Nicholas Negroponte will reflect on his One Laptop Per Child Project, initiated in 2006 to distribute wireless Internet-enabled computers costing roughly $100 each to children in the world’s poorest and most remote countries. He will review the achievements of the initiative so far, and discuss how the project has responded to criticism and continues to recalibrate as it evolves.
Nicholas Negroponte is chairman and founder of the One Laptop per Child Foundation, which he started in 2006 to increase Internet access in developing countries. He is currently on leave from MIT, where he was co-founder and director of the MIT Media Laboratory, and the Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Technology. The MIT Media Lab has been the launch pad for many innovators in the field and now houses more than 500 researchers and staff. Negroponte is also author of Being Digital (Vintage, 1996), which has been translated into more than 40 languages. In the private sector, Negroponte serves on the board of directors for Motorola, Inc. and as general partner in a venture capital firm specializing in digital technologies for information and entertainment. He has provided start-up funds for more than 40 companies, including Wired magazine.
The Fall 2011 Design Criticism MFA Lecture Series is open to the public. You are warmly invited to attend our lectures, to see our new department and to meet with speakers, faculty members and students over a drink. Space is limited; All attendees must register here.
When: 18 Oct 2011, 6:00 p.m.
Where: MFA Design Criticism Department, School of Visual Arts, 136 West 21 Street, 2nd floor
Price: Free and open to the public