[Community-news] Software developers needed for OLPC Afghanistan
svetla at paiwastoon.com.af
Wed Oct 15 01:42:39 EDT 2008
Perhaps Afghanistan is not the first place you think of when considering
your next vacation or internship. But since OLPC are donating 10,000 G1G1
machines to Afghanistan and is working with the top level of the Ministry
of Education this could very well become a showpiece for OLPC in S. Asia.
We are looking for 2 software developing Interns / Graduates / Motivated
volunteers to help us building the capacity of the local team. We need to
operate university outreach programs, training, and a fair bit of direct
server config in advance of having sufficient locally built capacity.
We can offer flight support, accommodation, and a living stipend.
Afghanistan day to day in most provinces and most places remains pretty
safe - one can walk around, go out, visit people using taxis or your own
car. Driving can be just a little chaotic, but nowhere near as bad as in
India. If you look beyond the media there is a lot to see here,
hospitality that even exceeds other developing countries, and really rapid
progress. There are some places (like the south) that are dangerous, but
in Kabul and the north things are pretty stable. One just needs to know
places to go to and places to stay away from (like military bases, big
foreigner parties, etc).
Right now we are half way through setting up an open source localisation
team for Afghanistan and building the open source community. For those of
you who are more interested in remote contributions to Afghanistan
specifically, a chance is here too.
Afghanistan could be the case study that shows the ability of the XO to be
at the center of redevelopment. If we can make the XO work here - then we
can prove to the world that it can work almost anywhere! You might hear on
the news about the chronic waste of money out here, the hundreds of
millions missing, wasted, and worse. And you know how cost effectively
the XO can change that. The great thing about Afghanistan, is being a
development work in progress, we can together, and will, improve that
situation. I hope we can find some people to join us on the ground and
help make that happen.
Details, country information, etc. for the formal job title can be found
under 'IT Coach' at
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