OLPC Launches Buy One/Donate One Initiative!

by , 11/09/07

One Laptop per Child, XO Laptop, $100 Laptop, Nicholas Negroponte, Fuseproject, Fuse Project, social development, computers for underprivileged children

One of our favorite humanitarian product designs, the $100 Laptop (One Laptop Per Child) is going BOGO! The “Buy one give one” program starts Monday November 12th and runs for 2 weeks only- just $399 buys one adorable laptop for your little tyke and one for a child in a developing nation. The ingeniously designed gadget is a great example of design with a conscience that combines social priorities with great, sexy, sustainable design. We’ve written about the $100 laptop before, and love that it’s becoming widely available to kids across the globe.

One Laptop per Child, Fuseproject, Fuse Project, social development, computers for underprivileged children

After multiple rounds of prototyping, the designers at One Laptop Per Child and Fuseproject produced a compact, highly-functional, and engaging product boasting a slew of streamlined features, from its Wi-Fi antenna “rabbit ears” and energy-efficient LCD to the digital writing tablet and integrated video camera. Networking capabilities allow children to connect to each other, their school, their teacher, and the Web. And if that weren’t enough, the machine runs off of power from a variety of sources- from rechargeable batteries to hand cranks and even solar power. When closed, the laptop features an integrated handle and is completely protected from dust and dirt, allowing each student to transport their laptop to and from school. Aesthetically, the XO is simple yet kid-friendly, engaging, tactile, and even anthropomorphic.

So if you want to donate an XO laptop to a needy child someone in the world, and you want to get your paws on this beautifully-designed product for your own child as well (and we know you do), you need to act fast!



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  1. sandrar September 10, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

  2. diswunpnaii June 2, 2009 at 2:13 am

    Is this promotional plan for buy one get on still in effect today or is there any way to still purchase one?

  3. Elias Tindandoog December 26, 2008 at 9:52 am

    I Want To Join/

  4. hellohello June 17, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    I was very interested in this program when I read about it in Reader’s Digest Magazine. I wanted to purchase laptops for my elementary school-age children and other kids in my neighborhood. Are sales available to American families residing in the U.S.? Although I live in the wealthiest state, and perhaps one of the wealthiest counties, in our city, many of the kids here do not perform at grade level and suprisingly never even enroll in high school. (Our high schools are in a separate school district from the elementry and middle schools so the high schools never know the kids exist unless the initially enroll). Anything inexpensive out there to support literacy is desparately needed right here in the states.

  5. Kathleen Squibb February 15, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    I teach in a rural agricultural county in NC. It would be nice to offer these computers to school systems to put in the hands of our numerous low wealth students. I am all for making a difference across the globe and feel this is a great program. But, I have to be concerned about the students that I teach in the USA that cannot afford the basic technologies. Have you considered offering these to school systems of course at a slight profit to be able to pay for your ventures abroad?

    I wish I have found this information back in November I would have purchased one for my grandson.
    I would appreciate hearing from you.
    Thank you,

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  7. gimpy December 22, 2007 at 1:29 am

    i think it,s time we start thinking about americans and taking care of our own before we ship anything elswhere………..

  8. Victoria December 3, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    If the XO Laptop doesn’t have a hard drive because the hard drive is one of the main reasons a computer crashes, then are you able to save data and work assignments on it? Also, does it have a CD rom drive for putting a foreign language CD on the laptop to help with foreign languages you have to take during school?

  9. Rita McAtee December 2, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    Is the offer still available> My grandson has a learning disability and I think a laptop would help alot.

  10. John J Severino December 2, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    How do I get involved with the $400.00 ( 2 for 1) deal?
    John Severino

  11. Richard Feldman December 2, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    Great idea!

    How can I order and donate?

  12. Jason December 2, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    Cathy, I doubt you participated in this project since your response doesn’t seem to be worded in a way someone who had direct participation would speak. Plus it’s not a company but a non-profit organization. If I’m mis-understanding and your definition of involvement means buying one I got you. But with that said could you please let us all know where you’ve seen OLPC describe the laptop as “sexy”? Because I don’t see that anywhere but in the comments on this website.

  13. Richard Feldman December 2, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    How can I order “One Laptop”

  14. Cathy Berry November 23, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    I was excited to be a part of this kind project, however, was dissappointed to see the company use the word “sexy” to describe a product they are promoting for a child. What does that word have to do with anything related to a child? When you remove this description and notify me, I will gladly purchase a a laptop. Until then, what were you thinking?

  15. Jacquie November 21, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    Where can I buy the computer?

  16. Arlene Storfer November 20, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    Does this computer have access to the entire internet ? My grand children play in the
    Disney and other game sites. They also have e mail accounts .
    Thanks for your answer. I do not have a website.

