Are you in International Development and know what "ICT4D" means? Or are you just a crazy geek, in love with the XO laptop and wondering how it will really work in the developing world?
Either way, if you are in Washington DC, clear your calendar on Tuesday evening for the January Meetup of ICT for International Development, co-hosted by Center for Global Development, which will have a very interesting focus:
Opportunities & Challenges of OLPCThe panel discussion will feature four OLPC experts leading us through a lively discussion on everyone's favorite low-cost laptop:
What are the opportunities and challenges for its approach and vision? Can the project be faithful to its five core principles of child ownership; low ages; saturation; connection; and free and open source?
- Jonathan Blocksom (Blog) is an educational software developer and author of the kids 3D modeling program GollyGee Blocks. He has been working on software for the XO since May 2007.
- Mike Lee (Blog | OLPC Photos) is the organizer of the OLPC Learning Club DC. You can find him mobile blogging frequently at HipTop Nation. He is also the sponsorship liaison for four years to the MIT Media Lab for a large non-profit member organization based in D.C.
- Justin Thorp (Blog) is a Web strategist/developer for the government contractor CACI and currently supports the Library of Congress. He has worked on content initiatives with OLPC.
- Wayan Vota (Bio) is Director of Mercy Corps' MicroMentor by day and publisher of the widely-ready OLPC News and XO Forum sites by night.