I'm part of the OLPCorps Ampitso team. We'll be deploying 100 laptops at a school in Ambatoharanana, Madagascar, a rural village northwest of Antananarivo, the capital. We're incredibly excited, but have a lot to do before we leave.
Next Friday, June 5th, we depart for Kigali for 10 days of training, where we'll meet with the other OLPCorps teams as well as OLPC staff. After that, we leave for Madagascar, where we'll be doing teacher training, infrastructure development, and working with students. The XOs will be charging off solar power, though there's an off-chance the school might be hooked up to the grid when we get there.
We're working on compiling a list of things we need for this kind of deployment - small scale, solar, and in a rural area. We already have XOs, an XS (server), a few access points. We plan on getting a terminal for the server and the appropriate power strips in-country (so we don't have to carry them).
Things we're still missing that we need:
- Voltmeter (to check chargers, outlets, etc)
- Light meter (used in photography, but something we can use to figure out solar panel issues)
- 100+ USB drives (just your basic thumb drive)
- Repair equipment (screwdrivers, pliers, etc)
But what's not on our list?
We need your suggestions and comments. OLPC News readers have been working with XO laptops for a year and a half - what are your key accessories that we shouldn't leave home without?
We're on a very tight budget and schedule. Any information or expertise, or spare equipment, you can offer are hugely appreciated. Again, we're leaving the DC area on Friday, June 5, so be quick.