Have you seen Matt dance? Matt only has one dance, but it’s taken him to almost 50 countries in the last five years and now he’s putting his dancing feet to a new cause – raising funds to put computers into the hands of disadvantaged youth in Africa.
In 2004 Matt Harding, then an unemployed video game maker, set off to travel the world and figured he would throw his little jig (the only dance he does) into the mix as he journeyed from country to country. His sister insisted he share his dancing with friends and family via the web, and wherethehellismatt.com was born.
Matt danced in 2005 and then, with help from generous corporate sponsorship, he made a second trip in ’06 and again this year. His 2008 video has been viewed more than 19 million times.
He met United Nations officials this month and talked to the sponsor of his video, Stride, about raising money to buy and donate laptops to the poor in Rwanda where he danced with locals and plans to go to teach them himself.
“Laptops and access to the Internet can broaden horizons tremendously. I want to do it personally, so it won’t just be a care package,” said Harding.
I’m a geek and spend every day on my computer and online. I think kids should have access to information and learning and educational tools such as computers and Matt’s doing something awesome to help make this a reality for children in Rwanda.
If dancing has the power to put technology in the hands of youth around the world, imagine what we’re all capable of if we just go out and have some fun and try to be good to each other.
Catch out-takes from Matt’s dancing here. I might like them even more than the ‘offical’ video!