As Wayan mentioned in his previous article this week marks a transition in OLPCnews's editorial team. After two years on the forefront of OLPCnews he is stepping down as the editor and passing the responsibility on to us: Bryan Berry of OLE Nepal and Christoph Derndorfer of OLPC Austria. We have both been involved in OLPCnews and the larger OLPC community for a long time and we are looking forward to closely working with the whole community on what we call the OLPCnews "refresh".
This is were OLPC is happening...
Over the past few weeks we have come to realize that the OLPC project has slowly transitioned into a new phase: the "Post-1CC Era" where most of the important action takes place outside of the OLPC Association's Headquarters located at 1 Cambridge Center "1CC" in Cambridge, Massachusetts. These days OLPC is really happening in the deployments, in local communities all around the world, at www.sugarlabs.org, and with other low-cost laptops. OLPC in Cambridge is now part of what has become a global movement of software developers, content creators, teachers, policy makers, OLPC lovers, OLPC haters, and many other people who are interested in the topics of education, ICT and sustainable development. The most interesting newsmakers are no longer Nicholas Negroponte and Walter Bender but the real kids and teachers involved in this project.
Thanks to Wayan's tireless efforts in the past two years OLPCnews is already a focal point of community discussion and interaction, a fact that became especially obvious over the past few weeks amidst all the turmoil of what's been happening. We want to take this approach to the next level by focusing even more on what's going on inside all the communities rather than the internal politics at 1CC. We will to provide an open forum for people to show off the projects that they're working on, whether it's a deployment in a local community, a new activity that you have written, a noteworthy piece of educational contents or whatever else comes to mind. To that end we will continue Wayan's "open door" policy by inviting you to contribute articles, regardless of opinion or background.
On top of that OLPCnews has always been on the forefront of defining and discussing core challenges, problems, and solutions when it comes to developing, scaling, deploying, and supporting the OLPC project. With the unique opportunity of Bryan being closely involved in the ongoing pilots in Nepal we will be able to provide new insights and feedback into what really happens once children get their hands on the laptops. We're also discussing some ideas for new formats and features that we might introduce to the site in due time.
In the end we want to thank Wayan for his truly outstanding work, it's safe to say that neither we ourselves nor the larger community would be where we are today without his tireless commitment and his efforts. We look forward to working with him, you, our readers, and the global OLPC community on continuing this grande discussion about OLPC in the "post-1CC" era.
Christoph Derndorfer and Bryan Berry
Not only are we "fresher" than Wayan, we are also far better looking. As our photos evidence.
You can reach us at editors at olpcnews dot com