June Meeting: The Brightest Light in the Library
The June meeting is back at the Gallaudet University Student Academic Center.
What: Family XO Mesh Meetup
When: Saturday, June 20th, 2009, 10 am to 1pm
Where: Gallaudet University [map, aerial photo], Student Academic Center,
**NOTE ROOM CHANGE: First Floor [floorplan], Classroom 2 SAC1210 and Classroom 3 SAC1211, Washington, D.C. 20002
Our guest speakers are members of the team from the Washington, D.C.-based Lubuto Library Project that deployed 10 OLPC XO-1 laptops in Lusaka, Zambia. The project’s core mission is to build libraries with carefully selected high-quality books to serve street children. The team will talk about what they learned from using XOs in the library and how they plan to sustain and scale the effort.
The July 18th meeting will see a return to Friends Community School in Greenbelt, MD for a reprise of last year’s OLPC News Great 4P Laptop Bakeoff. Bring your netbooks to compare with others and to try out the latest version of Sugar on a Stick. More details will be posted in July.
At the end of the month, we will be representing OLPC and Sugar Labs at the 2009 National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) June 28 – July 1 at the D.C. Convention Center. There will be a batch of XO laptops at the open source pavilion in the exhibit hall and we’re helping Sugar Labs present at the NECC Unplugged “fringe” festival.
If you haven’t heard, there are some excellent new videos on OLPC.tv of Chris Ball demonstrating the working alpha board of the upcoming XO 1.5 laptop and a Mary Lou Jepsen showing off the first commercial production samples of her company’s daylight-readable LCD screen for netbooks. “Mr. Biotech” has created a very nice 5-minute video review (minus mesh collaboration) of the current version of Sugar.
And at long last, the official URL for Sugar Labs DC, http://dc.sugarlabs.org, is live! More details to come in another blog post.