polyachka: So you mentioned how DC Sugarlabs was started
curiouslee: Jeff Elkner was successful in gathering high school students to code Sugar Activities, so we asked to be granted official Sugar Labs status.
polyachka: what are the main milestones of the group over the years?
curiouslee: Sugar Labs DC produced the TimeLapse photography activity. They, among other projects, ported TurtleArt to Ubuntu. There was also some development on Sugar for Ubuntu.
curiouslee: Enabling TurtleArt project upload capability was start to developing an online community for TurtleArt.
curiouslee: Sugar Labs DC also maintains a product called SchoolTool for classroom management.
polyachka: And it is all done by volunteers, right? No one is really getting paid?
curiouslee: All volunteer with people putting in their own money.
polyachka: why do people do it? they still belive in OLPC’s idea?
curiouslee: People volunteer because they like the original vision and have a desire to meet some other interesting volunteers.
polyachka: You are a volunteer yourself!
curiouslee: Yes. I am an uber volunteer.
polyachka: What do you think is OLPC’s policy about volunteers?
curiouslee: I don’t think there is an official policy beyond how Adam Holt conducts business.
polyachka: I think there should be and volunteers should get acknowledged.
curiouslee: I agree
polyachka: So what is your mission in regards to OLPC?
curiouslee: I stick with OLPC because of the interesting people I meet.
curiouslee: Also, I do believe that the world will continue towards “ubiquitous computing,” and OLPC is an experiment along the way.
polyachka: so which part do you care the most – making education more interactive and fun by using technology or giving computers to the developing countries so that they can connect to the world and improve their well-being?
curiouslee: I guess I am closer to the second, but as my daughter gets older (age 7 now) I understand education more.