Neverware Partners with Google for Education on Free Event Series to Bring New Life to Schools’ Computers
“Bring Your Old Device” Tour will travel to seven cities; includes a showcase at ISTE 2018 in Chicago
New York, NY, June 12, 2018 / — Neverware, the company behind the CloudReady operating system, announced today it has partnered with Google for Education on a free, multi-city event series in the US and the UK designed to raise awareness of how schools can refresh aging computers to expand student device access.
Called the “Bring Your Old Device Tour,” the event series invites educators and education technology specialists to bring slow, outdated computers to one of the seven cities on the tour, where Neverware team members will update the devices to the free Home Edition of Neverware’s CloudReady operating system. CloudReady is based on Google’s Chromium OS, the same technology that powers Chromebooks and Chrome OS. Installing CloudReady replaces aging operating systems and heavy local apps with a lightweight, secure operating system that uses web apps and Google Drive. The refreshed devices effectively become Chrome devices, similar to a Chromebook.
CloudReady’s Education Edition enables schools to use CloudReady devices in a number of ways to achieve technology goals, such as to pilot the Google ecosystem, to facilitate online digital testing, and as part of 1:1 initiatives, with CloudReady computers managed alongside Chromebooks via the Google Admin console.
The Bring Your Old Device program first launched in January 2018 at London’s Bett show as a collaboration between Google for Education and Neverware (Google LLC is one of Neverware’s major investors). Working from Google’s booth on the show floor, Neverware team members accepted old computers from show attendees and updated them to CloudReady as a free service over the course of the event’s three days, much to the delight of many who thought their computers were beyond salvaging.
“It’s an unfortunate reality in education technology that schools around the world consistently face budget shortfalls,” said Andrew Bauer, CEO of Neverware. “CloudReady is a budget-friendly way for schools to get more use out of computers that might otherwise end up sitting on shelves or being discarded. We know that device access is critical for student success, and we’re excited to be partnering with Google to help make that happen in the US and in the UK.”
In addition to updating old devices, the half-day BYOD Tour events include sessions focused on CloudReady deployment, new features in G Suite and Chrome, and privacy, security, and compliance. The UK portion of the tour began on June 7th in Birmingham and will make stops in Cardiff and Manchester before traveling to Stirling in Scotland. London and Norwich round out the final stops in the UK.
In the US, Bring Your Old Device will be featured as part of Google’s Expo presence at the ISTE 2018 Conference & Expo in Chicago from June 24-27th. The ISTE Conference & Expo is recognized globally as the most comprehensive educational technology conference in the world and attracts over 16,000 attendees and industry representatives. Neverware team members will be on hand in Google’s booth, #1602, to update attendees’ devices to CloudReady and to answer questions about CloudReady.
For more information about the cities on the tour and to register to be part of the Bring Your Old Device Tour, visit www.neverware.com/events.
Neverware is the New York-based developer of the CloudReady operating system, which enables schools and enterprise organizations to transform their existing hardware into simple, secure, and fast Chrome devices that can be managed seamlessly alongside Chromebooks. Since CloudReady’s launch in 2015, more than 1,400 schools across the US and in 24 countries around the world have used CloudReady as a cost-effective way to modernize aging hardware, expand student device access, and simplify device management.
For more information, or for a free trial of CloudReady, visit www.neverware.com.