How to Find and Collect Unused Laptops


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The first step in the Labdoo process is to identify an unused laptop that can be repurposed for educational means. There are many different ways to identify and rescue laptops that are no longer used. Here are some ways to do so, among others:

  • Reach out to your relatives, some of your family members may have an unused laptop.
  • Ask your neighbors, it is also likely someone around you has one or more unused laptops.
  • Contact the IT department at the company you work for, in many cases laptops are unfortunately thrown away when they are replaced.
  • Make a post on your favorite social network asking your friends and contacts for unused laptops.
  • Get creative and come up with your own strategy to find unused laptops, odds are that you will succeed. After all, more than 500 million computers are retired every year all over the world!

Remember that Labdoo will only accept laptops that have at least 1GB of memory RAM and that actually work (the easiest way to check if it does is to turn on the laptop and see if it is running). Otherwise, the laptop would not be suitable for educational purposes and can't be accepted. Note also that even if the battery does not work, the laptop can still be used and accepted as a valid contribution, since it can be plugged in the power source as any other computer. Finally, it's important to make sure you also collect its AC adapter and power cord.

Once you have rescued one or more laptops, you can move on to the next section.

Continue reading to the next page:
Tagging a Laptop

Go back to read the previous page:
Step 1: Collecting Unused Laptops