Tech-Share

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Tech-Share: Power of Technology

Shoubra El-Khema, EgyptShoubra El-Khema, Egypt
Year Founded:
2015
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Do you have computer?. OK! but what about those who don’t have computer or even money to buy new one. Tech-Share is bridging the gap between underprivileged students and technology by providing them with computers and teaching them computer skills.
 

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if your old computer can make a difference for underprivileged people.
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Nowadays, Some students don't know how to use computer to write reports and resume and apply to opportunities. This back to they don't have computer at home because of low income. Those are the underprivileged students.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

There are a lot of people upgrading their computers and companies also do the same. So, we will collect these computers from people and companies as a donation by doing campaigns at universities and making deals with companies. After that we will teach underprivileged students of preparatory and high schools the computer skills and at the end of the program they will get a computer for free (volunteers transport computers). Additionally, collecting computer parts will be one of our activities to use it if there are some computers need some parts. * Computer skills: Basic skills, MS. Office, etc. * Target beneficiaries: the underprivileged students of rural areas. we will reach those students with the help of charities and schools.

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Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Ibrahim is a university student. He is growing up in a poor family and this didn't give him the opportunity to have a computer but about 90% of his peers have one. So, some of them can work as freelance using his computer and internet or do some research or connect with other friends for free. Also, when the professor asked them to do a research but Ibrahim couldn't do the research because he don't have a tool. So, imagine now that Ibrahim has a computer when he was in preparatory or secondary school. He can do his research well, connect with others and have some fun with computer games like his peers. Then, Ibrahim can feel equality and live happy with more opportunities with his computer which Tech-Share gave him for free.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

We started from about 5 months ago. We made a partnership with Egyptian center helping Syrian refugees by training 5 Syrian refugees from (13-16) years old. We gave them 4 training sessions. Then, we started to collect computers as donation and we reached about 4 computers but our technical team still fixing them. Our target: 50 Underprivileged students/first year. Our Impact: 1- Reducing the illiteracy of the computer in Egypt. 2- Prepare future leaders who can live independently and connected with the technological era to make a positive development for their respective community. 3- Using old computers in a very useful way instead of storing it or burning it and harm the environment. 4- Spreading the culture of volunteerism and donation. Measuring success will be by: - When the student pass the practical exam which will be held at the end, this is a measure.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Our spreading strategies: We started now with the capital of Egypt (Cairo) but in the next 2 years we aim to spread in the upper Egypt.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

we are planning to make a paid computer training courses for students who want to learn computer skills which will be a secured source of money for the project.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

When I searched about same projects who are addressing the same problem I found that they are giving training courses for students on how to use computer efficiently. But our project is so different specially by the point of collecting computers from people as a donation and give it to underprivileged students for free.
Team

Founding Story

"Give me an example about a technology product" said by Ashoka trainer in a lecture about social entrepreneurship when I was one of the students at UCONN in USA in Summer 2015. I raised my hand and said "mobile phone" but at this moment I asked myself "all of us have a mobile phones, tablets, computers..etc but what about those students who don't have these products or don't have money to buy a new one" then, the idea come up which is collecting old computers from people who buy a new one and give it to underprivileged students. I started to share this idea with doctors, mentors and the whole group till we reach that we we have to train the underprivileged students computer skills first.

Team

Our Team Structure and every committee responsibilities: 1- Training & Development Committee - Teaching students computer skills. - Developing course’s content. 2- Technical Committee - Responsible for maintenance of computers (Software & Hardware). - Responsible for installing required programs. - Gathering parts to be a complete computer. 3- PR Committee - Dealing with enquirers from the public, the press, and related organizations. - Finding required schools and Dealing with them. - Planning publicity strategies and campaigns. - Organizing events such as outings, tours and visits. - Collecting computers from donators. - Dealing with any organizations & NGO’s. - Contacting trainers. - Follow and create new ideas and trends for advertising. 4- HR Committee - Evaluating, maintaining and improving the quality of Tech-Share performance. - Recruitment. - Helping committee heads in motivating the members. - Supervising the vision of Tech-Share. - Solving problems. - Responsible for punishments and rewards. - Following up with members. - Creating profile for each member. - Responsible for outing and visits programs. 5- FR Committee - Doing marketing strategy such as preparing benefit packages and profile and making deals with different sponsors in order to maintain the financial state. - Responsible for finance statements. - Maintaining good relations with the sponsors. - Dealing with sponsors. - Budgeting incoming and outgoing money. - Providing Tech-Share with fund to fulfill the financial needs. 6- IT&Media Committee Photographers: - Snapping pics and videos for training, meetings, outings and campaigns. Graphic designer: - Making designs ( covers , flyers , banners..). - Video editing. - Photo editing. Social Media: - Responsible for FB, twitter and YouTube. IT Committee - Responsible for website. - Responsible for data entry.

Comments

Mentor Dida's picture

Hey friend,

Great job! I love the concept and I see a lot of ways to use that to create a scalable and repeatable model for business. I think that the strongest part of this application is the potential for expansion due to many possible revenue streams. Keep being a changemaker!

Here is my feedback, it might sound harsh but it is with good intentions.

Pitch:
Think of if you work on a 20 story building and you are with you an investor in that elevator, how would you pitch your idea? You talk about the problem but no statistics about how serious this problem is and what the solution is! Why is this important? And then in the end hint at the solution. Sell the problem then sell the solution.

What if:
Great!
Problem:
Think of also finding the root cause of this problem. Why is this important? Why is this happening? Think of talking to 30 people who are experts in this field and see what they have to say. Albert Einstein said that if he had 1 hours to solve a problem, he would spend 55 minutes to find the problem and 5 to figure out a solution. Understanding all the components of the problem is key.
Solution:
Great! How are you going to collect the computers? How will you transport the computers from one place to another? How will you identify students who that want to learn?
Example
Wonderful!
Impact:
Great! Think of ways to measure success. How do you know if you have achieved success?
Full impact Potential:
Look for a repeatable and scalable model that is simple and powerful. Once that model is developed the full impact could be reached. This is a very strategic part. Think of creating a repeatable and scalable model that is simple to replicate and there is a source of revenue to keep it sustainable. Think of a vision statement, what would it look like 10 years from now? What would you impact be? Set a vision that you want to accomplish and then everything that you do should be to reach that point. A cool vision statement that I like is from Oxfam: A just world without poverty. Think of something simple but also that makes you strive to achieve.
Sustainability:
What I would add would be to perhaps open a center that offers computer services, and you train the kids to do that. That way you can have these computer centers that generate funds, and there students can also practice their computer skills. Think of more revenue streams and more strategic partnerships.
Marketplace:
Learn everything about what others are doing in this field. Once you learn everything then you can really understand what is the best way to create a solution in this field.
Founding Story:
Great story!
Team:
Great team. Think of also having an advisory board of people who are influencers in those fields.

Abdalla Ibrahim's picture

Thanks for these great comments!
I updated Pitch, Problem, Solution and Impact