How will GAP change over the next 3-5 years so that Free Geek can better fulfill its mission and live up to its principles?
State of the program
GAP stands for Geek Access Point, and it is the program where Free Geek deploys public access sites in various cafes and other commercial establishments around town. The main advantages of the GAP program for Free Geek are:
- Provide internet access in general. (meets the mission)
- (Note: this is diminishing in importance as more wireless cafes sprout up in this town.)
- Provide access for people who don't have (or didn't bring their) wireless enabled laptops to the coffee shop. (meets the mission)
- Provide anonymous access for people wanting to connect to the internet. (meets the mission)
- Advertise Free Geek in the community. (an outreach function)
- Promote open source software. (supports our principles)
Current and past issues
Past problems with the GAP program arise mostly from a lack of support for the access sites. Sites that are successful, such at the Red and Black cafe have regular customers that share in the system maintenance work, often in exchange for free coffee. Sites that fail often have no support.
Trends and predictions
Upcoming trends that may affect the GAP program include the deployment of a free wireless cloud throughout the city and the existing (and growing) number of cafes that provide free access without our help.
In the future we could deploy more GAP sites by actively recruiting capable build program graduates to set up access points in their neighborhoods.
We could add software that teaches people more about open source software or introduces them to Free Geek. Such software shouldn't be intrusive or difficult to find or operate.
|Good (for Free Geek)||Bad (for Free Geek)|
(to Free Geek)
Strengths: Strengths are advantages we have that are internal to Free Geek and helpful to achieving the objective. (Good things we do.)
Weaknesses: Weaknesses are problems we have that are internal to Free Geek and harmful to achieving the objective. (Things we do poorly or not at all.)
(to Free Geek)
Opportunities: Opportunities are advantages we have that are external to Free Geek and helpful to achieving the objective. (Good things that will or could happen to us.)
Threats: Threats are problems we have that are external to Free Geek and harmful to achieving the objective. (Bad things that will or could happen to us.)