One Laptop Per Child Update

In an earlier post I wrote about the One Laptop Per Child Foundation and their Give One Get One donation program. Simply support the cause by purchasing a laptop for a needy child in a developing country, and get an XO laptop for yourself. Apparently they have had tremendous response, which is great news. And although my laptop has yet to arrive, I am happy to report this group has absolutely nailed the customer experience by keeping in regular communication. I received 4 emails from Dec 22nd through January 31st, informing me of what was happening. The latest email told me that additional laptops were being built and would be delivered in 45 to 60 days.The OLPC Foundation mission:

Empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-aged child.

Here is where it really gets good. They gave me the option to reconsider my contribution and offered to issue me a refund by calling a dedicated 800 number. In the same message they told me where recent laptop shipments have gone; Mongolia, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Rwanda and Haiti. The Give One part of the deal has not been delayed. They included a link to photos of children using the XO laptops delivered this January to Mongolia. I snagged a couple of these amazing photos for this post.

Photo Credit
: Carla Gomez Monroy

Of course I will NOT be asking for a refund. The whole motivation for me, a strong believer in their mission, was to help them distribute the device. They have done that. Getting one of their laptops is a nice perk, but my 3 year old son who already has everything, can wait as long as necessary. I am sharing these photos and the foundation’s efforts with him so he can make a connection as he learns along with these other children.

Photo Credit: Carla Gomez Monroy

Nicholas Negroponte and OLPC, thanks for staying “on mission” as well as remembering to treat me with respect. If you are reading this and inspired to help, or simply want to find out more, go here.

One Laptop Per Child

I’m sure many of you know of this visionary project from the OLPC Foundation to distribute laptops to less fortunate children across the world. Their goal is to…

Empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-aged child.

OLPC was founded by Nicholas Negroponte, most famous for his work at the MIT Media Lab. I was first introduced to Mr. Negroponte in 1995 when I read his book Being Digital. It was an attempt to decode the mysteries of multimedia, virtual reality, bandwidth and of course the Internet. It was a book about the future. Indeed Mr. Negroponte, it seems, is mostly about the future. Referring to OLPC he states…

“It’s an education project, not a laptop project.”

In a rare moment I was watching TV this evening (The Simpsons) and saw an ad for a program that the OLPC Foundation is running called, Give One Get One. Donate the revolutionary XO laptop to a child in a developing nation, and receive one for the child in your life as recognition of your contribution.


A fantastic idea! What better way to help spread the word than to actually get your hands on one of these laptops. I immediately went online and donated one. Go check it out and if you can, help them out. If you do, you get an email with Mr. Negroponte’s signature.