Got an old computer? Fill minds, not landfills! Pass IT On!
Got an old computer? Fill minds, not landfills! Pass IT On!
Our USB technology SECURELY erases all of your data and loads educational content that teaches up to 3,000 kids in developing countries
Our USB technology SECURELY erases all of your data and loads educational content that teaches up to 3,000 kids in developing countries Read more
About this project
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Our objective is to return value to our world by SECURELY extending the life of computers whenever possible, keeping them out of landfills and using them for education. Did you know that hitting the "delete" button doesn't really delete your data? Did you know that one repurposed computer can provide educational content for over 3,000 children, save 3,000 pounds of water, and 530 pounds of fossil fuel, enough energy to power 62 US households for a year?
Data Security & Good Karma start here- Pass IT On!
A credit card sized USB chip capable of changing the world. Embedded on your Pass is a powerful technology that prevents the theft of your personal data - and then streamlines the process of repurposing it for education or getting it into a certified stream for recycling - all while improving the lives of people around the world with a cleaner environment, solar powered lighting, clean water, and education.
And it all starts with you.
Whether you repurpose your old computer for education, recycle it to keep it out of a landfill, or simply SHARE this project on Facebook, you've included yourself in a worthwhile project that has an impact on us all, extending good karma around the world through your actions and our sponsors:
This project is an engineering partnership between Obliterase and the University of New Hampshire's Research Computing Center. We won an award at the MIT Enterprise Forum at the Microsoft Geek Center in Cambridge, Mass. Watch the video below to learn more about our team and UNH Research Computing Center!
Got an old computer! Pass it On!
We all have old, unwanted computers at home and work stored in our closets, basements, attics, and garages. And most of us can't remember what personal information is left on them! Pass It On for Good is the perfect program to eliminate the risk of your data getting into the wrong hands while doing good with your unwanted computer. Whether it is simply recycling it to keep it out of a landfill or repurposing it for education, the impact of your decision has a real impact on our world. ABSOLUTE SECURITY makes the decision easy.
Each time your Pass is used, the impact is measured and added to your personal Impact Statement on the Pass It On For Good website. It's also added to our TOTAL IMPACT of this project! Login, enter your impact ID#, and watch your impact grow! There is no time limit to your Pass, and each pass can be recharged for additional usage when it reaches its max.
The simple fact is that extending the life of your old computer for education has a real, measurable impact on our environment, on energy, on water, and on children's education. By keeping your old computer out of a landfill and displacing the production of a new computer, you are making the choice to do something good, something that has a real impact on the world around you. And then share your Pass or Impact Pass Number with family and friends, and Pass on your decision to make an impact on this world. As they clean out their closets using your Impact Pass #, watch your impact grow at www.passitonforgood.com! There is no limit to how much impact your decision can make!
THE MORE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATE, THE GREATER THE IMPACT WE CAN MAKE TOGETHER!
If you need any convincing of the problem of E-waste, and the risk of not properly erasing your hard drive, watch these:
What is the impact of your decision?
Every computer that is saved from a landfill makes an impact. Computers that are re-purposed for education displace the production of another computer, which saves:
- At least one computer from entering a landfill
- 3,000 pounds of water
- 520 pounds of fossil fuel (gasoline)
- 48 pounds of chemicals comprising half the periodic table
- One repurposed computer for education can reach up to 3,000 children with educational content!
Pass it on For Good is a social technology initiative that allows you to SECURELY pass on your old, unwanted computer for education, resale, or recycling, without compromising your PERSONAL IDENTITY, by using our world class data erasure technology, Obliterase. And then SHARE your Pass with your Facebook friends or on Twitter to maximize the impact of your decision by letting others join your effort!
Who can use Pass It on for Good?
Anyone who has an unwanted computer!
Individuals, families, small businesses, Enterprise, Government - All can benefit and participate in making a difference.
Churches and local clubs! Run your own computer drives and work together to do better!
STUDENTS! Help your parents clean out their closets!
School Teachers! Get a Gold Pass and get your students involved! What a great, fun learning experience!
