Hacker Inspires Minnesota-Based Nonprofit and the Donation of Over 5,000 Computers to Date

by Tristan Pollock


PCs for peopleIn 1998, Mankato-based social worker Andrew Elofson crossed paths with a troubled teen who had just hacked into his school’s computer system to give himself straight As.

Instead of eliminating the teenager’s access to technology, Elofson convinced Blue Earth County to donate a computer to him and with help from Elofson’s connections, the teen hacker began programming websites for local nonprofit organizations just as the Internet was in its infancy. As a result of Eloson’s success, Blue Earth County eventually donated 30 more computers in all and PCs for People was born.