[Olpc-open] Making Plans

Kim Quirk kim at laptop.org
Mon Apr 21 08:46:03 EDT 2008


OLPC's focus is on development, funding and delivery of laptops to the least
developed countries. The expectations for features, testing, support,
logistics, delivery, IT and RF infrastructure (to name a few things) are
widely different between schools in Rwanda and those in NYC (for example).
We just don't have the man-power today to meet these expectations
world-wide.

There are a number of partnerships that we are investigating that can help
us by taking on some of these efforts themselves, but it will take time.
Finding a 'sales' team is not the immediate problem to selling in the US.

Kim

On Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 7:08 AM, Simon Schampijer <simon at schampijer.de>
wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Edward Cherlin wrote:
> > On Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 10:17 AM, Michael Stone <michael at laptop.org>
> wrote:
> > ...
> >>  Chris, Scott, and I are formulating a release strategy
> >>  for the next 8 or so months with detailed information about what we
> >>  hope to release in 4 months. It remains to be seen how the strategy
> >>  proposed by the Tech Team will be received by the sales team, the
> >>  deployment team, and by other interested parties; however, I am fairly
> >>  confident that, when presented, it will:
> > ...
> >>  In its final form, it will also explain what feedback we have received
> >>  from sales & deployment. In its draft form, it will propose a
> >>  reasonable deadline for revisions based on new feedback from those
> >>  teams.
> > ...
> >>  Michael
> >
> > Who are the sales team, apart from Nicholas? Is there a way for any of
> > us to talk to them? I, OLPC Chicago, and others out here are working
> > on Illinois HB5000, The Children's Low-Cost Laptop Act, which proposes
> > to put laptops in up to 300 schools. It has passed the Illinois House
> > and gone to the Senate. It needs amendments, and we are working with
> > the Lieutenant Governor's office on this. We would like to coordinate
> > our efforts with OLPC's.
>
> Which is the group providing input to the process from the eduction
> point of view (educators, teachers, kids)? Is this feedback part of the
> input from the deployment team?
>
> Thanks,
>     Simon
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