ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD: Information for the next generation

The need for constant access to information is increasing, if not a requirement, in the modern world. It cannot be denied that for the most part, Internet connection is very essential for everyone if s/he wants to avail of the billions of information available online. As such, computers, or laptops for the modern day, are becoming a need for those who wish to be connected to the streams of information available.

The One Laptop Per Child program, the brainchild of faculty members at the MIT Media Lab, dreams of giving every student one laptop to help them in their pursuit of knowledge. The Delaware-based project laptop, costing $100 each (approx. Php4,500), aims to provide children all over the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment and express themselves.

Laptop Specs

Manufactured by Quanta Computers, the “$100 laptop” features a 700MHz AMD LX-Geode processor and 256 MB of Random Access Memory. This is enough for research tasks, word processing, and other educational computer work. In November 2007, the first large-scale release started, with the laptop running Fedora Core as its operating system and open-source software. Additional features are:

  • Dual mode display, SVGA LCD screen

  • Transmissive Color/DVD mode with 350×470 pixel resolution with backlighting (for laptop use)

  • Reflective “sunlight readable” monochrome mode with 800×600 pixel resolution (for ebook reading outdoors)

  • Minimal and practical software

In promoting the laptops, the manufacturers market them directly to ministers of education in order to directly distribute to their target recipients.

Figure 1. $100 Laptop (<>)



OLPC focuses on fundraising efforts like launching websites and programs that help in promoting to the masses. Websites like Pentagram and Upstatement update customers with news about the project (OLPC Frequently Asked Questions).

Another initiative for sustainable development is the launch of the “Give 1 Get 1” (G1G1) program in 2007. It later established the website that accepts direct donations. The G1G1 offer started on November 12, 2007 and successfully extended until December 31, 2007. A second wave of the G1G1 program was launched the next year.

In terms of the OLPC’s environmental, the project aims to use eco-friendly materials as much as it could. The laptop and all OLPC-supplied accessories are fully compliant with the EU’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS).


The low-cost, environmentally-friendly laptops are fit for harsh weather conditions and rowdy environments. Made even for students in areas with no electricity, some versions of the $100 Laptop have cranks that allow its operation independent of a power source.

Every time they donate laptops to communities, OLPC ensures that all students are accounted for. No one is left out, allowing for the laptops’ standardized integration in the school curriculum and discouraging envy among the students.


Seeing that OLPC is succeeding in making the public participate in the global enhancement of education, our group believes that the project will find its way in the ventures of other organizations and companies as well. More people will support this cause and as technology heightens, so will the capacity to reach out to more students all over the world, making knowledge easily accessible resource for anyone, most especially children.

 Figure 2. Infographic summary of OLPC review created by the group


Information Society Class – Com 12 A (Infographics Peg)



Exconde, Jana

Gomez, Reena

Kier Obang

Magdaluyo, Krissa

Que, Patricia

Sanchez, Arion

Sevilla, Stefan


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