OLPC Adds Digital Books from Cloud 9 World

MIAMI, November 5th, 2012 — In an ongoing effort to supplement the XO Laptop with
applications and content from leading international providers, One Laptop Per Child
(OLPC), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide every child in the world
access to new channels of learning, sharing and self-expression, confirmed today that is
expanding its relationship with digital book providers.

Cloud 9 World has entered into an agreement with OLPC to make its books available
for free on the XO. The Cloud 9 World books focus on helping children to develop
the proper values in a modern world. Cloud 9 World books focus on universal values
including courage, compassion, respect, acceptance, honesty, patience, responsibility
and gratitude.

“OLPC is pleased to partner with Cloud 9 World to expand the third party educational
content on the XO laptops,” said Rodrigo Arboleda Halaby, Chairman and CEO of
OLPC. “Cloud 9 World’s innovation in content, combined with OLPC’s innovation in child
computing technology, provides a truly unique package for the world’s children”.

Maria Candelaria Smith, co-founder of Cloud 9 World, stated “At Cloud 9 World we are
so happy about our partnership with OLPC.  Knowing that many children around the
world will enjoy and learn about virtues and values through Cloud 9 World books brings
us an immense sense of joy.”


About Cloud 9 World
Cloud 9 World is a company dedicated to the promotion of universal values and morals that govern a civil and just society. These values are used to guide our interactions with others, with our friends and family, and in our business and professional behavior. Cloud 9 World books speak of values through engaging stories that strive to instill in each child a sense of humanism, a deep concern for the well being of others and for his/her nation. Cloud 9 World Books hopes that in spreading the message of these values, we can
create a society where people are kind, compassionate and respectful to each other.

Media contact
Maria Candelaria Smith

Team One Beep – radio software gets data to remote areas

Here’s some research into long distance data transfer over radio frequency, from university students in Auckland New Zealand, that could be applied to future OLPC deployments.  They are currently preparing to compete in the final international round of the Microsoft Imagine Cup, which will take place in Warsaw July 3-9.

Team One Beep, made up of fourth year undergraduates Vinny Jeet, Steve Ward, Kayo Lakadia and Chanyeol Yoo, worked through the summer break to prove their idea could work. Their proposal was to send streams of data across the readily available FM/AM frequencies to impoverished communities.

Their project addresses a common problem encountered by the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) charity. The charity makes education more available to third world countries by delivering low cost laptops to remote and poor communities. They have distributed 1.2 million laptops already, and the number is growing. However a lack of infrastructure, such as broadband or even telephone lines, makes it nearly impossible to update the educational materials on the laptops.

Read the full article here.

Team One Beep intend running field trials in Australia and the Pacific Islands. Solomon Island OLPC deployment has made contact and is interested in collaborating with Team One Beep.