Amazon Smile Program – XO Tablet – UPDATE

XO Tablet kidDear Friends,

One Laptop Per Child – OLPC – continues to be a world leader in the development of innovative educational technologies. OLPC, founded in 2005, was created to design, manufacture and distribute educational devices to children around the world. In a few short years, OLPC made this vision a reality. To date, OLPC has distributed more than 2.8 million educational devices to children around the world.

Given the increased attention on the use of technology in education in the United States and abroad, OLPC has continued to act as a leader in the development of cutting edge educational technologies for children. This fall, OLPC announced an exciting and innovative device for use by children in and out of the classroom, the XO Tablet.

Children all have dreams about what they want to be when they grow up. These dreams inspire children to learn about the world. The XO Tablet encourages children to explore their dreams, as it comes with more than 200 educational Android applications and 200 books specially selected by the team at OLPC. Each dream on the XO Tablet has been selected to foster skills in areas such as math, science, language arts, music, programming and art.

In addition, as you complet e your holiday shopping on Amazon.com, please support OLPC through the Amazon Smile program. For every purchase made on Amazon.com, Amazon donates a portion of your purchases to support the OLPC project. Please visithttps://smile.amazon.com/ to start shopping now.

The OLPC Team

- UPDATE -

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Shop at smile.amazon.com between now and December 31, 2013, and Amazon will donate an extra $5 to the charity of your choice. This is in addition to the regular donation of 0.5% of the purchase price. Up to $1,000,000 extra will be donated to eligible charities as a result of this promotion. Restrictions apply

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G1G1 : the XO is the best-selling computer on Amazon

The XO has been in the #1 spot for computers and PCs yesterday and today.   Rock on! I’m slowly moving away from my Thinkpad to my XO for development and other work, as I improve my setup with keyboards and monitors, get more frustrated with this power-sucking device, and as the 8.2 interface improves.  Once I can switch freely b/t Fedora or Debian and Sugar desktops later this month, I may stop using my Lenovo entirely.

As usual, please send people to laptop.org/xo when telling them about our program; that way we capture the referral fee and any questions about giving more than one, or simply giving a laptop, are answered from the main OLPC information page.

G1G1 goes international

One Laptop per Child: Give 1 Get 1

Update: We are shipping G1G1 Internationally to 45 countries, through December 31st this year. See details on the late-November countries post.

We have spent the past two weeks preparing for the Give One, Get One fundraising campaign starting on Monday.  Last year’s donors (thank you!) were critical to launching projects in Rwanda, Haiti, Ethiopia, Oceania, Afghanistan*, and Mongolia.  This year’s campaign will begin a new wave of OLPC projects.

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.

Update 2: donors in Australia, Hong Kong, and France are encouraged to donate through pages specifically set up for your country for a tax deduction.

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.