Sunday, December 2, 2007

OLPC orders taking off

Boston.com is reporting that OLPC orders are beginning to roll-in: One Laptop Per Child orders surge

Nicholas Negroponte, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who set up the foundation to provide low-cost laptops to poor schoolchildren around the globe, said in an interview yesterday that the government of Peru has signed a contract to purchase 260,000 of the $188 machines. "It was notarized five minutes ago," he said, adding that the Peruvian order will make it easier for the foundation to sign up more countries to the program. "It's momentum."

Negroponte also said Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim has purchased 50,000 of the machines for distribution in his country. "He's an old friend, and he's been involved in this from the beginning," Negroponte said.

And there was this on the Give One Get One program:

Robert Fadel, the foundation's director of finance and operations, said both programs are paying off. Since the Give One Get One program began Nov. 12, the foundation has received about $2 million in orders every day, he said. That works out to 190,000 laptops total, with at least half donated to children in developing countries. Fadel said many customers end up donating both the computers they buy. Fadel didn't have numbers on how many machines have been sold through the Give Many system, but said the number runs into the thousands.

I did not see the option to give both computers to developing countries when I ordered. I'm pretty sure I would have done that if given the choice. I wonder if I could still make that happen? Or, would it be better to use mine to promote the program by showing it to others? I travel and speak a fair bit, and I would imagine that the XO could draw some attention. What do you think? Should I keep my XO laptop with the hope that I could convince others to contribute, or should I donate it back right now?

3 comments:

Bud said...

Personally, I'd add an eating your own dog food perspective. How do you know what this is useful for unless you use it yourself? How do you design services for it? For instance, all these open learning environments, can they be used someone on an OX computer?

ejd said...

Kevin,
As someone who knows you I'd say keep it & help spread the word. You can provide an intelligent perspective of the issue far beyond the worth of the product.

Kevin said...

I've decided to keep it. Nothing is to stop me from donating some more. Heck, I could give another right now with the money I'm *not* giving to the Wikipedia Foundation.

I am looking forward to using it to give a talk, and for seeing the conversation it generates.

Thanks for your comments!