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One Laptop Per Child: What I missed at CES

I generally find CES exhausting.  It’s amazing how far you have to walk to get anywhere in Vegas.  It’s about a half mile walk from the hotel lobby to the elevators to get to your room.  And there’s this inflation field caused by everybody living on an expense account — $4 for a small bottle of water or $10 for a small sandwich.  It’s worse than an airport. 

So while I’m always happy to go there and get some  hands-on market research and competitive analysis done, or try to close some deals with partners, I’m also generally just as happy to go home.  This year, I didn’t even cruise the show at all, except to go between our booth and conference rooms, which was fine with me.  Until I got home and saw pictures like this…

CES 2007 was the unveiling of the prototype hardware for Nick Negroponte’s $100 laptop, now called XO (or is it OX?), and delivered under the program "One Laptop Per Child" or OLPC

I absolutely love this initiative.  I consider contributing to it to be one of the most moral things anybody can do with their lives.  It is one of the only means I can foresee that could help bring the continent of Africa out of poverty — pure grass roots education.  A life goal of mine is to try to help enable children’s education to be limited only by their talent and motivation, not by their surroundings.  OLPC is trying to do this.  Someday soon I hope to help.

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