One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is a program out of MIT whose mission is to “empower the world’s poorest children through education.” Nicholas Negroponte is its founder, and has been working for over 20 years to develop a computer that costs only $100. Since 2007, over 2.5 million computers are currently in the hands of children worldwide. Though they haven’t quite reached the $100 price point, OLPC is pushing the industry to continue to make computing more affordable.
Straight from OLPC’s website, they “aim to provide each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop. To this end, we have designed hardware, content and software for collaborative, joyful, and self-empowered learning. With access to this type of tool, children are engaged in their own education, and learn, share, and create together. They become connected to each other, to the world and to a brighter future.”
For more information about the laptops themselves, see “The Laptops” tab above. For more information about OLPC, please see www.laptop.org.