City recognized for program that donates used computers to underprivileged residents

The International Data Group recently named the City of Minneapolis to the Computerworld Honors Program Laureates Class of 2011.

Laureates and their case studies become part of the program's global archives which makes project information available to researchers, students and scholars through digital records housed in national archives in more than 350 universities, museums and research institutions throughout the world.

Each case study includes a detailed description of the project, its benefits to society, the role played by information technology in furthering the project, and the ways in which this use of information technology is original or innovative.

The laureates program is part of Computerworld’s Honors program which recognizes visionary applications of information technology that promote positive social, economic and educational change.

The City of Minneapolis was recognized in the Human Services category for its work with Unisys to donate previously used City computers to "PCs for People," a Saint Paul-based nonprofit that refurbishes computers and distributes them to underprivileged area residents.

Since 2009, the City of Minneapolis and Unisys have donated thousands of used PCs, providing Minneapolis needy recipients with access to technology and essential information and services.

In addition, this "green" initiative has had a sustainability benefit by keeping usable equipment from being destroyed or put into landfills.

Founded by International Data Group in 1988, the Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Additional information about the program and an archive of past laureate case studies and oral histories of Leadership Award recipients can be found at the Computerworld website http://events.computerworld.com/Honors2011.

Aug. 31, 2011

Published Aug 31, 2011