Hi-Tech School Turns Used Computers into Mobile App Developers

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Mobile Development Institute refurbishing and selling donated computers to award mobile development scholarships to low-income students.

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Working through private donors, corporate contributions, and government grants, the MDI seeks solve several of today’s important issues...

The Mobile Development Institute (MDI), a Los Angeles - based non-profit organization that teaches mobile software development to low-income students, has found a good use for old and unused computers. The school is collecting retired PCs from businesses and individuals, refurbishing and selling them, and then using the proceeds to provide free tuition and computers to their students.

The Mobile Development Institute established the Mobilize America Initiative to help the thousands of bright young students that want a career in mobile technologies but have no means to pay for their education. Working through private donors, corporate contributions, and government grants, the MDI seeks solve several of today’s important issues, including:

  • Providing a path towards a good financial future to thousands of impoverished, undereducated, and disadvantaged youths - giving them a "step-up" instead of a "hand-out."
  • Helping to maintain and fortify the American software development industry - one of the nation’s traditionally strong advantages in the global economy.
  • Diminishing the growing "digital divide" between high-income and low-income families
  • Helping fulfill a rapidly growing market demand for skilled mobile application programmers. This is just the beginning of the mobile computer revolution, and advances in hardware capabilities will increasingly drive the need for new software applications to take advantage of future capabilities.

The training program is designed to be completed in 5-6 months. Graduates of the program complete a portfolio application that they can leverage to launch their career and receive the MDICD certification in their field of specialty.

Old computers can be donated and shipped directly to the MDI’s training center. Financial contributors can award scholarships to both to individuals and groups of students by contacting the Mobile Development Institute at info(at)MobileDevelopmentInstitute(dot)org.

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