Sridhar Dhanapalan is giving a talk next week about OLPC Australia, pitching it as “Australia’s toughest Linux deployment“. Â It certainly is that. Â He notes their aim to reach each of the 300,000 children and teachers in remote parts of Australia, over the next three years.
From his abstract:
OLPC AusÂtralia aims to creÂate aÂ susÂtainÂable and comÂpreÂhensÂive proÂgramme to enhance opporÂtunÂitÂies for every child in remote AusÂtralia… byÂ 2014.
[T]he most remote areas of the conÂtinÂent are typÂicÂally not ecoÂnomÂicÂally viable for aÂ busiÂness to serÂvice, hence the need for aÂ not-for-profit in the space.Â
This talk will outÂline how OLPC AusÂtralia has developed aÂ soluÂtion to suit AusÂtralian scenÂarios. ComÂparÂisÂons and conÂtrasts will be made with other â€œcomÂputers in schoolsâ€ proÂgrammes, OLPC deployÂments around the world and corÂporÂate IT projects.
By proÂmotÂing flexÂibÂilÂity and ease of use, the proÂgramme can achieve susÂtainÂabÂilÂity by enabling manÂageÂment at the grass-roots level. The XO laptops themÂselves are… repairÂable in the field, with minÂimal skill required. TrainÂing is conÂducÂted online, and an online comÂmunity allows parÂtiÂcipants nationÂwide to share resources.
Key to the ongoÂing sucÂcess of the proÂgramme is actÂive engageÂment with all stakeÂholdÂers, and aÂ recogÂniÂtion of the total cost of ownÂerÂship over aÂ five-year lifeÂ cycle.