Less than a year after launching in a small, upstairs office, Watsonville’s Digital NEST has gone from a homespun after-school tech education club to a flourishing organization with soon-to-be-announced plans to expand to the Central Valley.
Most recently, Palo Alto-based Facebook announced Aug. 13 that it will donate 25 MacBook Pro computers to the thriving nonprofit.
“The Nest,” as it is called, was modeled after the open workspaces that make the Mountain View-based Google campus successful, a hip place where kids want either to work collaboratively or simply to hang out, Martinez said.
Martinez’s idea has garnered interest from as close as Salinas and as far away as Florida, with organizers hoping to duplicate the model.
Juan Salazar, Facebook’s Associate Manager for Small Business Outreach, said he discovered the nonprofit through his own Facebook account.
Salazar described Digital NEST as “unique.”
“It provides youth and young adults free access to computers, software, Wi-Fi and many other valuable tools needed to pursue higher education and careers in technology,” he said.
Salazar added that Digital NEST’s mission fits in with that of his company.