Two laptops per buyer? Overcoming the digital divide in Thailand

January 15, 2007 at 8:42 am 2 comments

David (MindShare Bangkok) writes:

Via BBC News: The backers of the One Laptop Per Child project are looking at the possibility of selling the machine to the public. If implemented, OLPC’s new scheme could mean consumers buy one unit for personal use and a second as a charitable donation to an appropriate cause. Certainly, this type of initiative will be essential if the project is to have any impact in Thailand. The interim government here has put on indefinite hold the previous administration’s plans to purchase the laptops in bulk for use in schools.

The first countries to sign up to buying the machine, which is officially dubbed XO, include Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Nigeria, Libya, Pakistan and Thailand.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Charles Frith  |  February 28, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    This project is revolutionary for computer literacy penetration. Why nobody isn’t jumping up and down talking about branded utility opportunities is beyond me.

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  • 2. David (MindShare Bangkok)  |  April 30, 2007 at 4:15 am

    OLPC raises hundred-dollar laptop price to $175

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/27/AR2007042700722.html

    From the article:

    The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) group said Thursday that it had raised the price for its hundred-dollar laptop to US$175, but were still confident they would collect enough orders to begin volume production by September.

    OLPC now has orders for 2.5 million units, but needs to reach 3 million units by May 30 in order to give its suppliers enough lead time to fill the pipeline with parts, said OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte in a meeting with analysts in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Thursday.

    “We are at the most critical stage of OLPC’s life,” he said. “A year and a half ago, we were selling a dream, but it’s easy to sell dreams if you’re passionate and can share that passion with other people. But that was dreams, and now we’ve got to launch. We need three million units to trigger the supply chain.”

    The article goes on to name incorrectly Thailand as one of the participating markets. As far as I am aware, Pakistan is the only Asian particpant remaining.

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