Is there any way to contribute to this initiative?ex - I have additional devices
and I would like to donate.
Best,Abhishek(Sent via handheld device, pardon the brevity)
On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 10:37 AM, Asaf Bartov abar...@wikimedia.org wrote:
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From: Asaf Bartov <abar...@wikimedia.org>
Date: Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 10:06 PM
Subject: Announcing the Hardware donation program
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedi...@lists.wikimedia.org>
The Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to announce a small new program called the
Hardware Donation Program. In a word, it is a program designed to donate
depreciated (but fully working) hardware from the WMF office to community
members who would put it to good use.
The program, including instructions on how to apply, is described on Meta, here:
Please read the information carefully. I especially encourage you to pay
attention to the program's design considerations, which determine most of the
decisions we'll be making.
We currently have approximately 20 laptops ready to be donated. Applications
The upcoming Wikimedia Conference in Berlin (in about two weeks) would be an
excellent opportunity to deliver some of those laptops in person to approved
applications, so if you think you might be interested, I'd encourage you to
apply as soon as possible.
Please also help spread the word about this program, by forwarding this e-mail
to other Wikimedia lists you're on, and posting the link to the program page on
village pumps and *community* (not public) social media channels or other
communication forms you use.
Special thanks to User:Anntinomy from Wikimedia Ukraine, who had the idea of
asking about possible donation of older machines from WMF, and inspired this
Q: Why are you doing this?A: WMF's Office IT determines a lifetime for work
machines, and regularly replaces older machines. This creates a stock of older,
working machines, that are available for donation. We can donate them locally
to San Francisco charities, but figure that if we can find low-cost ways to
deliver them to our own community members, that's so much better.
Q: Am I eligible?A: Read the fine program documentation.
Q: If I'm eligible, am I guaranteed a donated laptop?A: no.
Q: Once these 20 laptops are donated, will there be others?A: yes, eventually.
Q: How can you ensure people would use the machines for Wikimedia purposes?A: We
can't. We'll be making a good-effort assessment of the likelihood of Wikimedia
use, and make a decision to donate (or not) the equipment. Once donated, the
equipment no longer belongs to WMF. We encourage, but can't enforce, reporting
on impact achieved using the equipment.
Q: I need a few laptops for my event in two weeks! Can I get them through this
program?A: No. Read the fine program documentation.
Q: I'm really happy about this!A: So are we! :)
Q: I'm really angry about this!A: So it goes.
Q: I have more questions!A: Hit 'Reply'. :)
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