29 October 2007 – Uruguay place order for “100-dollar laptops”

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Uruguay is the first country to place an official order for the laptop computers developed as part of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative, also known as “100-dollar laptops”. The Technological Laboratory of Uruguay, a government agency, ordered 100,000 of the devices for schoolchildren between the ages of six and 12. There are plans to acquire another 300,000 laptops by 2009. The goal of the OLPC project is to create educational opportunities for the world’s poorest children by providing each child with a low-cost laptop computer designed for learning activities. The price of the computer designed for the project, which was originally meant to be 100 dollars, has almost doubled since then.