MIT Professor Nicholas Negroponte’s OLPC program has started delivering the long awaited One Laptop Per Child computers in the US and Canada.
We have recently seen how greatly these small computers were received by children in Africa and how cleverly features have been designed into it. They create mash networks between them automatically so that children can communicate with each other, can change from color to B&W so that the display is still readable outside in bright sunlight and you can – a key feature in many countries for which this computer is intended – recharge its batteries without electricity from the grid. But most importantly we’ve seen the joy and fun the children had while using the XO laptops.
So this month until November 26, OLPC is offering a Give One Get One program in the United States and Canada. And it works like this:
For a donation of $399, one XO laptop will be sent to a child in a developing country and one will be sent to you. $200 of your donation is tax-deductible (your $399 donation minus the fair market value of the XO laptop you will be receiving). And if you are an US resident T-Mobile is topping this offer up with one year free HotSpot broadband access throughout the United States.
OLPC suggests to order early if you want your computer delivered for the holidays as quantities are limited. Early purchasers have the best chance of receiving their XO laptops in time.
“…The mission of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child. In order to accomplish our goal, we need people who believe in what we’re doing and want to help make education for the world’s children a priority, not a privilege. Between November 12 and November 26, OLPC is offering a Give One Get One program in the United States and Canada. During this time, you can donate the revolutionary XO laptop to a child in a developing nation, and also receive one for the child in your life in recognition of your contribution…
Give One Get One program
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