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Add Local Projects to the Map!

DRAFT instructions below -- help us make these friendlier to All by asking for help, thanks!

OlpcMAP lives at http://olpcMAP.net

To edit markers:

  • Click "Edit Mode" on top
  • Click marker
  • Click "Suggest Edit"
  • Go through editor pages to set information, icon, and photo
  • At any point, click "Save Edits"

To add a marker (Automatically enters Edit Mode, too)

  • Click "Join the Map Network"
  • Drag the marker to your location
  • Enter your e-mail
  • Click "Plant Marker"
  • Go through editor pages to set information, icon, and photo
  • At any point, click "Save Edits"

Helpful Volunteers

Contact our Community Curators Team with suggestions for making your deployment's accomplishments more vivid!

Open Community Architecture

In a democracy, we are each others' infrastructure. Our geo-social fabric takes inspiration from:

  • Dialogue between public and private community spaces


  • Good Faith Collaboration = people who share a passion to learn, by interacting regularly, and conscientiously


  • Creativity = allowing yourself to make mistakes
  • ART = knowing which ones to keep
  • 1 Billion children who are tired of waiting!

Open Source Effort

olpcMAP is written in Python and is hosted on Google App Engine

The code is gradually being open-sourced at http://code.google.com/p/olpc-map-net

Add issues or tackle problems listed at http://code.google.com/p/olpc-map-net/issues/list

Become a Map Maker!

Please join and help cultivate our public discussion list! Send email to:


Archives are here:


Live Chat (IRC)

Please visit http://forum.laptop.org/chat and type away!

That's the #olpc-help channel. Advanced users may want to type at bottom:

/join #olpcMAP
(then type a few lines, being patient if we're asleep!)

That's the #olpcMAP channel, also on irc.freenode.net

To Do

Some of THE most important spatial media we need to welcome, are our established geo-communities:

 http://www.openwijs.nl/referenties/olpc 12 Dutch-originated microdeployments, on 3 continents?
 http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Deployments (already completed? move to "Inspiration" section below if so!)
 Actual "landmark" stickers on paper/laminate map at the Kleiders' house, from http://olpcSF.org/summit 2010!
 OLPC SF Community Summit 2010: wider list of registrants
 http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&vps=1&jsv=286b&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=108408553645876220956.00049038844650cba3cf0 (Jennifer Martino's Latin America & Caribbean deployment map!)
 http://www.widernet.org/egranary/ (eGranary Digital Libraries AKA "The Internet in a Box" w/ 14 million docs each?)
 eg. http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=110300756731284107900.00046b13c0e8e5f0f820a

EG. What attractive iconography best represents your own local community's best efforts??

 http://EscueLab.org  (Lima, Peru)
 http://olpcLearningClub.org  (Washington DC, possible icon 1, larger 427 × 306 pixel JPEG)
 http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Southern_California_OLPC_Projects  (incl Google Map of local prjcts!)
 http://olpc.at  (OLPC Austria)
 (Uruguay's many strong groups have brilliant logos already; showcase these on our main page to spark others??)

Inspiration maps & feeds

A Million Thanks go to these groups whose community feeds we're already tapping:

 http://laptop.org/en/children/countries/ (500+ kids/XOs)
 http://bit.ly/c20CRz (OLPCorps Africa, 2009)
 http://www.olpccanada.com/content.php?id=17 / http://www.olpccanada.com/doc/OLPC_Canada_Schools_Map.pdf

Please write us if you have/want ideas for more dynamically illustrating the Human Vibrancy of your community, its teachers and its children!

Global MAP making SPRINT: Dec 27-31, 2010 in Boston

So where are those almost 2 million One Child per Laptops? After 3 years, in dozens of countries, we challenge the world to put the story of OLPC accomplishment on the map. Photographically, telephonically, viscerally -- the passionate doers of our community movement now have the chance to connect more intimately than ever before. No matter their deployment size, their age, their creed.

Implementer gurus and connected social cartographers & implementers across our global community of One Laptop per Child (http://blog.laptop.org) and http://SugarLabs.org will fly to Boston Dec 27-31 -- to physically map our geo-social fabric of small/medium/large deployments worldwide. In completely new and different ways -- on and around CMU/Nick Doiron's rapidly evolving deployment/adoption/volunteering map:


Just like a Book Sprint (writing an entire book within a week, like http://laptop.org/manual) we'll beautify, rigorize and publish this community product within 5 business days!

We're looking for the very best talent globally to join us, to lay critical seeds Connecting-The-Dots of OLPC/Sugar/ICT4Education around learning, support and content knowledge. Globally uncovering accomplishments unspoken. Starting with one single student's eye-opening social visualization -- that's already powerfully captured our popular imagination, since its alpha-launch in October 2010 at the OLPC San Francisco Community Summit.

Boston schedule, attendee-list, venue & volunteer-based housing detail already fast-emerging below in early December now, check back below -- and often!


PRELIMINARY! Help us fine tune!

