc.) must be in good working order.  Monitors must be 15" to 17" (unless LCD panel monitors).
  • 20GB Hard Drive or larger
  • CD-ROM
  • 256 MB of RAM or larger
Individual computer donations can be made directly to the Kramden Institute. Please see their website for more information about how to donate. Let them know that you heard about donating through NCSU! 
We are also requesting financial donations. The cost of refurbishing a single computer is $40, and a typical Geek-a-Thon refurbishes 200-250 computers. Corporate sponsorships are available; Platinum - $5K and up, Gold - $2.5K-5K, Silver - $1K-2.5K, and Bronze - $250-1K. Please email if you are interested in helping sponsor this high-profile event.
Finally, we are requesting the gift of your time. There are several ways for volunteers to participate in the event, from cleaning the computers, to refurbishing, and to giving out the computers to selected students and their families.
To volunteer or obtain more information about our event, visit our Official NC State Geek-a-thon site.

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