- @GoogleTalks features Rodrigo Arboleda

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Rodrigo Arboleda, the CEO of One Laptop Per Child, tells the success story of how one laptop has revolutionized education through “non-profit entrepreneurship” and unveils its new Android tablet that will be available for sale in US Walmart stores – the 1st time OLPC goods are sold in America – in summer 2013.

Rodrigo Arboleda Halaby is currently Chairman and CEO, for One Laptop per Child Association and based in Miami, Florida. Born in Medellin, Colombia, he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1965 and was elected president of the Colombian Society of Architects in Medellín in 1975. He has worked with Nicholas Negroponte since 1982 on projects oriented towards bringing digital age technologies to educational systems in developing nations.

Proceeds of Joe Kutchera’s upcoming book, Exito! will be donated to OLPC. You can view his talk here.

Elsevier ClinicalKey To Help Donate Laptops To Children Around The World

One Laptop Per Child to receive contribution for each ClinicalKey search conducted at Medical Library Association conference, May 4-7

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced a charitable donation to One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), a non-profit organization whose mission is to help provide every child in the world access to a modern education.

For each search made on ClinicalKey at Elsevier’s booth (#106) at the Medical Library Association Annual (MLA) Meeting and Exhibition (May 4-7, Boston), Elsevier will donate $1 toward the purchase of up to 50 laptops for OLPC. ClinicalKey is Elsevier’s “clinical insight engine” which combines an extensive collection of medical content and a sophisticated search engine to provide clinicians with smarter, faster clinical answers.

“ClinicalKey shares OLPC’s vision of providing modern information connections for a modern education,” said Diane Bartoli, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Elsevier’s clinical solutions business. “We understand investing in education now is one way to help ensure excellence in healthcare in the future, a mission that’s close to our hearts. The children who receive these laptops may well become ClinicalKey users at some point, and we’re honored to play some role in helping them on that journey.”

OLPC works to empower the world’s poorest children through education, providing those in need with rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptops. In OLPC’s first years, approximately two million previously marginalized children were given the opportunity to learn and transform their communities.

“With access to this type of tool, children are engaged in their own education, and learn, share, and create together. They become connected to each other, to the world and to a brighter future,” said Rodrigo Arboleda, Chairman and CEO of OLPC. “Laptops are both a window and a tool: a window out to the world and a tool with which to think. They are a wonderful way for all children to learn through independent interaction and exploration.”

To help contribute to One Laptop Per Child and learn more about ClinicalKey, simply come search on ClinicalKey in the Elsevier booth (#106) at the MLA annual meeting.

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About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancetand Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include ScienceDirectScopus,ReaxysClinicalKey and Mosby’s Suite, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite and MEDai’s Pinpoint Review, which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world leading provider of professional information solutions. The group employs more than 30,000 people, including more than 15,000 in North America. Reed Elsevier Group plc is owned equally by two parent companies, Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. Their shares are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RUK and ENL.

Focus Reports in partnership with OLPC to support Sonora, Mexico

Focus Reports, an independent publisher of sponsored supplements for the global energy and healthcare sectors, announced on September the 26th, the launch of its partnership with the One Laptop Per Child Association, Inc. (OLPC).

Under the Agreement, if the donation reaches USD $20,500.00, OLPC agrees to donate 100 XO laptops version 1.75 to support the existing One Laptop Per Child program in Sonora, Mexico – a country where Focus Reports has traditionally been very active, and also country of origin of two of Focus Reports staff members.

According to the terms of the agreement signed between Focus Reports and OLPC, Focus Reports teams will engage in fundraising activities for the entire and exclusive benefit of OLPC from September 1st to December 31st 2012.

To donate directly to the program click here

To celebrate its 10th year anniversary, Focus Reports challenged its employees around the world to organize a social activity of their choice and allocated a specific budget for this purpose. The Selection Committee unanimously decided to put the money into a seed fund. This fund is to serve as the source capital for Focus Reports’ first fundraising campaign that will raise money for OLPC. “By creating this seed fund, not only will we donate more, but we’ll raise awareness and connect people – all for the benefit of OLPC” say Solène Pignet, Leonardo Barquero and Julie Avena, the three members of the Selection Committee.

