In a stunning moment of irony, OLPC has discontinued “Change the World”.
In an email that leaked out onto the grassroots mailing list, OLPC quietly announced the end of the “Change the World” program previously known as “Give Many”, where you could buy 100 or 1000 XOs for the school of your choice.
Here’s the relevant excerpt:
> Unfortunately, as some of you might have heard "Change the World" aka "Give > a School" aka "Give 100, Give 1000" will cease to exist. We are just waiting > for the info to be taken off the main website (any second now). > > We are doing this in an effort to refocus back to large-scale deployments > that create change in a major way. We WILL honor all requests that we have > received prior to the info being taken off the website. So if you know > anyone who is interested, tell them time is of the essence!!
Give 100 or more laptops with this special program that allows donors to choose the country where the laptops go. This geo-targeted program can impact a village, a region, or even a country, with large group donations.
The page it linked to is still live, but the link is gone.
I’m speculating that the minimum deployment is back up to 10,000 XOs, which was a previous category of deployment.
This is a blow to future small deployments in South Africa, as we have over 600 XOs deployed in South Africa through this program with more that were planned. Marco Rosa has been setting up a local non-profit organisation to raise funds and coordinate deployments – now to no effect unless we use laptops from other vendors.