Fix N' Give to host computer/technology drive

Fix N' Give to host computer/technology drive
Posted on 04/20/2018
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Fix N’ Give Computer/Technology Drive Details 

When: April 30, 7-8:30 pm
Where: IHHS front lobby & MP room
Why: Drop off your old computers and other technology you no longer use to be refurbished and given to schools/communities in need. Also, students will be fixing computers for others to observe – or jump in and help!

An interview with Fix N’ Give President, Richard Guan

What is the purpose of Fix N’ Give?
Too many children in the Cincinnati area do not have access to an education that teaches them to be technologically literate, even while the world becomes more and more dependent on technology. Our vision is for every school to have the tools to teach students to be technologically literate. So we take old computers and technology that people or organizations don't use, add value by refurbishing them (hardware and software), and then donate to schools that need technology so they can have the tools to teach information technology and computer science. 

Why did you decide to get involved with Fix N’ Give?
Near the end of my junior year, I was interested in starting a nonprofit for math education in underprivileged areas. I approached the founder of Fix N’ Give (2017 IHHS graduate Milan Bhandari) for advice because I had heard good things about the work they were doing. Milan wanted to keep the organization going after he graduated, and seeing my interest in supporting education in underprivileged schools, he offered for me to take over. I accepted. Later on, we recruited many more people for the organization.

What has been most rewarding about your involvement with the organization?
The most rewarding part for me has been knowing that we aren't just giving something that is temporarily helpful – we are leaving our mark by helping students pursue their passions in technology that will be very beneficial in their own careers and futures. I believe what we are doing has a "multiplier effect;" hopefully some of our work allows students to impact their own communities (maybe with their own inventions as a result of pursuing their passions). And their contributions help even more people impact their communities, and so on. 

 

You have a computer drive event coming up – what is the purpose of it?
Our supply of laptops and desktops has run very low recently. We want to refill our supplies so we can continue to donate to the schools that we already donate to, and also potentially expand the number of schools we donate to in the future. Our measurable goal is to get as many laptops and desktops as possible. On the more subjective side, we want to cultivate our relationship with the Indian Hill community by providing a service (a safe and easy way to recycle old technology) and by getting our name out there. We hope that this collaborative project (between IHHS students, administration, and community) will provide a groundwork for more and better projects in the future. 

What was most challenging about putting this event together?
Narrowing the scope of our idea has been the most challenging thing. It was difficult to find the balance between doing something special to set ourselves apart from all the other drives going on, while also making the drive simple enough so that people could have a clear idea in their mind what the drive was and what it was for. First we wanted to have a coding workshop that ran alongside donations, and then we wanted to have speakers, and after we decided not to do that, we were lost. Eventually, getting voices outside our organization (including AP Government teacher Brad Kirk) helped us settle on the idea of fixing the computers we got on site during the drive. 

What is the most important thing you’d like people to know about Fix N’ Give?
We want people to understand that we are not only dedicated to what we are doing now; we are ambitious and want to keep increasing the number of people we are helping, as well as the quality of our help. This drive is not just for us to keep up our current dedications; it's to give us the space to experiment and try out different ideas. It's for our organization to mature. It's for us to eventually be able to do more with less.