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    • 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 
    • 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,  self­empowered learning.  —OLPC Mission Statement,  It's an education project, not a laptop  project. —Nicholas Negroponte,     
    • 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    
    • July 2007     The first time I actually saw the OLPC XO laptop.
    • The next generation...    
    • School Galadima, Abuja City, Nigeria  See     
    •     Samkha village located in the suburbs of northern Thailand See 
    •     Khairat school is India's pilot site. See 
    •   Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 
    • Ethopia­ethiopia­updates/ 
    •     Ghana 
    •   Cameroon­72157611290673682/  
    •   Afghanistan refugee camp, Pakistan   
    •   Colombia    
    •   Peru 
    •   Rwanda  
    •   Iraq   
    •   Haiti    
    •   Solomon Islands     
    •   Nepal 
    • Deployments worldwide     1.2 million +  See Google Maps  Also see: 
    • hook, line & sinker ● Free/Open Source Software... ● Cute/rugged laptop... ● Smart kids everywhere!    
    • India 
    •     Resident artist!
    •     Khairat school is India's first pilot site. See 
    •     Khairat school is India's pilot site. See 
    • Khairat Photos     
    • Bhagmalpur project   ● 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
    • What's a laptop?    
    • Under a tree...    
    • Bhagmalpur photos Bhagmalpur School  Bhagmalpur Village   
    • Jamaica    
    • OLPC Headquarters  1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts    
    • Little green machines...    
    • The challenges Cost Electricity Networks Content Languages Pedagogy Age Security Theft Appropriateness   ...  
    • Cost US $140 at the factory My Lenovo Thinkpad cost me > US $2500    
    • Electricity Non­traditional sources...    
    • Yo Yo Charger 
    • Hand Crank Charger   
    • Pedal power   OLPC Afghanistan   
    • Solar Panel 5 Watt/14Volt panel 
    • Moo power...     
    • Networks Offline technology Rise of the Sneakernets    
    • Content Open content standards (SCORM, IMS­CP) Creative Commons Offline Wikipedia 1.6 million books from the Internet Archive    
    • 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    
    • 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,  Quechua, Romanian, Russian, Serbian,  Sindhi, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian,  Translate: Solomon Islands Pidgin, Sotho, Spanish,  Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Templates, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uyghur,  Vietnamese, Walloon, Wolof, Yoruba,  pseudo L10n       Approx. 90+ languages
    • Pedagogy     
    • go    
    • Educational device or trojan horse?     Surprise! Its a REAL computer. It can do REAL computer things!
    • Laptop can also be a: ● Phone ● Healthcare monitor ● Microfinance platform ● Anthropological documention platform    
    • OLPC XO­1 Antenna Microphone Camera Speaker Rotate screen USB Keyboard Mouse pad Gamepad Power Battery    
    • OLPC San Francisco Bay Area­sf     
    • 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)    
    • OLPC­SF resident expert    
    • OLPC­SF and SF State University    
    • In the quad...    
    • On the student union...    
    • OLPC­SF at SFSU Downtown  Center    
    • SFSU Lending Library ● New! ( ● Library Media Services has 10 XO laptops – Loan to students, staff and faculty – HSS 127 – You get: ● XO Laptop ● Charger ● Instructions ● Join the community!    
    • OLPC­SF and SF State University ● Meets once a month at SFSU Down Town Center. – See ● IMSA (student association) helps with organizing meetings, donation drives,  translation jams – ● Engineering student started OLPC SF XO Repair Center – See  ● Internships? ● Volunteers? ● Course projects? ● More...    
    • How can you help? ● Educators –  ● Translators  –  –  ● Developers –  ● Getting involved –  ● Sugar     – 
    • Mailing lists  ● Educators –  ● Software Developers – General development ●  – Sugar UI ●      All mailing lists are at 
    • Community lists ● Everyone – –­open ● OLPC San Francisco –­sf     
    • 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  is  still  unconnected.  Not  every  one  has 24/7 Internet access. ­­      Sameer Verma