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Kids on Computers: Setting Up Computer Labs For Kids Around The World

Avni Khatri (Massachusetts General Hospital)
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Ever dreamed of traveling to remote places and foreign countries and using your technology skills to improve the world?

We decided to take used computers and set up labs for disadvantaged kids worldwide. We’ve set up six computer labs in Mexico and Argentina and are working on setting up labs in Zambia and India next. Along the way, we’ve been detained by customs, climbed across roofs with ethernet cable, and hung out with goats and chickens while trying to find the school. We’ve also met fantastic people, delighted kids, and changed the world. Come learn how you can join us (or perhaps learn to avoid some of our more dangerous exploits) and make the world a better place by teaching kids about technology and free and open source software.

Kids on Computers, a non profit organization, works to provide free computers and free open source software to disadvantaged kids and schools worldwide. Our mission is to set up computer labs in schools around the world where kids have no other access to technology. We are a volunteer organization that uses donated computers and open source software to change kids’ lives.

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Avni Khatri

Massachusetts General Hospital

Avni Khatri is a Web Applications Architect at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Lab of Computer Science. She builds database-backed bio-informatics applications using OpenACS, an open source web application toolkit. She loves collaborating with people to bring great ideas to life.

She is also Vice President of Kids on Computers, an organization that sets up computer labs in areas where kids have no other access to technology.

Before coming to MGH, she worked at Yahoo! Inc. as a Senior Front-end Engineer on the Flex Force Tiger Team. She was also founder and co-president of the Southern California chapter of Yahoo! Women in Tech.

In her spare time she reads and plays guitar.

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Jessamyn Smith
07/30/2011 10:28am PDT

Interesting and inspiring!