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Laptop launchpad

The goal of Laptop Launchpad is to have 1 million laptops pledged and $10 million donated to cover costs of refurbishment by 2025

Computers are powerful tools and most of us can't imagine life without them.

But this is the reality for too many people. The Australian Digital Inclusion Index found that 1 in 4 people are at risk of being digitally excluded which equates to over 6 million Australians. This digital divide is a real problem because lack of digital access can stop people from accessing education, healthcare, work opportunities and social connection.

Laptop Launchpad hopes to change that. We turn used laptops into tools of transformation. Together with the redistribution experts at Good360 Australia we're reclaiming and refurbishing retired corporate laptops so we can give them to the people that need them most.

What we need now is more computers and financial contributions to cover refurbishment and distribution costs. Donate today and change the trajectory of someone's life tomorrow.

How does Laptop Launchpad work?

Process diagram for the Laptop Launchpad project. Laptops will be reclaimed, refurbished or recycled and then rehomed by Good360.

What is the digital divide and why does it matter?

The gap between people that have access to the digital tools that they need and people that don't is called the digital divide, and it is a significant issue in Australia.

The Australian Digital Inclusion Index found that 1 in 4 Australians are at risk of being digitally excluded. Further research from the Good Things Foundation shows people on lower incomes are more likely to have mobile-only access to the internet, in addition, one third of those with a mobile-data only connection are low-income families with school-aged children.

In an ever more digital society, these people are likely to be restricted in their ability to perform high value activities like access to health services, studying, applying for jobs or starting a business as well as the benefits of social connection. As a result, digital exclusion can have a multiplier effect and leave people without digital access further disadvantaged in the future as they lose access to education and job opportunities whilst facing isolation.

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How do I get involved in Laptop Launchpad?

There are two main ways to get involved in Laptop Launchpad. You can either donate computers or dollars to the campaign. Find more information about both options below.

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Get your employer to pledge their company laptops

Organisations around Australia can commit to donating their work laptops to the scheme once they reach a certain age (generally between 3 to 5 years old). This ensures a constant flow of computers ready to be transformed through Laptop Launchpad. You can commit to donate your devices using this form.

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Make a financial contribution to the campaign

There is a cost associated with testing, resetting and refurbishing the devices. Normally this process costs around $250 per device but we've reduced this cost to $100. We're asking for donations so we can cover these costs and offer these laptops for FREE to Australians in need.

Who is behind Laptop Launchpad?

Laptop Launchpad was launched as a partnership between global fintech Finder and surplus goods redistribution charity Good360. The idea was born when Good360 founder Alison Covington AM met Finder co-founder Fred Schebesta. Alison had the experience of connecting goods to the people who needed them. Fred had the experience of launching ideas on the internet. They found a shared passion for tackling the digital divide and so the campaign was born.

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Finder

Finder is a global fintech and Australia's most visited comparison platform on a mission to help people save money and make money. Through our thousands of free online guides, we support Australians to make financial decisions that change their lives for the better. As a web based business, we recognise the difference that reliable access to a computer can make in someone's life.

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Good360 Australia

Good360 is a not-for-profit organisation that connects charities, schools and society's most vulnerable with businesses willing to donate unsold or surplus goods, services and disaster recovery essentials. The result is a Circle of Good that reduces need and waste in our communities at the same time so everyone benefits – from people to the planet.

Where do the laptops go?

Good360 Australia manages the refurbishment and redistribution of the laptops in the Laptop Launchpad process. Good360 is a not-for-profit organisation that has spent over a decade connecting surplus goods with the people that need them most. To date it has donated over 33 million items worth over $300 million. To achieve this it relies on a network of over 3,000 charities and schools including Salvation Army, Vinnies, Save The Children, Drought Angels and Rural Aid Australia. You can find more details at Good360's impact hub.

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