Oakland Technology Exchange West is a nonprofit that refurbishes computers in order to donate them to local schools and sell them at accessible prices.

According the OTX West site, "since 1999 OTX-West has provided over:

  • 10,000 computers to Oakland Public School families free of charge
  • 10,000 computers to Oakland Public School classrooms and community access labs across Oakland
  • Over 1,000 laptop computers to students and community members in Oakland
  • Diverted over 700 tons of electronic waste from landfills for productive use or responsible recycling"

How to help the OTX West?

  • These are the ways in which OTX would like help: Increasing donations (funding, hardware), volunteering to teach the adult ed program.

Digital Divide members:

  • Adult Ed: Tamao is helping revive their adult computer ed program and is looking at a few Saturdays/month to see how things go. If any individuals from the Digital Divide group or community members would like to help teach computer ed classes, please post a comment here. Initially we will work on basic skills (using a computer, writing docs, creating emails accounts, starting a blog, finding free/cheap tech learning resources on the web) and then work our way up depending on the audience. 
  • If Digital Divide would like to assist OTX as an organization, you can help give awareness to OTX so that they can get more donations.
  • If the Digital Divide group would like to do a field trip with OTX, the best introduction would be to volunteer for one of the volunteer hours to help refurbish their equipment. 

Community members:

  •  If any community members would like to help teach computer ed classes, please post a comment here. Initially we will work on basic skills (using a computer, writing docs, creating emails accounts, starting a blog, finding free/cheap tech learning resources on the web) and then work our way up depending on the audience. 

 

Mural at OTX West (by mk30)

Location
1680 14th Street Oakland, Ca. 94607
Hours

Tuesday: 2pm-6pm

Wednesday: 2pm-5pm

Thursday: 2pm-5pm

First Saturday of the Month: 9am-12pm

Phone
510-893-4822
Website
http://www.otxwest.org/index.html
E-mail
http://www.otxwest.org/contact.html
Owner(s)
Bruce Buckelew - Founder. Seth Hubbert- Executive Director
Established
1995
Payment Method
Cash, Credit Card, Debit Card. No coins or checks accepted.
Wheelchair accessibility
Yes.

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