This year's Summit is wrapped up and behind us. Thank you all who attended in person or online. During the Summit we presented the proclamation from San Francisco's Mayor Ed Lee that Saturday October 18th, 2014 is One Laptop Per Child Day!
Our community works hard to bring child-centered education to some of the most remote places in the world. By leveraging technology, we've created an ecosystem of self-empowered learning which can reach a very broad audience. From our beloved green XOs, to inexpensive Android tablets, to what hardware lies beyond, students previously without access or with limited access to education and information now have a low power, low cost device with which to collaborate and explore.
These accomplishments do not come for free! Through years of research, hours of hard work, successes and failures we've accomplished a lot. There is still more to do, but we take a moment to pause and reflect. Let us recognize the hard work that we've all done.
The City and County of San Francisco recognizes this hard work. As presented at the Summit, Mayor Ed Lee has proclaimed Saturday October 18th, 2014 to be One Laptop Per Child Day! The proclamation reads:
WHEREAS, One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunities to children in underserved communities with education and technology programs geared to help them experience success as adults in a technology-driven world; andWHEREAS, OLPC has provided millions of children worldwide with a laptop enabling their access to education through technology and building positive identities that will also benefit the communities in which they live to advance and prosper; andWHEREAS, OLPC is dedicated to low power, low cost, low maintenance hardware, with free and open source software, designed for collaboration and self-empowered learning; andWHEREAS, under the exceptional leadership of One Laptop Per Child's dedicated staff and volunteers in San Francisco and beyond, the organization has provided countless opportunities to children worldwide and has improved the quality of life for those challenged with the lack of available resources in their communities; andWHEREAS, our City commends and thanks the volunteers, staff and advocates from all over the world who are gathering in San Francisco physically and virtually for the annual OLPC Community Summit to continue growing and developing this tremendous endeavor; nowTHEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Edwin M. Lee, Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, on the occasion of the sixth annual OLPC Community Summit, do hereby proclaim October 18th, 2014 as...ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD DAY in San Francisco!IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City and County of San Francisco to be affixed.Edwin M. LeeMayor
The work of this community is monumental towards bringing education and opportunities to some of the most under represented places and people of the world. Volunteers from our community, not just us here in San Francisco, not just those of us who attended in person at the Summit, but our global community. Congratulations to all of you!