MetLife Technologists Refurbish and Donate Desktops to Families of Raleigh-Area Veterans

Kids to receive computers loaded with educational software at festive Geek-A-Thon event in partnership with Kramden Institute

Saturday, October 11, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

--()--WHO: MetLife technologists, from IT pros to app developers, are partnering with the Kramden Institute to refurbish 80 computers and load those like-new desktops with the latest in educational software provided by Ubermix…all for local families. Raleigh-area teachers nominated students they felt would benefit the most. Half of the students receiving computers on Saturday are children of Veterans and active service members in North Carolina.

WHAT: Members of the media are invited to attend a special Geek-A-Thon event. The children will be given the computers and then offered hands-on training and a chance to try out a host of fun, new educational software. We’ll be playing games in the parking lot too…with a live deejay and Snoopy himself to get the party started!

WHEN: Saturday, October 11


9:30 am


Families arrive and receive computers & hands-on training

10:00 am

Short remarks from MetLife Chief Technology Officer Jim O’Donnell

10:05 - 1 pm

Parking lot party, interview opportunities, more training


WHERE: MetLife’s GTO Building, 5411 Page Road, Durham NC 27703

About MetLife

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“MetLife”), is one of the largest life insurance companies in the world. Founded in 1868, MetLife is a global provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. Serving approximately 100 million customers, MetLife has operations in nearly 50 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit

About MetLife Global Technology and Operations (GTO) in the Raleigh Area

In 2015, MetLife’s Global Technology and Operations organization will open a best-in-class global technology hub in Cary, N.C. Hundreds of technologists have already been hired in various functions including engineering, development, app maintenance, IT risk & security and tech support. MetLife is dedicated to recruiting world-class talent and is actively hiring a diverse, global and highly-skilled workforce. To learn more about GTO, visit

About Kramden Institute

Located in the heart of the Triangle, Kramden was founded in 2003 with the mission to provide technology tools and training to bridge the digital divide. With the support of thousands of volunteers, Kramden has been able to refurbish and award over 17,500 computers to deserving North Carolina students without access to computer technology in their homes across more than 70 of North Carolina’s 100 counties. To learn more about Kramden, please visit

About Ubermix (Educational Software)

Ubermix is an all-free, specially built, Linux-based operating system designed from the ground up with the needs of education in mind. The OS was built by educators with an eye towards student empowerment and includes a 20 second quick recovery mechanism, and more than 60 free applications pre-installed. Many of these applications are educational and do not require an internet connection, making the PC a great tool for students who are not able to get internet access at home.


MetLife Communications
John Calagna or Yvette Marmur
212-578-6252 or

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MetLife technologists refurbish and donate desktops to families of Raleigh-area veterans


MetLife Communications
John Calagna or Yvette Marmur
212-578-6252 or