One laptop per child: Vision vs. reality

Kenneth L. Kraemer, Jason Dedrick, Prakul Sharma

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Nicholas Negroponte presents the idea of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), a $100 PC that can transform education for the world's disadvantaged school children. The nonprofit OLPC project involves $20 million in startup investment, sponsorships and partnerships with major IT industry players, and interest from developing countries. Some developing countries are deploying OLPC laptops, while some have cancelled the deployments on the results of pilot projects. The OLPC organization ( is also struggling with key staff defections, budget cuts, and ideological disillusionment. OLPC is also motivating the PC industry to develop lower-cost, education-oriented PCs, and providing developing countries with low-cost computing options along with its own innovation. OLPC also has developed a novel technology, the XO laptop, with a focus on the needs of students in poor rural areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-73
Number of pages8
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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