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Jul. 22, 2016 12:33 pm

This Drexel student org is offering tech help with a ‘Community Genius Bar’

Just like the Apple Store, but without the appointments. It's an effort by TechServ on Aug. 6.

Fix a PC, solve the digital divide? Well, it's a start.

(Photo courtesy of TechServ)

Within the walls of Drexel University, there’s a student organization called TechServ whose mission is simple: fix computers, donate them to nonprofits and teach computer literacy to help bridge the digital divide.

The group’s roots go all the way back to 1984, when a student group called DUsers was put together. It’s been dubbed the first computer-related student organization at Drexel.

When the group was officially disbanded in 2004, TechServ — which was founded in 2002 — inherited the remaining equipment and carried on its mission of bridging the digital divide.

Like the Apple store, but without the appointments. (Courtesy image)

A TechServ flier. (Courtesy image)

TechServ’s team of technicians are getting together on Saturday, Aug. 6, to offer free tech support and advice under a format they’ve called the Community Genius Bar. Just like at the Apple store, minus the chaos.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the TechServ team will be at People’s Emergency Center, located at 329 N. 39th St.

The organization also takes in equipment donations, provided they comply with a few specifications. Click here to find out if that old laptop you have in the basement could be of help to someone in need.

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Roberto Torres

Roberto Torres became Technical.ly Lead Philly Reporter in May 2016. Prior, he was a freelance contributor to Technical.ly and Al Dia News. The native Venezuelan moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after reporting on research at his alma mater, the University of Zulia. Whenever he's not fencing deadlines, he can be found standing in line at Overbrook Pizza in West Philly, running Netflix/Hulu marathons with his wife or reading news from Venezuela.

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