Apr. 11, 2007 SDF Ivan Krstic One Laptop Per Child

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On April 11, 2007 in Palo Alto, SDForum’s Emerging Tech SIG hosted Ivan Krstic from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project. OLPC (http://www.laptop.org/) is a non-profit organization wants to provide each child with a specially developed, innovative, and low-cost laptop. Krstic talked about how he intends to do this.

Ivan Krstic is a Harvard software architect and researcher. He is the director of security and information architecture at the One Laptop per Child project. Prior to joining OLPC, Ivan served as director of research at the Medical Informatics Laboratory at Zagreb Children’s Hospital, developing software infrastructure for wide-scale digital health care. He is deeply involved in open source and free software, and specializes in architecture and security of large distributed systems.

The new XO laptop is not like any other. It has to be small and light, but rugged enough to withstand harsh environments. It has a full-time wireless router to instantly create or join its own mesh network. It has a high-resolution (200DPI) reflective display so it can be read in sunlight. It has several power saving features using less than 2 watts and is hand-rechargeable.

It seems like a no brainer to me. Education is crucial for lifting people out of poverty. Communication is important to build stable communities. Yet there aren’t enough trees in the world to print all the textbooks that every kid would need. The XO could do it. This could transform and improve the lives of everyone it touches. I wonder though if it may be a little late. The cell phone and other portable devices might be cheaper to produce and distribute.

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