With 50,000+ people attending Oracle Open World (and associated other conferences) between 30th September and 4th October, and with over 400 exhibitors, there should lots of freebies available.
What do you do with all of these things like pens, pencils, notebooks, memory sticks, t-shirts, pen pots, stress balls, etc. ?
Do many of these items get given away as presents, gives to your colleagues, or at some point end up in the refuge collect, land fill or recycle centre ?
Why not give these items to primary and secondary schools in Africa?
Over the past couple of years I have been collecting some of these kind of things to send out to schools in Africa. What I try to do is to wait until I have enough items that can kit out students in a class with pens, pencils and notepads for a year.
There is no corporate sponsorship of this project that is called Tech Gear for the 3rd World. I just ask for people to send me their spare items or old corporate items (due to rebranding etc.). I look after identifying what schools to send the items too, packaging of the items and I pay for the shipping of the parcels to the schools.
So after visiting Oracle Open World you have suitcase full of stuff, or if you are an exhibitor and you have items left over, why not send them to Tech Gear for the 3rd World.