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There are 4 national languages in Switzerland. English (which is not a national language) is probably the best way to reach the largest audience. That is the reason why we publish in English here.


What is OLPC.ch?

The non profit association olpc.ch

In June 2008, the non-profit association One Laptop Per Child Switzerland was founded in Bern, Switzerland. To become a member, start by subscribing to the mailing list and send us an email to introduce yourself to the rest of the community.

Here is a short video about olpc.ch recorded at the Swiss Day of computer science (August, 29th 2008) [Play Video]

  • We use this Wiki for collaborative publishing
  • We communicate and coordinate on the olpc-ch mailing list [Subscribe]
  • We host files on Dropbox [View]
  • We own the olpc.ch domain name and make it available for OLPC Switzerland initiatives
  • We have a Twitter channel : olpcswitzerland [Goto]
  • We have a Facebook page : olpcswitzerland [Goto]

The objectives of olpc.ch

  1. Demonstrate that the concept is worth promoting by using XOs in Switzerland
  2. Show that OLPC is not just a cheap PC for developing countries by using XOs in one of the world's wealthiest countries
  3. Promote the dissemination of XOs in German, French and Italian speaking regions by adapting XOs to these languages.
  4. Promote the programming environment Squeak in the German speaking area by adequate examples and ideas developed in Swiss pedagogic universities and tested in Swiss schools
  5. Emphasize the importance of basic concepts in contrast to product knowledge by using non-commercial hardware and software
  6. Demonstrate the possibilities of digital learning tools to the Swiss education environment

Our Flyer (also Flyer in German as RTF and Flyer in French as PDF) is a handy summary you may find of interest too. More generally speaking, we also aim at participating in the OLPC Europe group, and share the OLPC_Europe/Vision. See also the VIDEO (in French) where Michael Vorburger of OLPC.ch speaks about the XO and OLPC Switzerland. Articles of Association: OLPC-ch.

Who is olpc.ch?

Our mailing list reaches between 50 and 100 people.

Name Function
Urs Lerch Co-Chairman (German-speaking part)
Michael Lew Co-Chairman (French-speaking part)
Aurélie Volle Secretary
Michele Notari Founding member, first Chairman (2008 - 2013)
Beat Döbeli Honegger Founding member
Benedikt Trefzer Founding member
Niklaus Giger Member of the OLPC Support Gang
Cécile Wyler Translator (e.g. FLOSS manuals for XO and Sugar).
Michael Wyler Legal advisor

How can I get involved?

Subscribe to the olpc.ch mailing list, get actively involved

If you are interested in following the olpc.ch grassgroots group efforts, if you're interested participate in OLPC Switzerland, please do join our olpc.ch mailing list, by subscribing at http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/olpc-ch. When you subscribe, it would be nice if you would briefly introduce yourself via an email to the list. We archive the olpc-ch list for you to read what we have been up to before you joined.
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Make a donation to olpc.ch

To make a donation please use the following Swiss postal account : 60-487139-0

Visit us at an upcoming event

No event currently announced.

Where can I get a XO?

The question most often asked is Where can I get an XO laptop in Switzerland?

  • Borrow one: olpc.ch hosts four OLPC XO computers. They are used for exhibitions, presentations, and experimental use. See XO Reservation System for details.
  • Buy one at ebay: You could buy an XO at ebay.com
  • Help us start a pilot program: olpc.ch plans to start a pilot program in Switzerland. If the hardware that is chosen for this program is the XO, then there is a possibility that some extra computers could be available for resale to individuals. However, the primary purpose of these computers is to be used in classrooms, within a very specific educational framework.

What has already happened in Switzerland?

Newsticker Switzerland

2009-11-11 "..Urs Lerch becomes member of the OLPC-ch association as part of the board."
2009-06-09 "..20 XO's delivered."
2008-08-08 "..OLPC-ch is prowd owner of a third X0 (borrowed from olpc-Austria)."
2008-06-25 "..the OLPC-ch association has been founded."
2008-03-26 "..chat conference started."
2008-02-14 "..finally two XO from Austria arrived. This wiki is written with one of them!"
2008-01-26 "..OLPC-ch mailing list opened."
2008-01-15 "..first face to face meeting of OLPC Switzerland in Bern."

Past Events

Time Crew Theme/Description Link Media
2014-11-08/10 OLPC / Ondalivre 4th international forum for peace in Lugano Home
2012-10-06/07 OLPC / Ondalivre 2nd international forum for peace in Lugano Program Report
2011-09-30/10-01 OLPC / Ondalivre 1st international forum for peace in Lugano Home Gallery
2011-02-11 OLPC Austria OLPC in Latin America and what we can learn about, @PHZ Schwyz in Goldau Video
2011-02-10 OLPC Austria Presentation by Christoph Derndorfer, Technopark Zurich (CH)
2010-03-24/25 OLPC / Ondalivre OpenExpo2010 in Berne Info
How to reach
2009-11-18 OLPC Switzerland Switzerland Talk@CERN (Centre Europeen de Recherche Nucleaire) in Geneva
2009-09-23/24 OLPC / Ondalivre OpenExpo2009 in Winterthur Info Gallery
2009-03-13 OLPC Switzerland Two workshops, "Fachtagung Personal Learning Environments in der Schule", @PHZ Schwyz in Goldau Info
2009-01-20 OLPC Switzerland OLPC.ch January 20th 2009 Meeting in Bern Program
2008-11-15 OLPC Switzerland UNM conference in Zurich. Poster presentation and answering questions Info
2008-10-22 OLPC Switzerland OLPC.ch Meeting in Bern Program
2008-09-09 OLPC Switzerland SFIB Meeting, plenary speach, presentation of the project Info
2008-08-29 OLPC Switzerland Participation to the 'Tag der Informatik' in Zurich. Workshop for children and presentation of the project Info Gallery
2008-06-04 OLPC Switzerland Meeting in Berne Info
2008-05-24 OLPC Switzerland OSS in schools, seminar Info
2008-04-21 OLPC / Ondalivre Workshop in Barra Bonita, Brazil Gallery
2008-03-26 OLPC Switzerland Phone conference
2008-03-12/13 OLPC Switzerland OpenExpo in Berne Flyer Gallery
2008-03-03 OLPC Switzerland BarCamp in Lausanne, EPFL Program
2008-02-07/08 OLPC Switzerland Lift08 Conference in Geneva Home Gallery

Picture Gallery

Activities, OLPC projects - from the community of interest in Switzerland

Period Project/Logo Description Contact/Team Link FB
2011-2014 Chile Helping children with learning disabilities laptop.org
2008-2013 XO-Contest All classes, pupils students, scientists, hackers and geeks are cordially invited to join the XO-competition. The competition consists in the creation of a free choice of written work, which has to stand in connection with the OLPC project . By keeping a diary blog and a final publication, this competition should make a substantial contribution of Switzerland to the global development project. Although the written work is accepted from a variety of fields, contributions in the domains of computer science and pedagogy are favored Urs Lerch xo-contest.ch
Final Report (PDF, 773kb)
2008-2018 Internet for schools in developing countries Stefan Rovetto
Denise Antunes da Silva
Tatiana de Moraes
x-event.designo.ch Join

Activities, e-education projects (CH)

Period Project/Logo Description Contact/Team Link FB
2009-2010 iPhone class Children always have a iphone device for free available for schoolwork. They can read, write, calculate, draw... Beat Döbeli projektschule-goldau.ch


Period Project/Logo Description Contact/Team Link FB
2010-2011 OLPC-Forum Development of first multilingual OLPC-Forum and easy to use multilingual Library Stefan Rovetto dev.olpc-forum.org
2009 Proxy X-LC1 The X-LC1 is a linux based solution for project OLPC / Ondalivre. Is common for school proxies. Why so special? 1-click-setup and c2sd (conntrack to syslog daemon) Roman Ammann
Stefan Rovetto
Alexandre Hill-Maestrini
2001 Etoys An educational tool for teaching children ofset.org

Where can I find further information?


Read the OLPC Blog from Michael Vorburger, Beat Döbeli, Martin Hofmann, Stefan Rovetto de pt
Read more OLPC Blogs on Swissroll 1 2 3 4 | Infamy


If you are a journalist in Switzerland, please do subscribe to our mailing list and introduce yourself. We would love to give you a demo (e.g. in Bern, or Lausanne; or elsewhere) of the innovative XO laptop, and share some of our enthusiasm with you... and maybe you would like to write about the OLPC movement, the XO education project, and OLPC Switzerland?

