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New Year's newsletter : 2009 in review

Here is our first take on recent events at a glance, in a new, flexible format.  This alpha edition covers milestones from our work this past year - what better time to reflect than now, as 2009 draws to a close? We are sending this out as an update to our past supporters as well.  If you want to share this, or read it on a mobile device, you may find it easier to view it on laptop.org.Read the rest of this entry

New OLPC site in the works

Our design partners have been developing a new design for the OLPC website, one that draws in contributions from our partner and chapter sites around the world. I saw the latest designs this week, and loved them!  We'll have more updates about the site soon, once everyone's back from the Realness Summit and we've heard from Mike Massey, our new photo maven. The biggest change: we're going to convert the homepage from a big logo to a series of full-screen images from deployments, with background details and links to more information.Read the rest of this entry

How classroom XOs can help Rwanda's economy

Rwanda aims to complete deployment of their next 100,000 children by next summer. National project coordinator Nkubito Bakuramutsa was interviewed this week for an article in the Irish Times. They discuss recent successes and policies at the Rwandan schools that have deployed the first batch of XOs in the country. Kagame and the teachers involved are both optimistic that they will transform their society into a leader in technology advances.Read the rest of this entry

Apostle of the Apoxolypse: Derndorfer's wandering star

Christoph Derndorfer, widely known for his ministry to young XO pilots, fashion sense, and active speaking / writing / editing about OLPC, has recently kicked off a Latin American Tour.  (Todd Kelsey, where are your tour-badge-printing skills when we need them?)  He plans to visit all of our country partners in the region with significant deployments this summer, documenting his experience. Christoph's travel reports are enchanting.  Take for instance Read the rest of this entry

Peru plans OLPC expansion for next year

Peru is planning to expand their OLPC program to reach every primary school in the country next year.  Last week, during a meeting with regional leaders from the country's 24 departments, Oscar Becerra commented on plans for the program to reach over 16,000 primary schools across the country - though not every child in each of those schools will have an XO at first.

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One Laptop per Child Association settles in Miami

Names can be confusing at times.  Take "One Laptop per Child": should the per be capitalized?  This was debated long after logos and t-shirts had been designed.  OLPC has included two separate non-profits since its inception:
  • A 501c4 association, originally set up to execute the mission of the project  (Formally:  ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD ASSOCIATION, INC - no acronym, capitalization question avoided via ALL CAPS registration)
  • A 501c3 foundation, originally set up to receive tax-deductible donations to support the mission (Formally:  OLPC Foundation or OLPCF - acronym, just to make things complicated)
At first, most OLPC work was associated with the Association (ha!) and the Foundation dealt only with fundraisers and the like.  Last year, we started dividing effort between the two bodies.  Our projects focused on the poorest countries, remote access, and rebuilding after disasters and conflicts, moved to the Foundation.  Rodrigo Arboleda Halaby, a supporter of OLPC since its inception, was invited to lead the Association, which took more explicit responsibility for long-term support for stable deployments and work in Latin America.  They set up headquarters in Miami, originally with a staff of two.   Now they have a solid team, a new Board, and the first OLPC baby... This week the Association hosted a coming out party in the South Floriday community, with a debut breakfast for supporters, featuring Samuel Dusengiyumva from the OLPC Rwanda team, who spoke about Rwanda's plans for the  future. Read the rest of this entry

OLPC South Asia takes flight

A network of South Asian OLPC deployments (including India, Sri Lanka and Nepal) are working together to share knowledge and outreach.Read the rest of this entry