NVIDIA Joins Forces with Jacob Komar, Twelve-Year-Old Founder of Computers for Communities
Silicon Valley Companies Work Together to Provide Technology Resources to Those in Need
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SANTA CLARA, CA—DECEMBER 9, 2004—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that it is hosting Silicon Valley’s first “Computers for Communities” event. A Connecticut-based non-profit organization, Computers for Communities was founded in 2001 by Jacob Komar, now twelve years old, after he discovered a roomful of discarded computers at his sister’s school and realized there must be a better use for them. His premise was simple: collect computers that are to be discarded, then refurbish and redistribute them to those in need.
NVIDIA has set up a temporary warehouse for employees who would like to donate and refurbish used computers, components, and peripherals. Companies including Adobe, Cadence, Synopsys, and United Micro are also participating in the event by donating their employees’ time and resources to transform the donated hardware into updated systems.
“By distributing computers which would be thrown out anyway, we are able to help more students acquire the basic tools they need to succeed in today’s world,” said Komar.
“We were impressed by the simplicity and the sincerity of Jacob’s vision,” said Stephanie Luck, community relations manager at NVIDIA. “NVIDIA is always looking for ways to give back to the community, and we liked the idea of directing the technology orientation of our company toward a technology-focused charitable activity.”
“Computers for Communities is a great way to give back to the community while supporting a program that sets a positive example for others who want to make a difference. Synopsys is engaged in inspiring the next generation of technology leaders like Jacob, and providing access to computers can help families increase educational opportunities in meaningful ways,” added Erin Brennock, senior manager, Community Relations and Government Affairs, Synopsys.
Kathy Wheeler, senior manager, Global Community Involvement, Cadence Design Systems, Inc., commented: “Cadence is proud to be a supporter of the Computers for Communities project. This event demonstrates the ingenuity that local companies often bring to community support and giving programs in Silicon Valley. Today the computer is an essential part of learning and fueling creativity, and we are pleased to be able to participate by providing volunteers and essential components.”
On “Family Night” on December 10, the families and children of employees at NVIDIA will participate in computer hardware collection and refurbishing. Jacob Komar will be onsite at NVIDIA on Family Night to volunteer his time.
“We thought it was important to include families in this initiative, because it’s a hands-on lesson in how to help those who are less fortunate,” added Luck. “Even the smallest child can help with activities such as sorting computer parts.”
In mid-December, NVIDIA will donate the fully-functional computers to families through three charitable organizations:
- RAFT (Resource Area For Teachers)
- TSCC (3rd Street Community Center)
For more information on Computers For Communities, visit www.computers4communities.org.
NVIDIA Corporation is a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors. The Company’s products enhance the end-user experience on consumer and professional computing devices. NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs), media and communications processors (MCPs), and wireless media processors (WMPs) have broad market reach and are incorporated into a variety of platforms, including consumer and enterprise PCs, notebooks, workstations, PDAs, mobile phones, and video game consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 2,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the Company’s Web site at www.nvidia.com.
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