One Laptop Per Child Association Inc. (â€œOLPCâ€) wishes to respond to a recent post in OLPC News thatÂ contained several assertions that are contextually inaccurate and may lead to conclusions that areÂ incorrect.
With the recent development of the XO-4 Touch laptop,the XOTablet and its educational â€œDreamsâ€Â User Interface, necessary adjustments in the composition of the OLPC team were required. First,Â several of the engineers and programmers who specialized in hardware design departed OLPC asÂ their services were no longer required. John Watlington our CTO, remains in charge of finalizing theÂ XOâ€4â€Touch laptop. He is also preparing the ground for the next hardware launch. The OLPC Technical team continues to focus on software development, incorporating Sugar into the AndroidÂ OS, and developing unique apps for the tablet and laptop environment. This team, under theÂ leadership of Andrew McMillan, includes Samuel Greenfeld and a team of developers at MorphossÂ Ltd., including Heather Buchanan, Chris Noldus, Alexander Nikitin, Samantha Qiao and Tim Evetts.
The OLPC Learning team is under the direction of Doctor Antonio Battro, a colleague of both JeanÂ Piaget and Seymour Papert. Dr. Battro is in charge of leading the philosophical direction of theÂ learning team. He is a distinguished member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, an emblematicÂ institution with more than 40 Nobel Prize recipients in its roster of 90 scientists around the globe.Â Claudia Urrea remains involved with specific OLPC projects. Moises Salinas Fleitman has joined the LearningÂ group. Bob Hacker also remains committed to OLPC and its mission. Donna Mackenzie has joinedÂ OLPC as CFO.Her extensive experience in social media, crowd sourcing, finance, and M&A is of greatÂ importance to OLPC at this moment. OLPC is also blessed with the support and contributions ofÂ Michele Borba, Educator, TV commentator and consultant to many institutions in the field.
In addition, the XOTablet will be launched on July 16 exclusively at Walmart and soon afterwards atÂ many of the top retailers in the USA, Europe, and in North and South America. With the continuedÂ development of new products and content, OLPC maintains its commitment to providing childrenÂ with an innovative educational experience. OLPC is at its core a social equality movement and aÂ transformer of the existing educational systems. The recent transitions at OLPC permit it to adaptÂ and grow with the demands of the market while adhering to its basic principles.
OLPC is very excited about its current projects in the USA and abroad. OLPC is delivering the firstÂ batch of XO-4 Touch machines to Uruguay, in addition to a large order of XOTablets.OLPC has alsoÂ begun the production of a large order for the government of Rwanda. The feedback from focusÂ groups and educational institutions with respect to OLPCâ€™s new devices, the XO-4 Touch and the XOÂ Tablet, has been extremely positive.
OLPC is aware of certain animosity from top commercial entities and from some individual bloggersÂ that see OLPC as a threat to their existence. In reality, this is something to feel proud about. It is aÂ testament to the strength of OLPC and its mission that it is somehow seen as a threat to biggerÂ entities around the world.OLPC believes that it is the educational equivalent to the World FoodÂ Program in its mission to feed the poor. OLPC continues to search for disruptive and creative ways toÂ challenge old beliefs and clichÃ©s. OLPC continues to lead the way in innovation and education aroundÂ the globe. On behalf of OLPC, I thank you for your continued support of our mission.
Chairman and CEO
One Laptop Per Child Association, Inc.