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Summit Schedule

Reminder: daylight savings time ends, clocks fall back 1 hour at 2am Sunday.

Time Session
05:00pm to 07:00pm

Welcome Reception

Welcome to the OLPC San Francisco Community Summit 2016. Join us for drinks and snacks plus a screening of WEB: The Film.

Time Session
10:00am to 10:30am

Check-in and coffee

Welcome! Take some time to checkin at the registration desk, have some coffee, and meet some other attendees.

10:30am to 11:30am

State of Projects: OLPC, Sugar and the Ecosystem

Sameer Verma
11:45am to 12:45pm

Android + Sugarizer = the next XO ?

Sugarizer is the port of Sugar on any device using web technologies HTML&JavaScript. Version after version Sugarizer propose more and more features and activities. This session will present version 0.8 the last version of Sugarizer. Then, the session will introduce Sugarizer OS a way to transform an Android device into a full featured Sugar-like device. 
Lionel Laské, Michaël Ohayon
12:45pm to 02:15pm

Break for lunch

Lunch time. Options:

  • Peets Coffeehouse in the Library 
  • Cafe 101 acros the quad
  • Order in pizza
  • Stonestown Mall across the parking lot.
02:15pm to 03:00pm

Data Analysis and Visualization

Update on xovis, the system we use to visualize activity usage patterns and hopefully we'll gather some support for more student-centered activity analysis that is geared more towards educators than administrators.

Andi Gros
03:15pm to 04:00pm

An introduction to Endless

Endless has developed an operating system tailored for emerging markets and with unique features for people that don't have a broadband Internet connectivity.

During this session I will give an introduction to Endless and our software, and will present a demo to the audience.

Cosimo Cecchi
04:15pm to 05:00pm

Sugar Font Editor

During the past summer, Dave Crossland and Eli Heuer were GSOC mentors for Sugar Labs, initiating a new font editor Activity. This session will review the project and lessons learned, and invite discussion about the future of the font editor and Activity development generally.

Eli Heuer, Dave Crossland
Time Session
10:00am to 10:30am

Check-in and coffee

Welcome! Don't forget to put your clock back! 

Take some time to checkin at the registration desk, have some coffee, and meet some other attendees.

10:30am to 11:30am

Tech is a Tool: Kids Code to Revitalize Indigenous Languages in Canada + New Paths and Communities to Teach Coding

Tech is a Tool: Kids Code to Revitalize Indigenous Languages in Canada

There are 60 Indigenous languages in Canada and ever increasing awareness of the need to preserve these unique world views. In 2017, OLPC Canada will work with Indigenous youth and Knowledge Keepers to revitalize languages through coding. Using Scratch, students will create computer games and animations highlighting local language and culture. Volunteers are needed to curate cultural material available online that can be incorporated into student projects and help kickstart early success.

New Paths and Communities to Teach Coding

The OLPC laptop came with a few different coding environments: TurtleArt, Scratch, eToys, and Pippy. Several of these have since moved to HTML5/JavaScript environments, and many kids around the world are learning programming using blocks or JavaScript functions on

This talk covers several approaches to teach coding on modern devices: Bret Victor's reactive programming, localized block languages from Google/Scratch/, and gaming environments from Apple and CodeCombat.

Jennifer Martino, Nick Doiron
11:45am to 12:45pm

OLPC Nicaragua + OLPC Dominican Republic

OLPC Experiences in Nicaragua

One of the most successful OLPC projects in the world: Zamora Teran Foundation in Nicaragua, the second poorest country of America, benefiting more than 45,000 children, having quantity and quality achievements in seven years: school retention, enrollment increase, improvement of academic performance and the transformation of the pedagogical practices. 

An educational/comprehensive model that includes pedagogical and tech follow up, fundraisng, volunteers program, impact measurement and software development focused in math and literacy skills.

OLPC Dominican Republic, status of the project

Status of the project, first year of implementation, what we learned and our challenges in the future.

Sofana Barreto, Ana Ibelka Reyes, German Ruiz
12:45pm to 02:15pm

Break for lunch

Lunch time. Try the Stonestown Mall across the parking lot.

02:15pm to 03:00pm

OLPC and 'maker mindset' + school servers + XSCE on Raspberry Pi

What's New with the Bernie Project and school server (and what should be new but isn't)

The school server is a substitute source of educational resources at a school where internet access is not available. Going forward it should also enable local sharing of content created by the users. This should be powered by a 'maker mindset'. This session provides specific examples of how this mindset differs from our traditional point of view. Examples include localization, programming, and stem/steam.

XSCE on Raspberry Pi

XSCE is available on both Fedora and Debian based distros on the Raspberry Pi.

Tony Anderson, Adam Holt
03:15pm to 05:00pm

Redefining Sustainability: Tales from the Trenches

Kids on Computers in Oaxaca, Mexico

Kids on Computers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization setting up computer labs for underprivileged kids around the world with the hopes of providing them increased access to educational content so they can better their own lives and eventually the lives of their communities. We currently have 20 labs in 5 countries including 12 in the region of Oaxaca, Mexico.

From our seven years of setting up and maintaining labs, recruiting local volunteers, and providing training, we have cultivated ideas and processes of what works (and what doesn't) in setting up a sustainable lab model so that a small organization, such as ours (~20 active volunteers, ~100 people on our mailing list), can scale effectively.

I'll share stories of our experiences with different communities and how our organization leverages local resources so that communities can determine, for themselves, what methods work best for their labs. This talk will cover:

  • How we select lab locations
  • Planning and acquiring lab equipment
  • Setting up a lab
  • Empowering local volunteers and communities
  • Providing access to local technical expertise
  • Leveraging accessible technology in order to maintain communication
  • Providing access to training
  • Follow-up and maintenance

Kids Write and Unleash Kids in Haiti

How can projects invest and keep running long-term without asking resource-scarce communities to contribute funds or free time - where the “long-term” is almost certainly longer than anyone expects? Is it even possible? Sustainability shouldn't mean asking a community to contribute funds or free time to keep a project running. I'll share my views on how to make projects last and succeed or decide to cut and run from my experiences working in Haiti for the last five and a half years.

Q&A Panel Panelists

Utilizing the two previous talks as food for thought, this Q&A panel would like to hear additional real-world examples from the audience and cultivate a conversation around sustainability, challenges others have faced, and what has led to success (and failures) in the field. We’d like to use this time as an opportunity where we can learn and grow from shared experiences.

Avni Khatri, Sora Edwards-Thro, Adam Holt, Tony Anderson