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

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

On Tuesday, Nick Doiron, Mark Battley, Adam Holt, Benaja, from Haiti worked. Nick, who looks 17 but is really a 21+ Carnegie Mellon Senior, is the genius energy who created the new interactive OLPC Map. At Mark's prodding, and my insistence that set goals for this week and prioritize them, we actually started working! Thank you Mark for your organizational skills and creativity. And thank you Nick for patiently listening to our ideas and feedback. I am impressed that you are so freely able to integrate the many ideas of others into your growing project. http://olpcmap.net/

Q: What does this Map Represent?  
A: The entire OLPC Community worldwide!

Who should use this map?
How can I use this map if I am new to OLPC, if I interested in starting  a
project, interested in donating,if I have a project or am a child in a
project, and if I am an OLPC volunteer?

These are some questions we addressed. Working collaboratively with Google Docs,
the answers are beginning to take shape.

Tuesday evening we watched a wonderful film Premier "On the Line" and had a lively discussion with the filmmaker, Audubon Dougherty. The portrait of computer and Internet throughout rural Peru was heart-rendering and very thought provoking. The needs and obstacles are so great. So where are the XOs that have been sent to Peru?

Chinese food followed at Royal East on Main Street in Cambridge where we all shared deployment stories and photos! Meeting other volunteers "face to face" is both very useful and a lot of fun!

Wednesday morning I survived an avalanche while exiting my hotel. The snow and ice accumulated on the slanted roof covering the exit to had begun to melt. I walked out the door and heard a snap and crash. All at once, I and snow slid down and showered me. When I informed reception that they might want to call someone to clean in front of the door and shovel the other similar roofs, I was carrying the large iceball that my backback had caught. That's when I realized how lucky I'd been. A second later and I might have been really hurt.

People ask about risk assessments and whether the many safety issues of traveling in the developing world are a deterrent to volunteering with implementing projects. Well gosh, no! But it's pretty dangerous here in Boston.:)

Today we all did lots of "donkey work." We did stop briefly for lunch, but then, there was no time for dinner. This evening, Marina was the keynote speaker. She presented the results of her survey about volunteering. The survey was very thorough. Why do people volunteer? The information that Marina collected and analyzed is thought provoking and I think, will be useful to non-profits who rely on volunteers as a valuable part of their work.Thanks Marina. Great job.

Adam presented gifts to the winners of the fun and instructive OLPC Map/Sugar Contest. We all laughed and had fun reviewing the answers that came in. A few of the questions and correct answers follow: Did you know??

Which deployment piloted a device relevant to children's
health as they use the XO, that might even address children's health
needs in the United States -- and what is that green device? Afghanistan and the Pedal Power designed like a sewing machine pedal to power the laptops.
What language do Mongolia's XOs use? Mongolian with the Russian Cyrillic alphabet
How many color combinations do the children on the back of XO laptops come in? 400 - 20 shades for the O and 20 shades for the X and in combination it makes 400.
What state in Mexico is home to a new OLPC deployment that began in 2010? Nayarit
What is the name of the Sea in which the VVV Vietnam XO pilot
is located, on Vietnamese maps and on international maps, and why is it
different?I KNOW THIS ONE:)  International Maps like the one on the conference room wall show it as
the South China Sea. On Vietnam maps it is the Eastern Sea. It is VERY
politically incorrect in Vietnam to speak of  the "South China Sea"
because of the long (thousand year) occupation of Vietnam by China.
Vietnam is very protectively independent from China.
About how many countries are represented on OLPC's Support Gang? 28

And these last two I am adding:
How many employees does One Laptop Per Child have? ONLY 25
How many cute little green laptops have been deployed around the world? 1,850,000 and counting!!

Adam presented coveted rare Red XO Laptops to the two winning entries. Congratulations Nick and Benaja.

This game was both fun and instructive. It is nearly impossible to find the answers on our Wiki or with Google. By the end of this week, people new to OLPC, people who want to start an XO project, potential donors, volunteers, and the teachers and children around the globe who use the XOs will be able to connect with one another and get all of their questions answered and more!

Be sure to check out the olpcMAP at: http://olpcmap.net/

It is amazing what a volunteer community can do. Remember, OLPC is grassroots, volunteer driven. COME JOIN US AND EDUCATE CHILDREN WORLDWIDE! http://one.laptop.org/
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Nancie, what a great write-up of the event! do you think it is valuable to put similar OLPC-related trivia questions somewhere on the map, since this kind of info is not available anywhere?

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