- One laptop computer per child
- Internet connectivity to every school, wiﬁ mesh to share
connectivity with surrounding community
- Local educational content loaded onto computers
- Designed for self-directed, exploratory learning
- Creative, generative machines that allow students to express
themselves, write original software
Cost near $200, not $100
Equipping Nigerian children - 73% of government income, 13%
of government spending per year (Edward Cherlin)
Roughly 500,000 sold, far below projections
Dual boot Linux and Windows XP - responding to feedback
from education ministries
Strong pushback from local manufacturers
Inverted pyramid problem
Cranks might power laptops, but not VSAT
Until we solve power, OLPC is a middle-income solution
from 10,000 - 1.5 million, $0 - 1.5b in ten years
- What types of infrastructure can we build with initial
investments of $500k - $5m?
- Can infrastructure beget other infrastructure - mobile phone
towers leading to power infrastructure?
- Can this approach work for larger public goods? Roads,
railroads, ports, airports... undersea communications cables?