[Grassroots-l] More Announcements - OLPC GrassCon

Edward Cherlin echerlin at gmail.com
Mon May 19 00:17:42 EDT 2008

On Sun, May 18, 2008 at 8:59 PM, Alex Keybl <alex.keybl at duke.edu> wrote:
> Hey all,
> It's great to hear about all the activity happening within the grassroots
> community in June!  I'm sure all of these events will facilitate greater
> communication among us.
> For the past few months, OLPC at Duke members have been preparing for an online
> conference as a platform for grassroots groups to talk about their
> contributions to One Laptop per Child.  That's how we came up with the OLPC
> Grassroots Web Conference (GrassCon), an event we'll be hosting on July
> 19th.  Now for a shameless quote from the site:
> The OLPC Grassroots Web Conference was started to increase communication
> between grassroots projects, as well as increase the general visibility of
> OLPC projects around the world. This ranges from software/hardware
> development to pilot programs and public awareness campaigns. We want to
> hear about what's going on, from the mouths of those involved.
> The theme of this conference will be "From Code to Kids". Presenters will be
> helping us trace the path of XO Sugar activities from software development
> to getting the activities into the hands of children.
> We will be holding the conference as a live streaming event with
> participants from around the world. Conference goers will be able to ask
> questions of presenters, and the entire conference will be recorded and
> archived.

Great stuff. Some of my friends helped Club of Rome and UNESCO do that
last year over the World Bank global network (see, WB is good for
something), and I'm sure some of them would be delighted to join in.

> If you'd like to participate or help host the event, please get in touch
> with me.

I'll definitely help get the word around. This is exactly what we need.

Let me suggest a topic for the future: From Kids to Code

Right now we can't hear from the students who use XOs. I find this
extremely frustrating. I can understand the security issues, but we
need feedback on what works for them and what doesn't, and on their
ideas for what to do next.

> All your help will be appreciated.  Also, you can add us on
> Twitter if you'd like to stay updated - our username is olpcgrasscon.

Do any of you use LinkedIn? All event staff are welcome to join my network.

> -Alex Keybl
> GrassCon Coordinator
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Edward Cherlin
End Poverty at a Profit by teaching children business
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