One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is a project to design, manufacture, and distribute laptops that are sufficiently inexpensive to provide every child in the world access to knowledge and modern forms of education. The laptops will be provided to governments at cost and issued to children by schools on a basis of one laptop per child. These machines will be rugged, Linux-based, and so energy efficient that hand-cranking alone will generate sufficient power for operation. Mesh networking will give many machines Internet access from one connection. The pricing goal is to start at $100 and then steadily decrease. OLPC is based on "constructionist" theories of learning pioneered by Seymour Papert and later Alan Kay, as well as the principles expressed in Nicholas Negroponte's Being Digital. The founding corporate members are Google, News Corp, AMD, Red Hat, and BrightStar. All three individuals and five companies are active participants in OLPC. Principle countries participating so far include Brazil, China and Thailand.
Value : USD 600,000,000 from Q3 2006 trough Q4 2007
Expected outcome : One laptop per child. This will complete change how children learn.
The list of beneficiary countries includes Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Honduras, Hongkong, China, Rwanda, South Africa, Thailand, United States