Contributors program/January 27, 2012


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* ASIDE/CLARIF: XO-1.75 prototype laptops will not be the core focus
  of today's meeting, as they are being distributed privately on a
  case-by-case and ongoing basis, with a few weeks delay typically,
  sometimes more.  Thanks to all serious software/hardware
  developers for applying here!

* XO-1.5 production machines available:

* New projects & libraries -- teaching them Community Outreach:

* Which projects might you enjoy Mentoring below?!

* Fast Review of the 3 latest (greatest!) HW/Project Proposals -- please
  join us advocating for, and/or reviewing shortcomings of these proposals:

 #1 Repair center / Union Tech Coop - Madison, Wisconsin
 #2 Childrens Learning Club: Organic Farming - Goa, India
 #3 OLPC Librarian Ambassadors - Jamaica

[ PROJECT #1 - Repair center / Union Tech Coop - Madison, Wisconsin ]

<CanoeBerry> Project #1 is here:
<CanoeBerry> Plz all critique/mentor/vote for..
<CanoeBerry> Repair center / Union Tech Coop - Madison, Wisconsin
<CanoeBerry>     Requests 2 XO-1s and 2 more recent XOs over undetermined months
<CanoeBerry>     Project Objectives:
<CanoeBerry>     To keep as many OLPC devices working and in the field as possible!
<CanoeBerry>     Also providing training and increasing awareness and support of the
<CanoeBerry>     project by the local community.
<CanoeBerry>     Plan of Action:
<CanoeBerry>     1. Become a repair center and perform repairs to keep OLPC hardware 
<CanoeBerry> alive.
<CanoeBerry>     2. Train people on the hardware and the benefits of the project
<CanoeBerry> I vote YES, if they respond positively to basic mentoring.
<CanoeBerry> Caryl? Kevin?
<Umber-Jade-98> +1
<CanoeBerry> I'd ask that they post to and first, explaining their offering.
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<CanoeBerry> It seems their heart's in the right place already, so shouldn't be a prob..
<GrannieB2> First request I've seen for tablets
<CanoeBerry> andrew-butia: plz help us voting for/against project #1 here:
<CanoeBerry> Can't help them with tablets, sorry.
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<dogi> hi CanoeBerry
<Umber-Jade-98> hi dogi welcome
<dogi> hi Umber-Jade-98
<CanoeBerry> Sure, XO-1.75 may become available to those doing actual core/sugar sw development.
<GrannieB2> we could chect with Rick Rooney and see if his project is terminally stalled. He is in WI and they have 10 X)-1s
<CanoeBerry> Plz all vote on Project #1 now!
<CanoeBerry> GrannieB2: right, can you ping Rick?
<dogi> +1
<CanoeBerry> Andrew & Caryl: care to vote here?
<CanoeBerry> Calling once..
<GrannieB2> Will do... it may take time to get an answer though
<CanoeBerry> Calling twice..
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<dogi> ciao Luigi
<CanoeBerry> Welcome luigi, where are you from?
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<CanoeBerry> Calling thrice..
<GrannieB2> +1 for 2. If we can get more to them via Rick R. it will give them something to work on
<Guest62746> Bolivia :-) but now I'm in France, wanting to say hello
<CanoeBerry> TENTATIVELY APPROVED: if the team posts to and

[ PROJECT #2 - Childrens Learning Club: Organic Farming - Goa, India ]

