Emerging Tech SIG: One Laptop per Child



  • The Monthly Meeting of the Emerging Tech SIG


    Presentation Overview

    One Laptop per Child

    In April, we have Ivan Krstic from the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project! I saw Ivan give a keynote at PyCon 2007, and was so impressed with the technology and project goals I invited Ivan to tell the EMTECH-SIG about OLPC. This should be an exceptional event!

    One Laptop per Child (http://www.laptop.org/) is a non-profit organization aiming to redefine learning and education for the world's children, by providing each child with a specially developed, innovative, and low-cost laptop. Ivan will introduce the background, motivation, and goals of the initiative, as well as the engineering and educational challenges it faces.

    The new laptop, called the "XO", is unlike any laptop ever built. The XO requires several hardware and software innovations to meet the unique and demanding challenges of the project. Designed to be small and light, yet the XO is rugged enough to withstand harsh environments. Each machine is a full-time wireless router designed to instantly create or join its own mesh network. The XO features a high-resolution (200DPI) reflective display designed for sunlight readability. In addition, XO has several power saving innovations and consumes less than 2 watts - less than a tenth of standard laptops. The XO is also hand-rechargeable when power is unavailable.

    Those are just some of the innovative features developed by the OLPC project. Come in April meeting to learn more about OLPC, the technology, challenges, goals, and how you might be able to participate.



    Ivan Krstic from the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project

    Ivan Krstic is a software architect and researcher currently on leave from Harvard University. He is the director of security and information architecture at the One Laptop per Child project. Prior to joining OLPC, Ivan served as director of research at the Medical Informatics Laboratory at Zagreb Children's Hospital, developing software infrastructure for wide-scale digital health care. He is deeply involved in open source and free software, and specializes in architecture and security of large distributed systems. He has consulted on both matters for some of the largest sites on the Internet.


    Event Logistics


    Cubberley Community Center

    4000 Middlefield Road, Room H-1

    Palo Alto, CA


    7:00 - 7:20 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments / Pizza

    7:20 - 9:00 p.m. Presentation



    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members

    No charge for SDForum members

    No registration required

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