We have received an overwhelming response to the MeckTech program so far and have distributed nearly 2,700 free computers to date. We are currently not accepting new applications or waitlist entries.
We are evaluating our model and working to secure funding to distribute additional devices, but due to federal funding delays we have had to adjust our timeline and distribution plans. We still hope to open applications in the first half of 2022, but unfortunately do not yet have an anticipated date for when that will happen. Please keep an eye on this page for any updates.
The MeckTech Computer Kit Program distributes technology to Mecklenburg County adults without a home computer. Each kit is free and includes a refurbished personal computer with preloaded productivity and education applications as well as all necessary hardware needed for set-up.
These computers use a Linux operating system with open–source software compatible with many Windows programs (ex: LibreOffice can read, create, and edit Microsoft Office documents). However, some programs that are proprietary to a Windows environment may not have a Linux equivalent.