15 computer science collegians looking for a project

Jim Gettys jg at laptop.org
Mon May 5 13:38:55 EDT 2008

Specifically, the intent of the developer program is to support
development: it is not a back door way to get machines for small trials.

In general, it is in support of individual's needs (one or a few
machines), though we'll also consider a professor's request for a class
they are teaching, or a researcher wanting a (small) bunch of machines
for working mesh software.

What we don't want to see are "front men" who claim to be supporting a
set of developers, and acts as a gatekeeper for access to systems.

For example, if you have a set of 10 developers, I'd expect there to be
10 individual requests (for possibly significantly more than 10
machines).  If someone can't be bothered to fill out that minimal
information, they are unlikely to actually do anything with the machine,
and we've seen instances that appear to be individuals trying to use
their navigation of the developer program to further private agendas.

And yes, Aaron's nice work enables a group be able to evaluate these
requests (and that group be community based, not OLPC employees).
			- Best regards,
                                - Jim

On Mon, 2008-05-05 at 18:07 +0200, Aaron Kaplan wrote:
> On May 5, 2008, at 6:04 PM, Kim Quirk wrote:
> > If you have applied to the developer's program a few months ago,  
> > please check to see if your application was transferred into the  
> > new system:
> >
> > http://projectdb.olpc.at/
> >
> > If it is not there, I'm afraid you will have to apply again. The  
> > idea with this new system is that there is a community who will  
> > help evaluate the best uses for laptops. Please note that this  
> > program is for single or two laptop requests, not quantities, so if  
> > you request quantities of laptops, it will probably be refused.
> >
> > SJ, Aaron,
> > Can you provide an overview of how the new system works? How  
> > applications get reviewed and how often ship orders will be sent  
> > out? How people get feedback on their request, etc?
> >
> Sure!
> I will need to work more on the details about that with you and SJ of  
> course but I can make an initial proposal about the next steps.
> a.

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