Focus Reports Project Director, Koen Liekens, was the first to praise OLPC’s cause. He explains: “From poverty to racism and HIV to breaching human rights: many solutions start with education. While it’s one of the necessities for social and human development, educational tools and infrastructure are often still lacking. It’s not a new area to go social in, but we, as a media company, have not only the direct interest but also direct responsibility to raise literacy levels worldwide. To grow our next readers, to nurture the brains of our next generation of journalists, we have a role to play in ensuring that -at least- the tools are there for the less fortunate to be educated according to the requirements of the digital age.”

“The Focus Reports team has decided to allocate the entirety of the budget that was given to them to utilize their great fundraising capabilities and engage with people and companies to transmit the idea of OLPC across the globe,” says Diana Viola, CEO of Focus Reports. “Once again, our team has demonstrated that they are true to their values: bold, accountable, resourceful, trustworthy and hands-on. We are confident this initiative will be a success and the team knows they can count on our full support.“

The first fundraising event will take place in Mexico City.

About Focus Reports
Focus Reports (www.focusreports.net ) serves business professionals in the Pharmaceutical, Oil and Gas, Energy and Aviation industries with a portfolio of 5 websites, as well as country reports independently published as sponsored sections in world class trade publications.

To this end, Focus Report is organizing their first fundraising event in Mexico City to be held on October 24th, during which we will be hosting a raffle in order to raise funds.

Focus Report for SonoraFocus Report – Sonora

 

For any enquiries, please contact:  Julie Avena juliea@focusreports.net

bottle rocket on the XO

Mobile App team bottle rocket borrowed an XO for a few months to play with it and test out their apps on it.  They recently sent it back along with a donation from their amazing staff.  Their founder Calvin Carter writes:

“Recently I was having dinner with a client.  [H]e had his OLPC laptop with him. The waitress recognized the laptop and started asking him questions… While my friend was proudly demonstrating the newest model to her, I was reminded of one of Bottle Rocket’s core beliefs: exceptionally innovative technology not only enhances the way we do things – it redefines the way we live our lives. I realized that these laptops can truly change lives. What a perfect way for Bottle Rocket to give back. The next day, four laptops were on their way to tease out the imagination and ambition of their new owners.”

bottle rocket staff with their test XO

bottle rocket staff posing with a test XO

That’s a great photo!  I wonder when some of their apps are going to appear alongside Batovi‘s in the Sugarlabs Activity center

OLPC South Carolina expands laptop program

Last week, Jim Rex, State Superintendent of Education in South Carolina announced that South Carolina would be expanding their One Laptop per Child project. A generous donation from Blue Cross Blue Shield is funding the expansion of South Carolina’s current laptop program.

Blue Cross Blue Shield donation helps expand One Laptop per Child project

An initiative to improve student achievement by making laptop technology available to every elementary school student in the state is expanding this month with the addition of 12 schools.

One Laptop per Child /South Carolina is a partnership between the nonprofit Palmetto Project, Blue Cross Blue Shield and the State Department of Education.  State Superintendent Jim Rex and Steve Skardon of the Palmetto Project accepted a $500,000 donation today from Blue Cross Blue Shield division president and COO David Pankau to help fund the expansion.

The laptop program was piloted last year in rural Marion School District 7.  That rollout has been highly successful, garnering positive response from students, parents and the community.  School officials expect test results at the end of the year to show students are performing better since technology has been integrated into teaching and learning.

To read the latest news about the South Carolina deployment, see their website at http://www.laptopsc.org.

G1G1 International Update

The first round of international Give One, Get One orders have been shipped out — every order placed before December 16 should have arrived by now, in time for Christmas.  Some were sent from Miami, and the European orders went out from Brussels with EU adapters and a special G1G1 Europe thank-you note.

Orders between now and December 31 should ship out by mid-January.  We are able to ship to all of the 45 countries mentioned in the original announcement, and are investigating and adding more countries as there is specific interest.  If you want to send laptops to a country not currently on our list, leave a comment here, and I will see what we can do.

Barring an extension, International G1G1 will end on December 31st.  Be sure to place your orders now if you are interested.

It currently still appears that one is preordering on Amazon, and that the XO is “available January 15″ — that means that orders made now will be shipped by Jan 15 or else refunded.  This is the way information is sent to us for fulfillment – a compromise we have made to cover countries everywhere, since AMZN was only able to handle shipping within the US.  Donors in a few specific countries (Australia, Hong Kong, France) can choose to take part in G1G1 directly through a local site, as a tax-deductable donation.

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