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The OLPC Tech Team is now soliciting applications for several summer intern positions described below. These challenging internships will offer the successful applicant opportunities to:

  • Take extraordinary responsibility for creating or extending software that improves the lives and educations of hundreds of thousands of children, world-wide, this year,
  • Explore the vibrant open-source community that sustains OLPC's technology offerings,
  • Benefit from the collective experience of some of the most talented, driven minds in the computer technology world,
  • Enjoy the beauty and fun of Cambridge, MA with the benefit of the handsome compensation of $550/week,

Interested persons should write to with a resume and with a cover letter containing links to material demonstrating the applicant's ingenuity, knowledge, adaptability, and drive. OLPC will acknowledge the receipt of these materials and will interview selected applicants before making offers on April 15. Applicants are further encouraged to demonstrate their abilities and commitment to OLPC's goals by volunteering for OLPC as they are able. You must be 18 years of age or older on April 15 in order to apply.


In order to increase the probability of creating a successful internship experience, OLPC employees who wish to mentor interns are required to sponsor those interns for consideration by the entire Tech Team. By agreeing to sponsor an intern, a mentor is committing to the rest of the Tech Team to work with and support that intern throughout the summer. Since this is a serious responsibility, potential mentors will likely want to know as much as possible about the abilities and inclinations of their candidate. However, since there are likely to be many more applicants than mentors, we have decided to facilitate this match-making by asking mentors to write 'advertisements' describing the qualities they're looking for and giving links to examples of their work for the project. These 'advertisements' follow:

Michael Stone
Projects: Rainbow, Build system, Fedora/Debian compromises, Internships

Michael was recruited in the summer of '07 to realize parts of Bitfrost. He is presently occupied with the task of driving OLPC releases.

(Minor interests: error handling, communications security, and development tools.)


About: avid practitioner of synchronized flamethrowing.

Contact: sj >at< laptop / _sj_ on IRC

Current projects:

Chris Ball

Chris has been with OLPC since mid 2006. He wrote the sugar activities Pippy and Words, was part of the team who developed WikiBrowse, and maintains OLPC's "ohm" power manager.

C. Scott Ananian
C. Scott Ananian

I pick up stuff I find on the ground and make it work.

Richard Smith
Richard Smith
Projects: hardware hacker, EC

Full-time OLPC employee.

Recently from: Arkansas

Dafydd Harries

Daf works on Sugar's communications infrastructure as part of the Collabora team. He loves to see people building shared activities for the XO.


Collabora Ltd. is a software consultancy contracted by OLPC to assist with the design and implementation of OLPC's Presence and real-time Collaboration goals. Here is its current work statement.

Collabora employs some great folks like Daf, Guillaume, and Sjoerd. It is directed in part by Rob McQueen. Michael is Collabora's OLPC Liaison.

Bryan Berry
Bryan Berry
Projects: School Server, Bishwamitra Pilot, Bashuki Pilot, managing volunteers and herding cats

Bryan works for OLE Nepal as a systems administrator. He has been involved in OLPC since summer of 2006 and is focused on Nepal's deployments.

Morgan Collett

Morgan formerly worked for Collabora, and has worked on contract for World Wide Workshop Foundation and OLPC. He has worked on Presence Service (including the sugar.presence API), Chat, Read, HelloMesh, Connect, Poll Builder and Story Builder.

Mel Chua
Mel Chua

Mel is an itinerant hack of all trades who can juggle and solder surface-mount chips, and is working on being able to do both simultaneously. Works within grassroots, electrical/software engineering (support/QA at 1cc), (engineering) education, and sociology (focused on academic cultures). More narcissism is available here.

Yamandú Ploskonka
Projects: XO_Solar, Aymara Fest, the list for OLPC discussion in Spanish, and all things ICT4D Bolivia

Messing with OLPC since January 2008, Yama has managed to use his journalist dirty tricks to bug everyone within reach with requests for full disclosure and user-developer communication, and TUE, this later being something nobody has ever heard of or ever wants to. Currently in Austin, Texas, on his way to Bolivia. Runs, which has been accurately described as a one-man Linux community

 Edward Mokurai Cherlin

Ah haz teh bestest toyz

Projects: Haitian Kreyòl and Cambodian Khmer localization; documentation; language support (keyboards, IMEs, fonts); San Francisco Bay Area bid for PyCon2010; Illinois HB5000, The Children's Low-Cost Laptop Act; Open Source Management; any functions necessary for the success of the Laptop that are out of scope for OLPC.

 Rowen Remis R. Iral

Joined the development team since 2007 June.

OLPC Philippines

Project Manager/Systems Engineer

Profile: Rowen Remis R. Iral

Working on:

OLPC Philippines project implementation

Machine & Server Deployment

Infrastructure Development and Deployment

Research and Development for Education and Technology

Christoph Derndorfer
Christoph Derndorfer

Christoph is a computer-science student at the Vienna University of Technology but he spends most of his time on olpc related activities. Among other things he is the co-author of the Activity handbook, holds presentations on OLPC and is the co-editor at

Seth Woodworth
I'm bouncy

Motto: Specialization is for insects

Contact: seth >at< laptop / isforinsects on IRC

(Non-OLPC interests: swordfighting, adventure, and competitive wikipedia {{fact}}'ing.)

