• A Mission, Not a Market: One Laptop per Child

Nicholas Negroponte present the closing Civic Discourse lecture

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
The Boston Athenæum
10 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston


Nicholas Negroponte, founder and chairman, One Laptop per Child and co-founder and director , MIT Media Laboratory, presents the closing lecture in Spring 2010 Civic Discourse Series: Literacy and Democracy, "A Mission, Not a Market: One Laptop per Child."

Nicholas Negroponte is founder and chairman of the One Laptop per Child, a non-profit organization that is working to create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning.  He is currently on leave from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was co-founder and director of the MIT Media Laboratory, and the Jerome B.. Wiesner Professor of Media Technology.  A graduate of MIT, Negroponte was a pioneer in the field of computer-aided design, and has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1966.  He is also author of the 1995 best seller, Being Digital, which has been translated into more than 40 languages.  In the private sector, Negroponte serves on the board of directors for Motorola, Inc.  He is also a general partner in a venture capital firm specializing in digital technologies for information and entertainment.  Negroponte has provided start-up funds for more than 40 companies, including Wired magazine.

Reservations will be accepted starting April 14, 2010 at 617-720-7600. 

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