Solution provider helps get schools up and running in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico
This will be yet another busy year for World Wide Technology (WWT) as the technology provider continues its partnership with Intel to deploy mini-PCs and fine-tune networks in Puerto Rico schools.
The Lowdown: In conjunction with Intel, St. Louis-based WWT has completed phase 2 of its relief efforts in Puerto Rico, where Hurricane Maria took its toll on homes, commerce, and infrastructure more than a year ago.
The Details: For phase 2 of the volunteer project, dubbed “Stand Up Education,” WWT and the Intel Employee Services Corp. deployed almost 1,000 mini-PCs in 30 schools – most in the Mayaguez School District, one of the areas hardest hit by Maria in September 2017. Volunteers installed and configured hardware, fine-tuned networks for optimum connectivity, and trained teachers on the technology.
The donation drive led by WWT and Intel raised almost $2.5 million in hardware and in-kind services for schools and students in Puerto Rico. That total includes $4,300 for supplies, such as printers, and the chip-maker’s donation of 2,000 NUC (Next Unit of Computing) mini-PCs pre-loaded with education software.
The solution provider is currently planning next steps in Puerto Rico for 2019, as 1,000 mini-PCs have yet to be installed.
Background: Phase 1 of “Stand Up Education” consisted of assessing the damage and developing a plan of action. To prepare for phase 2 – technology deployment – WWT loaded the operating systems and applications into Intel’s NUCs at its North American Global Integration Center in St. Louis. Afterward, the mini-PCs were sent to Puerto Rico, where they were paired with keyboards and monitors.
The Buzz: “Participating in ‘Stand Up Education’ was a life-altering experience for our volunteers, all with differing personalities, backgrounds, and skill sets, who joined forces for a common purpose,” reads a blog at the WWT Website. “The job’s not over yet. Planning is underway to identify additional schools and map out deployment schedules for the remaining donated NUCs and peripherals. On our latest mission, WWT and Intel impacted 30 schools and thousands of children, but it’s only the start.”