Xiao Xiang
COMP1631,Winter 2011
Long-term Goals
Five Principles
XO Laptop
Distribution Strategy
One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) organization is a nonprofit company, which was founded by Nicholas
Negroponte; In an attempt to distribute the laptop to
the world’s poorest children.
 Nicholas Negroponte unveiled the idea of OLPC, a
$100 PC that would transform education for the
world’s disadvantaged school children by giving them
the means to teach themselves and each other.
 Although it is an non-profit organization, it is funded
by organizations such as Google, Ebay, AMD, Red Hat.
OLPC’s mission is to supply XO laptops to
countries with world’s poorest children and to
create educational opportunities.
By providing each child with the laptop,
OLPC’s goal is to have children collaborating
with other children around the globe through,
and sharing ideas via an internet connection.
Most importantly, “this is an education
project, not an laptop project.”
—Nicholas Negroponte
1. The kids are keep the laptop; This means
children take the laptop home with them, and
get to use it at their leisure.
 2. Focus on early education; It gives children a
head start with education, because information
is at their fingertips.
 3. No one gets left out; Laptop distributed at the
same time, so no child is left out.
 4. Connection to the internet; Makes gathering
information much quicker and comprehensive.
 5. Free to grow and adapt; It provides vast
knowledge and adapts to child uniqueness.
The XO is a potent learning tool designed and built
especially for children in developing countries, living
in some of the most remote environments. It’s about
the size of a small textbook.
 It has built-in wireless and a unique screen that is
readable under direct sunlight for children who go to
school outdoors. It’s extremely durable, brilliantly
functional, and fun.
 It is environmental friendly, and it is designed to work
under harsh condition.
 Schools in South America, Africa, and Asia are already
using them.
-AMD Geode LX-700 C CPU, 433 MHz
- 256 MB RAM, 1GB flash for mass storage
 Extremely low power architecture
-7.5 in. LCD display. Two viewing modes
 Networking
- Integrated wireless 802.11
The Xo laptop is given to the government and
distributed by the school body.
Similar to school uniforms, the laptop handed
out the first day of school, and they are to
remain the student’s property.
The software is developed to function in
several languages, to make the learning
experience much more engaging.
The “Give 1 Get 1” program was established as a
donation plan in which you buy one XO laptop, and
the second one is sent to a child in a developing
 The program was a success that they decided to run a
second “Give 1 Get 1” donation program in 2008.
 Even though they were not as successful as they were
in the previous year, they manage to distribute the
laptop to 30 countries in Europe, USA, Canada, some
central and south American, African, Asian countries.
 Since, they have to decided mainly focus on
fundraising efforts.
The aim is to close information gaps between
rich and poor countries by supplying laptops
to schools.
OLPC devised cost amount of $100 per laptop.
This means each child would own a computer,
independent of any institution.
Along with its ambitious objectives, there are
a few problems come along with this
Providing children from completed access to
the internet. Which raises question about
information filtering.
How can we be sure that children accessing
the correct information needed?
Will introducing laptop interfere with the
information found in physical libraries?
Because the introduction of laptops may
prevent children from seeking information in
public libraries.
The Disadvantages
As with all new development projects, there
lie unforeseen issues. They have to face
challenges of cost distribution, maintenance
and training.
There is a debate whether the organization
should supply poor countries with nutrition
instead of laptops.
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 Derived from: http://www.slideshare.net/jmdeleon/olpc-klug
 Images from: http://www.google.com/images?q=OLPC+logo+picture&oe=utf8&rls=org.mozilla:zh-CN:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF8&source=univ&ei=sglKTc62F4-p8Aao94mDg&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CCkQsAQwAA&bi
Video from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-P5LsFfaro

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