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ITAD firm launches project to bridge the digital divide

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Through the Digial Dreams Project, individual consumers and organizations can donate or trade in devices for students in need. | Farknot Architect/Shutterstock

New Jersey-based PlanITROI has kicked off an effort to help get used computers into the hands of underserved and disadvantaged students so they can study at home.

PlanITROI launched the Digital Dreams Project (DDP), which aims to help bridge the digital divide by providing one million devices to students by the end of the 2021 school year.

In a press release, Paul Baum, PlanITROI CEO and founder of DDP, noted the large number of unused computers in homes and offices. “We can use these computers now to fill the digital divide and to help students learn,” he stated. “The Digital Dreams Project needs your idle computing donations or trade-ins to make that work.”

Through DDP, individual consumers and organizations can donate or trade in devices. They can also start a team to collect idle computers from their communities.

The release noted the backlogs OEMs are currently experiencing to produce entry-level computers for students.

DDP was announced at the International Association of IT Asset Managers virtual ACE 2020 conference.

With an R2-certified headquarters location in Denville, N.J., PlanITROI supplies refurbished electronics to Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Staples, Office Depot, CDW, NewEgg, eBay and others.

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