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Free Geek's Mission, Vision, and Values 

Awards and Recognition

  • In June 2001, Free Geek founder Oso Martín was presented an E-chievment Award from the National Public Radio program, E-Town, in recognition of his work to make "a positive difference in his community and beyond."
  • In November 2002, Free Geek was named a Founder of the New Northwest by Sustainable Northwest. They recognize leadership in sustainable business and economic practices in the northwestern United States. Free Geek was profiled in a book published by Sustainable Northwest in May 2003.
  • In November of 2003, Free Geek received Honorable Mention for the Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Innovation.
  • In 2006, Free Geek received the Association of Oregon Recyclers Annual Recycler of the Year Award, bestowed annually to recognize innovation and commitment in the field of recycling.
  • In 2006, Free Geek received the Mayor's Spirit of Portland Award, which "recognizes individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the community over the past year.” Other recipients included Senator Avel Gordly and Andy Nelson, Executive Director of Hands on Portland. 
  • In 2007, Free Geek was awarded the APC Chris Nicol FOSS Prize in recognition of “initiatives that are making it easy for people to start using free and open source software (FOSS).”

In the News

Refurbished Technology: An Insider's Guide (NTEN)

For social service organizations, digital access is increasingly critical to the success of their clients, constituents, and patrons. The people they serve need it to apply for jobs, complete schoolwork, search for a home, or apply for benefits...

Innovators in Digital Inclusion: Multnomah County Library (Benton Foundation)

Broadband access and adoption are essential for full participation in our society, for education, for public health, and for public safety. But nagging gaps in broadband adoption exist in too many U.S. communities...

When gadgets become garbage: How to recycle electronics (Oregon Metro)

Quick! How many electronic products do you have? Televisions, cell phones, computers, tablets, game consoles, e-readers, fitness trackers, programmable thermostats – they add up…

An 85-Year-Old’s Mission to Bridge the Digital Divide (Viewfind)

The ride across the red Zimbabwean desert is bumpy, and Jim Anderson must continuously brace himself for unexpected jolts, dips and turns. He’s driving far beyond the city limits of Mutare…

How companies are working to help low-income students get technology (KATU)

Technology has become such a large part of our lives, that even elementary school students are assigned homework that requires internet use...

Multnomah County will give 1,500 computers a year to Free Geek (The Oregonian)

Multnomah County has begun routing its discarded computers to Free Geek, a windfall of roughly 1,500 PCs annually for the Portland nonprofit that refurbishes and recycles old electronics…

Free Geek on Video

Carlos and the Computer
By University of Oregon Portland multimedia journalism student Robert Redding (April 2015)
Access Granted
Media Institute for Social Change project video by Zach and Frankie (August 2016)
What Happens to Your Computer at Free Geek?
Video project by Portland Youth Builders (2013)