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Many of the attendees are from the industries of information technology, computer science, education and alumni of MIT. We all had a wonderful evening of sharing experiences from various fields of work.
Early October 2009, OLPC APAC delivered 250 XOs to the remote mountainous empire of Bhutan.
At the rural Kuzhugchen Community Primary School, the OLPC APAC team of volunteers was able to set up a school server with Wi-Fi Internet connection in addition to training both teachers and students for five days.
The XO was very well received by all the students, teachers and government officials. We hope to work with the Bhutanese government to achieve the goal of Bhutan being the first country in Asia to provide all its primary school students with an XO.
There was also considerable interest about the work of OLPC APAC at the Software Freedom Day in Taiwan, where a brief presentation about our work was made.
OLPC Booth at Software Freedom Day
On the last day of school in June 2009, 1,000 XO laptops reached the hands of eager school children of Puyang Primary School, Dujiangyan, Sichuan, marking an important milestone in OLPC APAC's pilot scheme to donate XO laptops to children affected by the massive Sichuan earthquake on 12 May 2008.
Puyang Primary School is the first school in China to ever receive XO laptops. First encounter workshops were conducted for students to familiarize them with the child-friendly laptop, and a school server had been set up to enable internet access and collaboration among the children. Follow-up is underway during the summer holiday.
Learn more about the story of OLPC APAC's first deployment in China and find out how you can help more children in China obtain access to XO laptops.
Thanks to the generous donation of 100 XO laptops by the Communications Association of Hong Kong, children can now try their hands on the learning wonders of OLPC's XO laptops, right here in Hong Kong.
OLPC Asia Pacific, in association with The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups and Communications Association of Hong Kong is operating a one-year outreach program to bring the revolutionary learning platform of our XO laptops to children in Tin Shui Wai and Peng Shek.
A training workshop was conducted for volunteer trainers of the program at The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG).
Hong Kong's young inventor Chan Yik Hei is appointed the OLPC Youth Ambassador for Asia Pacific.
In an announcement ceremony at BookFest @ HK, Yik Hei, together with Anthony Wong, President of OLPC Asia Pacific, leads a group of primary school students to connect through fun-filled learning activities of our XO laptops.
In an act of delightful surprise to everyone, Anthony and Yik Hei dropped their XO laptops off stage, demonstrating the legendary toughness of our XOs developed especially for children's usage in diversified environments.