<CanoeBerry> Onto Project #2 - plz all critique/mentor/vote for:
<CanoeBerry> Childrens Learning Club: Organic Farming - Goa, India
<CanoeBerry>     Requests 10 XO-1s over 18 months
<CanoeBerry>     Project Objectives:
<CanoeBerry>     To develop a curriculum using Sugar on the XO for youg children to learn
<CanoeBerry>     organic farming. To create an awareness in them to think about what they
<CanoeBerry>     eat and learn how to grow some of it in a fun filled way.
<CanoeBerry>     Plan of Action:
<CanoeBerry>     Develop a curriculum of Sugar activities on the XO: To address the 
<CanoeBerry> larger
<CanoeBerry>     problem of malnutrition amongst economically disadvantaged primary 
<CanoeBerry> school
<CanoeBerry>     going kids in India.
<CanoeBerry>     Help children understand their nutritional needs and get them to think
<CanoeBerry>     about the quality of food they eat, the water they drink and the air 
<CanoeBerry> they
<CanoeBerry>     breathe.
<CanoeBerry>     Help them to learn to grow and harvest their own vegetables organically,
<CanoeBerry>     reduce waste and re-cycle and re-use whatever little they produce.
<CanoeBerry>     Involve the parents and encourage them learn the skills form the 
<CanoeBerry> children
<CanoeBerry>     to grow vegetables in their own homes.
<CanoeBerry>     Enable them to understand the consequences of contamination of the
<CanoeBerry>     environment, the soil and food by pesticides and chemical fertilizer and
<CanoeBerry>     point/move them in the direction of learning about growing and consuming
<CanoeBerry>     healthy organic vegetables.
<CanoeBerry>     In the process of participating in this children will learn some of the
<CanoeBerry>     topics in their basic science curriculum.  [Continues, see full 
<CanoeBerry> proposal]
<dogi> like this
<Umber-Jade-98> I too like the XO but many are requesting?
<GrannieB2> This sounds like a nice project, but should have curriculum developed before getting that many machines
<GrannieB2> Can they develop using emulation?
<dogi> Server not found
<dogi>           Firefox can't find the server at
<CanoeBerry> Applicant's well known pioneer, and good friend of Sameer, for what it's worth.
<Umber-Jade-98> that's a better idea, can not virtualize?
<dogi> is a comming soon page
<CanoeBerry> Yep, she needs to fix that up.
<CanoeBerry> And update too.
<CanoeBerry> For now:
<dogi> ty CanoeBerry
<dogi> this look better :)
<dogi> +s
<GrannieB2> Reading the time print... they are already working where there are 200 XOs that aren't being used. Why can't they start with some of those?
<CanoeBerry> Her blog's great, but hasn't been updated since Oct.
<GrannieB2> sorry.... fine print
<CanoeBerry> GrannieB2: are you sure 200 in the same site there, where are you reading exactly?
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<GrannieB2> Under item 6 in the proposal: The one project at Merces in Goa with 200 XOs is the one this team has worked closely with and are trying to volunteer to continue to keep it going, by raising funds doing other paid assignments.
<GrannieB2> well... maybe they are getting some use... can't really tell
<GrannieB2> Same island: Goa
<GrannieB2> Can they start with the ones they have already?
<CanoeBerry> Who knows.
<CanoeBerry> If this project stands on its own 2 feet, and posts to, it can be considered like all others.
<CanoeBerry> Recent blogging and evidence of progress/potential is needed for sure.
<CanoeBerry> I'd give it a very tentative +1, and a full +1 if publishing on learning content moves forward.
<CanoeBerry> I'd give it a very tentative +1, and a full +1 if publishing OF learning content moves forward.
<GrannieB2> -1 until we know more about what they are doing already with what they have and why they need more machines
<Umber-Jade-98> -1 likewise do not really know
<CanoeBerry> Who says Goa's an island BTW?
<dogi> like CanoeBerry ... I hope in more web content
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<CanoeBerry> KGMac: help us review Project #2 quick if you can, it needs support.
<dogi> tentative +1
<GrannieB2> they did
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<GrannieB2> sorry, not all of Goa... just part: We have already identified the school: St Bartholomew School on the Island of Chorao in Goa.
<CanoeBerry> OK, Chorao doesn't look like an island, but it must be part of the river's delta, I see.
<CanoeBerry> I think this project should be encouraged.
<CanoeBerry> If they publish, they deserve it.
<CanoeBerry> If not, they perish :)
<dogi> +1
<CanoeBerry> ANyway, they have work to do.
<CanoeBerry> Let's leave this as a split ballot/vote for now.
<GrannieB2> -1 for now
<CanoeBerry> Other votes?
<Umber-Jade-98> -1 for now
<CanoeBerry> We need to show them a path or two, rather than just be negative..
<CanoeBerry> Anyway, let's move on.  They need to start by fixing/updating their sites.
<CanoeBerry> Calling once..
<CanoeBerry> Calling twice..
<CanoeBerry> Calling thrice..
<GrannieB2> They can start developing one small part of what they are proposing on the machines they have as proof of ability to carry out this very ambitions project
<CanoeBerry> SPLIT VOTE: project needs to update its sites & provide evidence it will publish on an ongoing basis, regardless.

