2020 AFTRR Annual Meeting
April 5 – 7, 2020
Hosted by Free Geek
The 2020 Meeting of the Alliance for Technology Refurbishing and Reuse (AFTRR) takes place in the amazing city of Portland, Oregon on April 5-7. The meeting is the single largest annual gathering of nonprofit technology refurbishers and recyclers, an impressive array of organizations working to close the digital divide. The AFTRR community is focused on bridging the digital divide by providing all four of the pillars that hold the bridge up; devices, connectivity, education, and technical support. AFTRR members also advocate for technology reuse, divert used technology away from landfills and into the hands of downstream recyclers, refurbish and provide computers to those in need at low or no cost, grant technology to other nonprofit organizations and help individuals in underserved communities reach their full potential.
The 2020 AFTRR meeting features both topical presentations and panel discussions, as well as the opportunity to meet, share, and learn from fellow members of the nonprofit refurbisher community. Unique for 2020, the AFTRR Meeting is being held in conjunction with Net Inclusion, the annual conference of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA).
Registration for the AFTRR Annual Meeting is free!
LODGING: Discounted lodging at the beautiful Hotel Zags is available for AFTRR members throughout the week of the AFTRR Annual Meeting and Net Inclusion. Rooms are limited in number and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Follow this link to book your Hotel Zags lodging as soon as possible.
Sunday, April 5
6:00 to 9:00 PM
AFTRR Annual Meeting Kickoff Happy Hour
Douglas Fir Lounge: South Bar – 830 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
The 2020 AFTRR Annual Meeting kicks off in style at the Doug Fir Lounge. With its locally sustainable harvested Douglas Fir logs on the walls, the fireplace, large south-facing windows, and custom-made glass moose head, Doug Fir is a comfortably curated space, the perfect spot for AFTRR members to gather and enjoy food and drink.
Monday, April 6
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
AFTRR Meeting, Day 1
Jupiter Hotel: Atrium – 800 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
Hosted by AFTRR member Free Geek, day one features an array of presentations, panel discussions, and workshops. Anticipated topics include data security, responsible recycling, system imaging, fundraising, corporate partnerships and community relations. Breaks, beverages and lunch will be provided.
Tuesday, April 7
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Time TBD)
AFTRR Meeting, Day 2
Free Geek – 1731 SE 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Free Geek is where retired electronic devices can find new life. Free Geek staff and volunteers work hard to refurbish the electronics they receive. They maintain strict data security standards when processing any data-bearing devices that pass through their impressive facility.
The 2020 AFTRR Annual Meeting wraps up with a morning session with our hosts at Free Geek, zooming in on a variety of more technical topics related to refurbishment. Enjoy an inside look at how Free Geek functions with a tour and some hands-on demonstrations with their Tech Refurbishing staff.
Tuesday, April 7 – Thursday, April 9
Net Inclusion 2020
AFTRR members are encouraged to extend their Portland visit and attend Net Inclusion 2020, the National Digital Inclusion Alliance’s annual conference. Net Inclusion 2020 welcomes digital inclusion community practitioners, advocates, academics, internet service providers, and policymakers to discuss a wide range of issues around digital equity. Please note that there is a separate registration fee for Net Inclusion.