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Tech for Tower Hamlets

Funded on Spacehive 31 March 2021

Impact data and claims within this report are provided by the project creator and have not been independently verified by Spacehive.

Tech for Tower Hamlets

Tech for Tower Hamlets

TechInclusionUK By TechInclusionUK

Our mission is to empower and connect every young person in education, who is without the means of access to the tools they need to succeed, with the technology they need to reach their full potential

Tower Hamlets Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 31 Mar 2021!

Our focus is to get devices to young people in education who find themselves digitally excluded. We define this as; either not having a laptop or PC to work on and/or being able to connect to the internet at home. We’re prioritising getting devices to young people who are ineligible for government support that need to be able to access learning at home and for them to really be able to reach their full potential. But that isn’t the whole story - we don’t believe that raising money to just simply buy brand new devices is the answer. Why? Well, it is estimated that there’s some 11 million unused devices in the UK alone. By taking those devices, we can give them a new lease of life to help empower a young person who finds themselves digitally excluded. It’s a circular solution to an ever growing problem and we want to show that we can sustainably help provide tech to everyone in education who needs it. Digital exclusion and environmental sustainability need not be mutually exclusive.

What we'll deliver:

  • Professional refurbishing of a minimum of 500 donated devices
  • This could increase to over 950 devices as we scale up our operation and reduce costs
  • Purchasing up to 100 already refurbished laptops to make an immediate impact and help those who are most in need.
  • Improve operations & lower lead time on donated devices being ready for redistribution (8-10 weeks at start of campaign)

Why it's a great idea:

Our project is two-fold and addresses two key issues; access to education and the impact on the environment. We’re working to deliver two of the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development; Goal 4 Quality Education and Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production. Here’s why we need to make our project a reality: Let’s take education first. According to the Children’s Commission & Ofcom, it is estimated that over 1 million young people in education currently don’t have the access to digital resources and technology to enable them to learn at home. This is a combination of not having laptops or PCs and/or not having reliable access to the internet. By taking disused and unwanted tech, we’re able to give laptops, PCs and tablets a new lease of life to help young people access the learning resources they need at home. School budgets are already stretched and our project absorbs the cost in order to get a young person up and running in no time.

Steps to get it done:

  • Securely wipe and restore devices
  • Distribute devices into the community via the Tower Hamlets Education Partnership
  • Help individuals connect to the internet
  • Empower individuals with access to digital skills training

TechInclusionUK and our partners take care of securely restoring every device, meaning it’s secure and safe. The costs per device account for disc sterilisation, OS conversion, cleaning, logistics and labour. And now the environment. As we have identified earlier, it's estimated there are around 11 million unused devices in the UK. One of the biggest reasons people don’t recycle their unused technology is because of data security and lack of education around how to recycle. But each unused device that you have under your bed or in a cupboard, can be reused or recycled. By utilising and extending the life cycle of these devices, we’re able to divert e-waste from being prematurely recycled, ending up in landfill or simply just not being used! We are a member of Social Enterprise UK, the national body for social enterprises and we hope to leverage this network and community to our advantage. Our first project is supported by volunteers from Covid Tech Support and We Make Change UK.

Location Tower Hamlets

About the space

London Borough of Tower Hamlets


London Borough of Tower Hamlets

How will the money be spent?Total £36,431

Professionally & securely refurbishing x 500 devices - £18,000 (49%)
Purchase 100 x refurbished laptops or desktops - £15,000 (41%)
Misc costs - £1,000 (3%)
Other - £2,431 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Professionally & securely refurbishing x 500 devices
Purchase 100 x refurbished laptops or desktops
Misc costs
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Wifi dongles & Data plans for connectivity
  • On-going data plans for connectivity

Total £36,431

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • Devices, such as; laptops, desktops, tablets, mobiles and other IT equipment
  • Dongles for enabling wifi
  • Dongles for enabling access to data sims
  • Volunteers for helping with collections and processing

Want to help?

Do you have stuff or skills to contribute to this project? Use this tool to offer something to the project creator.



Jenny Cohen offered
1 working desktop computer (Windows 7_ + screen, mouse, keyboard) Also 1 large screen entertainment centre
Roger James offered
I'm a tech manager with 25 years experience. Do you need any help refurbishing old laptops like installing new operating systems?
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