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One Laptop per Child XO Laptop, Nicholas Negroponte, 2002

“To create educational opportunities for the world’s poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning.” That’s the vision of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project, kicked off in a 2005 Davos presentation by Professor Nicholas Negroponte, with the goal of providing a complete laptop for $100. Faced with skepticism about computer purchases among groups that are often short on basic learning supplies, and competing with aggressively priced models from conventional suppliers, the project has grappled with difficulties in boosting production volumes and dropping prices. (This model debuted in 2007 at a respectable $188.) Although OLPC struggles to keep its doors open, more than one million of its elegant designs are in the hands of children across the globe.

Gift of OLPC. Production prototype and parts are on loan from the company.

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