Tuesday Seminar: One Laptop Per Child

Samuel "SJ" Klein, One Laptop per Child’s community content director, will speak on the progress of the worldwide effort towards delivering low-cost exploratory computation to millions of children in developing countries. The project was just showcased in the new book, Design Revolution: 100 Products That Empower People.


To date, nearly one million laptops have been deployed around the world, typically in the remotest of locations with little or no electricity, or internet access. Empowering learning through information accessibility will be the focus of SJ’s talk along with the market-changing innovations in the platform’s hardware and software. SJ will also show a working prototype of One Laptop per Child’s brand new XO-1.5 laptop, which uses a newer, faster processor and has more onboard memory. The XO 1.5 now dual boots into Gnome desktop as well as the child-friendly Sugar Learning Platform. Both are based on Fedora 11.


The OLPC Learning Club DC and HacDC will announce their joint effort to launch an XO Lending Library and describe local activities that support OLPC and Sugar Labs. Please join us if you want to talk about redesigning education access throughout the world for the 21st Century.

Where: HacDC (1525 Newton Street NW, Washington, DC) in the church sanctuary
When: Tuesday, September 8th, 7:30pm

MappingDC’s First Meeting this Thursday

This Thursday at 7pm MappingDC will be meeting at HacDC for its first event.

MappingDC is a new group dedicated to creating an accurate, up to date, free map of Washington, DC and the surrounding areas. We’ll be using OpenStreetMap as a platform and trying to forge partnerships with community groups in order to achieve our goal.

This first meeting will be a kickoff event/planning meeting. We’ll go over the objectives, the technologies we’ll be using and then try to plan our next moves. Join the MappingDC list at: https://groups.google.com/group/mappingdc and join us!

What: MappingDC Kickoff Meeting

When: 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 23rd 2009

Where: HacDC Main Space, 1525 Newton St. NW, Washington, DC 20010

OpenStreetMap Mapping Party June 20th, all day

Want to make fun GPS toys, but need a base map? Don’t like Google Maps’
terms and conditions? Come learn about OpenStreetMap, a free and open map
of the world editable like a wiki.

When: June 20th, from 9am to 5pm
Where: HacDC, in the Auditorium and Main Space

This is an all day event at HacDC. At this event you will learn about OpenStreetMap, learn how to use the software to edit the existing map and have the opportunity to help the project by contributing your own data to it.

Instruction will be ongoing throughout the day as well as opportunity to learn from experienced members of the project on how to contribute and use existing mapping data.

Movie Night this Friday: Freedom Downtime

Freedom DowntimeCome join HacDC for a viewing of Freedom Downtime, the documentary film made by Emmanuel Goldstein and 2600 Films about Kevin Mitnick.

This film is in direct response to the Miramax film Takedown, where the filmmakers feel that Kevin Mitnick and the hacker community are misrepresented. In this film, the filmakers search out the makers of that film a la Roger & Me as well as interview famous members of the hacker community.

When: Friday, May 22nd 8pm

Where: HacDC Main Space

This event is Free and Open to the Public!

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