Projects / Repurposed Labs

Giving a new purpose to old computers, inititive to repurpose used computers into public terminals providing internet access to marginalized groups.

May 2011

Every year thousands of used computers are sent to salvage as companies and families keep pace with technological advances.

A study commissioned by Environment Canada estimated that 91,000 tonnes of IT and telecom equipment were recycled and disposed in 2010, with computers and monitors accounted for 70% of this total.

At the same time, nonprofit organizations are in desperate need of used computers particularly to provide internet access for at-risk or low income groups; whether to search for a job, reconnect with family in other cities or take education classes online.

Repurposed Labs aimed to be a bridge between companies upgrading their computer systems, and organizations that could utilize those computers to provide free internet access for members of their community.

Thanks to the donations from MLT law firm in Saskatoon, we were able to setup public internet work stations at White Buffalo Youth Lodge and another at Core Neighborhood Youth Coop.

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