The Longest Now


OLPC focuses, lays off staff
Wednesday January 07th 2009, 3:33 pm
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This hurts.  It is a gray week in Cambridge.  We are still busily planning for the upcoming XOCamp, and the bulk of our contributors have always been volunteers.  But that doesn’t lessen the impact of losing teammates…

There remains a lot to be said about our targets for the coming two years, and I will work through the list over the weekend, including both our active goals [book reader features, $0 laptops for target communities] and the projects that now need better community maintainers [server development, interface development, activity integration, testing & help-lines].

I am working on a job and bounty listings page for people with open jobs related to OLPC and Sugar deployments, and to other education projects.  Please post your own leads here as you have them  (hat-tip to Bryan Berry and OLE Nepal for being the first).


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Ugh. That sounds really rough.

Comment by Benjamin Mako Hill 01.07.09 @ 8:19 pm

Really sorry to hear, SJ. This is not going to be an easy climate for any nonprofit tech projects.

Comment by EthanZ 01.07.09 @ 11:26 pm

Thanks for the notes. I am still here, but this is definitely going to be a hard year.

Most of the office spent the evening at the pub, hashing through opportunities and options; a great atmosphere despite everything.

Comment by SJ 01.08.09 @ 6:02 am

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