In 2004 one of Ivan Wainewright's clients wished to donate a few
unneeded (but perfectly useful) computers. Ivan posted a short notice
on his 'IT For Charities' web site. The response was overwhelming:
Donateapc was conceived.
Having recently met and befriended David Eisenhart at London's
Charityfair Ivan asked him to build the site: Donateapc was born.
The service ran well over the next eight years, re-housing many
many items of hardware- PCs, Macs, printers, monitors and so on.
Disaster then struck: the site's host was taken over, something
was changed and Donateapc stopped working. David and Ivan tried
to pull it back up but did not have the time or resources to do
so successfully: Donateapc was dead.
Just then an email arrived from a Colchester school with "unwanted
printers, smart boards and a 67 inch plasma screen." They weren't
geared up to selling the items and to dispose of them responsibly
was going to cost money. Did we (David and Ivan) know anywhere it
could be put to good use? Well, no. That's what Donateapc was for.
David replaced the malfunctioning home page with "HELP!"
and George Hazlewood immediately responded:
The pages and database were loaded on to George's machine: Donateapc
Ivan Wainwright, www.itforcharities.co.uk,
is an independent IT consultant to non-profits. He advises on databases,
software and IT strategy.
George Hazlewood, www.layer1.co.uk,
builds and hosts web sites for SMEs. George works with open source
technologies (particularly Drupal) and design agencies.
David Eisenhart is currently helping with the kids at home and
is working on Blank
sheet to balance sheet.