Beyond Boston's olpcMAP Sprint / Summit itself (previewed below,
beautifying the 2-month old http://olpcMAP.net
built entirely by
volunteers) also watch for:
* How to Mash Up olpcMAP(s) into Your Own
Integrating OLPC/Sugar service learning volunteers
into Your Own community
* 20-30 confirmed participants (RSVP required) from around the
US and beyond: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OlpcMAP#Attendees
* Connecting with the actual OLPC/Sugar volunteers who
coordinate in over 50 countries, each doing "God's Work" in their
* Deployments' facts+photos you've
never seen, and how CMU Nick Doiron created this map now
* New API & Data Model
* Web 2.0 interfaces emerging: http://olpcMAP.net/community
* Marina Dzobnova's professional survey asking deployments,
children, parents and teachers how THEY want themselves & their
schools visually getting to know each others' accomplishments, on
One Laptop Per Child's office in Cambridge is hosting an olpcMAP
Sprint / Summit from December 27th-31st.
[ http://saigonolpc.wordpress.com ]
[ http://wiki.laptop.org/go/olpcMAP ]
Topics will include:
* Digital mapping with the OLPC laptop, including offline maps
platform supporting GeoRSS and KML (formats of Ushahidi and Google
* Use of http://olpcMAP.net to map and network schools which use OLPC
laptops and the Sugar operating system. The website and the laptops'
software are free and open source.
* Using the online map as a medium for photos, storytelling, and
updates from local communities around the world
OLPC has shipped two million laptops to schools around the world,
including Haiti, Afghanistan, and other crisis-stricken regions.
Educating students about the power of mapmaking and creating a
communications / content portal serve the long-term interests of
CrisisCommons. There has also been discussion of adults using the
laptops to run Ushahidi and Sahana on a low-cost, low-power, and
Please RSVP if you would like to attend part of our map sprint.
Content-creation is going to be a major focus of December 28-29
events, so it would be great if some of the crisis mapping community
could be there.
Civil Engineering Class of 2011
Carnegie Mellon University