Businesses! Give your employees Passes! Show them you care about them and help them make an impact on this world! Use a Pass within your business before replacing your older computers!
How does it work?
1. First, get your old computer out of the closet.
2. Boot it up, and connect it to the internet (not required, but it is how we measure your impact!)
3. Plug your Pass into a USB port, and launch the "Pass IT on for Good" software.
4. Once launched, input your Impact Pass Number to register your computer on our servers. The software checks your computer's health and looks at what hardware your computer has.
5. We compare your hardware with the minimum requirements for our educational partner, The World Computer Exchange, and give you the choice of repurposing for education or recycling with a Certified recycler.
6. Then your hard drive is erased, SECURELY and ABSOLUTELY, using our data erasure technology, OBLITERASE. Depending on you and/or your organization's need for compliance, you can choose one of the 17 algorithms to completely erase your personal or confidential information to protect your personal identity or company information. Review the "Security" section below for detailed information about how our technology meets your security needs and compliance.
7. Once your hard drive is securely erased, you will receive a Certificate of Erasure via email for your records. This certificate certifies that your computer was properly sanitized of ALL data and operating systems.
8. If you chose to re-purpose your computer for education, a new operating system will be installed including educational content specific for the destination of your computer. Please review our educational content description below for more information.
9. Once your computer is ready for re-purposing or recycling, we will email you detailed information as to where to take it, or where to ship it. (We provide packaging labels and printed instructions if we meet one of our stretch goals.)
10. And then SHARE, SHARE SHARE to maximize the impact of your decision and watch your impact grow!
SECURITY - Hitting your "delete" button does not delete your data!
The security of your data, personal information, and company information stored on hard drives is our first and foremost concern. Hitting your "delete" button does not actually delete your data - it merely removes the road signs pointing to how to get there.
Using our erasure technology removes the risk of losing personal and confidential data to hackers.
We have integrated our Enterprise version of Obliterase to allow you or your organization to meet and exceed any government compliance you need to meet. Our Enterprise Edition includes 17 different algorithms to choose from that meet or exceed the following government standards:
Certificate of Erasure
Upon successfully erasing your hard drive, you will receive a Certificate of Erasure at the email address you provide. The Certificate is your proof that your computer was completely erased using the algorithm your chose. The Certificate identifies the computer by Serial number, and provides a detailed list of the hardware components that were present on the computer when the erasure software was run.
Minimum hardware requirements:
- x86 microprocessor based computer
- CD or DVD drive, and the capability to boot from this drive or bootable USB
- 400 MHz processor or faster
- at least 256 MB of memory (RAM)
- IDE, SCSI, SATA hard drive
How to Pass IT On
Once you have taken care of your own computers, share your Pass or Impact Number with friends and family, employees and co-workers. They can either use your Pass or download the software. Then, when they use your Impact Pass number, their computers are registered under your Impact Number, and their impact gets added to yours! Logging into your Impact Account on the Pass it On for Good website allows you to track your impact, as well as see the impact of all of our efforts! Pass IT on!
$25 Charter Bronze Pass: Limited to 100 backers. CharterBackers receive a Bronze Pass and get their names listed as "Charter Backers" on the Passitonforgood.com website. ($5 off the Bronze Pass) Charter Backers also receive a Pass It On for Good Karma energy bracelet.
$30 Bronze Pass: 5 use Pass - Only $6 per computer! This Pass can process up to five computers, however can be recharged with additional uses! Also get a Pass It On for Good karma energy bracelet.
$50 Silver Pass: 10 use Pass - Only $5.00 per computer! This Pass can process up to 10 computers, however can be recharged with additional uses! Also get a Pass It On for Good karma energy bracelet.
$100 Gold Pass: 25 use Pass - Only $4.00 per computer! This Pass can process up to twenty-five computers, however can be recharged with additional uses! Also get a Pass It On for Good karma energy bracelet.
$250 Platinum Pass: 100 use Pass - Only $2.50 per computer! This Pass can process up to one-hundred computers, however can be recharged with additional uses! Also get a Pass It On for Good karma energy bracelet.
