One Laptop Per Child Goes to Colombia

Here at UnBeige, we love it when good design meets social good, and so the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project is of enduring interest, whether its news of Yves Behar scooping up awards for the laptop’s design or listening to Mary Lou Jepsen, OLPC’s founding chief technology officer and now head of Pixel Qi, hold forth on how to create green gadgets (“design for the bottom of the pyramid”). If you’re a little foggy on the project’s particulars—and even if you’re not—we recommend the below TED video. Filmed earlier this month, it features MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte discussing the project as he voyages to Colombia and delivers laptops inside territory once controlled by guerrillas. How’s the project going? “In rough numbers, there are about a million laptops” in the hands of children around the world or en route to them, says Negroponte. “That’s smaller than I predicted—I predicted three [million] to ten million—but it is still a very large number.”