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Free, Fast Gigabit WiFi for All of New York City, Thanks to New Futuristic Phone Booths

November 18, 2014 - New York City is about to get a whole lot more connected. A public and private consortium of companies named CityBridge is bringing New York City, gigabit Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the city thanks to a network called LinkNYC. Funded by advertising, th... More »

Built to Last: The Dell OptiPlex 780 is the Perfect Desktop for Everyone

November 17, 2014 - Whether you’re buying computers for your nonprofit or you’re buying a personal computer, if you’re looking for a solid, reliable desktop the Dell OptiPlex 780 is the computer for you. The Dell OptiPlex 780 is built with premium materials and easily servic... More »

InterConnection Leads the Way in Quality Assurance – Speaks at International Computer Refurbisher Summit

November 14, 2014 - Last week InterConnection Director Charles Brennick traveled to Denver, Colorado to speak at the 11th annual International Computer Refurbisher Summit. Mr. Brennick was asked to speak on the topic of “Quality Assurance in Refurbished PCs: Cosmetic and Fun... More »

Charles speaking at the International Computer Refurbisher Summit in Denver

President Obama pushes for Net Neutrality to Save Open Internet

November 10, 2014 - President Obama released a statement this morning regarding the Net Neutrality debate that has been carrying on for the last few months. In his statement the President encourages the FCC to regulate consumer broadband service as a utility in order to ensu... More »

Recycle your Electronics and Computers with InterConnection's Free Business Pickups

November 7, 2014 - Businesses both large and small donate their surplus computers, cell phones, tablets and other IT assets to InterConnection. Everyday our driver goes on a scheduled route to pick up computer donations from companies across the Pacific Northwest. Donations... More »

How Does My Organization Apply for an InterConnection Computer Grant?

November 5, 2014 - As a nonprofit, InterConnection understands how hard it can be to obtain resources, especially technology upgrades, on a tight budget. That is why we created the computer grant program for nonprofits. The computer grant program is a way for nonprofits tha... More »

Kids in Paraguay using their brand new computer lab donated by InterConnection

Enjoy Free Antivirus Software with Microsoft Security Essentials

October 31, 2014 - Everyone is vulnerable to attacks on their computer. In recent weeks, the White House’s computer networks have been attacked by what’s thought to be the Russian government. It doesn’t matter if you’re the President or Bob Smith down the street, having you... More »

InterConnection Awards Computer Grant to Hope Creek Charitable Foundation

October 31, 2014 - The Hope Creek Charitable Foundation was awarded a spring quarter grant from InterConnection providing 2 desktop computers, 2 monitors and 2 laptops impacting 150 volunteers and more than 500 people in need each month. Each quarter InterConnection offers ... More »

Hope Creek CF volunteer Christine using one of the laptops from InterConnection with her son Cole

People Love InterConnection on Yelp

October 30, 2014 - InterConnection was recently recognized by Yelp as one of the best spots in town. That’s right, our little nonprofit retail store is getting some notice from Yelp, thanks to you Yelpers out there. Yelpers have written over 25 yelp reviews about InterConne... More »

Recycling Your Electronics is Easy with InterConnection's 12 Drop-Off Locations

October 24, 2014 - Recycling your electronics may seem like a daunting task. Your recycle pickup won’t take them and your community only does an e-cycling event once a year and you missed your chance. So your old monitor is still in your closet and your old cell phones from... More »

Map of our Drop-off Locations

InterConnection's Annual Oktoberfest Celebration

October 22, 2014 - Last week the annual InterConnection Oktoberfest was held at Hale’s Ales Palladium in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Our annual Oktoberfest gives us a chance to celebrate the year’s accomplishments, look ahead to our goals for next year ... More »

InterConnection\'s Annual Oktoberfest

InterConnection's Mission Expands with Low Income Online Store

October 22, 2014 - In order to further our mission to connect underserved communities around the world to the computers and technology they need, InterConnection recently opened an online store. We knew we had to find a way to reach even more people; faster. ... More »

