Free Geek Michiana

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Free Geek Michiana
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  • Areas: computer refurb and recycling
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  • Company Type: non-profit
  • Free Geek Status: defunct?

Sadly, Tom Brown passed away in early 2012. He was the heart and soul of the Free Geek Michiana project.

There was a website here which has been taken by domain squatters:

A lot of what there is to know about FREE GEEK Michiana is logged in the archives of their mailing list, here:

The last posting was in 2013, and seems like the group is now defunct.

South Bend ain't Portland but FGM reflected the spirit of what FREE GEEK is all about. The programs and culture were somewhat different having to do with our geography.

Some activities of FGM were:

  • FREE GEEK Michiana volunteers meet twice weekly 6:00 to 10:00 PM, Tu and Th evenings, at 743 W. Chippewa in South Bend, IN. Our office is donated space inside an old factory now called the Studebaker Business Center.
  • To save money we use our personal cell phones to conduct business.
  • FGM accepts computer equipment for free, except for monitors. We charge $15 for monitors, working or not. Please donate cash with the gift of your computer if you can. It really helps.
  • Please volunteer. If you have computer skills, wonderful! If you don't, we'll teach you. Free and open source software (FOSS) is terrific. Because of FOSS, we can teach and learn almost anything there is to know about computing.
  • Our primary mission is keep computer components out of our landfill. FGM refurbs computer systems to distribute to low income families. Currently, we are preparing computers for a Parent Teacher Organization to give to 60 targeted households in the Perley primary school district in South Bend.