OLPCorps Official Launch

June 10, 2009 at 5:58 am Leave a comment

It’s 7am on Wednesday here in Kigali. Yesterday was the second day of the OLPCorps workshop and the official launch of an OLPC learning research center in Kigali. OLPC will be moving their entire learning team from Cambridge to Rwanda. Given Rwanda’s rapidly expanding XO deployment, this seems like a great way to make sure that the pedagogy being explored by OLPC researchers remains relevant and impactful.

President Kagame of Rwanda also spoke at the official launch.  He has an impressive vision for transitioning Rwanda to a knowledge based economy.  Besides the massive initiative of providing an XO to every school child in Rwanda, he has also backed a plan to bring wireless internet to the entire country.

We also heard from Professor Nicholas Negroponte, Chairman of OLPC.  He detailed the plan for future laptops, including the XO 1.5, coming out in November.  The XO 1.5 will basically double all the features of the current version, so its twice as fast, has twice the memory, and twice the activities, all for the same price.  Negroponte sees the next generation of XOs (within the  next ~3 years) coming from industry, given the rapid proliferation of very inexpensive netbooks.

Later today we will be learning more about the technical aspects of deploying XOs.

Kigali is awesome, and we have tons to talk about – but we’re jetlagged and pretty scheduled.  Yesterday, we were up at 5:30 for breakfast (event security required some lead time) and were in bed by 8 pm. We’re looking forward to posting more as time (and internet connection speed) permits!

-Mike & Mary


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