Digital For Youth

Digital inclusion at Advanced engineering thanks to Digital For Youth

During Advanced Engineering, we are taking an important step towards digital inclusion and we are doing so together with Digital For Youth. What Digital For Youth is, and how you can contribute yourself read here!


Digital For Youth: A powerful mission

Digital for Youth is a non-profit organisation with a simple but powerful mission: to ensure that all children and young people in Belgium have safe and easy access to a laptop. Almost half of the Belgian population is at risk of digital exclusion, according to a recent study by the King Baudouin Foundation. This is a challenge that Digital for Youth does not shy away from.

Digital for Youth collects discarded company laptops and refurbishes (‘refurbishes’) them and then donates them to those who need them most. All this is made possible by the generosity of companies that donate their ICT equipment and DFY’s dedication to giving these laptops a second life.

Since its inception in 2019, it has distributed more than 23,400 laptops to social organisations and schools. These laptops are used for a wide range of activities ranging from homework help to digital skills workshops, bridging the digital divide step by step.

Advanced Engineering: innovation with a purpose

Advanced Engineering is a leading event focusing on product development and innovation. We strongly believe in the power of technology to bring about positive change in the world. But we also recognise that technological progress is only meaningful if it is inclusive – if it improves lives, regardless of background.

Partnering with Digital for Youth allows us to share our passion for innovation with society as well. Together, we can not only develop innovative products, but also increase their impact by ensuring they are accessible to all.

How can you help?

By joining hands, Digital for Youth and Advanced Engineering can really make a difference. We share not only a common vision of digital inclusion, but also the determination to make that vision a reality.

Collection point on AE

  • Bring old laptops and drop them at the collection point during Advanced Engineering
  • At the exhibition entrance
  • By piece
  • More than just laptops!

Get your hardware picked up

Starting from 30 working laptops, Digital for Youth will come and collect functional and non-functional IT equipment free of charge.