It looks like One Laptop Per Child has come a little unstuck. What started as an altruistic attempt to create a USD100 laptop to provide to third world countries with Government buy-in and support, has morphed into a…. well I’m not sure really. Some sort of mash up of consumer sales and philanthropy.
They’ve started selling them via a “give one, get one” programme where customers can donate a laptop to a developing country and get a laptop themselves.
OLPC is a great concept but the delays, the cost increases and the question around what it is actually about are stating to erode their credibility.