The Community Technology Project (Comm-Tech) is committed to Promoting environmental & technological sustainability, working with communities to address social and economic disadvantage, Implementing & promoting open source software & industry standards.
Comm-Tech has been carrying out its charitable work in south London for over twenty years. From the outset, Comm-Tech's main goal was to empower people through technology in order to alleviate inequality. This was underpinned by a belief that individuals should have technological choice, be able to gain IT skills no matter what their income or background and that progress must be balanced by actively minimising environmental damage.
Initially, Comm-Tech's core business involved repairing and refurbishing IT equipment and redistributing it to individuals in need. As the organisation expanded, we began to incorporate training into our operations to give unemployed individuals access to skills and we also began providing IT support for organisations.
Funding from Raising Our Sights allowed Comm-Tech's training community to flourish. The unique community of staff, volunteers and trainees founded an environment where individuals could learn creative and practical IT skills as respected equals. A broad cross section of the community gained skills and OCR accreditations in Graphic and Web Design, Video Editing, Hardware and participated in film and music projects.
In 2005 the Raising Our Sights funding finished and Comm-Tech refocused its operations on computer recycling and IT networking and support. Several volunteers from the Comm-Tech's creative media training department reformed themselves as Community Media Design, a partner training organisation.
A number of organisations and charities have come to rely on Comm-Tech's expertise to keep their IT networks in good order. Comm-Tech has identified a significant need for organisations who feel over-charged and underinformed to have clear, expert advice and charitable equipment, services and support.
Expanded computer recycling allows Comm-Tech to increase individual's and organisations' access to IT equipment through our various schemes and services. It also helps us to reduce environmentally destructive electronic waste. Reuse is widely recognised as the most efficient and environmentally friendly form of recycling IT equipment.
In all aspects of operations, Comm-Tech strives to provide ethical IT alternatives which increase access to useful and empowering technology. For this reason we also provide access to open source software and advice.
Meet the team (2010)