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Happy Birthday OLPC Project! November 16, 2010

Filed under: Volunteering — polyachka @ 3:15 pm
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Nicholas Negroponte and Kofi Annan unveiled a working prototype of the Children’s Machine 1 (CM1) on November 16, 2005 at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis, Tunisia” (from Wiki).

So what happened since OLPC XO first introduction to the world five years ago? In response to the Official Overview of OLPC Monitoring and Evaluation Reports  and  OLPCnews.com overview, I just want to say that OLPC has done a lot of great things. New OLPC website is work in progress with its very graphic map http://www-staging.laptop.org/map that indicates how many XO laptops were distributed worldwide. 

More than that overall number of XOs shipped worldwide I want to know how many children are actually using XO laptops right now. I’d rather support one happy child who is using it than hundreds of laptops locked in the closet.

I also want to know how many people support the idea of OLPC and keep it alive, including educators, developers, content creators, etc., because people make ideas happen. Please, read Ben’s notes on community support question. See pics of volunteers from San Francisco OLPC Community Summit, courtesy of  Mark Battley from Ntugi Kenya deployment.

Thank you, OLPC Community for your dedication and hard work!

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6 Responses to “Happy Birthday OLPC Project!”

  1. Wayan @ OLPC News Says:

    Small corrections – OLPC was announced in Jan 2005 at Davos. Negroponte and Annan showed if non-working prototypes at WSIS that Nov. They were wood & plastic models. The CM1 name first appeared in an Al Jezzera interview with Negroponte in Aug 2006.

    Yes, Wikipedia is wrong.

  2. polyachka Says:

    Yes, but the world saw the first (even if imperfect) prototype on that day, that is how XO/CM1 was born in people’s minds and OLPC project materialized.

  3. Wayan @ OLPC News Says:

    An XO mock up/artist rendition was shown at Davos, a physical model at WSIS and neither were called a CM1 until 2006

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