Find a Computer to Fit Your Needs

October 15, 2014 - When buying a computer it’s important to think about why you are actually buying the computer. What do you need to use it for? We find most people buy a computer in order to do simple tasks like surfing the internet, writing a paper, filling out job appli... More »

The Great Digital Divide of the 21st Century

October 14, 2014 - Having the internet at your fingertips, any time of day, is an amazing feat. Being able to access directions, find health info, connect with friends, learn how to build a birdhouse, listen to music or buy anything you want, all at a moment’s notice is pre... More »

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The Great Digital Divide of the 21st Century - Continued

October 14, 2014 - An article from the New York Times states that policy experts and administration officials are “increasingly concerned that a significant portion of the population, around 60 million people, is shut off from jobs, government services, health care and edu... More »

The InterConnection MultiPoint Lab in use

The Social Impact of Computer Donations

October 13, 2014 - Every month, more than 400 low income families and nonprofits benefit from donations received by InterConnection. The impact InterConnection has on the community is tremendous. This year alone we have helped more than 1,000 people gain access to low-cost ... More »

Kids in Paraguay using their brand new computer lab donated by InterConnection

Do the Benefits of Electronic Reuse Outweigh Electronic Recycling?

October 10, 2014 - The benefits of reusing your old electronics far outweigh the benefits of recycling your used electronics and buying new. Yes, recycling your used electronics is a million times better than throwing them in a dumpster. However, you want to make sure when ... More »

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InterConnection Retail Store Now Offers Ubuntu

October 10, 2014 - We are happy to announce that the InterConnection Retail Store now carries Ubuntu. Ubuntu is a unique platform used for everything ranging from consumer electronics and desktop computers to the cloud for enterprise computing. Ubuntu is a Debian-based Linu... More »

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InterConnection Awards Computer Grant to Renton Youth Advocacy Center

October 8, 2014 - The Renton Youth Advocacy Center received a spring quarter grant from InterConnection providing 2 desktop computers, 2 monitors and 5 laptops impacting almost 200 teenagers, with 4 or 5 students each day using the equipment. ... More »

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InterConnection Particpates in 2nd Annual Husky vs Cougar Rivalry Clash

October 8, 2014 - Last Sunday, InterConnection teamed up with the Husky vs. Cougar Rivalry Clash at Marymoor Park to operate the beer garden, with proceeds benefitting InterConnection. The Rivalry Clash is a 5K and/or 10K run where participants wear University of Washingto... More »

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Why a Desktop is Better Than a Laptop

October 7, 2014 - These days we live in a world with smart phones in every pocket and tablets, e-readers, and laptops in every purse and backpack. It’s nice to be able to multitask on the bus or look up directions or a restaurant review on a whim. But wouldn’t it also be n... More »

The Dell OptiPlex 760 Desktop

Are Your Electronics Being Recycled Responsibly?

October 5, 2014 - When it’s time to get rid of your old electronics, it’s imperative to recycle those products instead of throwing them in a landfill. Just as crucial is making sure the electronics recycler you choose responsibly recycles. There are certain certifications ... More »

What is IC Certified?

October 2, 2014 - IC Certified is the process we developed to use when refurbishing computers, requiring every computer to pass a series of quality control tests. A computer can only become “IC Certified” by passing every stage of our 6 stage process meeting the highest qu... More »

Can't Afford a Computer Lab? Windows Multipoint is Your Answer

September 25, 2014 - Computer labs are a great resource for students, underserved populations, and the general public. Access to a computer lab opens doors, giving people opportunities they might never have had otherwise. But as a non-profit, providing a computer lab for thos... More »

Windows MultiPoint System

Quality Computers at Affordable Prices

September 25, 2014 - We here at InterConnection are only as good as the computers we provide. We take pride in our computers and take great measures to ensure our computers are reliable. InterConnection is a non-profit organization that receives donations from both individual... More »

The InterConnection MultiPoint Lab in use

Why 25% of All Desktops are Vulnerable to Attacks

September 22, 2014 - Microsoft Windows XP Professional is unsupported, expensive and outdated. Roughly, 1 in every 4 computers still runs on Windows XP, which now has a much higher risk of being attacked or compromised. In April, Microsoft ended all support and security updat... More »

