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Projects : Activities · Collections · Testing

OLPC projects include creative activities and software, collections of content and resources, testing and assessment of other projects, and a wide assortment of related work, from the theoretical to the experimental.

Other projects include

  • Hardware and Firmware work
  • Interface design and Accessibility
  • Integration and aggregation of material

For more information about activities that could use your help, see the Participate page. For miscellaneous tasks, see also the request board.

Requested projects

Current projects

see also: activities, collections, testing

Most people taking part in the developer's program are involved in at least one project; please make sure that yours is listed below or on a related page. Click on the name of any linked activity for detailed information about its design and development status.

OLPC Project List
Project Name Description In use Updated in Build l10n Status
Hardware Extensions
Peripherals Inexpensive peripherals to distribute with laptops
School Server Extensions
Moodle A classroom management system for students and teachers, including forums and a Wiki. See
Userspace tools Collabora, et al: Tubes & presence integration with sugar
Network manager
Firmware/drivers Integration issues
Speech Recognition, Text-to-Speech
Helix media activities a Helix Media Activity and helix browser plugins; both a fully free version (for olpc) and one with all available integrated codecs (for developer use) version 3+ available; not for anyone to download (licensing) but for devs who request it. Works well with rm and rv formats, okay with ogg formats (at low framerates), not yet with mpeg.
Gstreamer activities a Gstreamer browser plugin and possible standalone activity... Works with hacking; no full integration or separate codebase yet. Check with J5 about latest status. We need stronger Gstreamer contacts for this to be sustainable.
Educational Activities, Lesson Plans, and Templates
Etoys templates Examples of what to do with etoys, how to use it in the classroom and on one's own, great ideas to experiment with video, pdf
Example activities Examples of how to use the XO for learning, and to expand/enhance existing educational activities. Template: Activity_template
Game Libraries
PyGame A python library for developing graphical games; abstracting out the implementation of widgets, buttons, and screen manipulation
Gnash A free software Flash implementation; cf #gnash on and Rob Savoye Working; supports much of Flash 7, a little later ActionScript; active development, responsive to specific requests.
Content Bundles
Game Jam Bundle Games developed during the June 2007 Game Jam. To be packaged for the June 25th internal release.
Community Organizing
Participate wiki Site to collect/direct the OLPC community. Currently on the OLPC wiki. To be merged with the OLPC development site. Ideas welcome.
OLPC Library Portal Spec in progress.

Help wanted



  • Outline the best way to use the XO as a Datalogger; update the OLPC as Datalogger page with this information.
  • Flesh out ideas about teaching students to make tools for art creation in resource-poor areas; create wiki page with these ideas linked from Educational ideas.
  • If you are an educator with experience using computers in the classroom, we need your input on questions listed at Basic Teacher Training.
  • Outline the steps needed to set up a functioning Key Pals program that connects children using XOs either with children in developed countries or with children using XOs in other countries.
  • Implement semantic fields in either squeak or etoys.


  • Icon design: Xbook et al (cf. Don Hopkins); Calculator; Game activities
  • pygtk help: for music activities


See also Software ideas

Help offered


  • Translation/localization into En, from Es/De/Fr Sj talk


  • Online design/interface design help : (contact User:Ianb for more)
  • Mentoring or hosting or site design : from

Contractors / interns Wanted

  • Conall Ryan - looking for one contractor to work on reading apps and early-childhood game porting to sugar
  • - looking for someone to help them make their efforts more useful to OLPC; incl. at least one programmer
  • UNICEF - looking for another 1-2 contractors to work on mapping and children's storytelling
  • Ben Nardone - looking for one volunteer to work on health-related work. Has someone for the time being...
  • World Food Program - looking for a python programmer to help with a potential future Food Force game.
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