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.
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.
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. 😉
One Laptop per Child (OLPC) enthusiast and founder of OLPC News Wayan Vota has started a new venture, OLPC Learning Club – Washington, DC. It’s a grassroots organization with the mission of allowing people within the same geographic area to get together to discuss, develop for, and learn more about the use of the OLPC XO laptop.
This first meeting of the OLPC Learning Club is happening this month in Washington DC at the Wonderland Ballroom in the Columbia Heights neighborhood around 7pm on December 18th. If you’re a fan of the little green machine, you should definitely be there. I will be.
It’s so exciting to hear that One Laptop per Child has started mass production of their XO Laptop (
$100 $200 laptop). Congrats to the whole OLPC team. You guys are heroes. I’m excited to see the effect that these efforts will have around the world.