XP 6 Times More Likely to Get Attacked

Microsoft Employee Collects 89 Cell Phones for InterConnection Mobile

September 12, 2014 - Microsoft employee Krysta Yousoufian was working on a design for a more environmentally friendly cell phone during Microsoft's Hackathon event when her team started talking about all the surplus phones owned by the thousands of Microsoft employees. She, ... More »

Krysta Yousoufian collected 89 cell phones

Residential Pick Ups

August 6, 2014 - For as little as $7 a driver will go to your home to pick up your donation. InterConnection partnered with RingARush to offer low-cost pickups for households in most of King County. ... More »

Schedule a pick up at www.interconnection.org/donate

Online Computer Store for Low-Income Goes Live

August 6, 2014 - From job search to college applications, and health care information, computers are an important part of everyday life for millions of Americans. Yet 1 in 5 U.S. households do not have a computer. InterConnection launched its online store to close this te... More »

InterConnection launches new online store for low-income

InterConnection Supports Healthy Start

August 6, 2014 - InterConnection donated 8 laptops to support first-time parents who are pursuing a GED or enrolled in ESL classes or college. ... More »

InterConnection supports Healthy Start with laptops for moms

External Link: InterConnection Offers Low-cost Hardware Solutions for Telecentres

July 3, 2014 - TCF and InterConnection have recently joined hands to select and develop the most appropriate low-cost, low-maintenance, high-quality computer hardware solutions for telecentres.... More »

TCF and InterConnection have recently joined hands to select and develop the most appropriate low-cost, low-maintenance, high-qu

InterConnection.org To Help 40,000 Microsoft Employees Ensure Old Electronics Get a Good Home on Earth Day

April 21, 2014 - InterConnection will hold a used computer and electronics collection event on Microsoft’s Redmond, Wash., campus to help hundreds of low-income families, students and nonprofits gain access to computers. This Earth Day, 40,000 Microsoft employees can recy... More »

40,000 Microsoft Employees will donate electronics to charity on Earth Day

Oso Landslide Victims Receive Donated Laptops from InterConnection

April 1, 2014 - InterConnection donated three laptops to North Counties Family Services in Darrington to aid with the mudslide relief efforts. The laptops will be used by volunteers to collect information from people impacted by the disaster and keep track of aid distri... More »

InterConnection’s director Charles Brennick with volunteer Kristi Park

InterConnection is the first nonprofit in the nation certified as an R2:2013 electronics recycler

March 31, 2014 - InterConnection.org is a leader in charitable computer reuse and recycling and is the first nonprofit in the nation to be certified as an R2:2013 electronics recycler. The new R2 Standard includes heightened requirements for electronics recyclers such as... More »

InterConnection is the first R2 certified nonprofit in the U.S.

InterConnection Donated a Full MultiPoint Computer Lab to the Public Pilot Library of Medellín

March 20, 2014 - At the beginning of the year, InterConnection donated a 5-seat Multipoint Server System to the Public Pilot Library of Medellín for Latin America (Biblioteca Pública Piloto de Medellín para América Latina), Colombia. ... More »

InterConnection donated a 5-seat Multipoint Server System to the Public Pilot Library of Medellín

MultiPoint Computer Lab donated to Escuela Agrícola San Pedro

March 10, 2014 - In February InterConnection’s director, and María Eugenia Gallitelli, Latin America Outreach manager, traveled to San Pedro de Ycuamandiyu in Paraguay to personally donate a five seat Multipoint Server System to the Escuela Agrícola de San Pedro... More »

InterConnection donated a full computer lab to an agriculture school in San Pedro, Paraguay.

Boeing 747 Restoration Project

February 12, 2014 - InterConnection donated parts to the Museum of Flight in Seattle to help restore the first 747 ever built. ... More »

InterConnection donated parts for the Boeing 747 restoration project.

InterConnection supports Local Job Creation and Training.

