Ten years ago a Sydney Cove Rotarian, Ed Ackman, recognised the need for computer access by those who could not afford or did not have facilities in their homes, or did not even have homes. He set up the BootUp Café concept – and now there are nine facilities operating in and around Sydney, and another in Fiji, with a total of 43 computers. BootUp has been a great success; it is easy to establish, and satisfies a genuine need in the community.
The typical BootUp Café is located in premises managed by a community organisation and open to the public. The cost – about $7,000 for a four-computer + printer operation with broadband access – is shared by the recipient organisation, a local Rotary Club, and the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove. Once installed, the recipient organisation has complete control of maintenance and operations.
For more information on our Bootup Cafe program, go to: www.bootupcafes.com