Repurposed Corporate Computers Grow Indiana’s Future Technology Workforce
INDIANAPOLIS, July 11, 2016 – With the help of companies like Interactive Intelligence, out-of-warranty technology is being repurposed by start-up Multiply Technology, and issued back to the Indiana community through small-scale businesses, nonprofits and other organizations in need of low-cost tech solutions.
“When a computer goes out-of-warranty or reaches its end-of-life, our choices for what to do are limited,” said Todd Pedersen, Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Interactive Intelligence. “We’re thrilled with the idea that our equipment can be repurposed by Multiply Technology and used to make an impact in the community through programs like CoderDojo.”
Multiply’s mission is to be the conduit that connects companies and their out-of-warranty gear with nonprofits and other organizations that are doing good around the world. Multiply meets all regulatory and compliance standards; securely erasing and preparing out-of-warranty equipment for reuse by the community at a fraction of the cost of new equipment.
“We’re fortunate that Indy’s biggest and best companies care so much about directing resources to multiply the good,” said Aaron Padgett, Multiply co-founder. Doug Booth, Multiply’s other co-founder, added: “We’re really privileged to be the ones who can facilitate the use of these resources in a secure and sustainable way.”
Recently, CoderDojo Indiana, a TechPoint Foundation for Youth program, purchased laptops from Multiply Technology to support CoderDojos at Launch Fishers and The Speak Easy in Broad Ripple.
CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led computer coding clubs for students between seven and 17 years old. CoderDojo Indiana, in partnership with Eleven Fifty Academy and CoderDojo Foundation, will launch 20 Dojos in Indiana over the next year, some of which will be outfitted with technology purchased from Multiply Technology.
“Often Dojos require students to bring their own technology to the free program,” said Laura Dodds, executive director of TechPoint Foundation for Youth. “As you can imagine, this presents a significant obstacle for low-income families. Working with Multiply Technology, we’ve already purchased laptop sets for use at new Dojos making these programs accessible to any student wishing to participate.”
At the 2016 Mira Awards Gala hosted by TechPoint, the event’s presenting sponsors, Interactive Intelligence, Angie’s List and Salesforce, made a financial commitment to CoderDojo Indiana. Through audience donations matched by the three sponsors, more than $60,000 was raised that night to support the 20 CoderDojos that will start in Indiana in partnership with the Eleven Fifty Academy’s Cool Coding Week.
“Like many of our friends in the software industry, we struggle to find the talent needed to meet our needs,” Pedersen said. “Supporting programs like CoderDojo Indiana that gets kids excited about computer science allows us to build a talent pool right here in our own backyard. Knowing that many of those kids are learning the tricks of the trade on our repurposed equipment is especially exciting for us.
About: Interactive Intelligence
Interactive Intelligence Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ININ) is a global leader of cloud services for customer engagement, communications and collaboration designed to help businesses worldwide improve service, increase productivity and reduce costs. Backed by a 20-plus year history of industry firsts, 150-plus pending patent applications, and more than 6,000 global customer deployments, Interactive offers customers fast return on investment, along with robust reliability, scalability and security. It’s also the only company recognized by the top global industry analyst firm as a leader in both the cloud and on-premises customer engagement markets. The company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and has more than 2,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit www.inin.com.
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Contact: Christine Holley, Sr. Director, Market Communications, Interactive Intelligence, 317-715-8220
About: TechPoint Foundation for Youth/CoderDojo Indiana
As the leader in technology education efforts for the state of Indiana since 2001, TechPoint Foundation for Youth is committed to providing our state’s K-12 students, especially those typically underrepresented in STEM industry, with equal opportunities to explore the hands-on learning opportunities that inspire the pursuit of in demand STEM careers. In 2016, in partnership with Eleven Fifty Academy and CoderDojo Foundation, TechPoint Foundation for Youth launched the first of its kind statewide CoderDojo coalition known as CoderDojo Indiana. Over the next year, 20 Dojos will be formed across the state and outfitted with the technology needed to provide interested students access to these free community-based coding clubs. For more information on TechPoint Foundation for Youth & CoderDojo Indiana visit www.techpointyouth.org.
Contact: Laura Dodds, Executive Director, TechPoint Foundation for Youth, 317-371-4174
About: Multiply Technology
Multiply Technology is an innovative startup revolutionizing the IT asset disposition industry. Multiply is focused on collecting and repurposing end-of-life machines, eliminating company data liability, minimizing waste, and most importantly making an impact on the community using that technology as a vehicle to do so. Multiply’s motto is to “Multiply the Good,” which has been the foundation of the company culture and the why behind their business. For more information, visit www.multiplytechnology.com.
Contact: Doug Booth, Co-founder, Multiply Technology, 317-689-0585