In September I spent time in Haiti with my son and other volunteers – setting up a self contained server environment (Internet-in-a-Box) and updating software on One Laptop per Child XO’s. Both the Mission and the Orphanage where we worked were very grateful to Adam, George and their expert team for their donated time and money to this important program. For me this was a wonderful but rugged experience. I’m not getting any younger!
This weekend these volunteers will be gathering in San Francisco at a yearly event that brings together those involved in the OLPC movement.
1. A lot is new with the OLPC community in Haiti, especially in the past year, including several new off-the-grid deployments and Internet-in-a-Box. Sora and James, two teenagers who worked with OLPC programs this summer in Haiti, will give a brief background of what’s going on in Haiti, share what they’ve learned, and then lead a problem solving conversation where we look to the experience and creative ideas of the participants. A few of the problems we’re trying to solve are: 1) What are the best ways to continue long-term communication and support for programs after deployment? 2) What are the advantages to after school vs. in school vs. community center type deployments and when should each be used? 3) How can we foster kids teaching other kids in an educational system that prioritizes kids who are already ahead?