TigerDirect And Lenovo To Host Special Build Your Own PC Race For Charity For Kramden Institute Volunteers On May 18, 2013

One of the most exciting events during the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show comes to Raleigh, adds dedicated race for non-profit volunteersKramden Institute


TigerDirect, a subsidiary of Systemax, has announced it will bring its popular Build Your Own PC Race For Charity to Raleigh on May 18, 2013. In partnership with Lenovo, the world’s second-largest PC vendor, a special race will be held for the Kramden Institute, a non-profit organization providing PCs to economically disadvantaged students. Kramden Volunteers will be given the opportunity to compete for an all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas during the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show to partake in the National Consumer Finals.

Build Your Own PC Race 2014 presented by LenovoNow in its 16th-year and known as a true “geek sport,” the builds themselves are short, sweet and full of excitement. For the special race, in addition to the trip to Vegas, the racer who assembles a Lenovo Gaming PC from its basic component level in the fastest time will receive a Horizon Table PC, in addition to a $500 gift card and $500 donation to the Kramden Institute. Second place will be awarded with an IdeaPad Yoga 13, $250 gift card and $250 donation to Kramden. Third Place will win a K3 Lynx Tablet with Keyboard, $100 gift card and $100 donation to Kramden.

“When Lenovo came to us with the idea to host a dedicated race for Kramden Institute, we couldn’t have been more excited about the opportunity,” says Lonny R. Paul, VP of Marketing and Strategic Initiatives for TigerDirect.com. “The hard work and effort that the Kramden volunteers have put into refurbishing computers has resulted in the donation of over 12,000 PCs to worthy students, impacting over 48,000 persons across the state of North Carolina. We are proud to be able to give back in such a fun and meaningful capacity, and look forward to working together again in the future.” Continue reading

TigerDirect.com Expands PC Race Series, Announces Locations and Lenovo Sponsorship

Now in Its 16th Year, The Build Your Own PC Race For Charity Will Take Place in More Than 10 North American Cities

Build Your Own PC Race 2014 presented by LenovoTigerDirect, a subsidiary of Systemax, is proud to announce the expansion of its 16th annual Build Your Own PC Race For Charity Presented by Lenovo, world’s second-largest PC vendor. In response to the race’s increasing popularity, TigerDirect will extend the competition to more than 10 North American locations. Tasked with assembling a Lenovo Gaming PC from its basic component level, the racer with the fastest time in each city will win an all expenses paid trip to the finals during the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show and a donation to their charity of choice.

Since its inception in 1997, TigerDirect’s PC Race has been hailed as one of the most exciting events during the Consumer Electronics Show and until 2012 was only available to journalists. Last year, when TigerDirect opened the races to the public, they received an overwhelming response from consumers and tech enthusiasts who were interested in competing and attending the events. With the help of Lenovo’s sponsorship and due to popular demand, TigerDirect has increased the number of racers per region from 10 to 20 and the number of cities from 5 to more than 10.

Furthering the program and capitalizing on the growing DIY tech trend, each of TigerDirect’s Regional PC builds will be supplemented by a “Tiger Tech Labs” Build Your Own PC Seminar. As part of TigerDirect’s ongoing “Tiger Tech Labs” seminar series, the retailer will schedule guided instructional seminars two weeks prior to each of the regional races to encourage additional people to learn about building their own PCs and generate initial excitement around the race events. Continue reading

FutureLooks details Charity PC Race 2013

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Futurelooks, with Charity PC Race participant Stephen Fung, detail their experience at the 15th Annual Charity PC Race, held on January 8, 2013.

For two years, I held the record build time for the Tiger Direct Charity PC Race (2011 and 2012). And at CES 2013, I put that record on the line at one of the fastest races to date. Unfortunately, this year, I wasn’t able to defend my record and ended up placing 8th overall with a time of 6:22, which was a world away from my fastest time of 4:09. Many of you caught the live stream on Twitch.TV announced on our Twitter and Facebook pages and I really appreciated all your support as I thrived to win it again for my charity, the BC Children’s Hospital.

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