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HP and Magic Johnson Foundation Double Team to Defeat Digital Divide in Harlem

Magic Johnson and HP Inventor Center Featuring HP Technology Opens in Harlem
HARLEM, N.Y., Dec. 18, 2002

HP (NYSE:HPQ) and the Magic Johnson Foundation today continued their community technology initiative aimed at bridging the digital divide with the opening of the eighth Magic Johnson and HP Inventor Center at Taino Towers in Harlem. The center will offer training and skills development and access to online services for Harlem-area youths and adults.

Funded by HP, the initiative has already established seven centers in four other inner-city communities in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Chicago. The investment totals $1 million over a three-year rollout.

"So many people take computer technology for granted because it's such a major part of our society now, but imagine not having the education or the ability to access computers," said Earvin "Magic" Johnson, founder of the Magic Johnson Foundation. "Thanks to organizations with a strong sense of responsibility like HP, my Foundation can come into the community and provide the necessary training and education that the kids and the residents of the community may not be getting otherwise."

The Magic Johnson and HP Inventor Center in Taino Towers will feature a powerful lineup of HP commercial and consumer products -- from servers, desktop and notebook PCs to printers, scanners and digital cameras.

"HP is deeply committed to broadening access to social and economic opportunities through technology," said Lewis Karabatsos, director, U.S. Strategy and Operations, HP Corporate Philanthropy and Education. "By working with the Magic Johnson Foundation, we are widening our efforts to enable under-served communities to harness the benefits of the digital economy."

East Harlem Pilot Block, also known as Taino Towers, is a non-profit housing development made up of 697 apartment units under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Section 8 Program. Taino Towers is the largest single complex of housing located in East Harlem, New York.

Other sponsors supporting the Magic Foundation and HP Inventor Center include: DHL, Eastwind Consulting Group, Microsoft and Skillsoft.

About the Magic Johnson Foundation

The Magic Johnson Foundation is a non-profit organization that focuses on improving and addressing the health, educational and social needs of those residing in the inner city. In addition, the Foundation has made a strong commitment to raise awareness about several health and social concerns that threaten under-served communities. Founded in 1991 by basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson, the Foundation has raised more than $20 million for charity.

About HP

HP is a leading global provider of products, technologies, solutions and services to consumers and businesses. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. HP completed its merger transaction involving Compaq Computer Corporation on May 3, 2002. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.


About HP

HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at http://www.hp.com.