Google has donated 17,000 Nexus 7 tablets, with a total retail value of over $2.7 million, to libraries, senior centers and business and community centers in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said:
It has been almost a year since New York went through the worst natural disaster in our history but for many of our state’s residents who are still building back the generosity of companies like Google can make a huge difference,
Private donations like these are critical in aiding local communities in our ongoing recovery. We thank Google for helping New York build back better than before.
The tablets are being placed in libraries, senior centers, business, and community centers, according to the governor’s office, and will support a range of programs:
Libraries will use the tablets in job training, work skills and English-for-Speakers-of-Other-Languages classes, and as e-reader loaners in the areas where libraries are not yet reopened.
Small business development organizations plan to integrate tablets into onsite business assistance and training classes. The organizations will also provide assistance to a high school entrepreneurship program run in about 30 underserved schools in New York City by New York State Small Business Development Centers.
To help combat senior isolation, senior centers will employ tablets in teaching seniors to use video chatting and other electronic communication services as a way to keep them connected to their friends and families.
Community centers will be able to use tablets in their programs to move young people living in poverty towards STEM and other high-skilled careers, as well as to assist their parents gain and improve technology-based job skills.
Though Nexus 7 are the ones to be given away, back in October 2012, Google’s Nexus 10 tablet was directly affected by Hurricane Sandy. The company had to postpone the entire launch event due to the extreme weather conditions.