Data Destruction and Donation Day
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This is a proposal to create an ongoing event aimed at procuring more quality hardware for HacDC.
Status: In Progress, Discussion
- Project Lead: ?
- Proposed Budget: $0
- To obtain more quality hardware for HacDC
- To teach the public/corporations about proper Data Destruction techniques
- To build relationships with potential donors, future sources of hardware
- To develop & demo creative ways of recycling computers
A lot of local companies and non-profits have old computers sitting around. They know they need to destroy the data before the dispose of the machines, but they can't afford a professional disposal service.
I thought it would be fun to have a public event where we would teach people how to dismantle and destroy their hard-drives. We could pitch it as a security event, capitalizing on the Hacker name in a positive way. We could publicize the event by sending invitations to local companies, perhaps through the chamber of commerce. I'd like to also invite local non-profits but I don't know if there's an easy way to reach them.
My thought was that we could harvest the magnets and use them to build a windmill generator. The only problem is that I've been too tired to follow through. My current consulting arrangment ends on the first of January. If I don't get another job or contract immediately I may have time to work on this.