[ PROJECT #3 - OLPC Librarian Ambassadors - Jamaica ]

<CanoeBerry> Onto Project #3: OLPC Librarian Ambassadors - Jamaica
<CanoeBerry>     Requests 10 XO-1s over 24 months
<CanoeBerry>     Project Objectives:
<CanoeBerry>     1. Develop a program of activities around Librarians using the XOs in
<CanoeBerry>        primary schools in Kingston and St Andrew.
<CanoeBerry>     2. Develop a program of activities for educating students in teachers'
<CanoeBerry>        colleges preparing to become primary school librarians to use the 
<CanoeBerry> XOs in
<CanoeBerry>        school libraries.
<CanoeBerry> Plan and Procedure for Achieving the Stated Objectives:
<CanoeBerry>     1. OLPC Jamaica will train Mary Bewaji and other members of the Jamaica
<CanoeBerry>        Library Service to use the XOs and Sugar.
<CanoeBerry>     2. Together we will identify how the XOs can be integrated into the
<CanoeBerry>        Librarians' practices with their schools and how it can be used to
<CanoeBerry>        improve their practices.
<CanoeBerry>     3. We will work with Mico University College to upgrade their
<CanoeBerry>        educational technology workshops for educating teacher-librarians on
<CanoeBerry>        using educational technology in schools to include Sugar and the XOs.
<CanoeBerry>     4. We will develop indigenous ebooks as open educational resources and
<CanoeBerry>        select other open resources to use with the Jamaican primary school
<CanoeBerry>        curriculum.
<CanoeBerry>     5. We will develop a XS image to be installed on commodity PC hardware
<CanoeBerry>        in primary school libraries.
<CanoeBerry>     6. We will develop custom sugar-on-a-stick versions for parents and
<CanoeBerry>        children to use with their computers at home.
<GrannieB2> remember the health activities Beth had us working on????  where are they now???
<dogi> without www.
<GrannieB2> I like that this one starts with training
<GrannieB2> Oh... naturally, Praig and Sameer are involved!
<CanoeBerry> GrannieB2: Beth/Waveplace was a different project, India's Goa should not be judged on arbitrarily similar content?
<Umber-Jade-98> I think he has a good start, since the priority is to train teachers in the use of the XO
<GrannieB2> Will this be a "OLPL" project?
<CanoeBerry> PS this project was pre-approved, and has already shipped, but is submitted for transparency purposes :)
<KGMac> i can find no fault with this submission, I may steal it for use as a template :-)
<CanoeBerry> Great!
<CanoeBerry> So yep we're done, final thoughts, suggestions & recommendations?!
<CanoeBerry> OLD NEWS: OLPC needs talents XO-1.75 developers/testers.  Plz apply to if that's you, thanks!
<CanoeBerry> OLD NEWS: OLPC needs talented XO-1.75 developers/testers.  Plz apply to if that's you, thanks!
<KGMac> any news on when 'production' XO 1.75s will start
<CanoeBerry> Ha
<CanoeBerry> As if we could say if we knew ;)
<CanoeBerry> April 1st?
<GrannieB2> That's me! Especially one with a touch screen like the one I borrowed from Bert for SCaLE. They i can help test TamTam for the tablet!
<CanoeBerry> Wink!
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<CanoeBerry> Back?
(internet dropped)
<CanoeBerry_> Internet dropped for a few of us...let's conclude our meeting, shall we?
<GrannieB2> Sounds good.
<KGMac> hmm april fools … thats me
<GrannieB2> I'll send a note to Rick Rooney today.  If they are still using the machines, maybe they could stand an updating and refurbishing by the new repair center
<CanoeBerry_> Bye!  Off to Jamaica!
<Umber-Jade-98> apparently have a problem with your internet CanoeBerry
<dogi> bye
<CanoeBerry_> OLPC Jamaica will be an extraordinary visit..
<CanoeBerry_> For the coming week.
<GrannieB2> Lucky
<CanoeBerry_> Takare all and plz help us plan for Apr 6-10's doc sprint in Boston:
<CanoeBerry_> Bye!
<KGMac> buh bye!!
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<GrannieB2> bye
<KGMac> buh bye!!
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<GrannieB2> bye
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<CanoeBerry_> Thanks All!!
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