The One Laptop Per Child Association (OLPC), a non-profit organization that aims to provide low-cost laptops to children around the world, has moved its sales and distribution activities to Miami.
OLPC formerly operated out of its facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which closed in January of this year. OLPC is outsourcing many of the software and development units, while sales and distribution activities will be based out of their Brickell office in Miami. This decision is part of the organization’s plans to focus on South America, according to a source working at OLPC. We have reached out to OLPC for more details about this strategy, and are waiting on a response.
In a recent interview with The Boston Globe, chief executive Rodrigo Arboleda said the association is “alive and kicking,” with the announcement of a strategic alliance with Central American philanthropic foundation Zamora Teran to deliver XO laptops to communities in Central and South America.
OLPC was founded in 2005 by Nicholas Negroponte, a professor at the Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Negroponte’s vision was to sell his laptops to the governments of developing countries. The laptops would be distributed free of charge to children to be used as educational tools.
Since its inception, OLPC has distributed 2.8 million laptops over the world in various countries including Uruguay, Rwanda, and Peru.