    Arlene Storfer


  17. roxann November 17, 2007 at 9:43 am

    Nice laptop,but I can’t afford one for $400 for my child.Maybe $200 but there’s alot of children here in the United States that get left out.Why send oversees when there’s children here that do school projects and need a laptop but their parents make just enough money to put a roof over there head , food on the table, clothes on there backs,pay for schooling,and medical bills.Your hearts in the right place .

  18. richard November 15, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    I’ve read about the mission of education by the MIT professor. I believe he is onto something. As it is stated, on this site, “…this is not a computer program, but an education program.”

    Considering that it costs on average $20.00 per year to educate in “underdeveloped” countries as compared to $7500 per year in the U.S.( If I’m accurately quoting the xo web pages and resources), please consider those groups in this country as well, which can be swept under the carpet such as the Native American Reservations, of which there are those struggling to educate their tribes right here in the U.S. I do hope that something can be arranged with willing groups in this Country that lack support to educate. Again, maybe this is underway already.


  19. richard November 15, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    I’ve just begun some research into the project, so this may have been covered already.

    For those who are considering purchasing one for their own children, it would be great to be able to receive a name of a child in the donee country to immediately correspond with, like a green-tech “pen” pal. Will this be possible?

    Richard, CT

  20. Mike November 14, 2007 at 6:02 pm

    “Amy Says:
    November 11th, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    How about pencil and paper for every child? What’s going to happened to all of these laptops in 2 years? Are they all going to end up in landfills? I hate to be a downer, but this doesn’t seem very green to me. It seems like we’re ecouraging consumption rather than learning.”

    Hey Amy – Having a laptop and access to information and getting valuable computer related skills are a great asset to give to children who wouldn’t normally have access to a computer. Unfortunately, a pencil and paper can’t provide the wealth of information and skills a laptop can. However, I do see your point but then again, aren’t we using computers to access this site?

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  22. Dawn S November 13, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    It is a $100 lap top because that is the price for governmental agengies and NGO’s. The $399 is for the public. When you pay this amount you are almost subsidizing the cost for the NGOs and governmental agencies so they can provide low-cost lap tops to poverty stricken children.

    They are probably limiting this sale to ‘test the waters’ they want to make sure that it is a product that the general public will want to buy.

    As for someone mentioning pencil and paper. In order for these children to have a fighting chance in todays business world they need to have access to modern technology.

  23. Buy one, give one : Wha... November 12, 2007 at 4:59 pm

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  24. Leonard E. Sienko, Jr. November 12, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    XO is fully compliant with the European Union’s RoHS Directive. It contains no hazardous materials. Its LiFePO4 or NiMH batteries contain no toxic heavy metals, plus it features enhanced battery management for an extended recharge-cycle lifetime. It will also tolerate alternate power-charging sources, such as car batteries.
    In addition, —for use at home and where power is not available—the XO can be solar or foot powered. It will come with at least two of three options: a crank, a pedal, or a pull-cord. It is also possible that children could have a second battery for group charging at school while they are using their laptop in class.
    Experience shows that laptop components most likely to fail are the hard drive and internal connectors. Therefore, XO has no hard drive to crash and only two internal cables. For added robustness, the machine’s plastic walls are 2mm thick, as opposed to the standard 1.3mm. Its mesh network antennas, which far outperform the typical laptop, double as external covers for the USB ports, which are protected internally as well. The display is also cushioned by internal “bumpers.”
    The estimated product lifetime is at least five years. To help ensure such durability, the machines are being subjected to factory testing to destruction, as well as in situ field testing by children.

    Here’s where to get the latest news and answers to questions:


  25. opunksihab November 12, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    i wont buy it,,,,how? I’m Indonesia West Java Bandung Street

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  27. Bill of wrongs November 12, 2007 at 7:45 am

    I don’t understand why on earth they want to limit the availability of the give one get one program.
    The best way of getting the production costs per unit down is to produce lots of them. Limiting
    the offer to the US & Canada seems like an excellent way of shooting yourself in the foot.

  28. Agusta November 12, 2007 at 12:10 am

    What a shame it is only available in North America!

  29. nathan t. November 11, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    hey daniel i think linksys is now setting up some wireless internet stuff in africa and plus it says that the wifi antenas can reach a connection of at leased 2 kilometers lon just wanted to point that out thanks

    PS.the computer looks amazing

  30. Amy November 11, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    How about pencil and paper for every child? What’s going to happened to all of these laptops in 2 years? Are they all going to end up in landfills? I hate to be a downer, but this doesn’t seem very green to me. It seems like we’re ecouraging consumption rather than learning.

  31. cracovian November 11, 2007 at 11:20 am

    This thing has NO crank – it’s an optional accessory even though it was in the original plans as part of the laptop – just setting the record straight…

  32. Dr Ketan JOSHI November 11, 2007 at 7:03 am

    How can I order and get it delivered in Europe – UK? How can I order one (or two)?

    can anyone help direct me to a site?



  33. J. November 10, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    I think the idea is wonderful! … and, as has been said, the $399. pricing (for two – 1 to keep/1 to give) is really very impressive for a “first run”.

