camp byoc

Camp Build Your Own Computer (BYOC)

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Igniting a Passion for Technology

Camp BYOC (Build Your Own Computer) was founded by Robin Walker, President/CEO of CDM Technologies, a computers sales and service business that focuses on delivering a full range of support and product offerings that cater to both consumers and small business enterprises.

The first camp was held in August 2014 and had 9 students ranging in age from 11-14. Students built their own computer while learning the science of how hardware and software interact and integrate to produce one of society's most important tools.

CDM is thankful to Father Trevor Babb who championed the program and helped establish a sponsor and partnership with St. Simon of Cyrene Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio. Father Babb invested his personal time and worked with the Episcopal Diocese to fund a significant portion of the program. What we accomplished that first year was well beyond our goals and objectives.

 

Camp Staff

Director - Robin Walker

Camp Administrator - Jasmine Clark

CDM Technologies Staff

 

Contact Us

513-549-8308

513-377-1679


 

Past Camps

Since beginning in 2014, Camp BYOC has invested and trained approximately 50 students to build and maintain their own computers. Each year we have improved the program to add younger students and grow the skills and experiences of returning students.  We now have 4 camps designed for different age groups, skill levels and maturity. Our short term goal is to support up to 60+ students; in the future we would like expand the beyond Cincinnati and Indianapolis to other major cities/communities.

  • 2014: PILOT CAMP, Ages 11-14, 2 weeks
  • 2015: Jr Engineering Camp, Ages 12-14, 2 weeks, Associate Engineering Camp, returning students from 2014; Associate Engineer's trip to Silicon Valley
  • 2016: Jr Engineering Camp, Ages 12-14, 2 weeks, Associate Engineering Camp, returning students from 2015, 2 weeks; Sr Enginneering Camp, returning students from 2014, 2 weeks, and Club BYOC, every other Saturday

Testimonials

"I never dreamed that I would ever build my own computer, but I did."
-- A. Rodriguez, Cincinnati

 

"It was the excitement, creativity, curiosity and accomplishment of each youth that made the program transformative and equipped them with a life skill"
-- Father T. Babb, Cincinnati

Who Should Apply?

Youth between ages 10-16 who:

  • show interest in computers or technology
  • are strong academically
  • are analytical
  • like to tinker
  • like science
  • want to understand how technology works

Camp Application

Students are selected based on age and interest and completion of the application process. We are looking for students who want to learn the science of computer technology. Three steps must be completed to comply...

Past Camps

Since beginning in 2014, Camp BYOC has invested and trained approximately 50 students to build and maintain their own computers. Each year we have improved the program to add younger students and grow the skills...