Black Beard & GirlCode partner to collect and redistribute SA’s discarded tech

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E-waste is something that we’ll need to think about in coming years, especially as each new year brings with it a slew of new devices, leaving older generations of tech to gather dust in desk drawers across the country.

Aiming to tackle this problem, as well as repurpose old hardware for educational use is Tech Relief, which is a collaborative effort between local solutions builder Black Beard and GirlCode.

“Tech Relief aims to collect and distribute ‘old’ technological devices that are collecting dust in drawers around the world. These still equipped yet slightly outdated devices can be used to address the burning need for technological learning tools in educational institutions and initiatives especially in underprivileged areas,” explains a press release about the announcement.

Accompanying the announcement is the launch of the Tech Relief website, which will serve as a platform for South Africans to donate old devices such as iPads, notebooks, PCs and smartphones, with the program then delivering them 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,” adds the press release.

Come 3rd August, GirlCode will be hosting a hackathon where donated devices will be put to use on the day, along with them being distributed thereafter.

To find out more about this initiative, and how to donate your old tech, head here.

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Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.