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Appropriate Development Technology, Inc. (ADTech) is a nonprofit based in Houston, Texas on a mission to bridge the economic and the digital divide. Through technical training, we empower people, of all walks of life, to better their lives.

 

In this effort, we leverage new and innovative technology in 3d-Printing, Electronics, Coding, Drones, and more. In addition, we teach life skills such as financial literacy, communication, and critical thinking, which are essential for survival in modern society and the elimination of income inequality.

 

In August 1999, ADTech opened its first Internet Training Center in an economically depressed section of Southwest Houston with the help of Stanford Alexander (Chairman, Weingarten Realty Investors), former Mayor Lee Brown and the late Ben Love (Chairman, Texas Commerce Bank). The immense community demand later resulted in the creation of four new computer literacy training sites across Houston.

WHAT WE DO

Bridge the digital and the economic divide by leveraging technology: To bridge income inequality, we offer STEM classes to under-privileged students and vocational training to disadvantaged adults. We leverage technology by offering STEM-related education in disadvantaged neighborhood libraries, YMCAs, community centers, churches, parks, and our own technology center.

 

The primary focus is to encourage underprivileged children (9-14) to become future engineers and scientists and to break the cycle of poverty.

MEET THE TEAM

Dula Abdu

Co-founder

As one of ADTech’s founders, Dula has dedicated tremendous effort to bridge digital and income inequality. Under Mr. Abdu’s leadership, ADTech has trained over1000 economically disadvantaged children and adults in Houston. Before his current voluntary position with the organization, Dula worked at JPMorgan Chase in various capacities including as a financial analyst, and manager. He has also taught at various universities including Jackson State University, University of Houston (Central) San Jacinto College, Houston Community College, and Texas Sothern University. Dula has for many years been a distinguished civil servant, having sat on the Board of Directors of the Texas Workforce Commission as well as the Five Corners Management District serving the Hiram Clarke area. Based on this sterling track record of community service, Dula has been featured in the Houston Chronicle and other newspapers. His charitable activities include promoting economic development in Ethiopia, where he has started a microfinance, technology and water drilling projects.

Charlie Lindahl

Computer Engineer

Lifelong computer engineer with a 40+ year career spanning a wide range of environments and technologies including large corporations, academia and startup/entrepreneurial businesses. Strong background in management, leadership, and team cohesiveness.