A Productive OLPC Workday!

Trip Start Oct 14, 2009
Trip End Dec 31, 2016

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Today I had the privilege of meeting Chiang Mai residents Roger and Rinda for lunch out at the lovely Technology University campus. Roger is well known to OLPC from his days at the MIT Media Lab. That OLPC Thailand enthusiastically continues to grow is no doubt due to his efforts and time, and to the inspiration he and his wife Rinda are to the entire volunteer team of mentors, teachers, and technical support they have built.

I learned about OLPC Thailand and picked up tons of useful information for forging ahead with the VVV project infrastructure in Vietnam. For the VVV blog, I will add an entry where I will try to summarize an update of the OLPC projects and experience in Thailand, I hope with not too many mis-statements or errors.

I see that Roger and Rinda, who is the software and hardware repair expert of the team, and coordinates the support volunteers, would really benefit from having  3 or 4 Beta XO 1.5's to test and experiment with. Thailand is frankly waiting with any decisions to purchase more XOs, for the new machines with their advanced capabilities. Adam, by this introduction, I think that OLPC Thailand and ultimately OLPC would really benefit from the loan of 3 or 4 XO 1.5's. Because ultimately this would lead to feedback from people who are using the XOs in the classroom already for several years. They know what they are looking for in the new version, and they have the experience to provide really useful feedback. Also this could lead to new orders for Thailand.

Next I found the offices for Engineo Thailand, an energy consulting firm providing solar, wind and other green power solutions in Chiang Mai. Their website has many interesting project photos on it. ( www.engineo.co. th )

I met the Khun Thanad, the owner, who has a PHD in electrical engineering and is experienced with many interesting projects all over Thailand. I don't know how I get so lucky finding my resources. But I am again, very grateful for the kind and patient assistance I experience everywhere I go for help with the VVV laptop project.

Khun Thanad spent several hours teaching me more about the type of solar design that might work well for us for the Vong Vieng Village school. I came actually looking for a charge controller of good quality, with a smart meter on it, so that the children can see the power that the sun is making at any one time. This will be a very important part of their curriculum use for the XO. Once installed and working, the children will learn, as I have, about amps and watts and volts and power loads. They will be able to learn math/energy equations and about the sun
gradient too. And more!

I will bring the charge controller from Engineo, cleverly mounted with 3 "breaker" switches so that we can minimize the chance of damaging the controller when connecting and maintaining the new system. Thank you Khun Thanad and staff at Engineo!

I find that Chiang Mai is a much easier place to get things done than Bangkok. I am enjoying it and I am grateful for the kind and helpful people here.

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