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OLPC UK is a community effort to bring together UK-based OLPC supporters and contributors, and to create structured support for the OLPC

  • What we're working on: see the #Projects section
  • Who we are: see the #People section

Get Involved

Check out the #Projects we're working on or the #Ideas_for_UK_community_activities we haven't gotten around to yet.

You DO NOT need to ask before you do something. START it and ANNOUNCE it are the only things you need to do to get involved. This is how "open source" volunteer groups work best.

Where we meet


  • We are creating content of use to the global OLPC community. All help is much appreciated . To help, please look at the #Materials_Needed section and announce what you're doing on the olpc-uk mailing list. You DO NOT need to ask before you do something. START it and ANNOUNCE it are the only things you need to do to get involved.
  • Increasing the profile of OLPC in the UK is what the Marketing team is working on. They have created some logos and are working on a website for the group


The BBC has produced some of the best media coverage in the history of the organisation, although it is a bit outdated in the present day.

The Racepoint Group, one of OLPC's media partners in the US, has a UK office with a group who assist OLPC by generating media attention in the UK.

Press pack

We probably need some polished materials. For now please see the /About section.


Please list your name and location if you would be interested in participating in UK OLPC activities. Please ensure that there is some obvious way of contacting you (e.g. put your email address on your user page, and link to it).

Finally, please olpc-uk@lists.laptop.org sign up to the mailing list so that you will receive information on any developments.

  • Alan Bell
  • Alan Lord
  • Martin Dengler
  • Tom Hannen
  • Frankie Roberto, Manchester. XO owner.
  • Jeff Plante Leeds
  • Chris Lawrie, Aberdeen
  • Mark Simpkins, London. XO user.
  • Shanmuhanathan Thiagaraja, Reading. XO user.
  • Dave Lee - Conisbrough, South Yorkshire
  • Gani Bhagavathula, Norwich UK. XO User. Experimenting with Ubuntu.
  • Louie Christie, London UK. System Admin, Ex-programmer, Youth Worker, Social Entrepreneur
  • Daniel Drake, nr London
  • Peter Robinson, London. Fedora packager
  • Gary Martin, Edinburgh, freelance developer.
  • Mark Bools, Leicester, freelance IT consultant
  • Oleg Lavrovsky, Oxford, IT engineer and FOSS geek.
  • Luke Sheldrick, London. IT Tech / Sysadmin.
  • Joe Kelleher, West Midlands, developer and (parent of) XO owner
  • David Craddock, Kent, developer with XO
  • Vaz Singh, Hertfordshire & South-East London.
  • Tony Vroon, Peterborough, sysadmin. G1G1 order placed.
  • Edward Mooney, Brighton, Sussex. Teacher and e-learning co-ordinator. Could, with some grovelling, offer the use of a real life school as a venue for any OLPC UK events.
  • Mark Hadman, Sheffield. Imported my XO from the US way back in early 2008. Running the DebXO OS.
  • Kev Thomas, Glasgow. support/development background. Keen to see UK education pick up on XOs. Start small in Scotland and aim high!
  • Christel Dahlskjaer, Nr London. FOSS Geek, XO User.
  • Roger Turner, London, XO owner.
  • Miles Berry, Surrey, XO Owner, Headteacher, Open Source Schools
  • Kunal Vora, London, Physicist, Ubuntu User, FOSS Advocate, XO owner.
  • Daryl Gungadoo, Bracknell, Electronic Engineer, XO owner.
  • Avash Pandit, Cardiff - Have worked with OLE Nepal for 9 months
  • Matt Lucht, London, Very keen to help in what ever way I can! Contactable through mattlucht@gmail.com or twitter/mattlucht
  • Enric G. Torrents, student of Neuroscience and Smart Systems at Keele University, extensive experience as server admin and web developer now specializing in AI and cognition, more than willing to volunteer both locally and abroad, Spanish & English, contact: enric at iloveenric dot com.
  • Sarah Farrant, London. Educational publishing professional with experience of sales, marketing, development and support of digital learning resource. Can be contacted as s.c.lon gmail.
  • Adeel Ghani. Content creation, OLPC awareness

Meeting minutes

The meeting minutes page has been transcluded here for easy access:

Ideas for UK community activities

These are ideas people have suggested that are not being worked on yet, but you could start:

  • Social events
  • User support groups
  • Media outreach
  • Working with government for OLPC adoption in the UK education system
  • Formation of a non-profit/charity organisational structure
  • XO demonstrations to potential community members
  • Link people/organisations who want to Give Many, to increase scope of UK-backed deployments in other parts of the world
  • Create corporate support programme. Provide companies with opportunities to be Corporate supporters of OLPC UK and participation in sponsorship. Have various sponsorship bands: silver, bronze, gold, etc.
  • Target XO deployment to the most poorest and deprived parts of UK.
  • Form partnerships with like-minded organisations, such as the EWB UK.
  • Appoint a famous person to be an Ambassador for OLPC UK.

United Kingdom

 Country Information
 ISO Country Code UK
 Wikipedia Article Wikipedia Link
 Government Support Low and not OLPC Priority
 Deployment Demonstration (under 50 machines)
 Keyboard Layout (US) English Layout
 Written English (en)
 Spoken English (en)
 Secondary Written None
 Secondary Spoken None