Meet Your Neighbor: Free Geek Chicago

Meet Your Neighbor: Free Geek Chicago

This week, I’m introducing a new, regular feature on the blog where I’ll be talking about a Chicago non-profit or organization that’s “doing it right”. Whether it’s creating new opportunities for tech, or driving a socially beneficial mission in a unique way, this will be a great way for you, the reader, to “meet your neighbor”

I love using open source software – not just because it’s free, but because it can serve as a microcosm of how communities should function. Imagine – a group of people refining a piece of functional software that benefits every user, working together towards a common goal. That same software – free of charge – helping to extend the life of older machines, and making computing accessible to all.

Now, I would like to introduce you to Free Geek Chicago – they’re a local organization who is dedicated to recycling old computer equipment and encouraging adoption of open source software. (They also have a unique governing system, and have been a gracious guest of Chicago Net Tuesday in the past). People who volunteer for a set amount of time receive vouchers towards purchase of a laptop or desktop powered by the  Ubuntu Linux operating system.

(As an Ubuntu user myself – it’s relatively easy and hassle-free. Remind me to tell you of my Ubuntu-powered Toughbook some time).

Free Geek Chicago is putting on a Software Freedom Day event on September 15th. Although you’re always more than welcome to visit at any time, this is a great opportunity to learn more about open source software, open source philosophy….and give them a visit. Just RSVP at They’re located at 3411 W. Diversey, and you can also follow them on various social media channels.

Interested in being featured on the blog? Know of a place that deserves to be highlighted? Please feel free to leave them in the comments below. You are also more than welcome to contact me either via Linked In or my web site’s contact form.

As always, thanks for reading!

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