[Baypiggies] Fwd: EMTECH SIG Next Week: One Laptop Per Child

Rand Bradley rbradley at projectway.com
Wed Apr 4 02:23:10 CEST 2007

All here is the announcement for Ivan's talk next week at the EMTECH-SIG. If
you plan to attend, the meeting is free to BayPiggies members. Just mention
you are from BayPiggies and the SDForum SIG non-member fee will be waived. I
hope to see you at the event.

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From: Rand Bradley <rbradley at projectway.com>
Date: Apr 3, 2007 5:20 PM
Subject: EMTECH SIG Next Week: One Laptop Per Child
To: SDForum EMTECH-SIG <sdforum_emergingtech at yahoogroups.com>

Next week we have Ivan Krstić from the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project!
I saw Ivan give a keynote at PyCon 2007, and was so impressed with the
technology and project goals I invited Ivan to tell the EMTECH-SIG about
OLPC. This should be an exceptional event!

One Laptop per Child (http://www.laptop.org/) is a non-profit organization
aiming to redefine learning and education for the world's children, by
providing each child with a specially developed, innovative, and low-cost
laptop. Ivan will introduce the background, motivation, and goals of the
initiative, as well as the engineering and educational challenges it faces.

The new laptop, called the "XO", is unlike any laptop ever built. The XO
requires several hardware and software innovations to meet the unique and
demanding challenges of the project. Designed to be small and light, yet the
XO is rugged enough to withstand harsh environments. Each machine is a
full-time wireless router designed to instantly create or join its own mesh
network. The XO features a high-resolution (200DPI) reflective display
designed for sunlight readability. In addition, XO has several power saving
innovations and consumes less than 2 watts - less than a tenth of standard
laptops. The XO is also hand-rechargeable when power is unavailable.

Those are just some of the innovative features developed by the OLPC
project. Come in April meeting to learn more about OLPC, the technology,
challenges, goals, and how you might be able to participate.

*Where: Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto,
Room H-1. Here's a link that gives directions to Cubberley:
**When: Wednesday, April 11, 2007
7:00 Registration, Pizza, networking, and small-talk
7:20 Introduction and announcements
7:30 - 9:00 *Ivan Krstić

Speaker Bio

Ivan Krstić is a software architect and researcher currently on leave from
Harvard University. He is the director of security and information
architecture at the One Laptop per Child project. Prior to joining OLPC,
Ivan served as director of research at the Medical Informatics Laboratory at
Zagreb Children's Hospital, developing software infrastructure for
wide-scale digital health care. He is deeply involved in open source and
free software, and specializes in architecture and security of large
distributed systems. He has consulted on both matters for some of the
largest sites on the Internet.

See you next week!

Bill, Peter, Janice, and Rand

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