“Project: Community Computers reduces e-waste and bridges the digital divide by reusing and recycling computers and bringing technology access to those in need.”
Our mission is to open up new opportunities to impoverished people in Milwaukee, WI and other communities, who have been left behind in technology. We aspire to give them access to computers in our ever advancing state of technology. By working with our partner nonprofit organizations to set up our computer projects, we ensure that our projects are sustainable and reach those in need.
Of the over 7 billion people on the planet, only about 2 billion have access to the Internet. We use computers and the Internet to connect to distant friends and family. We use them for education, to find employment, and increase our productivity. When you think of all of the ways technology improves your life, it becomes easy to see how a ‘digital divide’ has been created between the haves and the have-nots. Furthermore, this is not something limited to the developing world. The divide is larger for those within developed communities who do not have computer literacy/access than for those in developing communities without computer literacy/access. There are roughly 30 million people here in the United States that do not have access to a computer. At the same time, we throw away roughly 37 million tons of electronics in this country because by current consumer standards they are considered outdated.
Project:CC was founded in 2009 by Dan Pastori and Jeff Hanson. We started as a student organization at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and have turned into an independent nonprofit organization. We work with local non-profits to provide technical service and computer lab donations. We have completed 20 computer labs spanning across three continents. Our impact has reached as far as improving the quality of education in rural Kenya and providing tools to find employment in inner city Milwaukee. We believe that Milwaukee poverty can be further diminished through computer access from the goodwill of partnered non-profits and large entity sponsors. Our goal at Project: Community Computers is to turn one person’s trash into another’s treasure. In the spirit of the open source movement, we have made our processes available so others can join our mission and help us create a better world.
Jeff Hanson is recent graduate of the Milwaukee school of engineering with degrees in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering. Jeff lead implementation of computer labs in several locations throughout Africa, and was a key mentor for setting up labs in other countries. Jeff’s technical background and passion for community led to his co-founding of Project: Community Computers (PCC) in 2009. Jeff is looking to continually impact his local and international community through his social entrepreneurial venture with PCC.
Kiefer Stenseng is a recent graduate of UW Madison with a degree in Scandinavian studies
and a certificate in European studies. Kiefer’s passion for social welfare is evident in his everyday life and his strong personal drive is evident as he manages a self-started photographer/videographer business. Kiefer has large amount of international experience through multiple stays in Norway, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland.
Matthew Brazeau has entrepreneurial experience through several small technology startup companies. Matthew took first in a national competition held at the Rochester Institute of Technology for the Your Entrepreneurs Academy in 2009. More recently in 2013, he has placed first in an MSOE-KEEN business plan competition, and second place in a BizStarts Milwaukee Collegiate business plan competition. Matthew is currently pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Engineering, and is in his final year of undergraduate studies at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.