One Laptop per Child Lands in India

The Indian government wasn't interested, so OLPC partners with Reliance ADA Group to bring computers to India's primary school kids
Students at the Marathi medium school at Khairat have been selected to take part in an India pilot study launched by One Laptop per Child (OLPC). PAL PILLAI/AFP/Getty Images

Nicholas Negroponte has found it tough going in India. For years as the head of MIT's Media Lab, the famed computer scientist promoted radical ways to use technology to transform society. His best-known idea is the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program (BusinessWeek, 6/5/08), a plan to make a simple, $100 laptop that would create a digitally literate generation in the hardscrabble classrooms of emerging-market nations. The laptop, now dubbed the XO, is finally being mass-produced in China.

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