Free Geek is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to addressing
the digital divide by providing computer training, redistributing computer
technology and providing volunteer opportunities to our community while
maintaining relationships with responsible recycling partners.
Free Geek Providence formed in 2008 as an independent branch of the
original Free Geek in Oregon, with a mission to help local schools and
families access technology, to recycle electronics responsibly, and to
educate the community.
Free Geek Pvd History
August 2008 February 8th September 5th March 22nd
Free Geek Providence First NewBCamp held at Moved into space at 50 computers donated
founded by Nate Hutnak Johnson and Wales Johnson and Wales to Cranson West
Harbourside Campus High School
October 20th April 1st October 18th
Became a non-profit in Began 501c3 process 66 broken and out of
Rhode Island date cellphones have
April 9th been collected and sent
to be recycled
Second NewBCamp held
at Providence College
Free Geek day. Over 50
computers donated to
local non-profits and
Sources of income
• Computer Sales - Laptops & Desktops
• Cell phone donations
Proposed • Grants
• Training sessions (Newbie Camps & Vet Tech)
Apprentice Apprentice style structures where
volunteer work is rewarded with free
Programs bikes or computers.
Collaborative A collaboratiove space which encourages
interaction amongst experts and beginners.
Open Source Open Source technology permits users
to study, change and improve software.
Combating spread Groups which focus on the devastating
impacts of electronic waste and fight to
of E-waste provide sustainable options.