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I am a volunteer for The Kasiisi Project in Uganda and the Digital Literacy Project in the Boston area. Outside of the OLPC world, I study civil engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA, USA).



Please e-mail ndoiron _at_ if you are interested in a project or have any questions

Experience in Uganda

Post-Uganda Summary & Photos

Uganda was awesome! It was great to teach and program in the field.

I taught an environmental sensing and maps class with The Kasiisi Project near Fort Portal, Uganda. The mission statement of the class became "Out of the Box" because not only were we trying new ways of learning, we were connecting our XOs with the world around us, outside the "box" of the laptop. You can find links to the activities, content, and hardware on my blog.

Technical Solutions from Kasiisi

These updates, written and tested at Kasiisi, can be applied to several activities worldwide.

  • Bug fixes and keyboard interactions for Map and OfflineMap. Students had trouble with the mouse and sharing maps.
  • Improved WikiBrowse with easier search, friendlier 404 page, addon articles ( see WikiPack )
  • Redesign of Measure activity to assist teachers in explaining sensors and graphing.
  • Improved SocialCalc with chart color selection, translatable chart UI, and full-screen HTML5 Canvas charts (for an offline deployment, the Google Chart frame was dead space)

Content from Kasiisi

Developing with the great team on the olpcMAP and olpcMAPmakers lists!


Read the wiki article on uses and goals of OlpcMAP

See my marker at and use geo-queries such as and

Prior Work for the XO

  • Mapping applications, introducing students to GIS and mapping
  • Patch for the Geoquiz application
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