OLPCorps : a proposed summer grant program for student initiatives

A group of students who have worked on two small deployments in Africa
over the past year have proposed an OLPCorps project (quick, how many C’s did you read?), to encourage students everywhere to found and contribute to locally-supported school projects.

You can find and comment on the proposal for this summer on the OLPCorps Africa wiki page.

G1G1 flyer from OHOT

G1G1 flyer from OHOT

OLPC is considering this seriously for promotion and funding this summer.  The program would be open to students from all countries.  Paul Commons from Indiana University has been leading the proposal development – their “one here, one there” chapter made the G1G1 flyer on the right during the fall.

What I like best about the proposal is that it is not competitive, and there is real incentive for different project enthusiasts to help one another make their projects better.  In practice this happens to some degree with publicly-posted proposal contests, since everyone reads other proposals and learns from the best; but it is a silent borrowing of ideas, not the give-and-take of suggestions.

While this program is limited to university students, many high school and middle school students want similar projects to work on, if at a different scale.  And I’d like to see children with XOs get a simple way to propose projects of their own.  How would you make use of such a program if you could use it to facilitate a project you are working on?

4 thoughts on “OLPCorps : a proposed summer grant program for student initiatives

  1. Pingback: OLPCorps is looking or a director | One Laptop per Child

  2. So let me get this straight. OLPC is willing to invest 100 XOs, Hardware, a $10K stipend, and a 10-day training in Kigali, Rwanda, or at least $30,000 per student project yet to be transitioned form dream to reality, but OLPC is not willing to sell XO’s to already funded small deployments wanting 100 or so XO’s for projects that already have community buy in and long-term project plans?

    Anyone else think that’s a bit backassward?

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