Australia & New Zealand Events & Initiatives

TechCollect drop off site in action

TechCollect drop off site in action

Electronic waste or e-waste as it’s known, is becoming an increasing concern for governments around the world. Electronic devices are ending up in landfill, because most consumers don’t know how to dispose of them. When e-waste is exposed to weather, hazardous chemicals can leach into the air, soil and water. Many governments have introduced laws to control e-waste disposal, including the Australian Government, which passed such a law last year. Consulting the IT and Television industries, the Australian Government was helped to determine the best ways to manage this growing challenge. Lenovo Australia and New Zealand was part of an Industry Working Group that worked with Government to consult on the legislation and regulations for the Product Stewardship Act. Lenovo played a key role in the establishment of the arrangement, the Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP) and has been a strong advocate for product stewardship legislation in the region. ANZRP was set-up to provide a free e-waste drop-off service, as well as collection events across the nation, which is free to consumers and small businesses. On ANZRP’s Board of Directors is Lenovo’s local Managing Director, Alan Munro. He has been instrumental in getting both the arrangement and the customer facing program, TechCollect, operational. “Lenovo keenly advocates responsible corporate citizenship. Our on-going work with ANZRP and our own internal programs...

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Lenovo Australia and New Zealand is passionate about technology and even more passionate about education. When we get the chance to put the two together we jump at it. Lenovo has partnered with some of the biggest names in technology Microsoft, Intel and Dell, to share ideas in ICT strategies for your school, your educators and most importantly your students. The road show will showcase some of the most innovative trends in technology as well as offer advice on how to get the most out of your existing technology.  There will be plenty of time for a hands-on demonstration with Windows 8 and best practices using Windows and technology in the classroom. Rather than have one single conference that can sometimes alienate those in regional areas, we have 8 individual ones throughout NSW. This gives everyone the opportunity to benefit from the road show. Your school, your way is focused on enhancing learning with technology. Between the 5th and 15th November, the free road show is going to visit the following: • Newcastle – 5th November • Bankstown – 7th November • Wollongong – 8th November • Dubbo – 9th November • Wagga Wagga – 12th November • Sydney – 13th November • Tamworth – 14th November • Port Macquarie – 15th November   To learn more about the emerging trends in technology and how it can benefit your school, register today

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The Adventourists scenic shot from the Mongol Rally with the DO Car and an Eagle Hunter in Kyrgystan

The Adventourists scenic shot from the Mongol Rally with the DO Car and an Eagle Hunter in Kyrgystan

The Mongol Rally is the adventure of a lifetime. When the team from the Adventourists approached Lenovo to power their expedition for charity, we gladly agreed. The true spirit of “For those who DO” is about giving individuals the tools to go and DO. Now that the Mongol Rally has come to an end we caught up with Michael and Freddy of the Adventourists to find out their experiences from the rally and how Lenovo helped them live the DO spirit.. They are settling back into reality but have the “For those who DO” spirit ignited for more adventure… Lenovo: What inspired you to DO the Mongol Rally? Initially, it didn't take long to sign up for the Rally. When we first heard about it, we were all over the idea. But at that point it was probably still a holiday in a year’s time with lots of planning. Half a year later, when we started all the necessary route planning and visa applications, we understood how much more time we would need to spend on preparing to make this trip a successful and enjoyable experience. For us it was an amazing opportunity to step out of corporate life for a bit, experience the world, religions and other cultures while doing something amazing for our charities, The Lotus Foundation & Redkite. Simply put and how Freddy sees it, "The idea of going somewhere remote and dangerous, going away and potentially die - I just signed up straight away." This was also captured in the Official Mongol Rally...

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The Adventourists - Michael and Freddy

The Adventourists - Michael and Freddy

The Mongol Rally is one of the biggest adventures nowadays. It is a charity event that is now seven years young, running from London, UK to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. That means 10,000 miles across three deserts, five mountain ranges and through 20 countries. This year Lenovo Australia and New Zealand is supporting 'The Adventourists': 2 blokes in one tiny car,  with a ThinkPad X220, ThinkPad X1 and the Lenovo tablet to conquer ⅓ of the world on their journey of a lifetime and all for charity. And so far they have put their technology to the test. In this blog entry, Michael Stoltz and Frederic Chanut tell all from the road!   The Mongol Rally started on the 14/7/2012 on Goodwood Motor Circuit (South of London) with a big bang party and hundreds of adventurists that are taking on the rally this year. It followed with a short sprint to Klenova, Czech Republic, where we celebrated the second launch party at a 13th century castle. Ever since then we crossed Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey and are now staying in Georgia, one of the first old Soviet and last Christian countries before heading into ''The Stan's''... So far the rally has been an adventure in itself, the car has been in the workshops three times: once to replace a short circuit, then to replace brake pads and lastly to install some skid plates as protection for the roads to come. It's been a bumpy ride but also a quick one...

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We caught up with Paul Sharp from Two Hands Project when he got home to Sydney after his expedition across the Pacific. Below are some questions we asked to find out what makes him a DOer. Lenovo: How were you inspired to do what you’re DOing? Working in marine animal and seabird rescue and being an avid diver and beachcomber exposed me to the problems of plastic in the environment. Seeing firsthand the fatal impacts of plastic pollution on turtles, birds, even a platypus has prompted me to do something. Its exciting stuff, of all the environmental challenges we face, plastic pollution is the easiest to fix, and great opportunity exists in doing things better. One moment that really impacted me was watching a kid build a sandcastle. Instead of decorating it with shells she covered it in broken pieces of plastic and bottle caps... could this be the beach of the future? Not on my watch! Lenovo: How did Lenovo help you live the DO spirit? Lenovo came on board with a good reliable kit, providing me with the tools to get the job done with confidence. My footage and images were quickly backed up and stored safely. All with the aid of a machine that added very little to my luggage and weight allowance. Lenovo: Why did you choose a ThinkPad X220 over your old laptop? My old laptop had lived a tough life. It bounced around on boats, carryon luggage, a tandem bike expedition, hiking, desert dust, and despite keeping it in a tough case it finally began to fail....

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