Contributors program/September 3, 2010


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* XO-1.5 early production machines now available/shipping:

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

* Which projects might you enjoy Mentoring below?!

* Fast Review of the 4 latest (greatest!) HW/Project Proposals -- please
  join us advocating for, and/or reviewing shortcomings of these proposals:

 #1 Next Billion Learner Program in Partnership with eKindling: Philippines & New York
 #2 OLPC in Costa Rica, with Universidad de Costa Rica
 #3 Internet-based marketing and training - Makere University, Kampala, Uganda

[ PROJECT #1 - Next Billion Learner Program in Partnership with eKindling: Philippines & New York ]

<Ryan> You will notice that University of the Philippines is our main partner in this project
<Ryan> Outside enhancing current MaMaMedia Activities, the 8 1.5 XO laptops we are applying for
<Ryan> will be used for the development of these learning activities in the Philippines:
<Ryan> There are other projects/development on the way as well. 8 1.5 XO laptop is justified because of the amount of development that is taking place.
<Ryan> thanks everyone and please feel free to email me at if you have any question
<Ryan> thanks for your time
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<CanoeBerry> 4PM (now, Contributors Program meeting at long last!) Agenda Here: 
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<CanoeBerry> Sorry all for the late afternoon meeting, starting right now at last!
<CanoeBerry> Please all critique/mentor/vote for Project #1 here:
<CanoeBerry> 1. Next Billion Learner Program in Partnership with eKindling: 
<CanoeBerry> Philippines & New York
<CanoeBerry> ] 
<CanoeBerry>    Requests 8 XO-1.5s over 6 months
<CanoeBerry> Project Background/Objectives:
<CanoeBerry>    The World Wide Workshop Foundation’s "Next Billion Learners" intiative
<CanoeBerry>    focuses on the development of creative learning software for low cost
<CanoeBerry>    laptops, in order to support 1:1 computing worldwide. Our goal is to
<CanoeBerry>    give educational opportunities to the next billion learners so that they
<CanoeBerry>    will become creative thinkers, learners and leaders with technology. As
<CanoeBerry>    the first project in this initiative in 2007-08, the foundation
<CanoeBerry>    partnered with OLPC to create the MaMaMedia Creative Learning Center, a
<CanoeBerry>    set of original Constructionist Learning activities for young children
<CanoeBerry>    in developing countries wherein the OLPC organization has been deploying
<CanoeBerry>    their laptop programs. The MaMaMedia Creative Center is based on
<CanoeBerry>    award-winning, kid-tested, hard-fun puzzles, digital toys, and
<CanoeBerry>    creativity tools from
<CanoeBerry>    The objective of the Next Billion Learner Philippines Project is to
<CanoeBerry>    integrate constructionist learning activities (e.g. MaMaMedia Creative
<CanoeBerry>    Center) into the educational programming of the first 1:1 Computing/OLPC
<CanoeBerry>    Initiative in the Philippines.
<CanoeBerry> +1 from ChristophD
<CanoeBerry> Ryan: any quick intro/thoughts?
<_sj_> +1
<sandrat> hello I am online,  tried I can join now
<CanoeBerry> sandrat: thanks so much, can you vote above?
<CanoeBerry> +1 even while I want to learn more from Ryan and the larger group.
<cjb> CanoeBerry: Ryan said he had to leave
<CanoeBerry> sandrat: any quick comments/concerns/suggestions as we wrap up Project #1 of 3 here?
<CanoeBerry> cjb: yep, i was in touch, via ChristophD
<sandrat> ok I amreading
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<CanoeBerry> Can we ask to present their work to OLPC's NYC community group?
<sandrat> this is good stuff
<CanoeBerry> I'd encourage that, as a tiny small requirement associated with approval of this request.
<CanoeBerry> Both being in NYC/Manhattan.
<sandrat> love to see a presentation...enable meeting for remote users if possible
<CanoeBerry> sandrat & all: plz vote right now, so we can conclude
<sandrat> +1
<sandrat> goals are a bit broad...but that can be worked out
<CanoeBerry> Thanks.
<CanoeBerry> Calling once..
<CanoeBerry> Calling twice..
<CanoeBerry> Calling thrice..
<CanoeBerry> APPROVED, with associated request that / / present their work, in person to
<maraschino> +1

[ PROJECT #2 - OLPC in Costa Rica, with Universidad de Costa Rica ]

