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This is a meta-task-- a page devoted to ideas about mobilizing volunteers and organizing opportunities.

Clarify current volunteer roles/opportunities/processes

  • Syndicate intern opportunities in one space on wiki
  • ...and from various countries and organizations.
  • Help redirect orgal interest away from donating funds and towards hosting and mentoring interns.
    (Which requires info on how they might mentor said intern, and what s/he might do).
  • Beginning some thoughts on an Internships program. Mchua 14:02, 9 July 2007 (EDT)
  • Merge OPLCwiki volunteer pages, which are:
  • Volunteer process

Online “welcome wagon" packet... what would this include?

  • Basic checklist for getting started
  • Model/templates for creating a local wiki, blog, & photojournal (see below).
  • Links to (or pdfs of) some of the crucial OLPCwiki pages
  • "Official" OLPC documentary
    From OLPC-open:
What I'm looking for is a fairly systematic presentation of the XO computer and how it is being used.      
There are some basic pieces of information that I want to see, in addition to the scenes of children 
demonstrating various activities.
These include:

* What kind of Internet connection does the school have?
  How fast?
  What does it cost?
* When the children take the XO computers home, does the mesh network really keep them connected to 
  the Internet?
 At what distances,
 and what speeds?
* If hundreds of XOs are distributed at a school, do icons for all of them appear on the screen in 
  Neighborhood view?  
* Which icons will appear in Neighborhood view in an urban area that might have several schools?
* Which icons appear in Friends view?
  How does the user control this?
* Does the school or teacher have to agree to apply the Constructivist approach to education before 
  they get XO computers for their students?

OLPC blog & photojournal

Ideally, this would document our own organizing/development process, and could be a model for others.

  • Templates for creating OLPC user "homepage" (currently wikipage) w/ instructions on how to set up a free blog (blogger/wordpress) etc.
  • Who is everyone, and what are they working on
  • Have users take pix w/ XO
  • 3D tour of XO
  • Anecdotal users like the "Poster Child"

How to document pilot programs (Category:Pilot site) | | | Ban | | Cardal and | | | Atlas | Altos de Cazucá.co  [+/-]



  • Photos
  • Stories/anecdotes
  • Examples of use
  • Profiles of kids and their laptops (maybe via the OurStories project)
  • Screenshot app-- develop + have kids take a screenshot of their laptop in its favorite use/config
  • Questions for self documentation

Roles and Teams

Define and document...

  • Install Team
    • Instructions on getting the emulator installed
    • A core team of people that help others to install the emulator
      • IRC Channel, Private chat on AIM, whatever it takes.
  • Facilitators
    • Direct volunteers toward projects they might be interested in by making themselves available for private chat or in a group chat. Someone comes in and says, hey I want to help, these are my skills. A director can help direct them where to go.
    • Facilitators are most likely people who just lurk all the time on IRC or something along those lines.
  • Candy Stripers
    • coating community members and their computers in fine layers of Sugar... until the emulators are really good.
    • helping launch locos

Todo List for Vols

  • Todo list should have difficulty levels, like the art of computer programming. E.g., If you know Python then a problem is a:
    • 10 if you could do debug/fix/add feature in a couple minutes,
    • 17 if you could do it in one sitting, but it may take a few hours,
    • 20, means you could do it in a few days
    • 29, means you could do it in a couple weeks with a lot of creativity.
    • 30, maybe a couple weeks to a couple of months, but it's hard.
    • 34, maybe a couple of months with a lot of creativity and innovation
    • 40, Maybe a couple of years
    • 50, you may be lucky to knock the problem into the 40s in a couple years.
    • 51, first find a new base and reduce to a previous problem
  • Todo list should indicate the urgency of the item for the project.
  • ... and the necessity of the item to the project.
  • Should maybe be sorted by skill and subject?
  • One possible model is the mysociety volunteer list. Might be people worth talking to.
  • Another is a bugtracker (or more user-friendly version thereof). Should we use the current OLPC bugtracker for these tasks as well?
  • a variant of Bountysource adapted for things that aren't code, for short term projects not on the cycle