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Masi Oka's Ad Appeals to One Laptop Per Child Donors

Masi Oka's Ad Appeals to One Laptop Per Child Donors

The One Laptop Per Child project, an effort to provide $100 computers to children in developing countries, has been in the works for some time, but a recent publicity campaign has catapulted the project into the mainstream. The OLPC has released an ad featuring Heroes star and former Geek of the Week Masi Oka. In it Masi implores the public to purchase and donate computers to children in need.

"Imagine that you give a laptop to a child and that one child can come up with these great ideas," Oka says in the video. "We can give them the power to learn. The power to connect with all ideas around the world. Imagine the difference we can make."

Between Nov. 12 and 26, OLPC is offering a Give One Get One program in the United States and Canada. During this time, you can donate the XO laptop to a child in a developing nation, and also receive one for the child in your life in recognition of your contribution.


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geohiker geohiker 9 years
This is such a great program for the kids! These are not designed for a kid in a more privileged area; they are for kids who do not have the option of using a parent's computer or being taken to the local library to use the computers. These computers are solar powered, because the kids using them do not have steady access to electricity, and they are very damage-resistant, because there is no way they are not going to be dropped or dinged. They also network together, so kids can work together and learn about communication online - helping them build not only tech skills, but also teamwork. David Pogue, the tech writer for the New York Times, was very positive about this whole program also. It may not be perfect, or a fancy computer you would use here or on other wealthy countries, but these are going to help kids who have no other opportunities to learn and use technology. (And, I think the point with the one you receive is to donate it to someone else here. If your kid needs a computer, go another direction.) Definitely a great thing, and I'm so glad they have a good celebrity spokesperson to help them promote this very worthy cause.
horcruxes horcruxes 9 years
i feel bad but i agree with lnico!! either way i think i'm going to save up and buy one laptop for a child. :)
Daisie Daisie 9 years
Aw....great cause and I am loving the Heroes actors Masi for this and Hayden for the dolphins!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
What a great program! And it's nice to see the slight differences between Masi Oka and his character on 'Heroes.'
lnico lnico 9 years
I commend the efforts of a program like this, I work in world education, but their marketing has been misleading. First the laptop was marketed to foreign governments for $100 each (leaders in some south american countries wanted to buy bulk shipments for every child in the country.) Now the price has DOUBLED to $200 (not a lot for a laptop, but it is inferior quality very basic and a price double is still a price double.) In order to do the buy one get one "deal" you pay $399, so the deal is you get a whole $.50 off the price per computer. If you want a cheap laptop for your kid, youre better off buying a refurbished one, I really question the quality of these.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
That's a good cause, it helps give these kids a chance to learn and rise above their unfortunate circumstances!
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