It’s been just two years since MetLife opened its global technology and operations offices in Cary, North Carolina, a Raleigh suburb that is part of the famed research Triangle area and now boasts a $125 million campus. But the company’s employees, from infrastructure engineers and software scientists to programmers, project managers and administrators, have already made their “geek” presence known by giving back to the local community.
Last weekend, about 250 MetLife volunteers took part in the campus’s second-annual “Geek-A-Thon,” which is a partnership with the Kramden Institute, a local nonprofit that provides technology tools and training to thousands of North Carolina schoolchildren without access to computer technology in their homes. The tech-expert employee volunteers refurbished a record-breaking 400 computers in one weekend — one-quarter of which were immediately given to North Carolina students, whose “new” desktops were loaded with an Ubermix operating system and the latest educational software. The rest of the computers went to the Kramden Institute to be donated as needed.
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