Think Systems Inc., a management consulting firm that focuses on small and mid-market companies that need help with organizational solutions and strategic hiring, announced Tuesday it is collaborating with a group of technology leaders to establish high-speed internet access and provide free laptops to students in Baltimore so they can continue their education at home while schools are closed.
The group, known as DigiBmore, is soliciting corporations and individuals for used laptops, notebooks and tablets that will be refurbished, wiped clean and delivered to students in underserved areas of Baltimore who are out of school because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Baltimore schools closed March 16 and with the recent shelter in place guidelines, will not be returning to school anytime soon. Interested business, and students in need, can participate in the program by going to http://baltimoreroboticscenter.com/wp/laptop-donations/.
Ed Mullin, vice president and chief information officer of Think and one of DigiBmore’s founders, said the collaboration wants to avoid hundreds of young people in underserved communities missing out on educational opportunities because they have no internet or no laptop
DigiBmore founders include Adam Bouhmad, founder of Project Waves and assistant director of technology at Digital Harbor Foundation; Andrew Coy, executive director at Digital Harbor Foundation; Jonathan Moore, founder and CEO of RowdyOrb.it, and McKeever “Mac” Conwell, portfolio manager and deal team coordinator for Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO).
Mullin, who is also executive director of the Baltimore Robotic Center, said DigiBmore will use the center’s 1001 W. Pratt St. headquarters as a community anchor to build a WIFI Mesh Network and initially connect residents who live in south Baltimore. The high-speed internet access coverage area will extend to a four- to five-block radius.
To date more than 100 digital devices have been collected and distributed to students in need. DigiBmore accepts and will wipe clean laptops, notebooks, and tablets. To participate, please complete the donation form here: http://baltimoreroboticscenter.com/wp/laptop-donations/.