SocialBox.Biz accepting old Apple products for digitial inclusion initiative

donate_old_ipad_londonSocialBox.Biz, a London-based technological social enterprise venture on a mission to collect old disused but still working laptops and hand-held tablet devices to those in need, this week announced they are interested in collecting more Apple products, Apple MacBooks, Apple chargers, iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Applie iBooks ahead of the holiday season.

Determined to provide a channel out of digital exclusion for society’s most marginalised members – homeless, elderly, and disabled – SocialBox.Biz partners with local businesses for laptop donation boxes, and in turn, places the donation in the hands that need them most.

“We want to collect every kind of laptop, whether it’s Acer, Toshiba, Dell, HP, Sony, Apple, and more, to ensure as many people as possible in accommodation services have a chance at digital inclusion,” said blogger Sam of SocialBox.Biz. “In order to do that, we are now accepting any kind of Apple product donation, including iPhones, iPads, iPods, and any other kind of device that can provide worth to someone with nothing.”

SocialBox.Biz’s expansion to include Apple products is designed to spur even more interest in the hearts of Londoners who are looking for a good cause this holiday season.

Once items are donated to the London-based startup, they they arrange for suitable devices to be handed to homeless and elderly in accommodation services. The digital access then gives them a chance to apply to jobs and communicate with family and friends.

SocialBox.Biz is encouraging everyone to share their business mission with friends and family, and consider donating outdated Apple products that are often swept aside when new versions come out every 6 months.

For more information, 

https://www.socialbox.biz/digital-inclusion/

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https://www.socialbox.biz/contact-us/

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9 responses to “SocialBox.Biz accepting old Apple products for digitial inclusion initiative”

  1. Martin says:

    Great initiative! I’ve owned 7-8 laptops and Apple Ipads and Iphones so far and I’ve always donated the ones I didn’t need; we have a shelter near my apartment so it was easy for me to find someone in need of a decent laptop there. Kudos to you for trying to make a change!

  2. Jamie says:

    I remember reading somewhere how a homeless guy who got an old laptop started learning programming and soon found work as a programmer. This is yet another proof how far you can go with so little… So keep up the great work, guys! Good to know about the donating services is also available from social enterprise charitable sector instead of just recycling Apple computer products available for businesses and for domestic customers in London and UK. Donating means reusing and that is always more environmentally friendly as it does not need any additional energy to reuse but for recycling it does.

  3. Melanie says:

    Hope you guys will do this next year too, I missed the wagon this year #bummer In fact, can’t I do this right now? I’ve contacted you to see if I can donate my laptop this month.

  4. Denise says:

    I’ve always been a huge advocate for donating stuff you don’t need, from clothing to IT devices and home appliances. It crushes my soul to see boxes of old stuff lingering on the street when they could have been put to good use and donated.

  5. Londoner_Bob says:

    I am very passionate about social enterprise and digital inclusion and donating those disused no longer needed but still useful computers and laptops and Apple products is a great initiative.

    Being familiar with the Inclusion through Innovation report on how the innovative use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can be used to promote equality of opportunity and
    improve service delivery and outcomes for society’s most disadvantaged groups as well
    as those who live in deprived areas will attempt to summarise it and and share some of that and hopefully it is useful to someone;
    The specific aims of the Inclusion through Innovation project were to:
    • Identify future trends in ICT and innovations which will address social
    exclusion;
    • Investigate the need for new and innovative models of service delivery for
    excluded groups, and how ICT could support these;
    • Review how better links could be made between existing information held in
    different places about vulnerable and excluded people, to ensure that best
    use is made of what we know already;
    • Explore how cultural and legal issues such as data protection should be taken
    forward to enable delivery of the above;
    • Investigate how trends in ICT provision can be influenced to prevent further
    growth of the ‘digital divide’; and,
    • Address the ethical concerns arising from the operation of some technological
    solutions and the risks that ICT can pose as a driver of exclusion.
    This project forms part of the Unit’s current work programme, which aims to ensure that
    public services are delivered effectively to the most excluded groups in society.

