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who we are

CommuniTech is a unique community service initiative at the University of Pennsylvania. It is a non-profit student organization that seeks to bridge the digital divide both locally and globally. CommuniTech is one of the most active student-driven community outreach groups at Penn; together, the board and members energetically and intelligently tackle the challenges of bridging the digital divide one project and one person at a time.

our mission

CommuniTech is a student organization at the University of Pennsylvania that aims to assist communities in need by teaching technology skills to the residents and supplying them with computers.

We also stress green computing, as we aim to reduce the use of hazardous materials, maximize energy efficiency during the product's lifetime, and promote the recyclability or biodegradability of defunct products and factory waste. The CommuniTech student leaders believe in measurable and tangible performance. We strive to improve our operations, grow our membership base, and ensure the sustainability of our work.



Green Computing

TIDE Computer Workshops



Student Leadership Academy at Beeber


Communitech functions on your donations.

Whether you can help by donating hardware, financial assistance, or something else, we appreciate your donation. Thank you for considering us when donating, and remember that any donations you can provide will be tax-deductible. Also, all operating systems and sensitive data are wiped from machines as soon as we receive them. If you are uncomfortable with entrusting us with your data destruction, please erase it yourself or we can simply take out the hard drive and hand it back to you immediately.

donation details
At this time, we are accepting machines with the following specifications or better:

  • PC (Windows, Linux) Desktops with Pentium 4s and 256MB ram (512 preferred)
  • PC (Windows, Linux) Laptops with Core Duo processors (approximately 2006)
  • Mac Desktops or Laptops with Intel processors (2006 or after)
  • LCD Monitors (flat panel). Any size monitor is appreciated

Please let us know if you have other equipment and we will let you know if we are able to accept them. However, please note that we do not accept printers, scanners, and photocopiers.

For small donations, we would prefer that you work with us to arrange a time to drop them off at our storage facility (35th and Sansom Streets, Philadelphia). For larger donations, we may be able to organize a pickup at your facility, thanks to the kindness of our sponsor ESAC. Please contact us and we will be in touch.

All donations are tax-deductible. Please ask us ahead of time for a tax receipt and we will prepare it for you. If you have donations that do not fit our standards, please contact our good friends, the National Cristina Foundation. Thank you for your gracious contributions.


Partnerships take on many forms, including cash contributions as well as donations of equipment, products, and services. Corporate partners either sponsor a specific project or provide general support to the organization.

sponsor list

Communitech would like to extend a warm thank you to the following supporters:

  • SAC
  • ESAC
  • Penn Engineering
  • Penn School of Arts and Sciences
  • Wharton School of Business
  • Penn Health Systems
  • Weiss Tech House
  • Computer Connection
  • Penn Graduate School of Education
  • International Literacy Institute
  • 3COM
  • Apstar Tours Ghana
  • Birlasoft
  • CIS Ghana
  • Cozen and O'Connor
  • Dennis Mehta,
  • The Dinesh & Kalpana Patel Foundation
  • Google
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Lehman Brothers
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Mercy Keystone Health Plan East
  • Micron
  • Microsoft
  • NIIT
  • ProLiteracy
  • Rajat Gupta of McKinsey
  • Reliance Industries
  • Sierra Atlantic
  • Sovereign Bank
  • Unisys
  • Vijay Thadani and R. Sampath of NIIT


Executive Board

Vamsee Mupparapu


Vamsee is a sophomore at SEAS majoring in Computer Science. He is an avid sports fan, but especially enjoys playing and watching soccer. He routinely spends time working out and following topics of interest through online courses.

Ahmad Attia


Ahmad is a sophomore studying electrical engineering, and is a brother of Tau Epsilon Phi. He is deeply interested in all things technology, and hopes to pursue a career in the robotics or consumer electronics field. Ahmad spent the last summer interning at MIT Lincoln Laboratory building an autonomous drone swarm. He finds it very gratifying to bridge the digital divide.

Deepan Saravanan

Outreach Chair

Deepan is currently a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Networked and Social Systems Engineering. He serves as the Outreach Chair for CommuniTech. Although he performs a variety of extracurricular activities, his two main interests are ultimate frisbee and strategic board games.

Diane Kim

Web and Design Chair

Diane is a senior in the College majoring in Cognitive Science and minoring in Computer Science. She was drawn to Communitech because of her interest in education, technology, and community outreach.

Chris Akatsuka

Tech Chair

Chris is currently a senior studying Computer Science. He joined Communitech in his Sophomore year and traveled to Guatemala with fellow board members to see the problems of e-waste firsthand. They helped find sustainable solutions for two local NGO's and provided some basic tech support in the short time there. He processes donations and helps find new homes for the hardware.

Open Positions

Tech Co-Chair

Mentoring Chair


General Board

General Board members play a large role in CommuniTech. While they learn more about the organization and philosophy behind CommuniTech, they participate as leaders in many CommuniTech activities. These activities can be based on fundraising, professional collaborations and outreach, environmental awareness, local and international opportunities, advertising, and service. General Board members are also encouraged to start a service project of their own. The Executive Board provides full assistance, guidance, and resources for all CommuniTech project initiatives. Afterwards, active General Board members become Executive Board members.


Civic House, University of Pennsylvania
3914 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6152