Connecting individuals who need help learning technology with tech savvy mentors through community workshops.
Connecting individuals who need help learning technology with tech savvy mentors through community workshops. Read more
About this project
What is Geekline?
Geekline is a service that connects people who need help learning technology with tech-savvy mentors in their local community. Learning takes place through Geekline Workshops, which cover everything from basic use, to expert features, on common products like smartphones, tablets, and computers. Our goal is to make these workshops easy to understand for elderly and those who are uncomfortable with technology, instilling confidence and empowering them to take control over their digital lives.
How does Geekline work?
How would I attend a workshop?
Workshops would be held in partnership with community organizations, elder care facilities, and recreation centers. Once a workshop is scheduled by one of these partners, they would be responsible for promoting the event to their members or the community at large, with the help of our co-branded marketing materials.
Partners could either choose to hold the sessions for free as a service to their members, residents, etc., or charge to cover their cost for the workshop.
Who are mentors?
Geekline Mentors are the tech-savvy individuals who would teach our workshops. These would either be paid employees or volunteers (e.g. students seeking community service opportunities). All mentors undergo the same level of training and assessment to ensure they are ready to teach, before they are able to lead workshops. Once trained, mentors can see a schedule of workshops in their area and sign up to teach them through the Geekline Mentor Smartphone App.
Why are we launching a Kickstarter?
We need your help to make Geekline a reality! Your funds will help us develop the curriculum for Geekline including printed materials and videos/slides used at workshops, purchase demo devices, and build out our app and website which will serve as our scheduling platform. The site will also be a rich repository of content which mentors will have access to, giving them everything they need to walk in and teach a workshop.
Who are we?
Geekline was envisioned and designed by a team of students at Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute, on a mission to make technology more accessible to the elderly. All of our work so far has been unfunded, which is why we need your help to get Geekline off the ground.
Risks and challenges
Possible risks include difficulty recruiting mentors. To tackle this, we plan to form partnerships with local universities in each city we launch in, with the goal of offering teaching with Geekline as a service opportunity to their students.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter