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 olpc-ch was founded. To become a member you have to subscribe to the mailing list and send a mail to the president of the association Urs Lerch. A short video about olpc.ch recorded at the Swiss Day of computer science (August, 29th 2008) [Play Video]
- We use this Wiki (this page and later sub-pages) for collaborative publishing for now
- We communicate and coordinate on the olpc-ch mailing list [Subscribe]
- We host files on Google [View]
- We own the olpc.ch domain name and make it available for OLPC Switzerland initiatives
- We have a Twitter channel : olpcswitzerland [Goto]
The objectives of olpc.ch
- Demonstrate that the concept is worth promoting by using XOs in Switzerland
- Show that OLPC is not just a cheap PC for developing countries by using XOs in one of the world's wealthiest countries
- Promote the dissemination of XOs in German, French and Italian speaking regions by adapting XOs to these languages.
- 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
- Emphasize the importance of basic concepts in contrast to product knowledge by using non-commercial hardware and software
- 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.
|Urs Lerch||Co-Chairman (german speaking part)|
|Michael Lew||Co-Chairman (french speaking part)|
|Michele Notari||Member of board, former Chairman|
|Beat Döbeli Honegger||Member of board|
|Benedikt Trefzer||Member of board (Finances)|
|Niklaus Giger||Auditor (Revisor), member of the OLPC Support Gang|
|Cécile Wyler||Translation's volunteer. FLOSS manuals for XO and Sugar.|
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 in before you joined.
Make a donation to olpc.ch
To make a donation please use Swiss postal account OLPC-ch nr: PC-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?
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."
|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|
Activities, OLPC projects - from the community of interest in switzerland
|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
Activities, e-education projects (CH)
|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|
|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 scool proxies. Why so special? 1-click-setup and c2sd (conntrack to syslog daemon)||Roman Ammann|
|2001||Etoys||An educational tool for teaching children||ofset.org|
Where can I find further information?
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?
|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 in the XO-competitive... [Full Text]|
|With one click out of the misery||Sonntagszeitung, 2009-04-13|
|How the project "One Laptop per Child" change the 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 Third-World-Laptop will change our Notebooks||Tagesanzeiger, 2008-05-05|
|Will change the lowcost-XO the landscape of education in developing countries? Is still not confident. But the XO exist, that's why the big hardware manufacturers be pressurized... [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 JJSS 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 tiers-monde... [Full Text]|
|Cabals and Love||NZZOnline, 2007-12-04|
|In the centers of the industrialized world politicians, professors and business leaders want to play Santa Claus. The want 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 OLPC laptop in the U.S. come on the market. The designer Yves Béhar, experts from DEZA and Helvetas speeks about 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]|