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XO Laptop

The anxiously awaited XO laptop is now available for individual purchase as part of a Give One Get One program. For $399, you’ll pay for two laptops. One goes to you, and the other gets donated to a poor child in a developing country.

If you’ve been on a media fast for the past two years, here’s more about the goal of the program:

The mission of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child. In order to accomplish our goal, we need people who believe in what we’re doing and want to help make education for the world’s children a priority, not a privilege.

$200 dollars of the purchase is tax-deductable, and as a bonus, you’ll get one full year of T-mobile HotSpot access.

As a Cambodian refugee of war who grew up with the privilege technology in the States, this program has extra meaning for me. Help a child who didn’t have the same opportunities as you and I, and donate today.

10 Comments

  • Jay

    gravatarNov 12, 2007
    9:12 pm

    I wanted to get my mom a simple laptop … she doesn’t know anything about computers … does this computer have wireless connection to connect to my families rotator? I want my mom to pay bills and surf the net … wonder if a cheap PC lap top might be better … I don’t want to spend a lot. 300-400 dollars.

    Jay

  • Taylor Wright

    gravatarNov 13, 2007
    9:46 am

    Jay, it’s worth reading about the project. I’d venture to guess this is by no means the laptop you’re looking for. Also–¦ if you did get your parents this laptop, who would they go to for help? It’s not a Microsoft of Apple system, it’s targeted to children in third world countries as an educational tool. I don’t think it’d enable your folks to pay bills and check e-mails, however it would help the youth from developing countries integrate more with contemporary technology.

    I’d love to donate and also to have one of these systems for myself to see how they operate–¦Â unfortunately I’m not in a position to at the moment. I’d love to hear from anyone who does give/get one of these systems though!

  • andy

    gravatarNov 13, 2007
    8:35 pm

    I’m not trying to be mean or anything but don’t you think all these kids in the 3rd world country rather have food than laptop?

  • Loren

    gravatarNov 13, 2007
    9:59 pm

    I have a friend that’s a teacher in Africa. These would be a perfect part of the classroom.

    If I had $400 to spend I would buy one. It goes to a great cause and you get a laptop.

  • Dani

    gravatarDec 3, 2007
    3:03 pm

    I think this whole idea is great and im all for it!!! And andy you would understand better if you were that poor child who has to use a candle for a night light!!! (Not trying to be mean or anything.)

  • Rachel

    gravatarDec 9, 2007
    9:24 pm

    does this compputer have an instant messaging ability with AIM?

  • Virus

    gravatarMar 3, 2008
    2:04 pm

    is there any possibility to have ANY information about ANY specificities of this computer? Just wanna be sure this is not a scam that will get $200 in the pocket to send $10 toy to the “children of the developing countries”. Your initiative is great, but like Andy said, the children would like to have other more primordial things than a computer. It is ridiculous to send a computer where there is no electricity for example.

    Anyway, I just advice you, if you need donations from people, you can’t just say the idea. Nowadays, scamers and very non-honest people use this kind of excuses to steal money from honest people. please be more specific about this computer, the target children, the way you will send the merchandise and how can we be sure that they received what you promise.

  • Elly

    gravatarNov 17, 2008
    8:10 am

    I agree with Andy!!! Don’t we first have to make these children NOT hungry and healthy??? Most of them live in the dirt… And as Dani says… These children “use candle as a night light”.. How are they supposed to use computers… Give them food and clothes and medecines…THEN build on… STOP the hunger first!!!

    AND I don’t understand what’s the deal here if these laptops are not having the regular operating systems.. if Taylor Wright is right…

    This is ridiculous… Just another way for companies to have more profits!!!! Another marketing trick!!

    If they really want to help, why don’t they make discounts on new computers for older but working and well-preserved computers… Kids there don’t need the newst technology.. 2-3 year-old computers are perfect for these kids… having in mind that they have nothing… This way companies will really show they also contribute… Because I really don’t see where’s the company’s contribution here….. It’s not visible at all…

  • Sandi

    gravatarNov 26, 2008
    7:02 pm

    As an former teacher, why would you have poor international children learn an operating system that is NOT global?

  • fakeas

    gravatarJun 27, 2009
    7:29 am

    this is all fake. another scam in search for easy money n using poor 3rd country kids as reason. lol.