PROBLEM DEFINITIONThe social issue we're addressing
Access to technology is becoming a human right, yet due to socioeconomic status, gender, age, or disability, many populations, even in otherwise affluent areas, are still excluded from the digital landscape. As we continue to transition to a society extraordinarily reliant on digital resources, it becomes more important for everyone to have the independence, wealth of opportunities, social interactions that come with access to digital technology.
SOLUTIONHow we're conquering the digital divide
Noviaris provides devices such as tablets, phones, and laptops to help broaden access to the digital ecosystem. We partner with established non-profits to identify persons and groups that can benefit from greater access to technology. In each of our partnerships, we develop a program customized to both the goals of the non-profit and the needs of the community they are serving.
Noviaris works with schools, individuals, and companies that have surplus devices they no longer need. These devices are frequently several generations old, but they are in good condition. At the moment, we are seeking iPads, iPhones, Android tablets, Kindles, and laptops. These devices are eagerly sought by our non-profit partners, and are therefore more easily distributed after collection.
We are enthusiastic about maintaining and growing our relationships with the device donors and the non-profits that we serve, and we are firm believers in the power of technology and information access to help address some of society’s most persistent inequities.
IMPACTHow we're making a difference
In its first two years, Noviaris distributed over $80,000 of technology to 20 different organizations serving ages 5 to 90. Noviaris has not only delivered devices to individuals: it has established computer and tablet labs throughout the city, connecting hundreds of community members to the devices they need in their everyday lives. By working to close the digital divide, Noviaris has begun to better education, confront rural poverty, challenge family homelessness, reduce seniors’ isolation, and address unemployment. As Noviaris grows, it will work to continue making meaningful impact, both in the local Bay Area community and abroad.