    I do have a question/concern:
    How do consumers know – for sure – that each purchase does in fact result in one being given to a child in need? Obviously the mfgr. can’t respond to each of us with the name/country of each child BUT it would be nice to somehow verify that the donation has been made.

    Yes, I am a bit cynical … with some reason since it’s been documented that a number of high & low profile charities spend a fairly high % on “Admin.”, which obviously depletes the “useable” $s” pool.
    While I do believe that these folks are sincere in their desire to make it 1 bought/1 given, for the first little while at least, it would be nice to have a way of confirming it.

    Perhaps their web site could maintain a simple list of “X” sales [per state?] = “X” donations to School Name “Y” in Country “Z” … or something similar.

    Anyway … I’m all for it, even with this slight reservation.


  34. Kat November 10, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    standing ovation for a company with heart!

  35. Daniel November 10, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    What are the chances that the places these are sent even have wireless capabilities accessible to the kids getting them? I think it’s a great idea and even more genius to sell them to make westerners who can get a fuzzy feeling inside by buying their kid a computer.

    I get the feeling stuff like this will catch on in the future.

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  37. Leonard E. Sienko, Jr. November 10, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    The price today is $200.00 to donate one of these amazing laptops to a child overseas.

    The project encountered resistance from established computer companies, which were unwilling to cede any portion of their market to a not-for-profit, even for impoverished children. Negroponte found his large orders from 3rd world countries being reneged on, due to pressure from for-profit companies.

    They missed the startup price by $100.00; but hope to have that come down with mass production. To encourage donations, to take the place of cancelled orders, OLPC has come up with the buy one for a child overseas, get one for your child for $399.00, which starts 11-12-07 and will be in place for a short time.

    The computer has a screen with dual modes, which enable it to be seen in direct sunlight. It has built in wireless connectivity with a WiFi network and any other XO computer in its “neighborhood”. It has collaborative browsing on the network. It utilizes open source software, which caused some of the corporate resistance. The GUI has been designed to allow children to learn to take full advantage of the XO’s capabilities.

    This project represents a digital quantum leap for the children of the 3rd world.

  38. Akash November 10, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    Can’t wait for this. I love the fact that I’ll be supporting another child by purchasing this laptop for my kid also! :)

  39. Amir A November 10, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    this is like the most amazing christmas present a kid could get, much better than any conventional and maybe more powerful computer, this one is designed for kids and stuff kids want to do, i’m just curious about the Operating System and how well it’s suited to kids.

  40. Bob November 10, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    I feel the idea is wonderful, I hope the children in the countries who receive the computer realize that this gift is from a free country and it will allow them to search beyond the boundries of their countries.

  41. Chris November 10, 2007 at 12:51 pm

    The $100 laptop is a goal, only achievable when economies of scale go up, and experience allows the laptops to be designed with cheaper components. The laptop still costs less than a standard iPod!

    NB: the crank was scrapped as it could not sensibly produce enough power

  42. Aaron November 10, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    Yeah, I don’t think the article was claiming the price to be $100… I think she just mean’s the “100-dollar-laptop”, because that’s what it’s been labeled by the general public.

  43. Ian November 10, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    The group producing it couldn’t make the $100 price point yet as the components are too expensive and there are too many countries who refuse to commit to purchasing the laptops and put their money where their mouth is. It is also worth noting, that those who buy the laptop, get one to keep and give one to someone who needs one in a developing country, get a $200 tax deductible donation, and a free one year subscription to all T-mobile hotspots.

  44. Angelina Mina November 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    when will this make it to South Asia, i m working in an NGO and would like to get these for childrens..

    Angelina Mina

  45. Donna November 10, 2007 at 11:31 am

    I don’t understand the offer. Is the laptop available for $100.00 or not? The total cost doesn’t make sense.

  46. Mike November 10, 2007 at 11:27 am

    The goal of OLPC was to build the laptops for $100 each, but they weren’t quite successful on the first run. My guess is that the price will continue to fall on these and they will in time meet their $100 per laptop goal.

  47. Goran November 10, 2007 at 11:27 am

    Although it isn’t $100 dollars mass production would lead to a eventual price drop….$400 dollars for two laptops that have solar running capabilities not to mention the hand crank is amazing….if you where to scrape those two features…it would probably decline at least $50 dollars in price….but of course one problem is how are you going to run it with no power? Anyway it is a great effort…

  48. Smart Alec November 10, 2007 at 11:03 am

    $100 per arm maybe? 2×2

  49. Roger November 10, 2007 at 9:13 am

    I love the idea, but how does 2 x “$100 laptop” = $399?

  50. Not $100 November 10, 2007 at 9:03 am

    Isn’t this the $200 One Laptop Per Child?

  51. maggie November 10, 2007 at 2:46 am

    i dun feel the design is sexy…or nice..

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