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  1. 1. OLPC Program One Laptop per Child OLPC
  2. 2. The Genious of the One Laptop per Child (OLTC) Program Using technology to overcome poverty and other lessons of socioeconomic differences By: Joseph Hall
  3. 3. First There Was Poverty <ul><li>Most of the countries of the world are saddled with overwhelming poverty . </li></ul><ul><li>Children are trapped in a centuries old pattern of impoverished behaviors. </li></ul><ul><li>Their education is typically overshadowed by pressures of wars and pressures of economics. </li></ul><ul><li>They often work in slave labor . </li></ul>
  4. 4. Then There Were Computers <ul><li>In the second half of last century personal computers rocked the first- world countries with a tool that provided entertainment, did complex math functions and helped put Neil Armstrong on the moon. </li></ul><ul><li>People in third-world countries starved, mined the earth for diamonds they could not keep, and died early deaths. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Next there was a Vision <ul><li>The co-founder of MIT’s media labs saw education as a transformation process for teaching impoverished children a new method of understanding. </li></ul><ul><li>Nicholas Negroponte saw laptop computers as the change agent. </li></ul><ul><li>A cheap but well-built and self-contained laptop unit that could survive a harsh environment. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Vision Created Need <ul><li>The rich said, “Who will pay?” </li></ul><ul><li>The manufactures said, “We will have to give too much.” </li></ul><ul><li>The developers said, “It won’t work.” </li></ul><ul><li>Mr.. Negroponte had a passion. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Power of a Not-for-Profit <ul><li>Negroponte decided to move forward, </li></ul><ul><li>He created a not-for-profit organization to affect change. </li></ul><ul><li>People could focus on the need , not on personal greed. </li></ul><ul><li>The struggle to produce a $100 laptop became a goal , not a mantra. </li></ul><ul><li>Achievement was measured in lives changed , not fortunes accumulated. </li></ul>
  8. 8. A Star was Born <ul><li>Negroponte started with a goal that is quite impossible . </li></ul><ul><li>Add financing for development of new hardware and software for OLPC. </li></ul><ul><li>Donations were solicited for the program. </li></ul><ul><li>Corporations and private citizens worked together ( cooperation ). </li></ul>
  9. 9. Counteries Became Interested <ul><li>Countries from Ethiopia to Paraguay began to inquire about the OLPC laptops </li></ul><ul><li>Schools were transformed into centers for wireless learning . </li></ul><ul><li>Children were observing, collaborating , and writing simple computer programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Lives were being changed . </li></ul>
  10. 10. What Bleeping (Genius??) <ul><li>Traditional for-profit companies must answer stockholder demands to remain profitable (this is slow ). </li></ul><ul><li>The OLPC program had as a goal to reduce the price to make it more available ( what kind of business is this?) </li></ul><ul><li>There was not a crush of salespersons to add to the confusion to offer a cheaper or better product ( decision- making is much simpler). </li></ul>
  11. 11. What’s the Bleeping Benefit ? <ul><li>Children are learning not working </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration occurs where isolation is the norm </li></ul><ul><li>Possibilities are being explored , not funerals attended </li></ul><ul><li>The economy is going crazy!! This too will pass! </li></ul><ul><li>Education is flowing like hope! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Where are the Bleeping Profits? <ul><li>This victory is over poverty </li></ul><ul><li>This process engenders understanding </li></ul><ul><li>Lives are filled with meaning </li></ul><ul><li>The battle is shifting from the power of guns to the power of knowledge </li></ul>
  13. 13. The New Investor <ul><li>Education is a gift </li></ul><ul><li>Quality of life issues are improved </li></ul><ul><li>Poverty is reduced </li></ul><ul><li>Invest in life not markets </li></ul><ul><li>Genius ? No?? </li></ul>
  14. 14. References <ul><li>Franco, J. (2007). First hints of OLPC at work in Peru, Information Technology, Retrieved 12 Feb, 2009, from: </li></ul><ul><li>$100 laptop... Billion-dollar idea. (n.d.) Retrieved February 12, 2009 from: </li></ul><ul><li>The Future of $100 Laptop in 2017 - An OLPC scenario. (n.d.) Retrieved February 12, 2009 from: </li></ul>