My friend Eli and I had this crazy idea to apply for a grant to hand out laptops to schoolchildren in Africa - something neither of us had ever done before in a place that neither of us had ever been.
For those of you who have just come aboard to our adventure, Eli Luxenberg and myself (James Elkins) won a grant of $10,000 and 100 laptops from the OLPC Association to distribute said laptops in Mauritania, Africa this summer. In addition, we'll be training the teachers and students how to integrate the laptop into their learning The grant program is called OLPCorps Africa in a riff off of the Peace Corps name.
You can find alot more information (though slightly out of date) at our wiki page on the OLPC website.
As Eli stated in the last post, everything is coming together very fast. To give our viewers at home a little taste of what we're up to, I'll post some technical details about what equipment we've chosen to use in the next entry.