Publication Magazine
Write a thesis. Get a laptop. Change the world Swiss iT Magazine, 2009-11-27
All classes, students, hackers and geeks are invited to participate to the XO competition... [Full Text]
«With one click out of the misery» Sonntagszeitung, 2009-04-13
How the project "One Laptop per Child" is an enabler of opportunities in a South African slum [Full Text]
Testing cheapest laptop in the world 20 Minuten Online, 2008-11-28
The 100-dollar laptop will come very soon to Switzerland. Is the computer a replacement for Eee-PC? 20 Minuten Online has tested the XO-1... [Full Text]
The 100 Dollar Tablet Tagesanzeiger, 2012-01-09
The OLPC NGO will unveil at CES a cheap alternative to the iPad that can be powered manually with a crank [Full Text]
300 escolas públicas devem receber laptops VIDA& (Brazil), 2008-04-26
Projeto Um Computador por Aluno, do Ministério da Educação, hoje restrito a cinco colégios-piloto, será ampliado no final deste ano... [Full Text]
Piaget, Illich et Servan-Schreiber dans un laptop design à 200 F Domainepublic, 2008-01-05
Domaine Public a testé l’ordinateur qui doit apporter la révolution démocratique de l’éducation et de la connectivité globale aux enfants du monde entier... [Full Text]
Cabals and Love NZZOnline, 2007-12-04
In the center of the industrialized world politicians, professors and business leaders want to play Santa Claus. They want to give computer technology to the children in underdeveloped regions... [Full Text]
A mobile computer not just for kids NZZOnline, 2007-11-13
With the distribution of screwdrivers you will not be able to accelerate the industrialization of an archaic society the existence of hardware and software does not make an information society... [Full Text]
One Laptop Per Child Hochparterre, 2007-11-01
After two years of development, the XO laptop designed in the USA is coming to the education market. The designer Yves Béhar, experts from DEZA and Helvetas speak about the project... [Full Text]
The low-cost computer get more expensive NZZOnline, 2007-02-11
Within a period of five years, a unit costs about 972 U.S. dollars, including maintenance... [Full Text]

Re-usable Material: Logo / Header Talks / Presentations / Articles / Videos

Media Date Versions
Concept en de fr it pt es
Concept, OLPC / Ondalivre – Project outline 2010
Video (Stream, Interview)
Video, OLPC-ch – Introduction to OLPC-ch (40sec) 2008
Video, OLPC-ch – Introduction to OLPC-ch (8min) 2008
Video, OLPC-ch – Interview, LIFT conference in Geneva (6min) 2008
Video, OLPC-ch – OLPC Mesh Networking @Lift (6min) 2008
Logo (Banner, Pictogram)
Logo, OLPC-ch – official (svg)
Logo, OLPC-ch – official (not scalable)
Logo, OLPC-ch – official header (svg)
Logo, OLPC-ch – heading+ (for letters)
Logo, OLPC / Ondalivre – official
Logo, OLPC-Forum.org – official
Flyer, OLPC-ch – Looking for specific XO opportunities 2008
Flyer, OLPC-ch – Various flyers for "Tag der Informatik" 2008
Flyer, OLPC-ch – OpenExpo Berne 2008
Flyer, OLPC-ch – XO-Context, write a thesis, get a laptop... 2008
Flyer, OLPC / Ondalivre – official (A6) 2008
Presentation (Folio, Video, Audio)
Presentation, OLPC-ch – A better education with free software? 2008
Presentation, OLPC-ch – OLPC, useful for switzerland? 2008
Presentation, OLPC-ch – Slideshow for OpenExpo Berne'08 2008
Presentation, OLPC-ch – OLPC Story from Arahuay 2008
Form, OLPC / Ondalivre – Consent to the publication of pictures/movies 2008
How-to, Ondalivre – Installing firmware on a mesh unit
Software, OLPC – Get_mo
Software, OLPC / Ondalivre – X-LC1 Proxy
Book, OLPC – The OLPC Bible
Statistic (Database, Survey)
Statistic, OLPC – Communes/Schools (CH) interested in OLPC projects 2010
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