Daniel Drake
Projects: v8.2.0

Daniel is currently working on the Paraguayan deployment efforts from the city of Asunción. He previously visited the deployment in Ethiopia after completing a summer internship at OLPC HQ in Boston.

Henry Edward Hardy
Projects: sysadmin, backups, tech support, purchasing

Interested in history, philosophy, and the Future.

Paul Fox
Paul Fox, checking the maps on his XO while on vacation on the Isle of Wight

Paul works on embedded and platform- level aspects of the project, and has done similar work on other linux-based handhelds (though none so green as the XO!) in the past.

Paul has traveled extensively, enjoys motorcycling, canoing, hiking, tinkering, and programming (both for fun and profit). He's a long-time unix and embedded systems programmer, and is the original author of vile, and the current maintainer of RoadMap.

Mitch Bradley
Projects: Open Firmware,

Mitch joined OLPC in 2006. He is responsible for the boot firmware and also helps out with various aspects of hardware design and debugging. His hobbies include golfing, building golf clubs, building surfboards, and herding goats. herd

Projects: Model

Bobby is an intern working on bringing System Dynamics to the XO with his activity Model. His other passions include education and energy issues.

Deepak Saxena
Deepak Saxena
Projects: Kernel

Deepak joined OLPC in June of 2008 to work on all things related to the Linux kernel...drivers, power management, file systems, etc. Prior to OLPC Deepak worked for an embedded Linux OSV for several years hacking on ARM board ports, drivers, and maintaining a vendor kernel tree.

Outside of computing, Deepak's interests include biking, traveling the world, thinking about sustainability, and cooking with fresh local ingredients.

Projects: ILXO

nikki >at< laptop

Volunteer of many trades - primarily grassroots organizing, but (hopefully) moving into hardware development. Head of the Olin university chapter.

Iain Davidson, Bellingham, WA

Wiki, Support-gang, testing, repair-center, devel, and for even more details .


Currently volunteers most of his time to local and international non-profits, (60 - 80 hrs / month). Squeezes-in enough income (mostly via telecommute projects), to pay for expenses, and asks for nothing more. :]

A computer-science graduate of Western Washington University (WWU) in Bellingham, WA along with spending most of his life there. Worked for Microsoft in late 1980's as a product support co-op/intern for Macintosh Applications. Starting early 1990's worked for WWU as IT consultant, which eventually evolved into Housing Info Technology Services (HITS) Manager for University Residences (> $1 Million budget, 10 staff, 100+ workstations, etc.). In 2005, decided to leave the corporate '9-6' (50-60hr/week) responsibilities. Scaled down consumption, to be able to leave 'low to the ground' at less than $24K per year via "sustainable green living practices". Has solar panels, wind mills, conserves water/gas/electricity, green power, Zero Waste, eWaste Management, reduce/reuse/recycling, etc.. Avid supporter of FOSS especially: Ubuntu, OpenSuSe, and LAMP. Avid supporter of listening to new ideas, and creating unique agreeable solutions to conflicted issues.

"Live self-less-ly, and give to others more". :)
Sayamindu Dasgupta

Sayamindu helps with localization and internationalization efforts of Sugar and the related activities. Currently, he also takes care of the keyboard layouts and input mechanisms. Sayamindu wrote the ImageViewer activity, and maintains Terminal and Read and is also responsible for the book reading related bits of OLPC. He works out of India, and has been around with OLPC since late 2007.

Sameer Verma
Sameer Verma

Projects: OLPC_SanFranciscoBayArea

I work at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, USA.

 Profiles/Rich en QC
Mike Lee
Mike Lee
Projects: Besides what's on my OLPC wiki user page, I co-manage the OLPC Learning Club in Washington, D.C.

I have been a sponsor of the MIT Media Lab for the last several years through my day job at a large non-profit organization. It was there at the lab that I came to be involved with OLPC as Nicholas and Walter moved over to the spinoff association. I hope to find ways to use the XO to connect generations young and old.

In February 2013, as part of a USAID/WorldVision All Children Reading Challenge Grant, I worked at a children's library in Lusaka, Zambia for almost three weeks teaching multimedia programming in Squeak Etoys to vulnerable youth using OLPC XO laptops.

Starting in June 2013, I'm supporting the Unleash Kids Campaign.

Mike Lee Washington, D.C.

 Cris Anderson

-Student at BYU in Provo, UT
-Summer 2008 Intern in Mongolia

Wade Brainerd

I work on a variety of Sugar activities in my spare time.

I'm happy to help anyone out with activity development.

Robbie Honerkamp

I'm getting to know the OLPC and looking to find where I can best contribute. More news as it happens.