12 Days of Good- Day 2: Kids on Computers
Yesterday's article kicked off the '12 Days of Good' series. If you're interested, you can read up on why shining the light on such praiseworthy endeavors is such a passion of mine. Now onto Day 2!
Kids on Computers is a "non-profit organization comprised of a group of volunteers, setting up computer labs in areas where kids don't have access to technology. We bring computers & free and open source software to disadvantaged kids." They're doing so much more than that but how awesome is that?!!
I heard about Kids on Computers from friends & colleagues in the tech & open source community. So when they needed a space for a "hands-on meetup," I was more than happy to host the event at Droplabs, a co-working space in Downtown LA where I serve on their Board. What was this "hands-on meetup?" all about, you may ask? It was a LinuxChix LA (an awesome organization in its own right!) meetup where we took donated laptops that needed to be upgraded- RAM, miscellaneous hardware & installing the KoC Linux distribution that they've customized for their needs. These laptops were going to be going to kids in Nepal. It was organized by the equally awesome & long-time member of LinuxChix, Sharon Lake who is also part of their team of volunteers. I felt so blessed to be able to be a small cog in that wonderful wheel of giving.
So I invite you to check out this wonderful organization bridging the Digital Divide via open source software.