Can you mesh me now?

Can you mesh me now?

Updated 2/20 – Note the location change from Arlington, VA to Nortel Networks in D.C. New information is below in BOLD starting with the Nortel street address.

I hear echoes of the Verizon Wireless commercials when I see all the people at our meetups trying to mesh. It’s the new primal urge of XO owners. Now it’s time to channel those urges into fun and productive activity!

Hot on the heels of our last meeting, Kevin Cole and Jeff Elkner are interested in hosting monthly XO meetups / development sprints. They are thinking of meeting the 4th Saturday of each month, and alternating the location between the Arlington Career Center and Gallaudet University (see map).

While still in the planning stage, the first one has already been scheduled for this month. The idea is to bring together three groups of people to work on the following things:

  • Kids and parents who want to meet other kids and parents and do cool things together with their XOs.
  • Software developers wanted to work on software for the XO.
  • Educational materials developers wanting to collaborate on the development of educational materials for the XO.

Having these three groups co-locate will create all kinds of synergistic possibilities. Let the games begin!

What: Family XO Mesh Meetup

When: Saturday, February 23rd, 2008, 10 am to 1 pm

Where: Nortel Networks, 101 Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC 20001

A team is setting up an OLPC school server (which will make meshing much easier) and coordinating with the OLPC Support team to help install system updates, activate developer’s keys on anyone’s XO and generally troubleshoot technical issues.

The meeting will start with a few minutes of introductions by the leaders of the table activities. Then we will break into groups for about 30 minutes for discussion. We’ll pause for quick reportouts from each group on tips, discoveries, aspirations, frustrations, etc. Then we’ll all mesh some more until 1 pm.

Nortel Networks is a secure office complex so we will have to assign someone to let people in between 9:45am-10am. The building is walking distance from the Union Station and Judiciary Square Metro Stations.

Click here for a map. Also, our wiki page is seeing some activity now.

The green squiggles in my illustration are from a camera toss photo by Dan Simpson licensed under CC 2.0.

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15 comments per “Can you mesh me now?”

Herbert

Sounds awesome, but it seems out of the way of public transportation (metro….)

Mike Lee

It isn’t near Metro. That was a tradeoff for this round. Perhaps we’ll be able to workout carpooling from Balston Metro to the Career Center.

Michael Connet

We would like to have some students come to document the event so that we can show others what a XO Meetup looks like. We’ve asked two young producers to be on hand to videorecord the happenings and to talk to participants.

Richard Bullington-McGuire

Regarding public transport to the Arlington Career Center: you can take the 10B Metrobus from Ballston (it will take you right to site), or any 16 Metrobus from either Pentagon or Pentagon City (get off at Walter Reed Drive, walk 2 blocks north).

Herbert

I can’t say I mind the change in location – it certainly makes it easier to get to for me!

If I’m not too tired friday evening, I’ll try to make some (gluten-free) brownies to bring.

jerry

Sounds like fun. Is there a meeting scheduled in March? What is the topic?

jerry

oops, needed to look at the home page… found the march meeting announcement there… now if i could get the xo to boot again…

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