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Derek Lomas: Educational Games for Kids in Developing Countries - ACT1

Derek Lomas is director of PlayPower Foundation, a non-profit organization that creates free educational computer software for low-income families in India and other developing countries.

PlayPower gives educational software to computer manufacturers to bundle on low-cost ($12) computers. A TV is used as the monitor.

How are costs kept so low?

These 8-bit computers are in the public domain, and are produced en masse by computer manufacturers in China. A global informal distribution network already exists to bring these inexpensive computers to an emerging middle class.

PlayPower is a global network of developers, designers, academics, NGOs and businesses. People volunteer their programming and design skills to develop these educational games for kids.

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Comment by Cecilia Rossiter on April 18, 2010 at 4:54am
Bravo. Don't forget the snake game.

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