Newsmakers Making A Difference: Binary Heart

Bob Roberts
September 18, 2018 - 7:46 am

Binary Heart

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- "Every organization, we believe, has humble beginnings."   

And for the four founders of New Trier High School's Binary Heart Computer Rebuilding Club, it was the realization with their first supposedly broken computer that computer-savvy and computer repair are not always the same thing.

"We couldn't figure it out and we ordered take-out. Eventually we were able to figure it out. The problem was that the computer was not plugged in," said Asher Noel.

They have improved. Neither Asher Noel nor club president Marzuk Rashid is Steve Jobs, but they've shared one similarity starting out.

"We built those computers and upgraded them in Marzuk's garage. Like we were in Marzuk's garage for almost a year before the school even caught up with us because we were growing so fast," he said.

Brandon Lee said that when that space ran out...

"Also my bedroom. I probably had four feet of walking space in my bedroom storing devices," Lee said.

Binary Heart

Binary Heart began with a seemingly simple premise, repairing computers for the underserved. In two years, they have repaired more than 60, raiding dozens more for usable parts.  Now, said co-founder Jack Altman, they want to export the idea.

"It would be amazing if we could do it at high schools across the country," Altman said.

Noel said the first is the TAG Magnet Schol in Dallas.

"It's a school in a low-income area so not only will the students be repairing the computers for others, but also for themselves possibly and donating to people in their own community," Noel said.

Binary Heart and its youthful founders, newsmakers making a difference.

"Every computer, nomatter how broken, has become relevant," Noel said.

As WBBM celebrates its 50th anniversary as Newsradio, this year we’ll be honoring 50 Newsmakers making a difference in the community.  Listen for reports each Tuesday.

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