Talk:Hardware donation program
Donation to Wikimedia user groups / chapters
I am so glad to see this program!
Currently the program is imagined as a way to get computers to individuals but in the future I hope someone uses this or something similar as a way to get some computers to chapters or user groups. If a group brings a laptop to events, then almost always it will be used by someone who shows up without one and who would not have participated otherwise.
I live in New York and at our events we always tell people to bring laptops and someone always comes without them. Right now, some people bring extra laptops, or sometimes we rent a few from the venue. That has been a lot to organize, but it also impresses the hosts that we make concessions to do this.
If there were any small user group regularly hosting events who would get a laptop in a program like this and start bringing it to events, it would totally be worth it. The major cost of recruiting a Wikimedia editor should not be the cost of providing them a laptop, which should be relatively low when other more complicated and expensive things like a meetup, a wiki community, and a program are in place. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:46, 17 March 2017 (UTC)
- User groups may apply as well. The application form has a specific field for that. Asaf (WMF) (talk) 16:34, 17 March 2017 (UTC)