Mon Dec 27 11AM - 7PM Work session at OLPC: like a real book sprint, we'll (re)finalize the "style guide" and "table of contents" (eg. who is cultivating each continent / ocean) enunciating Clear Tasks for all eager volunteers arriving Tuesday -- depending on their skillsets -- even where appropriate telephoning actual deployments and interviewing them on map. Cultivating photographic experiences, most important...
7PM - 9PM Boston exploration, led by volunteers like yourself (bring your toboggan & pray for snow!)
Tue Dec 28 11AM - 7PM Work session at OLPC - Share 3 Cups of Tea with OLPC Staff
7PM - 9PM TENTATIVE HEADLINERS: Peru film presentation thanks to filmmakers Audubon McKoewn and/or Mark Battley, presenting in person!
Wed Dec 29 11AM - 7PM Work session at OLPC - Cartography Focus, inviting Boston's exceptional Open Source Geospatial Community to expand on new mapping ideas
7PM - 9PM Not Your Daddy's Volunteer Network -- Evening social event organized by Marina Zdobnova (Russia) & Benaja Antoine (Haiti), around the power of intl volunteer exchanges in general, as the 21st century rearranges the possibilities (and the limits) around what meaningful ecotourism/voluntourism CAN really be.
Thu Dec 30 11AM - 7PM Work til you drop, with free dinner of your choosing, for those who've mapped & beautified a major deployment or entire country/continent!
7PM - 9PM Skating on Frog Pond, for those new to Boston, especially if you miss our lunchtime skating earlier in the week!
Fri Dec 31
(National Years Eve!)
11AM - 7PM olpcMAP will be declared V1.0 at ***5PM*** and the MAP BEAUTY CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCED. Skype Video call to the winner, no matter what country they're in.
7PM - MIDNIGHT? Party thru the night!!!



Thank you to the organizing volunteers (email beautify@olpcMAP.net) already INvesting so much of their personal/family resources, coming together during the heart of 2010's Season of Giving. To celebrate a Cause They Believe In! That cause being to grow our community of face2face doers building 21st century educational opportunities for the world's poorest children, with new volunteer/internship opportunities that None Of Us Have Yet Imagined. We are thrilled to already have in attendance these powerhouse contributors:

In person

  1. David Farning (http://ActivityCentral.org Executive Director, Wisconsin, Dec 27-31)
  2. Nick Doiron (Carnegie Mellon University, olpcMAP.net founder, Dec 27-31)
  3. Kurt Maier (OLPC Support Gang founding member, Indiana, Dec 27-31)
  4. Benaja Antoine (Haiti Partners Program Coordinator, Port-au-Prince, Dec 27-31)
  5. Adam Holt (OLPC Community Support Manager, Sugar Labs Oversight Board, Dec 27-31)
  6. Walter Bender (Sugar Labs Executive Director, partial attendance)
  7. Caroline Meeks (http://SolutionGrove.com Executive Director, partial attendance)
  8. Marina Zdobnova (management consultant, ChebVolunteer community organizer, Russia, evenings only)
  9. George Hunt (OLPC NYC, programmer of XoPhoto (blog, Dec 27-30)
  10. Jessica Curtis - Twitterer (OLPC NYC, Dec 27-30)
  11. Claudia Urrea (OLPC learning coordinator for Latin America, partial attendance)
  12. SJ Klein (OLPC Director of Outreach, Dec 27-28 especially)
  13. Reuben Caron (OLPC global deployment support, partial attendance)
  14. Matthew Tarditi (Univ of Pennsylvania, Grad School of Education, Dec 27-29?)


  1. Shirish Goyal (Accenture, Bangalore, India)
  2. Christoph Derndorfer (OLPC News co-editor, Support Gang founding member, Vienna, Austria)


  1. Ben Sheldon (AmeriCorps, http://CTCvista.org, http://TransmissionProject.org)
  2. Mark Battley (Toronto, Canada digital media/film educator & organizer)
  3. Beth Santos (Waveplace Foundation Community Coordinator)
  4. G. Ryan Ansin (Childrens' photography facilitator and publisher in Cambodia, Haiti & beyond)
  5. Audubon McKeown (Peru ICT4D filmmaker)
  6. Laura Hosman (Illinois Institute of Technology, http://IITempoweringHaiti.org)
  7. Sharon Ravitch (Univ of Pennsylvania, Grad School of Education, partial attendance?)
  8. Luke Faraone (OLPC Support Gang founding member, Sugar Labs volunteer, DC Community Repair Center manager, OLPC web infrastructure intern, Virginia)
  9. Alix Beranger (My City, My Future community-mapping for kids, Harvard Graduate School of Design)

RSVP if you'd like to confirm your (a) contribution and (b) spot!


We anticipate using space provided by our gracious hosts, the OLPC Foundation, right by the Kendall Square/MIT Red Line Subway Station, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


You need to secure your own housing and travel. Volunteers will do their best to match up rich volunteers with poor, just as in October in SF at http://olpcSF.org/summit, to all do our best making sure housing and a few select airfares are covered -- when truly exceptional talent is demonstrated. Please write our public mailing list explaining how you personally can deepen our efforts!


http://twitter.com/olpcMAP (beginning slowly)

Anticipated: http://blog.olpcMAP.net (contact Marina if you enjoy communications & can help!)

Or help in any other way, even if just asking us for fun/regional updates emailed occasionally :)

Curatorial Team

Don't hesitate to contact our great, passionate team of volunteer community curators:

Kurt Maier
Marina Zdobnova

Artistically driven?? Results-oriented, nurturing all to complete tasks? Consider working with us, visually weaving our social fabric!

Design Team

Nick Doiron
Shirish Goyal
Ben Sheldon
Mike Lee
Adam Holt