The procurement process is one of the areas in which we operate as collective both deciding and acting together to work through the process checkpoints that ensure our learners and teachers have a good start to the year.

Procurement is a rigorous process

  1. The Manaiakalani Procurement Committee (MPC), convened by Russell Burt, engages with vendors to identify candidate devices to meet student requirements

  2. Test devices are provided to the Procurement Committee and these are rigorously evaluated by teachers, students, hackers and consultants to identify the preferred device. Recommendations are based on best-value specifications, affordability,  and durability.

  3. Concurrently MPC requests the Outreach schools provide estimates of numbers of devices for the following year.

  4. To get the best possible price, for the preferred student device, MPC negotiates with manufacturers on your behalf

  5. When the device is finalised MPC will communicate back to schools confirming product, price and inclusions.

  6. Schools will need to inform their Trust or ‘Purchasing Group’ of the exact number of devices required for the start of the following year.

  7. The Trust on behalf will then fill out the purchase order form and place their order with Cyclone no later than November 13th, in order to ensure delivery in late January.

  8. From this point forward Cyclone helps by liaising directly with schools and the established schools’ contact point e.g Trust. Cyclone handles the purchase, payment and delivery of devices.

  9. Purchasing Devices through Cyclone

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