One Laptop Per Child: Appropriate Technology? Engineers Without Borders Presents: What is One Laptop Per Child? "Our goal: To provide children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment and express themselves." — Nicholas Negroponte, OLPC Chairman
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How much will this cost?
Can we get enough Smitchers?
Are people going to know how to use their Smitchers?
Can Smitchers be repaired if they break?What we want to know about Smitchers
The Nortel Problem: Past trends may not predict future behaviour
The Ford Problem: Scale causes problems
The Hammer Problem:One size doesn\'t fit all
The Titanic Problem: Pride can make us overconfidentWhat we want to know about Smitchers
Cultural, Social and Economic Considerations
Does the OLPC provide a laptop that children in developing countries can use for education?
Does the OLPC work within the infrastructure available?
Does the OLPC survive the environment in which it serves?
How much will it cost?
Can the laptops be distributed to the students?
Will people know how to use it?
Are the laptops maintainable locally?
Will people want to use the OLPC?
Will the OLPC disrupt existing structures in a negative way?
Is the specific problem that the OLPC seeks to solve really the right problem?
Determining methods early in a project leads to several problems:
Lots of work and major changes to the plan will be required for the OLPC to be successful.