We’re now ready to announce our new project! We touched on it in this post, but didn’t release any details about it because nothing was carved in stone yet.
In the last few days, we’ve laid a bit of a foundation for the project so that we can begin moving forward with it – and we need your help with the first stage! We’ve created a survey that’s intended to help us gauge the need for a project like this, and it’s funding requirements. Please share it around – if this ambitious project is going to succeed, we need to be able to present figures to people and companies we’re looking to work with! You can also help by sharing feedback with us on how we can improve the project – so please let us know if you have any ideas at all!
The project itself is subject to potentially drastic changes at this early stage, but the general goals are to help less fortunate people to access technology which they may need for their education, and to do so in a way that’s sustainable long-term.
Some of the ways we’ve considered achieving this are buying laptops and/or tablets in bulk from manufacturers (of course, we’ll vet them to make sure they meet our requirements beforehand), and selling them to those who need them using a discount determined on a case-by-case basis – i.e. some people who we think struggle more could receive a product that incurs a loss to us, while other people who still struggle but are a little better-off may receive a product at a small profit, making the net profit/loss very small. When supplemented by having partners like PRSPXCTVS and any future companies plus potential grants or other external funding, the overall cost to the students in need can be lowered even further.
One thing that remains to be discussed (and probably will be after the results of the survey are compiled, if the project goes forward) is the support plan for the devices we distribute. I.e. what the restrictions will be on a repair/replace program for accidental damage, whether there will be a cost and how high or low this cost will be or where the funding will come from, etc.
So, many of the details remain to be worked on, but we’re very proud of what we’ve achieved so far, and hope that we can move forward with this project soon.
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