The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project is looking to buy one, give one promotion to boost adoption rates and bring its XO laptop to the U.S.
According to the OLPC site, a "Give 1 Get 1" program will kick off on Nov. 12. Under this arrangement, you can buy two XO laptops for $399. One laptop will go to a developing nation and the other will be sent to you (Techmeme has more). OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte described the deal:
Starting November 12, One Laptop Per Child will be offering a Give 1 Get 1 Program for a brief window of time. For $399, you will be purchasing two XO laptops—one that will be sent to empower a child to learn in a developing nation, and one that will be sent to your child at home. If you're interested in Give 1 Get 1, we'll be happy to send you a reminder email. Just sign up in the box to the left and you'll receive your reminder prior to the November 12 launch date.
The move will effectively bring XO laptops to the U.S. and create a way to finance the OLPC effort abroad. And that financing will be necessary considering the cost of the XO laptop is double the original $100 target. The Wall Street Journal has been briefed on the Nov. 12 promotion.
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