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OLPCorps : a proposed summer grant program for student initiatives

A group of students who have worked on two small deployments in Africa over the past year have proposed an OLPCorps project (quick, how many C's did you read?), to encourage students everywhere to found and contribute to locally-supported school projects. You can find and comment on the proposal for this summer on the OLPCorps Africa wiki page.
[caption id="attachment_438" align="alignright" width="139" caption="G1G1 flyer from OHOT"]G1G1 flyer from OHOT[/caption]
OLPC is considering this seriously for promotion and funding this summer.  The program would be open to students from all countries.  Paul Commons from Indiana University has been leading the proposal development - their "one here, one there" chapter made the G1G1 flyer on the right during the fall. What I like best about the proposal is that it is not competitive, and there is real incentive for different project enthusiasts to help one another make their projects better.  In practice this happens to some degree with publicly-posted proposal contests, since everyone reads other proposals and learns from the best; but it is a silent borrowing of ideas, not the give-and-take of suggestions. While this program is limited to university students, many high school and middle school students want similar projects to work on, if at a different scale.  And I'd like to see children with XOs get a simple way to propose projects of their own.  How would you make use of such a program if you could use it to facilitate a project you are working on?
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Daniel Drake (not verified) says: So is this official or not?
This post suggests it is only being considered for funding, but this page doesn't give any hint that it might not yet be decided: http://laptop.org/en/participate/get-involved/OLPCorps.shtml February 25, 2009 at 3 pm

Wayan @ OLPC News (not verified) says: So let me get this straight. OLPC is willing to invest 100 XOs, Hardware, a $10K stipend, and a 10-day training in Kigali, Rwanda, or at least $30,000 per student project yet to be transitioned form dream to reality, but OLPC is not willing to sell XO's to already funded small deployments wanting 100 or so XO's for projects that already have community buy in and long-term project plans? February 25, 2009 at 10 pm

Wayan @ OLPC News (not verified) says: Anyone else think that's a bit backassward? February 25, 2009 at 10 pm

Wayan @ OLPC News (not verified) says: Wait, its actually $35K per team by OLPC's calculation, or $3.5 Million in total. February 25, 2009 at 11 pm

OLPCorps is looking or a director | One Laptop per Child (not verified) says: [...] OLPCorps Africa program has been approved, and we are looking for a program director to with student summer program [...] February 27, 2009 at 11 pm