Technology-based Social Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Ventures: Lessons from the field
Technology Based Social Ventures:
Lessons from the field
Sameer Verma, Ph.D. Presentation:
Associate Professor Social and Technological Entrepreneurship
Information Systems Department at SF State (STEPS) Initiative
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA 94132 USA
Available online at http://slideshare.net/sverma
Disclaimer: I do not work for OLPC.
I am only a volunteer!
To create educational opportunities
for the world's poorest children by
providing each child with a rugged,
lowcost, lowpower, connected
laptop with content and software
designed for collaborative, joyful,
—OLPC Mission Statement,
It's an education project, not a laptop
project. —Nicholas Negroponte,
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you
cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
The first time I actually saw the OLPC XO laptop.
Rise of the Sneakernets
Open content standards (SCORM, IMSCP)
1.6 million books from the Internet Archive
● India: 28 states and 7 union territories
– The Constitution of India recognizes 22 languages
1. Assamese 9. Konkani 17. Sanskrit
2. Bengali 10. Maithili 18. Santhali
3. Bodo 11. Malayalam 19. Sindhi
4. Dogri 12. Manipuri 20. Tamil
5. Gujarati 13. Marathi 21. Telugu
6. Hindi 14. Nepali 22. Urdu
7. Kannada 15. Oriya
8. Kashmiri 16. Punjabi
Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian,
Aymara, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa
Melayu, Basque, Bengali, Bengali (India),
Bislama, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese
(China), Chinese (Hong Kong), Chinese
(Taiwan), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari,
Dutch, Dzongkha, English, English (South
African), English (US), Estonian, Filipino,
Finnish, French, French (Canada), Friulian,
Fula, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek,
Gujarati, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian,
Icelandic, Igbo, Italian, Japanese, Kannada,
Khmer, Kinyarwanda, Korean, Kreyol,
Macedonian, Malayalam, Maltese, Marathi,
Marovo, Mongolian, Nauruan, Nepali,
Norwegian, Norwegian Bokmål,
Papiamento, Papua New Guinea Pidgin
(Tok Pisin), Pashto, Persian, Polish,
Tutorial: Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Punjabi,
http://opensource.sfsu.edu/node/452 Quechua, Romanian, Russian, Serbian,
Sindhi, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian,
Translate: Solomon Islands Pidgin, Sotho, Spanish,
Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Templates,
http://translate.sugarlabs.org/ Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uyghur,
Vietnamese, Walloon, Wolof, Yoruba,
Approx. 90+ languages
Educational device or trojan horse?
Surprise! Its a REAL computer. It can do REAL computer things!
Laptop can also be a:
● Healthcare monitor
● Microfinance platform
● Anthropological documention platform
Rotate screen USB
OLPC San Francisco Bay Area
● Exchange of ideas, plans, content, etc.
– Afghanistan (Carol Ruth Silver)
– Jamaica (Sameer Verma/Univ. of the West Indies)
– Madagascar (June Kleider)
– India (Humaira Mahi/Sameer Verma)
– Senegal (Drew and LickWilmerding Schools)
– South Africa (EduWeavers)
– San Francisco (Starr King Elementary)
SFSU Lending Library
● New! (http://wiki.laptop.org/go/SFSU_Lending_Library)
● Library Media Services has 10 XO laptops
– Loan to students, staff and faculty
– HSS 127
– You get:
● XO Laptop
● Join the community!
OLPCSF and SF State University
● Meets once a month at SFSU Down Town Center.
– See http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_SanFranciscoBayArea
● IMSA (student association) helps with organizing meetings, donation drives,
● Engineering student started OLPC SF XO Repair Center
– See http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_SF_Repair
● Course projects?
How can you help?
● Getting involved
● Software Developers
– General development
– Sugar UI
All mailing lists are at http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/
● OLPC San Francisco
About the Cover Photo
This photo was taken in
Bhagmalpur, India on November 3,
I was trying to connect to the Internet
using a cell phone. This was the first
time a computer from Bhagmalpur
had connected to the Internet...ever.
I had to go to the roof of the house,
where I could get a good cell phone
signal, but we had no electricity, so I
had to do all this in the light of a
5.1 billion + of the world's population http://www.flickr.com/photos/olpc/3011271194/
is still unconnected. Not every one
has 24/7 Internet access.