Jonathan – Discussion Leader Abstract
- One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Foundation
- Founded in 2005 by Nicholas Negroponte
- Initial goal: To provide 150 million laptops to kids in developing countries by 2008
- Laptops would only cost $100; sold directly to governments
Problems with Development
- Initially designed with hand crank to provide reliable power supply
- Difficulty in meeting $100 pricepoint ($188)
- Demand nowhere as high as expected
- Resistance from educators and administrators
- Intel Classmate PC, powered by Microsoft Windows
- Huge untapped market for PC owners in undeveloped countries
- Microsoft offering XP/Office package for $3 (OLPC=Linux)
- Countries seeming to prefer big brands
Remember the Goal…
- How does competition benefit the children?
- Why should $188 be spent on a laptop instead of books?
- How will computer training children to enter the global marketplace?
- OLPC vs. Classmate PC?
Link to Slideshare: “Networking for Knowledge”
Butler, Declan. (2007). The Race to Wire Up the Poor. Nature, Vol. 447, iss. 7140; 6-7. Retrieved Jan. 30, 2008, from Proquest database/UW Holdings.
Nigerian classroom with OLPC: