My name is Mark Czajka, and I'm president of the Charles County Technology Council. Being part of this all volunteer non-profit organization is very rewarding, and we want to use the XO to give back to our local community. Three of our Board Members have ordered one because we have been very moved by the Give One Get One program.
By educating kids and adults here in Southern Maryland, we hope to bring more exposure to this cause. We also feel that the technology built into this laptop could be utilized (some day) in our area, to support kids that cannot afford computers as well as help us reach "the last mile" in rural areas that do not have broadband Internet access. We can all learn a lot from the mesh networking capabilities built into the XO.
As part of our education efforts, we would like to use the XO with an LCD Projector. I haven't been able to find any information on this topic. I would assume some hardware would be required, as well as some drivers on the XO. If anyone has any information about this, please post it in the OLPC News XO Accessories Forum. In the mean time, we will use an XO emulator on a Windows laptop.
The kid in all of us is intrigued by the technology. Like many of you I am waiting patiently for my XO to arrive. I don't think I've been this excited since getting my first video game system (I was an original owner of a Pong system – ok, now I'm dating myself).
When I get my XO I'm going to stop by the Panera in Waldorf, set it up and see what type of reaction I get. I would recommend you all do the same. There is even a OLPC News XO Publicity Forum to give you ideas on promotions and fliers to help spread the word.
You will probably get a lot of questions about it, and you could use that brief moment to educate others about the OLPC program. What are you going to say?