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Marie-Claire Camp, of ellohay!, sent us word of this upcoming event:

The Geek-a-thon is ellohay! West Michigan’s first annual install-fest. This evening event will bring geeks from all over the area together to help prepare 100 computers to be given away, free of charge, to at-risk and impoverished high school students in Grand Rapids.

ellohay! is expecting approximately 100 guests for an evening of games, robotics demonstrations, food and drinks. Admission is free and open to the public. There will be t-shirt, sticker and button sales, and door prizes as well.

Guests and vendors include, Geek-Aid West Michigan, MadCap Coffee, Astronomer Rickey Ainsworth from the Grand Rapids Public Museum Planetarium, the Lego Mindstorm Robotic youth group presenting their Robo-Sumo match, Intelligent Interactive Technology from Jason Sosa’s Immersive Labs, Comprenew Environmental eWaste truck, and more.

The ellohay! team is working directly with Geek-Aid of West Michigan, who is holding their Geek-Aid 2009 benefit concert the same day in Grand Rapids to raise awareness of youth poverty and digital exclusion in West Michigan.

If you’re interesting in participating, ellohay! is in need the geeks and nerds of West Michigan to come together and volunteer a few hours of their time to a great cause that will help stimulate job growth, foster community, increase school participation, fight poverty and digital exclusion, and create new jobs.

More information can be found at www.ellohay.org, by calling 1 (877) ellohay, or by emailing [email protected]