February 1, 2014 - InterConnection donated computer equipment valued at $7,000 to the Work Force Development Center (WFDC). The computers will be used to support their new machine shop facility in Mukilteo and provide classroom training to youth from across the Puget Sound ... More »

Work Force Development Center - InterConnection Donation in use

NEW SMART PHONE & TABLET CERTIFIED DATA WIPE SERVICE

January 17, 2014 - Smart phones and tablets are like computers, they store sensitive personal information including phone number, texts, photos, and contacts. This data must be securely destroyed before the device is reused which is why InterConnection launched a smart phon... More »

iPhone, iPad, and Android Devices

Happy New Year 2013

December 31, 2013 - Thank you for all your support. You helped make 2013 full of accomplishments, activities and growth. With your help, we have shipped more than 5,000 computers to organizations and underserved communities in need of technology. Over 1600 nonprofits receiv... More »

Happy New Year from InterConnection

InterConnection Launches New Online Tech-Store for Nonprofits

In order to make critical technology more accessible to U.S. nonprofit organizations and underserved communities, Seattle's InterConnection has launched a new online store featuring high-quality refurbished laptops and desktops starting at just $99. Learn more >>.

 

CleanScapes Partnership offers drop-off location to residents in Issaqauh, Sammamish and North Bend

Residents in Issaquah, Sammamish and North Bend now have access to free, certified and charitable computer reuse and electronics recycling. Learn more >>.

 

InterConnection Computer Reuse Center Featured in "Be the Next Microsoft Employee" Reality Show

Microsoft Learning filmed Episode Two of their Be the Next Microsoft Employee reality show at the InterConnection Computer Reuse Center in Seattle. Click Here to View the Show.

InterConnection.org Announces New Electronics Reuse and Recycling Drop Off Site in Bellevue

Bellevue residents and businesses now have a secure, hassle-free location for donating their old electronics. The nonprofit InterConnection.org partnered with Batteries Plus in Bellevue to offer a drop-off location for used desktops, laptops, cell phones and LCD monitors at 14917 NE 20th Street, Bellevue, WA 98007. All donations are tax deductible and will be used to support InterConnection's technology access programs. Read the full story here.

Revel Consulting's laptops find valuable second home with InterConnection.org partnership

New partnership reduces eWaste and boosts technology access for education around the world.
 

Computer Donation Guide

Founder and Charles Brennick gives advice on what to look for when you consider donating your old desktop or laptop and mentions InterConnection's partnership with Microsoft Learning, where employees are encouraged to donate their old laptops to charity.
 

Earth911.com: Non-Profit Cuts E-Waste by Refurbishing Computers

You might think your old laptop is dead, but one Seattle-based non-profit can breathe new life into your old, worn-out, virus-ridden computer to benefit someone in need. Read the full story on earth911.com.  

 

InterConnection Partners with TechSoup.org to Supply Computers for Charities, NGOs

InterConnection and TechSoup, a leading distributor of technology products to nonprofits, partnered to help close the gap between corporations with surplus computers and nonprofits in need of technology assets. More
 

King 5 News Feature on InterConnection

InterConnection Makes Donating Your Old Laptop this Holiday Free and Easy Right from Home

New "Free Laptop Donation by Mail" helps you print, pack and ship your old laptop free of charge from anywhere in the USA and transforms it into a vital tool for underserved people and humanitarian organizations around the world.
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Computadoras al alcance de todos

Source: La Raza: Charles Brennick ayuda a las personas de escasos recursos a obtener computadoras a bajos precios. More
 

Seattle Non Profit Saving the World through Computer Reuse

Access to computers is not the first thing that comes to mind after a major natural disaster. But after earthquakes in Haiti and Chile destroyed offices and schools and flooding in Pakistan required aid workers to manage thousands of homeless people, computers were just what was needed to help these communities rebuild. More
 

Isolated Chilean Community Gets Connected After Earthquake

InterConnection donates 50 computers to World Vision Chile to rebuild schools after the earthquake. More
 

DISMINUYE LA BRECHA DIGITAL EN ALTO BÍO-BÍO

From World Vision Chile website, InterConnection donates 50 PCs to rebuild schools after the earthquake. More
 