<CanoeBerry> Onto Project #2 now -- please all help critique/mentor/vote for:
<CanoeBerry> OLPC in Costa Rica, with Universidad de Costa Rica
<CanoeBerry> ]
<CanoeBerry>    Requests 20 XO-1s over 24 months
<CanoeBerry>    Project Objectives:
<CanoeBerry>    Develop a workshop with 50 Faculty of the University of Costa Rica 
<CanoeBerry> and the
<CanoeBerry>    Ministry of Public Education to understand the educational and technical
<CanoeBerry>    characteristics of the OLPC;
<CanoeBerry> Develop a Strategic Plan, with stakeholders from academic, public and
<CanoeBerry>    private sectors, for the implementation of a pilot experience of massive
<CanoeBerry>    introduction of OLPCs in one community in the country (to be defined).
<CanoeBerry>    Invite the general public to a Talk at the University of Costa Rica about
<CanoeBerry>    the current state of OLPC projects in the world, in particular in Latin
<CanoeBerry>    America.
<CanoeBerry>    Invite Ministers of Education, Science and Technology, Presidents of
<CanoeBerry>    Universities and Representatives of all Political Parties to a 
<CanoeBerry> Presentation
<CanoeBerry>    about Education in the XXI Century and OLPC, and the Strategic Plan 
<CanoeBerry> for the
<CanoeBerry>    introduction of OLPC in one community in the country.
<CanoeBerry> +1 after talking this over with Claudia Urrea
<CanoeBerry> Even though is unfortunately down.
<sandrat> It would be good for this team to get some more committed leaders in Costa Rican education on board to build credibility for this ambitious outreach effort
<sandrat> Committment of Claudia and maybe one of the Uruguay deployments leaders would help this get real
<sandrat> +1
<CanoeBerry> sandrat: thanks
<CanoeBerry> other votes out there?
<maraschino> Isn't CP's policy not to give laptops for the purpose of pilots?
<_sj_> I love claudia
<CanoeBerry> maraschino: no
<CanoeBerry> maraschino: the Contributors Program is an incentive for folks making great/sharable thing
<_sj_> and she has a clear sense of what is locallly useful in the region
<CanoeBerry> In this case, Claudia certinaly believes deeply in this group's ability to deliver great+sharable contructionist
<sandrat> Claudia's perspective is important go for it
<CanoeBerry> I'll take _sj_ statement as +1
<CanoeBerry> maraschino & all: can you also vote, if possible?
<CanoeBerry> Let us conclude!
<CanoeBerry> Calling once...
<CanoeBerry> Calling twice..
<CanoeBerry> Calling thrice..
<CanoeBerry> APPROVED.

[ PROJECT #3 - Internet-based marketing and training - Makere University, Kampala, Uganda ]

<CanoeBerry> Onto Project #3 -- please all critique/mentor/vote for:
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<CanoeBerry> Internet-based marketing and training - Makere University, Kampala, 
<CanoeBerry> Uganda
<CanoeBerry> ] 
<CanoeBerry>    Requests 3 XOs over 12 months
<CanoeBerry>    Project Objectives:
<CanoeBerry>    The project objectives include bridge the gap between rural producers
<CanoeBerry>    with the urban market efficiently, train farmers and the community about
<CanoeBerry>    internet based marketing and its advantages,introduce a sugar 
<CanoeBerry> community with
<CanoeBerry>    in our locality.
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<CanoeBerry> This agricultural-oriented project needs refinement.
<sandrat> where are the children in this project????
<CanoeBerry> Its shipping address is also inadequate -- PO Boxes are not accepted.
<CanoeBerry> -1 for now
<sandrat> why do they need XO...they could use any platform,  or smart phones
<CanoeBerry> Its preliminary description needs fleshing out too.
<CanoeBerry> Let us conclude -- plz all vote and/or mentor if you can help!
<sandrat> -1  needs children,  reason for XO platform in addition to Sugar, - however there are some great ways they could do that
<CanoeBerry> Calling once..
<CanoeBerry> Calling twice..
<CanoeBerry> Calling thrice..
<CanoeBerry> Thanks all -- our meeting for today is now adjourned.  Please join us 8PM EDT Sunday for Christoph Derndorfer's no-holds-barred Q+A on his 2 month trip visiting OLPC schools in South America.  If you wish to join the call, email holt @, thanks!
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