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Case Study: Quest for Tech

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September 18, 2012

Mobile technology pairs education with access to technology

qft_big_cropped_0Quest for Tech had an office and a classroom in downtown Philadelphia but gave it up when they realized more fundraising dollars could be directed to programs by reinventing the nonprofit as a virtual organization.  With a completely volunteer staff, and low cost mobile Internet from Mobile Citizen, Quest for Tech keeps costs down so they can focus on their mission:  pairing education with access to technology for underserved populations.

Quest for Tech’s unique program pairs one teacher per student for technology education and provides an 80% subsidized discount for new laptop computers.  Teachers sync up with students in all parts of the city, so having their own personal mobile hot spots gives them the flexibility to turn a coffee shop or library or even a park bench into a classroom equipped with high-speed mobile Internet access.

“For us, it’s all about education and access.  With Mobile Citizen, we’re not only showing our students all the Internet has to offer – Google documents, web-based email, a world of information and services – we’re giving them access to it.” 

Matthew Becker, Quest for Tech Chairman & Executive Director

Mobile Internet Benefits:

  • Flexibility
  • Access
  • Cost Savings