About the Founder
Terence Lee is a senior at Los Altos High School, dual enrolled at Foothill College. Growing up in the shadows of tech giants like Apple and Google, he realizes that even in Silicon Valley, a digital divide exists. Despite the wealth of technology, many students from low income family do not have easy access to computers even with the abundance of outdated computers often slated for electronic waste.
Inspired by his Eagle Scout project to refurbish used laptops for the needy, Terence started EqOpTech to tackle the digital divide. Through various used laptop drives and community outreach, he inspires and lead a team of volunteers to revive donated laptops and teach STEM subjects to disadvantaged students.
Collaborating with Bay Area companies in their Acts of Giving campaign, Terence recruits tech leaders to join his nonprofit’s Tech Series to mentor and teach high school and college scholars. This program also enables and empowers student volunteers to give back and gain meaningful real life experience through internship opportunities.
As an avid volunteer and leader, Terence serves as advisor and social media ambassador for the Congressional Award and President’s Volunteer Service Award to inspire students in community service to make an impact to change the world.
Kevin Gao serves as the STEM education team program manager at EqOpTech, and is currently a junior attending Los Altos High School. His favorite subjects are statistics and computer science. Kevin also has a passion for chess and piano, and is a member of GYP, a nonprofit piano organization that fund raises money for third world countries, as well as being the VP of his school’s chess club. In his free time, he enjoys coding, building robots, and watching hockey.
Aditi Talati is a sophomore at American High School. She enjoys math, debate, and computer science. In her spare time she can often be found reading anything she can get her hands on. Aditi has a passion for helping the community. As well as being a volunteer for EqOpTech, she helps students with their homework at the local library and a nearby middle school, and she is a volunteer leader at Sunday Friends.
Randall Lowe serves as EqOpTech's Director of Technology, responsible for all things tech. He is a freshman at UC Santa Cruz. Randall is our technology guru, our go-to person for computer tech issues. He is especially dedicated to helping disadvantaged kids to excel in STEM education, supporting both the laptop refurbishing as well as leading and teaching the STEM workshop, Hour of Code and Khan Academy mentoring programs at Sunday Friends.
EqOpTech runs an internship program where younger team members can be engaged in the following activities:
- Selecting, reviewing and test driving online educational contents for STEM topics
- Web development targeted for younger audience eg. how-to content pages for coding, web applications etc.
- Participate and teach STEM workshops such as Khan Academy, Hour of Code targeted at disadvantaged kids and low income families
- Blogging targeted for younger audience
- Tracking and maintaining user accounts and home loan program for laptop home loan program
- Computer-in-a-Box Refurbish Program
David Ding designed and led the STEM program at EqOpTech in 2016/17. David is a freshman at Northwestern University and has experience with developing and running a beginner's programming club at Santa Rita Elementary School. He firmly believes in the mission of providing under-privileged youth with easy access to technology. David is very passionate about helping children in less fortunate situations to maximize their opportunities and chances of success.
Emma Kwan served as the Marketing Manager of EqOpTech in 2016. She attends Los Altos High School. She is a competitive debater for her school, and has been the champion of the SCU Philalethic Invitational for novice Public Forum debate. Emma is also a writer for The Talon, LAHS's newspaper. In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading, and is currently in the process of teaching herself to code. Some of her passions include entrepreneurship, marketing, and visual art.
Jane Zhao served as Social Media Manager of EqOpTech in 2016. She is currently a junior at Los Altos High School. She has a great passion for ballet, piano, and photography. During her free time, she loves to take pictures and listen to music. Some of her favorite classes in school are math and English.