IT training using redundant equipment

PRESS RELEASE dated 2003-10-11

A successful and innovative Sheffield-based company called Lowtech ( uses redundant computer equipment to provide community-based training. TechScribe is supporting this project.

Lowtech had its origins in the Redundant Technology Initiative, which was founded by a group of artists who used discarded equipment to create their works. Soon there was a surplus of fully functioning equipment, and so Lowtech was set up. It provides Access Space, a drop-in centre where people can use the Internet and learn how to create websites.

Mark, artist and new member said, "I've learnt to build websites, send and receive emails and navigate the Net. It's hard to believe that such a place exists. And the best thing about Access Space is that it's for everyone, for free!"

"Education and training is one aspect of TechScribe's work, and donating old equipment to Lowtech is one way of supporting local training initiatives," said Mike Unwalla of TechScribe.

Richard Siddall, General Administrator, added, "Companies large and small can help our local community project by donating old computer equipment that they no longer use."

Lowtech's pioneering approach has demonstrated that any group can build its own online lab for no capital cost, using the discarded technology and free, open-source software. It's a highly sustainable 'green' strategy that empowers people with IT skills, and which is creative and a lot of fun.

Lowtech's latest project is called 'Grow Your Own Media Lab!'. "It's helping groups across the UK and abroad to set up their own creative, community-based technology reuse projects, forming a grassroots network of ICT learning and techno-culture centres," said Richard.


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