    It consisted of both open ended and closed questions and was split into
    four sections according to theme. The four themes were ‘Trends and inequality’,
    ‘Narrowing the digital divide’, ‘Improving service delivery’, and ‘Sharing information on
    service users’. The questionnaire was distributed to a wide range of individuals and
    organisations that were considered to have a particular interest and expertise in this
    subject area. Respondents to the Inclusion through innovation questionnaire raised a number of key
    issues, which are summarised below.
    A widening digital divide
    The majority of respondents (77%) agreed that current trends in ICT computer technology are likely to widen the digital divide and increase levels of inequality faced by socially excluded groups.
    However, despite this view, one in five respondents felt that there are currently initiatives
    in place that aim to address the digital divide through, for example, providing socially
    excluded groups with computer training. The main reasons for the view that the digital divide
    is widening primarily relate to:
    • The costs of ICT equipment: computer equipment (both hardware and software) is
    thought to be prohibitively expensive for many socially excluded people who are
    often on low incomes. There is a need for financial support to increase people’s
    access to technology, and for a reduction in the cost of internet connection.
    • Lack of access to computers and internet: A lack of physical access to ICT facilities such as
    personal computers (PCs), the internet, and broadband poses a further barrier.
    Certain groups, such as elderly or disabled people, are thought to have a
    particularly strong need for increased in-home access to technology.
    • Lack of training in the use of technology: Lack of training and poor basic skills
    often prevent socially excluded people from utilizing technology. Many
    disadvantaged people are unaware of or uncomfortable taking part in training
    courses, and lack confidence in the use of technology, which acts as an
    additional barrier. There is thought to be a strong need for increased training and
    support, particularly in schools.
    • Market issues: Market issues, such as the tendency for ICT developers to focus
    more on more profitable mainstream markets than disadvantaged groups is
    another key cause of the widening digital divide. There is a view that developers
    do not often target their services or products to meet the particular needs of
    socially excluded people which therefore contributes to low demand or uptake.
    Computers are – and will continue to – improve service delivery
    Despite these concerns, respondents expressed a strong belief that all kinds of ICT including laptopls and Apple devices has an
    important role to play in improving service delivery to socially excluded groups. The
    main forms of technology currently used to do this are:
    • The internet: the internet is seen as providing access to an increasing number
    of services, such as service information, online training, and hosting online
    forums. People with few or no qualifications and unemployed people are seen as
    key audiences for development in this area.
    • Mobile technology: mobile technologies (mobile phones like Apple Iphones and Ipads) are also
    commonly used to deliver services to disadvantaged groups, largely due to their
    relative low cost, and widespread use, particularly among younger people. Some
    respondents felt that mobile technologies provide an important point of contact for
    vulnerable people or those without stable accommodation.
    However, most respondents felt that computers and information technology is not currently being used effectively in service
    provision and feel that there is scope for development in this area. In particular,
    increased investment in and development of the internet, online learning and mobile
    phones are key areas that respondents believe could significantly improve the services
    that socially excluded people currently receive. Specific suggestions to do this include
    effectively targeting services to individual needs, increasing the efficient access to
    information, and facilitating greater mobility amongst front-line staff.

  6. bobster_blogger says:

    When you upgrade to a new Apple Iphone, laptops, Ipad what to do with the older one? Instead of letting it sit in a cabinet consider donating it. Working technology charitable organisations aren’t exactly rolling in cash and would would re-purpose older devices. Otherwise during this whole process our old Apple devices and laptop computers become useless and eventually end up in the store as completely idle devices that are no longer of any use, just occupy space. And unless your computer is not completely useless and does not work at all for you or for anyone else, you should definitely not take the horrible step of throwing it away in trash because you never know who might find it useful. And even if it is useless and does not work there might still be some internal parts of the computer that can be put to good use if handed over to the right person. The technology nowadays is increasing and upgrading with such a fast pace that after every few years some new and faster technology or processor arises and we have to switch our PC and upgrade ourselves to a better and faster one. Big powerful systems get available at such low prices that people do not think twice before buying a new computer. This is valid or soon be valid for most consumer devices and electronics including Apple and Apple MacBool, Apple Ibook, Apple Iphone, Apple Pro, Apple TV, Imac, MacBook Air. These days of ecological awareness of carbon footprints and environmental changes, recycling and reusing is becoming an ever important part of our lifestyle. Donation service for Apple electronics continues this trait by reusing unwanted laptops and Apple products that would normally be just siting around no longer used. Apart from charitable benefits to know more about why we need to donate or recycle laptops we also need to inspect what is inside. The basic parts of a laptop are a miniaturised version of their desktop PC counterparts, similar in function but adapted to mobile use and designed for lower consumption of energy. Just because they are smaller in size does not mean that they do not carry the same toxic hazards of a PC, laptops contain hazardous substances. “A Danish laboratory tested for several toxic chemicals, including brominated flame retardants plastic , and even lead, in brand new laptops from five of the worlds leading manufacturers (Acer, Apple, Dell, HP, Sony).

  7. webstevey says:

    I;ve read about Apple Connect-ED for schools donating some new iPads, and Apple Professional Learning Specialists many of whom are former teachers and maintain teaching certificates, provide administrators, teachers, and students with tailored, onsite support and guidance. However its great to know what other other options there are for donating older but still very much useful models of Ipads and other Apple mac devices. Older technology some how seems to be more reliable and durable these days new tech product seems to break quicker and we keep replacing it even quicker than before.

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