One Laptop per Child (OLPC) XO Laptops in Mongolia and Nepal

Mongolian Children using XO Laptops

I really love watching the new photos come in from the new places where One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is sending XO laptops.  The latest is Mongolia and Nepal.

Mongolia was a recipient of laptops through the Give One Get One program and a child in Nepal received a XO laptop through the gift of a generous donor.

These kids now have the ability to explore the opportunities that the world has to offer.

Your donations to OLPC are changing the world.  Keep it up.

(Above is an OLPC photo from Mongolia)

Upcoming Panel on “Opportunities & Challenges of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Project”

I’ve been recently invited to come speak on a panel on “Opportunities & Challenges of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Project” for the  ICT for International Development Learning Network Meetup.

It’s on  January 15th at 6pm.  It will be held at the Center for Global Development on 1776 Massachusetts Ave. NW Third Floor, Washington , DC 20036.

I’ll be joined by other local OLPC enthusiasts such as Wayan Vota of OLPC News,  Mike Lee of the OLPC Learning Club DC, and software developer Jonathan Blocksom.

So… come out to the event. It should be a good time. Lots of great discussion about One Laptop per Child‘s exciting project.

Oh and bring your XO laptops if you have one.  I’m bringing mine.

Cheers to One Laptop per Child’s (OLPC) Mary Lou Jepsen

When I visited the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Headquarters in Cambridge, MA, the first thing that I noticed is everyone working so intensely.  They were all on a mission.  They’re changing the world.

One of those employees that was busy working to change the world and that I had the pleasure of meeting at OLPC HQ on one of my visits is their Chief Technology Officer Mary Lou Jepsen.

According to OLPC President Walter Bender’s weekly community news email letter, Mary Lou Jepsen is leaving OLPC for new adventures.

She has done a great deal for the project by inventing the laptop’s display which allows you to view it in direct sunlight, which ROCKS!!!!  She also co-invented the laptop’s power management, which gives you more battery life then any other laptop you’ll get your hands on.

The OLPC XO Laptop and the knowledge that comes with it will be so much more usable and accessible to many more children across the  world because of Mary Lou Jepsen’s contributions.

So on this New Year’s Eve, Mary Lou I lift my glass to you. Cheers!

The Power of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Give One Get One Program (G1G1)

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So… a few of us got together yesterday for an informal meetup of DC residents that own One Laptop per Child (OLPC) XO laptops through the Give One Get One Program.

It was great fun to meet other people who were excited about OLPC.  We talked through some issues that people were having with their laptops.  We showed the computers to other people at the coffee shop.  We played some games using the mesh network.

The folks I met yesterday and everyone who has participated in the OLPC Give One Get One (G1G1) Program has really helped to change the world.  President of OLPC Walter Bender in his weekly community news e-mail letter wrote:

G1G1 has not only made it possible to seed the launch of programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Mongolia, and Afghanistan…

He goes on to say…

…we have also greatly broaden the community of participation in the project. The community has already jumped in to help: the level of activity in our forums, IRC, email lists, wiki, etc. has risen dramatically over the past few weeks. G1G1 participants have asked lots of questions—and have uncovered some new bugs—but they also have lots of answers—and have submitted some new patches. The community model seems to be scaling.

You too can participate but you only have till tomorrow.  The OLPC Give One Get One (G1G1) program ends tomorrow, December 31st.

Go now.

Only a few days left participate in the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Give One Get One Program…

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So I just got my One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Give One Get One XO Laptop and I love it.  It’s such a wonderful little computer.

While i’ve worked with some early betas of the laptop, this is the first time i’ve gotten my hands on a production version of the hardware.

I look forward to doing a deep dive into the software and what it’s capable of.  I’ll definitely be writing about it more in the future.

You too should give one and get one of these xo laptopsThere are only a few days left to participate.  The program ends December 31st, 2007.  So donate right now.

If you already have your OLPC XO laptop and live in the DC area, we’re going to do an impromptu get together this weekend at 2:30pm at Murky Coffee in Arlington, VA.

It’d be great to get a bunch of these computers together, demo what they’re capable of, and see how many other people we can get to buy them.

Washington Post Reports on One Laptop per Child’s Deployment in Peru

The Washington Post has a really cool report from the recent deployment of the One Laptop per Child’s (OLPC) XO Laptops in Peru. Children’s minds are being opened to the world of possibilities which is set before them.

 “Some tell me that they don’t want to be like their parents, working in the fields,” first-grade teacher Erica Velasco says of her pupils. She had just sent them to the Internet to seek out photos of invertebrates _ animals without backbones.

Antony, 12, wants to become an accountant.

Alex, 7, aspires to be a lawyer.

Kevin, 11, wants to play trumpet.

Saida, 10, is already a promising videographer, judging from her artful recording of the town’s recent Fiesta de la Virgen.

Washington DC’s Technoliday Party Raises $2500+ for One Laptop per Child (OLPC)

Emily and I rocking out the OLPC XO Laptop

It seems like Washingtonians use the Christmas season as an excuse to take a break from their normal day to day and throw one crazy company party. Well instead of just throwing any old Christmas party, the DC technology community decided to do something different.

With the help of master organizer Peter Corbett, the DC technology community had the first annual Technoliday Party. At the very chic Lotus Lounge, about 100 of us got together to mingle and chat about our recent tech ventures.

The thing which made the night special for most was that proceeds from the party were going to support One Laptop per Child. When all was said and done, over $2500 dollars were raised. Half will go to laptops for children in developing regions of the world and half will go to laptops for kids in the Washington DC area.

Over all it was GREAT success and a great way to bring the community together for one of my favorite causes. I hope we do it again next year.

Updated: The Washington Post did a nice write up on one of their blogs about the event.  They even have a nice photo of your’s truly. 😉