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Q & A from XO Camp

XO Camp attendees, and many taking part from afar, were invited to submit questions about OLPC's future.   Nicholas answered a limited number during two sessions; the full list are posted below.  Now we have to figure out which wiki FAQ to add them to...


1. Current programs and general questions * What efforts will OLPC make to support the XO-1? The XO-1 will be fully supported, including hardware and firmware up-dates, spare parts and ever growing activities. OLPC is in discussion with several of the large deployments to understand how they help beyond their own national boundaries. * For how long is the XO-1 going to be in production? The XO-1 and its planned revision, which we fondly call 1.5, will be in production for at least two more years, and is expected to remain available to existing deployments beyond that point for replacements and spares. * Is the production of XO-1s at risk if the sales stop? Do you have a plan to sustain the demand for XO-1s in this atmosphere of uncertainty? OLPC itself is independent of sales. At the moment, there is a back order of 500,000 laptops. At the current rate of production, which is 50,000 per month, the world could stop and there is 10 months of life in the supply chain. Yes, there is a global economic slow down, but we do not expect sales to totally stop. Rwanda just ordered 100,000 laptops. Give the focus of OLPC's mission, many of our sales are to entities where funding is a concern even in the best economic times. * Will the XO-2 be developed as an important free software project as the XO-1 was? The XO-2 will continue OLPC's tradition of open development including Open Firmware and open-source operating system support. * In what ways are you planning to involve the community in the development of the XO-2? We may need the community more than ever for XO-2, because we are exploring the degree to which the hardware of XO-2 can be open source (whatever that really means in hardware).  OLPC's strategy for XO-2 support is to build a broader community of interest in the technologies used, to provide greater benefit to participants. * Whats your timeframe for having the XO-2 in the market? Two years. * Are there any updates on dual-boot deployments of XO-1? We expect them soon, less than three months, taking advantage of existing XO-1 hardware. 2. No-cost connectivity program -Great idea, as connectivity is one of the largest challenges for a country or region to implement a one laptop per child program. What technologies are you aiming at? Read the rest of this entry
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Change the World program wraps up

We have been running a Change the World [CTW] program since November, which (along with the Give Many program which preceded it) allowed groups that wanted 100 or more XOs to get them at close to their raw production & shipping cost. This was a nice way to engage potential G1G1 supporters and others who were interested in supporting an entire school or educational work done by local charities.  It has had only limited popularity, however, and minimal overlap with our goal of getting countries and districts to embrace olpc for their children at scale.  As part of refocusing on our mission this year we are wrapping up CTW. This is a program we would love to support if we had time to do everything -- it has produced some lovely stories, and on rare occasions starts a process that leads to larger, lasting commitments.  In time we may make a similar program available again, and welcome feedback here from those who have taken part, or considered taking part, over the past year. If you are waiting to finalize details on a Change the World request, including longer-term fundraising plans, please do so this week (emailing us; those who have written in already should have received similar updates by email).  The page describing the program will stay up for a short while longer, and all current CtW conversations and transactions will be completed, even after the program has ended. Read the rest of this entry

Dailymotion rolls out full support for open video; encodes 300,000 theora clips

Yesterday Sébastien Adgnot sent me a lovely message about Dailymotion's drive to make Theora encodings available for all of their videos. Blizzard sums up the implications nicely:
Today Dailymotion, one of the world’s largest video sites, announced support for open video.Read the rest of this entry

OLPCorps Roundup

As the Corps move forward, we’ve asked each team to post blogs on a variety of key themes revolved around the deployment process.  In the coming weeks we will highlight a few teams who will cover basic issues and statistics ranging from demographics, health, and education infrastructure to the local culture's perspective on OLPC's 5 principles and what the children do when they take the XO home. Today’s post focuses on the diversity of Corps communities and learning environments teams are working in.  The Corps deployments range from urban to rural, 1:1 to 1:3, 6 years old to 12 years old, and high to low student-to-teacher ratio.  We share updates from Uganda, Senegal, and South Africa. First day of XO Camp at Driehoek, South Africa (from Youtube): Read the rest of this entry

Singapore: Changing the world, one laptop at a time

Irene Tham of the Straits Times, Singapore writes:
MOST would agree it takes more than a laptop to make a difference in a child's life. But the man behind non-profit organization One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) - whose tagline is 'Give a laptop, change the world' - is not swayed by naysayers. 'When people tell you that something is impossible, they usually have a vested interest in it not coming true,' said Professor Nicholas Negroponte, founder of OLPC. The organization aims to provide every disadvantaged child in Third World nations with a laptop. Its goal - and one which Prof Negroponte emphasized repeatedly - 'is not a laptop project but an education project'. Read the rest of this entry

East African Community launches OLPC as a regional Initiative

On Friday, November 20, the East African Community launched One Laptop per Child as a regional partner, during the 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Secretariat Office in Arusha, Tanzania.  This annual Summit is the highest organ of the East African Community and it gives general directions and impetus for the development and achievement of the objectives of the Community. Matt Keller, head of OLPC's Global Advocacy, made a moving and compelling presentation to the assembled audience and heads of state, incRead the rest of this entry

PixelQi update: 3Qi display enters production

When I joined OLPC in 2006, the first thing that blew my mind was the open collaborative process  used across the project.  The second was Mary Lou Jepsen's incredible  sunlight-readable screen. When the first prototype came to our machine lab, I used to stop in every day before heading home, to spend a few minutes looking at it or using it.  The displays have a delicious matte quality (the original prototypes had a similar glossy one) that makes anything displayed on them look like a work of art -- not unlike the efRead the rest of this entry

Fireside chat: holiday cheer

Happy Holidays to all!  As I was working on a community newsletter this past weekend and reflecting on the work of the past year, I was warmed as always by the constant and refreshing work of our community groups and national partners.Read the rest of this entry

What happens after saturation: a Ceibal story

Alicia Casas de Barran, the Director of Uruguay's National Archives, speaks today about "what happens when all students and teachers have their own laptops" at the World Bank in DC.  She has set a good standard for countries interested in digitizing national learning and government material, and it is great to see the national libraries and archives joining the public discussion. Uruguay continues to build on its success, which last month reported a tripliRead the rest of this entry