Wed, 30 Jan 2008

lca2008: 70 OLPCs Randomly Seeded Among Attendees

For years it has been an LCA dream to put an OLPC in every attendee's registration bag, to give the project a development boost and inspire our attendees. We didn't quite get there, but we did get 100.

Jim Gettys and I announced at the keynote that we had a handful available, and we'd chosen names a random. We gave out 10 there, and leaked out another 60 to random people over the morning.

I fought hard for randomness, because we don't know who will make best use of them and I trust our attendees to pass them on if they can't do something wonderful. Some comments overheard since then have battered my faith, but I still hope that most people will make sure these XOs make a difference.

BTW, the following people were loved by the random number generator but still haven't been found (send them to Registration Desk):

  1. Geoff O'Callaghan
  2. Peter Karlsson
  3. Brinley Craig
  4. Bill Robertson
  5. Stacy Gillett
  6. Nicholas Nethercote
  7. Techfatt Wong
  8. Tim Josling

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