April 10 came and went - and no announcement from OLPCorps about the 100 projects selected to pursue that initiative in Africa from June to August of 2009. No announcements, period, for anything, after the project was started with much fanfare and the usual assortment of supporters, among which I like to count myself.
Looking at the "history" of the Wiki page, started Feb 21st by Paul Commons, there are 770 wiki entries, from dozens of people - a very respectable number, quite consistent with the avowed "grassroots OLPC initiative" profile this project was to have.
Public request for community input was made, and a warm fuzzy feeling came to quite a few of us. Finally, the community would not be just the pockets that OLPC feeds on and told to but not listened. We could actually do things, make things happen! a new era of OLPC-olpc would begin! (yes, that's the way they call us, lower case people...)
But yet, one more time, same old, same old snub
While a "support committee" was invited to form, there is no notion it ever met. Community meetings were scheduled for Sundays at 6 pm - only 2 took place, last one March 8th, and not because there was less interest...
An "official" announcement was drafted, and published in Laptop.org. The position of "Director, OLPCops, Africa" was announced, and with characteristic OLPC humor, it includes a requirement for "a strong disdain for mediocrity". I couldn't find the posting in Laptop.org anymore, but thanks to the internet, it's still many places, like here. Was a Director ever named?
The last entry for OLPCorps Africa Movement is March 25, the same date Paul Commons, one of the original organizers, appears in the OLPC wiki for the last time.
So we assume there are 15 teams selected out of apparently several hundred. The Jamii OLPC & Matemwe School has announced that they are OLPCorps Finalists, and several got a note they were rejected (apparently these did not use enough times the phrase "OLPC core principles" ').
Only choosing 15, when 100 was the goal lets it be assumed funding is running low. Does OLPCorps still have the support of OneHereOneThere's $3.5 million? The other possibility is that there were not enough good proposals - which, considering the process, is hard to deny. The concept itself was a good idea, but the rush to implement had Wayan calling it a "Good Idea Gone Bad".
But there was hope to turn things around, and hope was in the community, especially because the community has, if nothing else, a very, very "strong disdain for mediocrity". But the community has been kept in silence, as we should be used to already. Oh well, Quixotes of all nations, unite!