You’ve probably heard of the One Laptop Per Child project (a.k.a., the hundred dollar laptop). It’s a brilliant idea; provide children in developing nations with inexpensive laptops that can easily connect to the internet.
The laptop is the size of a textbook, lighter than a lunch box, durable, highly water resistant, uses 1/10th the power of a standard laptop, recharges by a hand-crank, can be read in direct sunlight, has no internal moving parts, and runs Linux. This thing is awesome.
You’re probably thinking the same thing I did when I first heard about it: “Where can I get one?”
The original plan was to require a minimum order of 250,000 units with the intent of selling directly to developing nations. Once they had a million or so orders the production price would drop to around $100. But things haven’t worked out as planned due to the hesitation people have buying an unproven product.
That’s where we come in. For two weeks in November, starting November 12, One Laptop Per Child will have a “Give 1 Get 1” Program where anyone can purchase 2 of these laptops for $399 – one will be sent to the purchaser, and 1 to a child in a developing nation. If you want to receive an email reminder when they are available, click here.
I am definitely buying.
As Seth Godin put it:
“…when you give a kid a net connection, access to wikipedia and to the rest of the world, things change fast. Things you wouldn’t necessarily predict. Like a ten year old who can diagnose his dad’s illness. Or a farmer that can ask his daughter to find out where to get a new part for the tractor.”
This could be big.
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