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Technology Based Social Ventures
Lessons from the Field
Associate Professor Sameer Verma
Social and Technological Entrepreneurship Program at SF State (STEPS)

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STEPS OLPC

  1. 1. Technology-based Social Sameer Verma, Ph.D.     Ventures: Lessons from the field
  2. 2. 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 
  3. 3. Disclaimer: I do not work for OLPC.  I am only a volunteer!    
  4. 4. 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,  self­empowered learning.  —OLPC Mission Statement,  It's an education project, not a laptop  project. —Nicholas Negroponte,     
  5. 5. The Prophet Children 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. -kahlil gibran    
  6. 6. July 2007     The first time I actually saw the OLPC XO laptop.
  7. 7. The next generation...    
  8. 8. School Galadima, Abuja City, Nigeria  See http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Galadima     
  9. 9.     Samkha village located in the suburbs of northern Thailand See http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Thailand/Ban_Samkha 
  10. 10.     Khairat school is India's pilot site. See  http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_India 
  11. 11.   Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia   http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Ulaanbaatar 
  12. 12. Ethopia     http://www.reactivated.net/weblog/archives/2008/10/olpc­ethiopia­updates/ 
  13. 13.     Ghana http://www.flickr.com/photos/olpc/2921143251/ 
  14. 14.   Cameroon   http://www.flickr.com/photos/olpc/3110907018/in/set­72157611290673682/  
  15. 15.   Afghanistan refugee camp, Pakistan    http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Pakistan/Atlas_School   
  16. 16.   Colombia   http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Colombia    
  17. 17.   Peru   http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Peru 
  18. 18.   Rwanda  http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Rwanda  
  19. 19.   Iraq   http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Iraq   
  20. 20.   Haiti   http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Haiti    
  21. 21.   Solomon Islands   http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Solomon_Islands     
  22. 22.   Nepal   http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Nepal 
  23. 23. Deployments worldwide     1.2 million +  See Google Maps  Also see: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Property:Number_of_manufactured_laptops 
  24. 24. hook, line & sinker ● Free/Open Source Software... ● Cute/rugged laptop... ● Smart kids everywhere!    
  25. 25. India     http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Khairat_school 
  26. 26.     Resident artist!
  27. 27.     Khairat school is India's first pilot site. See  http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_India 
  28. 28.     Khairat school is India's pilot site. See  http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_India 
  29. 29. Khairat Photos http://www.zooomr.com/photos/sameerverma/sets/40064/     
  30. 30. Bhagmalpur project http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Bhagmalpur   ● Location: ● Village: Bhagmalpur ● District: Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh ● Railway Station: Shahganj ● Bus Stop: Banuwadeeh ● School:  ● Classes: 1 to 8 class ● Children: 1087 ● Teachers: 11 ● Internet: none     ● Computers: none
  31. 31. What's a laptop?    
  32. 32. Under a tree...    
  33. 33. Bhagmalpur photos Bhagmalpur School http://www.zooomr.com/photos/sameerverma/sets/40063/  Bhagmalpur Village   http://www.zooomr.com/photos/sameerverma/sets/40075/   
  34. 34. Jamaica    
  35. 35.    
  36. 36.    
  37. 37. OLPC Headquarters  1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts    
  38. 38. Little green machines...    
  39. 39. The challenges Cost Electricity Networks Content Languages Pedagogy Age Security Theft Appropriateness   ...  
  40. 40. Cost US $140 at the factory My Lenovo Thinkpad cost me > US $2500    
  41. 41. Electricity Non­traditional sources...    
  42. 42. Yo Yo Charger     http://www.potenco.com/products 
  43. 43. Hand Crank Charger   http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Peripherals/Hand_Crank   
  44. 44. Pedal power   OLPC Afghanistan http://www.olpc.af/images/HPM/dscf1324.jpg   
  45. 45. Solar Panel 5 Watt/14Volt panel     http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Product_News#Solar_Panels 
  46. 46. Moo power... http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Cow_Power     
  47. 47. Networks Offline technology Rise of the Sneakernets    
  48. 48. Content Open content standards (SCORM, IMS­CP) Creative Commons Offline Wikipedia 1.6 million books from the Internet Archive    
  49. 49. Language Diversity ● 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    
  50. 50. Languages  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,  pseudo L10n       Approx. 90+ languages
  51. 51. Pedagogy http://www.sugarlabs.org/     
  52. 52. school...to go    
  53. 53. Educational device or trojan horse?     Surprise! Its a REAL computer. It can do REAL computer things!
  54. 54. Laptop can also be a: ● Phone ● Healthcare monitor ● Microfinance platform ● Anthropological documention platform    
  55. 55. OLPC XO­1 Antenna Microphone Camera Speaker Rotate screen USB Keyboard Mouse pad Gamepad Power Battery    
  56. 56. OLPC San Francisco Bay Area http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_SanFranciscoBayArea http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/olpc­sf     
  57. 57. OLPC­SF Deployments ● Exchange of ideas, plans, content, etc. ● Deployments – 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)    
  58. 58. OLPC­SF resident expert    
  59. 59. OLPC­SF and SF State University    
  60. 60. In the quad...    
  61. 61. On the student union...    
  62. 62. OLPC­SF at SFSU Downtown  Center    
  63. 63. 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 ● Charger ● Instructions ● Join the community!    
  64. 64. 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,  translation jams – http://imsa.sfsu.edu/ ● Engineering student started OLPC SF XO Repair Center – See http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_SF_Repair  ● Internships? ● Volunteers? ● Course projects? ● More...    
  65. 65. How can you help? ● Educators – http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Educators  ● Translators  – http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Localization  – http://opensource.sfsu.edu/node/452  ● Developers – http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Developer  ● Getting involved – http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Getting_involved_in_OLPC  ● Sugar     – http://sugarlabs.org 
  66. 66. Mailing lists  ● Educators – http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/educators  ● Software Developers – General development ● http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/devel  – Sugar UI ● http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/sugar      All mailing lists are at http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/ 
  67. 67. Community lists ● Everyone – http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/grassroots – http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/olpc­open ● OLPC San Francisco – http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/olpc­sf     
  68. 68.    
  69. 69. About the Cover Photo This  photo  was  taken  in  Bhagmalpur, India  on  November  3,  2008.  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  kerosene lantern.  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. ­­      Sameer Verma

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