Workplace: NERDiT NOW
From a young age, Markevis Gideon was encouraged to satisfy his tech curiosity when Jeff Epting, a teacher at Talley Middle School, presented him with a room full of computers and told him to do as he pleased. That experiment would turn into a lifelong passion, leading Gideon to enrolling in the Computer Network Administration Program at Howard High School. After double-majoring in accounting and computer science at Widener University, Gideon opened his own small business out of a two-bedroom apartment in 2015. Today he operates NERDiT Now out a brick-and-mortar storefront and oversees a staff of five that purchases, repairs and resells computers, phones and tablets.
Gideon earned second place in the University of Delaware Hen Hatch Competition (2016) and was recently accepted as a speaker at the seventh annual TEDxWilmington conference, but he is also focused on offering young people the same opportunity he was given all those years ago. He has donated more than 70 computers in the past few years to students in Ghana, Africa, the Holmes Smith Annual College planning conference, and the West End Neighborhood House via a partnership with Discover Financial Services. He is also leading a new nonprofit called the United Tech Project (UTP) with a goal to donate 50 computers between September
and December of 2018 to nonprofit organizations.