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Nicolas Negroponte - The founder of One Laptop per Child

I have chosen to shadow the Nicolas Negroponte, the founder of the charity called One Laptop Per Child

Nicholas Negroponte

Chairman, OLPC Foundation

Nicholas Negroponte is founder and chairman of the One Laptop per Child non-profit organization.

OLPC's Mission Statement: To create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for
collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning. When children have
access to this type of tool they get engaged in their own education.
They learn, share, create, and collaborate. They become connected to
each other, to the world and to a brighter future.

A real world laptop for real world change. The XO laptop.

Many years and an infinite amount of sweat equity went into the creation of the XO laptop. Designed collaboratively by experts from academia and
industry, the XO is the product of the very best thinking about
technology and learning. It was designed with the real world in mind,
considering everything from extreme environmental conditions such as
high heat and humidity, to technological issues such as local language
support. As a result, the XO laptop is extremely durable, brilliantly
functional, energy-efficient, responsive, and fun. Come take a look.

Follow OLPC on twitter: http://twitter.com/OLPC

See http://media.laptop.org/realmedia/Brandandmission.mp4 for a quick video.

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Comment by Caroline Meeks on March 5, 2010 at 1:45pm
Hi Emily,

Education for children is very powerful. You might also be interested in OLPCNew website.

I am working on a related project, its Sugar on a Stick. Same software, same concepts but any laptops.
Comment by Shakwei Mbindyo on March 5, 2010 at 2:12pm
Hi Emily, great choice and I give it a COURAGE power point for "doing the impossible". There is an interesting article at http://mobileactive.org/one-laptop-child-v-cellphones-view-malawi on One laptop per child versus the cellphone in Malawi.
Comment by Caroline Meeks on March 5, 2010 at 2:21pm
Its a good article thank Emily!

The vision for my project is to be opportunistic and use whatever hardware is available, for instance the computers at the internet cafe. There is work that Sugar on a Stick (an SD card maybe) might also run on cell phones someday.

Dichotomies are so much the enemy. Do we feed the poorest starving children or give others computers so that they could learn enough to pull their country out of poverty?

I don't think we question often enough why we have to choose.
Comment by Emily on March 5, 2010 at 2:44pm
Thank you Caroline and Shakwei - the article you posted is great. And I think that the more that people work together and share their ideas, ie.e OLPC working WITH Sugar on a Stick and many more organisations who share the visionary aim to give young people the opportunity to participate in inquiry-based learning, the more we will actually see changes for the better.
United we stand, divided we fall!
Comment by Reid Falconer on March 5, 2010 at 4:43pm
That is a very good choice for a hero. I look forward to reading more of your blogs. I will award you +1 Courage :)
Comment by Some Name on March 5, 2010 at 5:04pm
+1 Vision

Very nice pic if I may say so. I was thinking on choosing the same because I support the vision of technological development of poor countries.
Comment by NTOBO VALENTINE on March 8, 2010 at 8:44am
This idea is yet to come to us in cameroon. Can some one brief more on that. We will equally wish to introduced this to the underprivileged communities of Ako and Nkambe where my association operates.
Comment by NTOBO VALENTINE on March 8, 2010 at 8:54am
I believe this idea will greatly help us here if am connected to the network
Comment by Rahul Dewanjee on March 12, 2010 at 10:47am
If this concept succeeds in India or Bangladesh (which I hope it should), it could be viewed as a direct consequence of innovation 'buy-in' - a success story in collaborating MIT academician and digital futurist Negroponte on one side and the respective governments of India and/or Bangladesh on the other side. I am really eager to find out more on this topic and the funding mechanism involved. This could usher a new era of digital opportunity initiative - one of the key areas identified by British Council in India.


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