How will this initiative be structured?
The XO laptop is being developed by One Laptop per Child (OLPC), a Delaware-based, non-profit organization created to design, manufacture, and distribute laptops that are sufficiently inexpensive to provide every child in the world access to knowledge and modern forms of education. OLPC is based on "Constructionist" theories of learning pioneered by Seymour Papert and later Alan Kay, as well as the principles expressed in Nicholas Negroponte's book 'Being Digital'.
- Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
- Chi Mei
- Google and Google.org
- News Corporation
- Red Hat
See also OLPC People.
Nicholas Negroponte is Chairman of One Laptop per Child.
Other principals involved in developing the laptop are:
- Jim Gettys Vice President of Software
- Michail Bletsas Chief Connectivity Officer
- David Cavallo Co-head of the MIT Media Lab's Future of Learning group
- SJ Klein Content Director
- John Watlington School Server
- Richard Smith
- Chris Ball
- Andres Salomon
- C. Scott Ananian
- Michael Stone Security Intern
- Eben Eliason Lead UI Designer
- Mitch Bradley Firmware
Other officers are:
- Antonio Battro Chief Education Officer
- Robert Fadel Director of Finance
- Charles Kane Chief Financial Officer
- Habib Khan Director of Education for South and Central Asia
- Benjamin Mako Hill MIT Media Lab, Free Software Foundation, OLPC, Debian, Ubuntu
- Alan Kay Inventor of Smalltalk
- Seymour Papert Inventor of LOGO
- Barry Vercoe Professor of Music
- Ted Selker Director of the Context Aware Computing Lab at MIT
- V. Michael Bove, Jr.
and many others are advisors to the project.
- Design Continuum collaborated on the initial laptop design.
- Fuseproject is our current industrial-design partner.
- Red Hat and Pentagram have been instrumental in designing and building the Sugar interface.
- The Free Software/Open Source community has been an invaluable partner at all stages of the software development process.
How can I get involved?
There are many ways to get involved, the most basic being to contribute your ideas and feedback. This is the project wiki (http://wiki.laptop.org/wiki/One_Laptop_per_Child) where we are accumulating information about the project and suggesting places and ways to help. See Getting involved in OLPC.