CSAIL Spotlight: Google to provide support for CSAIL Kenya and Fiji outreach programs

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Recently MIT was ranked first among universities in the country for commitment to national service.

In the tradition of service, CSAIL is pleased to announce that Google will partner with CSAIL's infrastructure group (TIG) to support the Fiji and Kenya Outreach projects. Google will contribute a $20,000 gift to be used for equipment for these projects. Members of TIG are active volunteers in several global outreach efforts.

Global Programs:

  • Kenya project - http://tig.csail.mit.edu/twiki/bin/view/TIG/KenyaProject
    The Laare Community Technology Centre in Kenya was started in January 2005 by Eric Mibuari '06, with the assistance of MIT's Public Service Center.The goal of the centre is to increase general computer awareness and literacy in the Laare community by providing cheap, local and accessible training on the use of computers. The center will be enhanced with CSAIL prepared computers in January 2006. Thank you to Google for their recent gift of money for equipment for this project!
  • Fiji Project - http://tig.csail.mit.edu/twiki/bin/view/TIG/TaveuniFiji
    Taveuni is a rugged, wet, verdant and pristine Fiji island . Taveuni is approximately 15,000 with all residents live in traditional Fijian villages with eight public and private schools on the island. The schools will be outfitted with their first computers in January 2006 by CSAIL. Thank you to Google for their recent gift of money for equipment for this project!
  • M.E.E.T - http://www.m-e-e-t.org/
    MEET is initiative aimed at creating a common professional language between Israeli and Palestinian young leaders through education. MEET participants acquire advanced technological and leadership tools which empowers them to create positive social change. CSAIL has supported this program since 2002.
  • AMOUR -Robot swimmer - http://worldswimformalaria.com/en/RecentlySignedUp.aspx?SwimID=5211
    On December 3 2005,the robot AMOUR will join 1,000,000 swimmers around the world in a swim raising money for the world fight against malaria. The money raised will buy mosquito nets for the people in affected areas by malaria.

Local Programs:

Many local outreach programs proceed quietly and often, unnoticed. Students and other lab members donate time in their very busy schedules to local schools and to mentoring activities. CSAIL members participate in many outreach programs including:

Virtual and Physical CSAIL Tours program - http://www.csail.mit.edu/tours/tours.html
CSAIL members are also involved in the CSAIL tours program. This program is targeted at both local school groups and the general public. The tour program provides a glimpse into CSAIL research and invites students to consider careers in our disciplines.

Get Involved / Let us know what you are doing

An MIT effort to better organize local outreach efforts is underway at http://web.mit.edu/outreach/

If you are are a member of the CSAIL community and are involved with outreach program not mentioned here, or have some outreach related news to share with us please email tjg@csail.mit.edu.