Furtherfield needs your old laptops for work with homeless people in London…

Furtherfield needs your old laptops for work with homeless people in London…

The Zero Dollar Laptop Project

In January 2010 the Zero Dollar Laptop Project kicks off with clients of St Mungo’s charity for homeless people in London. We will be recycling hardware, breaking Windows and installing Free and Open Source Software to build media laptops and create music, graphics and video for distribution over the Internet. Participants will leave the project with street-smart technical knowledge and a wireless enabled media laptop, classier than any shiny power-book.

The Zero Dollar Laptop is a recycled computer, running Free Open Source Software (FOSS) that is fast and effective- now and long into the future.

– Do you have an old, unused laptop taking up space in your home or office?
– Like to see it returned to productive life?
– If YES, then please donate your old laptop.


First email us and tell us about it. ruth[dot]catlow[at]furtherfield[dot]org

In order to become a Zero Dollar Laptop your old laptop will need:-
– a working screen
– processor-a minumum 1GHz Pentium 3, Athlon, Celeron.
– 256 (but more ideally 512) ram
– wireless card would be helpful
– We can help you to work this stuff out if you are not sure.

If you live in London or Sheffield we can arrange a pick-up or drop-off in January 2010.
If you don’t live in London or Sheffield but would still like to donate your laptop to the project please mail your laptop (well padded and with all the peripherals you can spare) to:-

Zero Dollar Laptop Project,
HTTP Gallery, Furtherfield.org,
Arena Design Centre,
71 Ashfield Road,
London N4 1NY,


More About Zero Dollar Laptop
The Zero Dollar Laptop project is a programme of workshops, public debates, exhibitions and networks of skills and media sharing for arts, technology and the environment.

Inspired by the Zero Dollar Laptop Manifesto http://tinyurl.com/ypklas
developed in partnership with Access Space http://www.access-space.org/
with St Mungo’s charity for the homeless http://www.mungos.org/
as part of Furtherfield.org Media Art Ecologies http://www.furtherfield.org/mediaartecologies.php
supported by funding from the Transformation Fund

Artistic Team: Jake Harries and James Wallbank (Access Space) Ruth Catlow, Marc Garrett and Olga Panades (furtherfield.org)

For more information contact Ruth Catlow – ruth[dot]catlow[at]furtherfield[dot]org

About Furtherfield
Furtherfield – online media arts community, platforms for creating, viewing, discussing and learning about experimental practices at the intersections of art, technology and social change. http://www.furtherfield.org

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