Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Former President and COO of One Laptop per Child Chuck Kane to Speak at Kelley on March 5

This is a guest post from Bryan Stuart, an IU senior from Indianapolis majoring in business economics/public policy and mathematics.

Chuck Kane, executive board advisor and former president and COO of One Laptop per Child (OLPC), will speak at Kelley on March 5, 2010 at 2:00 pm in BU 109. To date, OLPC has delivered over one million laptops to children in some of the world’s poorest communities. Kane is visiting universities around the nation, including MIT, Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, and Carnegie Mellon University to speak with students about his experience leading OLPC and how young adults can help OLPC achieve its mission of creating educational opportunities for the world’s poorest children.

A year ago, I started a program called One Laptop per Child Corps, along with a friend from IU and a colleague at OLPC. Through this program, 122 university students from around the world spent 10 weeks in 18 African nations last summer distributing 3,000 laptops to children who previously had little access to educational materials and technology.

This year, OLPC will offer internships in Peru, Rwanda, Nicaragua, and Paraguay that last 3, 6, 9, or 12 months. OLPC will also offer a yearlong program, called OLPCorps, in Afghanistan, Cameroun, Haiti, Mali, and the Palestinian Occupied Territories. While these two programs have unique missions, they both rely upon the passion and skills of young adults from around the world.

Come check out Chuck Kane’s speech on March 5th to learn more about how you can get involved. Students, faculty, administrators, and the public are all welcome.

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