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Mediacurrent Supports Operation Spark with Laptop Donation

by Jeff Diecks
October 20, 2016

Part of supporting the growing Mediacurrent team with great tools to do our jobs includes upgrading and our fleet of laptops every few years. But what to do with the older MacBooks that are still perfectly functional?

Recently I delivered five of our retired MacBook Pro laptops to Operation Spark in New Orleans, marking the completion of a summer project to round up and refurbish machines that were otherwise taking up storage space at Mediacurrent headquarters. The donation kicked off our new program to support an organization with an amazing mission.

Operation Spark is a New Orleans non-profit that teaches the fundamentals of software development to low-opportunity individuals by presenting a route to a career in software development. In a city with 20,000 young adults, ages 16 to 24, not in school and unemployed, Operation Spark aims to fight generational poverty issues and help fill some of the estimated 3,000 open positions in software development in Louisiana. Students learn to write software using industrial tools, work in a team environment and become self sufficient in problem solving.

Learning and applying these skills requires filling some basic needs, including access to computers. Mediacurrent is proud to support Operation Spark with the first of what we plan to become an ongoing series of equipment donations. Visit http://www.operationspark.org for more information about the organization and opportunities to help support their mission.

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Meet team member, Jeff Diecks

A veteran of the web publishing and sports media industries, Jeff draws on his extensive project management, business analysis, and site building experience to lead professional services and client delivery at Mediacurrent. An active member of the Drupal community, Jeff organizes events for his local Louisiana Drupal Users Group and Drupalcamp New Orleans.

Jeff joined Mediacurrent in 2010 after 11 years with Turner Broadcasting Systems in Atlanta, GA. In his previous position as Director of Operations at Turner Sports New Media, his team managed technical operations for NASCAR.COM and initiated Turner’s adoption of Drupal. Jeff’s other roles at Turner included Director of Editorial Operations, Project Manager and Producer at CNN/Sports Illustrated Interactive. Prior to joining Turner, he served as Website Manager for Major League Soccer in New York, and was responsible for the league site's design, maintenance and content publishing.

Jeff lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his wife and daughter. On nice-weather days he can be found working from a table in his backyard with his yellow lab, Murray.

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