Update: my talk has been cov­ered by OLPC News.

Here’s the video of the talk I said I’d be giv­ing at OSDC 2011, titled Australia’s Tough­est Lin­ux Deploy­ment:

In it, I out­line our edu­ca­tion­al pro­gramme and how the tech­nol­o­gy fits into it. Some key points:

  • we have a bet­ter ver­sion on YouTube of the video I show in the talk
  • we main­tain a Pol­i­cy Doc­u­ment, which pro­vides an overview of our over­all programme
  • OLPC Aus­tralia have two core prin­ci­ples in addi­tion to OLPC’s orig­i­nal five
  • we have some sup­port in gov­ern­ment at dif­fer­ent lev­els — for exam­ple, we were praised in fed­er­al par­lia­ment and the print media (pay­wall) by a promi­nent fed­er­al Mem­ber of Parliament
  • we have deploy­ments across remote Aus­tralia — a feat that can only be man­aged through build­ing self-sufficiency
  • our pro­gramme is show­ing ben­e­fi­cial results, and we are engaged in lon­gi­tu­di­nal and detailed evaluation
  • we have a com­pre­hen­sive edu­ca­tion­al pro­gramme, with online train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tions (such as our XO-cert course)
  • we are break­ing depen­dence on spe­cial exper­tise and infra­struc­ture — build­ing sus­tain­abil­i­ty and grass-roots sup­port is key
  • deploy­ments are made at the class­room lev­el, which is more man­age­able than sat­u­rat­ing a whole school at once
  • we don’t pro­vide XOs with­out train­ing — a teacher must earn a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion before they can receive XOs for their class
  • our sup­port is focused on enabling schools and com­mu­ni­ties to help them­selves, and each other
  • we have inno­vat­ed in the tech­nol­o­gy space, with offer­ings such as the XO-AU OS, XO-AU USB, XOP and XS-AU
  • con­tex­tu­al­is­ing learn­ing, for exam­ple through local­i­sa­tion, is a pow­er­ful tool to improve engage­ment from the child, school and community
  • we invite peo­ple to join our devel­op­ment efforts
  • there’s a nice sur­prise men­tioned towards the end, which I shall elab­o­rate upon in the near future 🙂

For those of you who have seen me speak about OLPC Aus­tralia at SLUG, this is a much more pol­ished talk.