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A Conversation With Nicholas Negroponte: One Laptop Per Child

[Read a Summary of Mr. Negroponte's remarks]

WHEN: Wednesday, November 15, 2006, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street NW, Room 602, Washington, DC

WHAT: One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is a non-profit organization created by Professor Negroponte and other faculty members from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to design, manufacture, and distribute laptops that are sufficiently inexpensive to provide every child in the world access to knowledge and modern forms of education.

A $100 laptop has been designed, of which 5,000 will be testing in the field over the next 90 days. Initial launch in 2007 is anticipated in Brazil, Argentina, Nigeria, Libya, and Thailand.

Nicholas Negroponte is founder and chairman of the One Laptop per Child non-profit association. He is currently on leave from MIT, where he was co-founder and director of the MIT Media Laboratory, and the Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Technology. A graduate of MIT, he was a pioneer in the field of computer-aided design, and has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1966. Conceived in 1980, the Media Laboratory opened its doors in 1985. He is also author of the 1995 best seller, Being Digital,  which has been translated into more than 40 languages. In the private sector, he serves on the board of directors for Motorola, Inc. and as general partner in a venture capital firm specializing in digital technologies for information and entertainment. He has provided start-up funds for more than 40 companies, including Wired magazine.

Cosponsored by the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB) and the GWU Elliott School of International Affairs

Views expressed by Open Forum speakers are not necessarily those of the U.S. Department of State. 

 


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