While American geeks are debating spending $400 on an OLPC XO-1 laptop through G1G1 or a Asus Eee PC through computer retailers this Christmas, those with big hearts and bigger pockets can make the biggest impact with a new change to OLPC's sales strategy.
Gone is the myopic focus on their struggling government-only sales plan. Gone is even the need to go all G1G1 if you have a serious philanthropy purpose. According to Manusheel Gupta, One Laptop Per Child is now willing to work directly with high-net worth individuals, foundation, and presumably even nonprofit organizations - anyone with a $30,000 USD minimum commitment:
Give 100+ at $299 per laptopNow before you go celebrating OLPC's long-overdue openness to direct and directed donations, you might want to have a good think about Ajay Kumar's reaction to the new ordering news:
Give 1000+ at $249 per laptop
- Donor designates where 100+ laptops are sent;
- OLPC uses $99 from each $299 donated to fund an additional 50+ laptops to be sent to children in a country of our designation.
Give 10,000+ at $200 per laptop
- Donor designates where 1000+ laptops are sent;
- OLPC uses $49 from each $249 donated to fund an additional 250+ laptops to be sent to children in a country of our designation.
- Donor designates where 10,000+ laptops are sent.
This is really great news. Now one does not have to wait for the government to get all ends tied. And I personally can go tell all my friends that this is how they can get the devices. I am very happy that I can contribute to the effort by spreading the word around if nothing else.I hope that One Laptop Per Child has already worked out the answers to these and many more questions in its OLPC Uruguay response to the Ceibal RFP and will share it and them with Anjay, donors, and even OLPC News.
A few questions that I anticipate from these friends remain unanswered though:
This is just from the top of my head. And I hope that some of these would find a way to the F.A.Q. section. And responses to the remaining as a reply to this thread. :)
- Does it change on even larger numbers?
- Has the actual landed cost been figured out?
- Does it include customs/taxes etc. ?
- Does it include shipping to the designated place?
- Does it include insurance right until it reaches the child?
- Being the best possible solution:
- Are there any authentic reports comparing the XO with intel's classmate pc?
- Or other announced devices like Asus EEE (if they count, that is).
- School servers:
- What software is going to be available?
- What operating systems etc?
- Any content?
- Would we need to hire system administrators for the servers?
- Does RDAG provide any bandwidth cost estimates yet?
- Would there be other providers partnering with the laptop foundation?
- Hardware Warranty Support:
- What would the warranty time period be?
- Where to take a broken machine? As in, would there be local hardware repair of some form?
- What are the exclusions from the warranty?
- Hardware Insurance Support:
- Are some insurance plans/partnerships being worked out to take care of the exclusions?
- Software Support:
- Would we need to hire sysadmins, or the reset button is just fine?
- What if we want this package or that installed on the 100/1000/10000 machines that we request?
- I know children would learn on their own.
- Any training need for the teachers? :)
- Any likely providers?
The best way to build support, improve an implementation plan, and silence critics is to show everyone you've thought through the process and more importantly, are willing to modify your grand plans as things change and prices fluctuate. And when you're hoping for $30,000, $250,000, or $2 million dollar XO laptop donations, you'll need all the support and forethought you can find.