Haitian Laptop Program a Success, Thanks to Readers Like You

Source: Earth911.com: In January, we reported on ways to get involved with Haitian earthquake relief efforts. Seven months later, we've learned that readers just like you made an impact from more than 2,000 miles away. More
 

InterConnection Wins Innovative Recycler of the Year Award

The Washington State Recycling Association (WSRA) presented their annual Innovative Recycler of the Year Award to InterConnection. More
 

Computer Access Through Microcredit in Chile

Paula Campos, a divorced mother of three, received her first computer through a microcredit program thanks to Bancoestado of Chile and InterConnection. She will use the computer to manage her cake a pastries business. More
 

30 Computers to School in Paraguay

New Horizon School has over 700 students from low-income families. Computers will be used for their new computer lab received the computers. View list of Computer Recipients
 

Computer Reuse Bill Becomes Law

On April 29, 2009 Washington State's governor Christine Gregoire signed HB 1522 into law. The law allows computer collectors to perform basic repairs on computers received through the Washington State Ecycle program. InterConnection supporters worked hard to ensure the passing of the law. More
 

InterConnection Chile Opens

Located in Santiago, Chile, the center distributes low-cost PCs to underserved communities with the goal of creating opportunities through digital inclusion. Visit their website
 

Out of the shredder and on to you desktop

Those who lack the hardware to complete their job search are getting two new boosts from the state government. Gov. Chris Gregoire last week signed a bill that will allow more computers to be refurbished and sold or donated to those who need them.
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Laid-off and offline - IC Featured on KOMO News

The number of people using public computers at Worksource and local libraries has spiked dramatically in recent months, demonstrating that many local job-seekers are still on the wrong side of the digital divide. Read how InterConnection is helping out. More
   

Lawmaker Aims to Fix Electronics Recycling Law

Rep. Zack Hudgins, D-Seattle, intends to introduce a bill that will fix Washington's Electronics law. The bill will allow computer collectors to repair non-functional computers and give them a second life. KING 5 ran a story on Mr. Hudgins efforts. Read more

 

Laptops Used to Teach HIV Awareness in Namibia

InterConnection recently shipped ten laptops to a Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia. She is using them to teach HIV awareness. She sent an email to InterConnection about her experience.

 

Coffee Producers in Dominican Republic Receive Computers

Peace Corps volunteer David Mayo installed 20 computers from InterConnection in the new Antonio Javier Nivar Computer Center. The center teaches youth and adults how to use a computer, productive computer programs, and the Internet.  

 

Vulcan Inc. Holds Employee Computer Drive

Vulcan Inc, owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, helped InterConnection provide computers to communities in need by holding a computer collection drive at their downtown Seattle office. The event collected nearly 50 desktop computers, 10 laptops, and 33 monitors. InterConnection donated two desktop computer sets to Urban League under Vulcan's name. More
 

Tonga Receives Shipment of Computers

InterConnection sent a shipment of 210 computers to a Peace Corps volunteer in Tonga, Blake Porter. More than 45% of the computers are being used in secondary schools in computer labs, mostly for Computer Studies classes, and so students can type their projects. More
 

Seattle's E-Waste Conundrum, Seattle Weekly
 

InterConnection featured in the Wall-Green Journal, The Wall-Green Journal

Recycling drive sends InterConnection electronics to those in need, Seattle PI
 

InterConnecion dona maquinas. Extienden "Telecentros" y suman 20 computadoras más, National Press Agency of Paraguay
 

Nonprofit training program to send computers to Chile, North Seattle Herald Outlook
 

Fundar recibió la visita de ejecutivo internacional, ABC Color, Paraguay
 

InterConnection offers computers and skills training, Brainstorm, City of Seattle Community Technology E-Zine
 

Charities thrive with online volunteers, Associated Press
 

Old computers = jobs, gold, skills, San Juan Islander


Computers for the World: Here's a man who thinks globally, Seattle Times


InterConnection finds new life for old computers, North Seattle Herald-Outlook


The Birth of Peace Match, Peace Corps Hotline


Program empowers groups in developing countries, Snohomish County Business Journal


Nonprofit organization brings worlds together on Web, The Oregonian


Weaving a web of support, SGI Quarterly

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