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Cormac Lynch

Camara / Level 2

Alumni 2006

Camara / Level 2
John F McCarthy
Carmel Dunne

Cormac is founder of Camara Education. Camara Education takes in second-hand computers that have been discarded by Irish organisations.

The Challenge

Cormac is founder of Camara Education. Prior to launching Camara, Cormac worked in the engineering and finance sectors, spending 5 years as a petroleum engineer in the North Sea and 12 years as an investment banker in London, New York and Moscow. In addition to his undergraduate degree from Trinity College Dublin, he has an MSc from Imperial College London and an MBA from Stanford University.  Cormac also completed a Masters in Development at UCD, and researched the viability of using ICT in Education in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Around the world there exists stark inequality with regard to digital literacy and access to technology. Cormac founded an organisation dedicated to using new technologies to improve education and livelihood skills in low income communities around the world.

 

The Idea

The Camara 'Social Enterprise' Model revolves around providing relevant technology at an affordable price to low income communities. Then supporting this technology with training, technical support and assessments to ensure that the eLearning package is sustainable.To keep it's cost base low, Camara has built a network of Resource Centres that take in unwanted computers which are refurbished by an army of volunteers.  Along with full-time employees, Camara also send the best of these volunteers into the filed to help with training and technical support. 

 

The Impact

From its origins in Dublin, the organisation has expanded worldwide and has built a proven model of ‘education delivery’ that is both sustainable and highly scalable. 700,000 children in poor communities have been made digitally literate by Camara in the past nine years.

Today, Camara operates in 14 countries, employs over 50 full-time people and manages hundreds of volunteers around the world.  This network has provided eLearning Centres to over 2,500 schools in Africa, Ireland and the Caribbean, installed 50,000 computers and trained over 12,000 teachers in how to use the technology for learning purposes.

 

Cormac Lynch, Elevator Award, 2006


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