Knowledge@SMU

Authors

Knowledge@SMU

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

9-2009

Abstract

When Nicholas Negroponte mooted the idea of a US$100 laptop four years ago, he was met with scepticism. Undaunted, he and his team signed up partners and sponsors. Today, the end product, once described as “impossible”, is said to be inspiration behind netbooks. However, technological advancement was not the driving force behind the XO, as this laptop is called. Negroponte was motivated, instead, by the educational needs of developing nations, seeing that a large number of children in these countries receive little or no education. But just how far can inexpensive laptops go to address the needs of poverty-stricken communities?

Disciplines

Business | Technology and Innovation

Copyright Owner and Holder

Copyright © Singapore Management University 2012

Article ID

1237

Subject(s)

Technology and Information Systems

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