FLOSS Weekly 66

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Episode 66

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FLOSS Weekly 66: OLE Nepal

Bryan Berry, of Open Learning Exchange Nepal, the NGO implementing the OLPC project in Nepal

Guest

Bryan Berry is CTO of Open Learning Exchange Nepal, the Nepali NGO implementing the OLPC project in Nepal in partnership with the Nepali government.

He is a former career member of the US Foreign Service. He served as IT manager for US Embassies in Tel Aviv, Hong Kong, and Kathmandu. He was in charge of computer security, telecommunications, and all IT infrastructure. He has been a Linux user for about six years, living and working outside the US for the last seven years, primarily in Asia. He helped start the OLPC Nepal community together with a young group of Nepalis to promote the OLPC project in Nepal in June 2006. In June 2007, they successfully lobbied the Nepali government to start a pilot of OLPC.

Bryan is also co-editor, with Christoph Derndorfer, of OLPCnews.com, the most popular news site for OLPC-related news.

Topics

Open Learning Exchange Nepal is a formal Nepali NGO, founded by Bryan Berry and Rabi Karmacharya to implement the OLPC pilot in partnership with Nepal's Department of Education. The largest effort yet at OLE Nepal has been to create open-source educational software that conforms to the national curriculum.

At first OLE Nepal created those activities using Squeak Etoys. They enjoyed working in Etoys but encountered performance issues on limited hardware and were frustrated by the limited size of the development community. While they believe that Etoys is a fantastic technology, they've switched to using Adobe Flash. They release all their learning activities under the MIT license. OLE Nepal also relies heavily on the open-source project Sugar.

In April 2008, OLE Nepal deployed 150 laptops to two poor, rural schools in Nepal. The project has thrived and this April they are deploying 2,500 laptops to poor schools across Nepal.

To date, OLE Nepal is the largest OLPC pilot that started as a grassroots community effort rather than as a government initiative.

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Production Information

  • Recorded Date: April 22, 2009 and April 9, 2009
  • Release Date: April 25, 2009
  • Duration: 1:12:27
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