A Technoliday: Laptops For The Kids
Last night the DC tech community celebrated the holidays and raised money to send 14 laptops to kids around the third world and the District.
About 100 people attended the "Technoliday Party" at Lotus Lounge in the District, which benefited One Laptop per Child, an non-profit organization working to distribute $100 laptops so disadvantaged children can jump the digital divide.
"There's just so much to be said about technology and what kids can do with it," said Rana Sobhany, one of the event's organizers and a partner at tech startup RoleShare. Peter Corbett, chief executive of the Internet marketing consultancy iStrategyLabs also helped to organize the event. "It's going to change everything for them."
For every $200 donation, One Laptop per Child sends a laptop to a child in a developing nation and another to the contributor.
So by the end of the night -- after all the sushi was gone and the open bar had closed -- seven laptops were on their way abroad and seven were headed to the District. The laptops shipped to Technoliday Party organizers will be distributed to DC youths by Greater DC Cares.
One Laptop per Child was founded two years ago by Nicholas Negroponte, a professor at the Massachusettes Institute of Technology, who dreamed of distributing computers to 150 million of the world's poorest schoolchildren. Today the organization has started mass producing its neon green laptops, which are about the size of a textbook. The laptop can be either solar or foot powered by a crank, pedal or pull cord. It's dust-proof, energy efficient and even has wireless Internet.
-- Kendra Marr
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