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Turning e-waste into opportunities for Malaysia

AvantiKumar | March 9, 2016
HP is involved in humanitarian organisation SOLS 24/7 Malaysia's Transform IT campaign together with Heriot-Watt University in Malaysia and AISEC SU.

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Photo - (From left). Tim Spijker, COO SOLS 24/7 Malaysia Prog; Prof. Robert J.M. Craik, CEO, Heriot-Watt University in Malaysia;  Miranda Lunt, SOLS Tech team member;  Omar Elkhawaja, SOLS Tech Programme Manager; and Stacy Primus Liew, Specialized Unit President of AIESEC in Heriot-Watt University.

 

Humanitarian organisation SOLS 24/7 Malaysia has launched a new campaign through its technological arm, SOLS Tech, to collect and transform old electronic devices and donating them to underserved communities in the country.

Recently launched in Putrajaya, the Transform IT campaign, which is the result of a tripartite collaboration between computer hardware company HP, Heriot-Watt University in Malaysia (HWUM) and student not-for-profit body AIESEC SU (International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences) at HWUM, wants people to donate their old computers to reuse, refurbish and recycle them for free, with the goal of making technology accessible to all Malaysians.

Tim Spijker, chief operating officer of SOLS 24/7 Malaysia welcomed the campaign, which demonstrated the core values of the organisation. "Technology and IT education are not just about machines or devices. They are about people and opportunities."
 
At the same time, students and staff of HWUM who give their old devices at the drop-off points will earn discounts from HP for purchasing new computers and laptops.

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia's Provost and CEO, Prof. Robert Craik, said "Transform it is very much in line with the University's aspirations to be a truly green campus that other organisations can take lessons from. We want to emphasise among students as well as staff members the importance of recycling and reusing."

Stacy Primus Liew, Specialized Unit president of AIESEC in Heriot-Watt University, said AIESEC SU in Heriot-Watt University Malaysia was honoured to be part of this programme, which has brought new opportunities to improve quality of life to underprivileged communities. "We are here with Transform it, looking forward to make positive impacts beyond the mere donation of computers."

The driver of the Transform it campaign, SOLS Tech, has more than three years of experience. It has refurbished and donated nearly 5,000 devices all around Malaysia and has had an impact in more than 4,000 people from communities in need.  SOLS Tech is open to new collaborations to make technology more accessible to Malaysian communities with the Transform it campaign.

 

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