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Groton workshop to examine foundation’s laptop technology

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Groton-Dunstable Middle School North will present Ed McNierney of the One Laptop Per Child Foundation in “An Evening of Science –Portable Computing for Impossible Places” on Thursday, Nov. 18 in the school’s Team Meeting Room, 346 Main St., Groton. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be from 7 to 9 p.m., with refreshments served at 6:30.

McNierney will give a brief history of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) organization, then review the key technologies and innovations it has created, with a discussion of how and why each was possible and necessary. OLPC is currently designing an all-plastic, unbreakable, waterproof tablet computer designed to last for 10 years and use 1 watt of power; we’ll talk about what challenges need to be overcome to get there. We’ll also take a few OLPC XO-1 laptops apart and look in detail at the design, assembly, and repair processes involved. We’ll even try to break a few!

OLPC pioneered the design, development, and deployment of low-cost, low-power, long-lived, rugged portable computers for children in the most challenging situations on Earth. Focused on creating educational opportunities for children age 6 to 12 in the 50 least developed countries in the world, OLPC has had to invent and bring to production numerous new technologies. OLPC is credited with creating the netbook computer category, and built the first laptops with sunlight-readable displays, five-year usable battery life, power consumption of under 5 watts, and rugged, field-replaceable components.

High school students around the world have set up their own computer repair businesses equipped with only spare parts and a #1 Phillips screwdriver.

The talk is aimed at interested high school students, and is free and open to the public. There will be ample time for open discussion, and McNierney will discuss career paths in his field.

McNierney is currently Chief Technology Officer and VP of Engineering at the One Laptop Per Child Foundation, based in Kendall Square, Cambridge. Ed is an experienced software industry veteran, having served as chief technology officer and vice president of software development for companies ranging from early-stage startups to major commercial vendors. He has served as director of spreadsheet development for Lotus, building the company’s first Windows spreadsheet product, and as VP of Digital Strategy for Eastman Software, a subsidiary of Eastman Kodak Company. Most recently, he was a co-founder of TopoZone, the first online topographic mapping and aerial photography service, acquired by Demand Media in 2007.

He holds an A. B. degree in organic chemistry from Dartmouth College and lives in Groton, where he is an active board member of several environmental and conservation organizations.

Visit us online at www.GDSTEM.org.

Groton workshop to examine foundation’s laptop technology

Groton workshop to examine foundation’s laptop technology
Groton workshop to examine foundation’s laptop technology
PUBLISHED: | UPDATED:

Groton-Dunstable Middle School North will present Ed McNierney of the One Laptop Per Child Foundation in “An Evening of Science –Portable Computing for Impossible Places” on Thursday, Nov. 18 in the school’s Team Meeting Room, 346 Main St., Groton. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be from 7 to 9 p.m., with refreshments served at 6:30.

McNierney will give a brief history of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) organization, then review the key technologies and innovations it has created, with a discussion of how and why each was possible and necessary. OLPC is currently designing an all-plastic, unbreakable, waterproof tablet computer designed to last for 10 years and use 1 watt of power; we’ll talk about what challenges need to be overcome to get there. We’ll also take a few OLPC XO-1 laptops apart and look in detail at the design, assembly, and repair processes involved. We’ll even try to break a few!

OLPC pioneered the design, development, and deployment of low-cost, low-power, long-lived, rugged portable computers for children in the most challenging situations on Earth. Focused on creating educational opportunities for children age 6 to 12 in the 50 least developed countries in the world, OLPC has had to invent and bring to production numerous new technologies. OLPC is credited with creating the netbook computer category, and built the first laptops with sunlight-readable displays, five-year usable battery life, power consumption of under 5 watts, and rugged, field-replaceable components.

High school students around the world have set up their own computer repair businesses equipped with only spare parts and a #1 Phillips screwdriver.

The talk is aimed at interested high school students, and is free and open to the public. There will be ample time for open discussion, and McNierney will discuss career paths in his field.

McNierney is currently Chief Technology Officer and VP of Engineering at the One Laptop Per Child Foundation, based in Kendall Square, Cambridge. Ed is an experienced software industry veteran, having served as chief technology officer and vice president of software development for companies ranging from early-stage startups to major commercial vendors. He has served as director of spreadsheet development for Lotus, building the company’s first Windows spreadsheet product, and as VP of Digital Strategy for Eastman Software, a subsidiary of Eastman Kodak Company. Most recently, he was a co-founder of TopoZone, the first online topographic mapping and aerial photography service, acquired by Demand Media in 2007.

He holds an A. B. degree in organic chemistry from Dartmouth College and lives in Groton, where he is an active board member of several environmental and conservation organizations.

Visit us online at www.GDSTEM.org.