$1,000 Infinite Karma Pass!
You will receive a CUSTOM made Infinite Karma Pass that enables up to 1,000 computers to be processed. That's only $1 per computer! You will also get your name printed on the Pass and your name proudly displayed on the Pass It on for Good website's Infinite Karma page. Whether company or individual, you are making a major step towards the greatest impact possible! The Infinite Karma user's Personal Impact Statement will be viewable by all on our website, and the impact of cumulative efforts displayed. Make it your personal project to create the greatest impact leveraging your Facebook and Twitter network! Also receive a Pass It On for Good karma energy bracelet!
Your Impact + Our Impact = Results
We have a series of stretch goals that we are excited to implement if we make our tiered goals... but we don't want to let the cat out of the bag yet! As we progress with our funding we will share on "bigger and better Impact" goals! If we reach these marks, the overall impact of this fun project will be nothing short of ASTOUNDING! Thanks for your help!
Stretch Goal #1: $100,000 - to be revealed once we hit our launch goal of $45,000!
Stretch Goal #2: $250,000 - to be revealed once we hit Stretch Goal #1!
Stretch Goal #3: $500,000 - To be revealed once we hit Stretch Goal #2!
Super Stretch Goal #4: $1,000,000! To be revealed once we hit Stretch Goal #3!
Use of Funds
Funds raised through this campaign for this project will allow us to complete our engineering. Although we are getting close, we need your financial help. Funds will also be used to produce and mail our USB Digital Passes to our backers, as well as create and mail the Pass It on For Good energy bracelets. There are four stretch goals, each with a specific engineering and social value that will be shared with our backers as our funding progress unfolds!
Engineering and fulfillment Plan
- Complete software engineering
- Complete website integration
- Place order for USB cards.
- finalize shipping packaging
- full production test
- Quality Assurance
- Shipping Logistics
Engineering Timetable and Shipping
- Complete software engineering (6 weeks)
- Complete website integration (4 weeks)
- Place order for USB cards (1 week)
- Finalize shipping packaging (1 week)
- Full production test (1 week)
- Quality Assurance (2 weeks)
- Shipping Logistics Management (1 week)
- Shipping (1 week)
Our friends representing the categories of Education, Energy and Water
Our three friends represent Education, Energy, and clean Water. They are supportive of our efforts in making a significant impact on this world. We'd like you to know more about them because of the great work they do.
A global education and environmental nonprofit connecting more youth in developing countries to the skills, opportunities and understanding of the internet. By expanding access to computers, technologies and the Internet, WCE aspires to enhance the quality of education in the developing world and help increase the chances for youth, their families and community to overcome poverty, lead productive lives and contribute to the growth of their economies.
Our Mission is to improve the daily lives of children and adults by providing clean and healthy lighting. We distribute safe, rechargeable solar lights around the world, replacing dangerous and polluting kerosene lamps. With each light you help a family of 6-10 people replace dangerous and toxic kerosene, offsetting one ton of carbon of 5 years, changing their lives forever!
Global H2O provides clean water sources to communities through construction of wells, rain harvesting facilities, and spring boxes. We contract with organizations in developing countries to identify where we can significantly improve short lives in a short period of time, with minimal expense and complexity. $20 provides clean water to one person for a lifetime.
Your participation in "Pass it on for Good" helps thousands of people in need while emptying your closet of that old computer.
Our Team - About Us
Pass It On for Good engineering is in partnership between Obliterase and the University of New Hampshire's Research Computing Center. Our technology resides in a world class Computing Center with state of the art hardware running our program.
Our team is comprised of passionate and successful engineers led by entrepreneur and Obliterase President Steve Wood.
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges that come with our project are all manageable. We are an extremely successful team with business/engineering prowess. We have been involved in companies and technologies that we have engineered and scaled into $100 million companies with hundreds of employees.
We have developed technologies that have allowed hundreds of thousands of people per day access to e-commerce platforms.
There is always the risk of completing technology development on time. As well, shipping our Passes could be delayed if we have an overwhelming show of support.
The bottom line is that we firmly believe that "We can all do better by working together!"Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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