CommuniTech is a non-profit student organization at the University of Pennsylvania that aims to assist neighborhoods in need by supplying them with computers and teaching technology skills to their residents. Our efforts are based upon the recognition that technology has quickly become a central facet of everyday life. It has not only become an essential tool for school and business, but also a gateway to knowledge and new opportunities.
This modern society, however, has the capacity to leave behind those without access to computers or the training to use them. Studies confirm the growing gap between those with access to technology like the Internet and computers and those without access. This digital divide is what our organization is working to combat. Through our teaching, refurbishment, and installation projects, we strive to spread computer literacy not only locally but also globally. Although we are an organization based in Philadelphia, our projects in locations such as New Orleans, Ghana, Cameroon, and India have global impact.
CommuniTech is a unique initiative in that it is an entirely student-driven community outreach group and fosters one of the largest footprints of any organization at Penn, tackling the challenges of bridging the digital divide one project and one person at a time.