The biggest difference this year is that G1G1’s donors are also going global — we are launching the campaign simultaneously in the US and Europe at 11am UTC(6am EST) on the 17th. (UPDATE: Amazon.com information pages are up, and it is possible to put in a G1G1 request now, but the Give Only and other pages will not be up until later this afternoon.)
Donors in the US will be able to donate and Give a laptop through Laptop.org/xo. The Get laptops going to recipients in the US will be fulfilled right away. Donors outside the US will be able to donate through Amazon.co.uk, where G1G1 will cost £275 (currently just over 322 Euros) plus shipping. The Get laptops for recipients outside the US will be fulfilled as soon as possible. stay tuned to this blog for more details in the coming days.
Update: the Christmas round of shipments was sent out last week; everyone who donated by December 16th should have received their XO by now, unless we are still waiting on clearance to ship to their country [sorry, Japan! Fumi, where are you when we need you?]. A final batch of machines will be sent out in January; the program is expected to end on December 31.
The benefit of working with leading industry partners like Amazon to expand our reach is that our mission becomes clearer, letting OLPC focus on its real purpose: giving One Laptop per Child — at a global level.
The Boston-area OLPC crowd are organizing a launch party for G1G1 this Sunday night between 7pm and midnight in Harvard Square. The party will be at John Harvard’s Brewhouse. If you’re in the area, it should be an amazing time — come say hello!
XOs welcome; the first 10 people to bring a G1G1 machine from last year will get a sweet G1G1 2009 t-shirt. No word yet on whether any velociraptorz will be present. I’ll update with more info and photos once I have them.
We all took a group photo yesterday afternoon, after a long week. There was a camera crew idling in the office who were kind enough to oblige us.
That’s Delisile’s son in front holding up an XO and smiling… as charming as he is gorgeous. Even Tom Brady was shy in his presence.
Everyone has been getting a bit jumpy with the gray weather and long days, but this was fun. Henry is showing off the New York Times front page. If you look closely, you can see that after Amy, our controller, came into the office this morning the market rallied a few hundred points.
More updates coming soon: with news about G1G1 around the world, launch parties this Sunday, and new videos, photos, and essays. Send specific questions and requests our way!
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In preparation for our upcoming publicity blitz, we’ve launched a new website design today, with help from the Rubenstein Tech group. A new site is overdue: as we pass the first anniversary of mass production, almost 500,000 XOs have been distributed to teachers and children around the world, and tens of thousands are in the hands of developers, donors, and other contributors to the project.
The second year of the G1G1 program is lined up for success. We have had 2500 new people join our announcements list in the past week. In the office we have been working with great teams at Rubenstein, Amazon, Pentagram and Taxi to prepare for the surge of donated media, visitors, giving requests and video watchers expected over the coming weeks.
The goal of the site redesign is to bring renewed attention to the educational aspect of OLPC’s mission. It’s an education project, not a laptop project; the new design echoes this sentiment, looking beyond the technology to focus on how it is changing the lives of the children it benefits.
The new site is being soft launched this weekend, and can be seen now at laptop.org. Let us know what you think.