As some of you may know OLPC is planning the so-called XOcamp for mid-November. The core goal of the event is to work out the details of OLPC's long-term software development goals and efforts, especially looking towards version 9.1.
As with any other event the idea is also to build trust and relationships between community members as OLPC developer Michael Stone put it in an e-mail. So XOcamp is undoubtedly an important event with a lot of impact on the future of OLPC's software development and developer community!
Marveling at the 1CC "garden".
However for some reason OLPC isn't able or willing to provide a travel budget for the core-software developers, many of which are located outside of the United States (especially the Sugar team which can be found in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy and South Africa) or at least a red-eye away from Boston.
Therefore OLPC developer C. Scott sent out a message earlier today asking for donations to allow for as many developers as possible to attend in person:
I'd like to consider asking for donations to cover travel costs for key developers, like the sugar team: marco, tomeu, erikos, and morgs. The cost of their travel would be about $2500. Including school server developers (douglas), kernel developers (deepak), translation team (sayamindu), and firmware (mitch) would probably double that, and there might be more expenses if we can't find homes to host them all. ...To put his money where his moth is, C. Scott followed up on his original message with a pledge of $1,000 of his own money to the costs of getting the Sugar team there.
Having had both the good fortune of flying to Boston to attend an event at 1CC thanks to a donation and having crashed on couches of fellow olpc community members and OLPC employees I understand just how much of a difference it makes when you're able to attend such an event in person.
Many of the finest people I meet in the past 12 months are members of the olpc community. These are the folks who make this project truly awesome and work their nights and weekends away so we and hundreds of thousands of children around the globe can enjoy our XOs.
I would therefore ask you to support their efforts if somehow possible. Being an undergrad student I unfortunately can't make the kind of donation that C. Scott is pledging however I will put $100 of my own money towards making this happen - supporting the olpc community instead of personal inebriation.