Poole-based Innovate, a leading IT solutions provider, is gearing up to donate used PCs and old computer hardware to charity for use in education and health projects in developing countries.

Following the recent launch of the company’s dedicated cloud computing package, Cloud9, Innovate has signed an agreement with Computer Aid International, UK registered charity that aims to reduce poverty through practical ICT solutions, to send all second-hand PCs and other IT equipment to the charity for them to distribute accordingly.

Cloud9 uses such smart technology that all an office needs is a mouse, keyboard and screen – all the PCs and servers are removed from the business.   As a result, and to guarantee the green credentials of Cloud9 are fully maximised, Innovate will remove old IT equipment following any implementation of Cloud9 and supply it to the charity which in turn will be distributed for re-use in education, health and agriculture in developing countries such as Liberia, Chile, Malawi and Nepal.

David Pape, managing director at Innovate, says: “As the use of cloud technology grows, we believe it is important to find options on how to recycle old hardware that is no longer required.  Donating equipment to Computer Aid is extremely worthwhile and we’re delighted to support the charity by supplying redundant computer equipment.”

Anja ffrench, director of communications at Computer Aid, adds: “At Computer Aid we’re noticing that more and more companies are gearing up for a technology refresh of their PC fleet, in light of the emergence of cloud computing technology. The importance of safely and securely disposing of old equipment is extremely important.  We are delighted that Innovate have chosen to donate its unwanted computers to us. Just one computer donated to Computer Aid has the potential to provide a further 6,000 hours of use, enough to train 60 children to a vocational level of IT literacy. This makes a huge difference to education and employment prospects in rural and poor communities, especially since many recipients of our computers would not otherwise have access to ICT.

For further information about Cloud9, please telephone 0330 999 1000 or visit www.cloud9now.co.uk.

To find out about donating IT equipment to Computer Aid International, contact the charity on 020 8361 5540, or visit: www.computeraid.org/donate