Imagine Cup US Finals – People’s Choice (that means YOU!)

Next week some of the brightest – and youngest – minds in America will compete in the US Finals of the Imagine Cup, Microsoft’s worldwide student technology competition.  Fifteen student teams were chosen out of thousands to showcase the technology applications they designed to help “solve the world’s toughest problems” of eradicating hunger and poverty,…

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Affordable Computing Alternatives to Transform Classroom Education

Ten years ago, the idea of giving each student a laptop was viewed by many as “the” thing that would transform education in developed markets. Today, that idea has become the dream of many developing nations as well: give students devices and amazing things will happen.  While exciting, especially when those devices are donated, I’m…

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Illinois’ Best and Brightest Tackle e-Waste (Part 2)

Now I’ll move on to the most exciting part of judging the University of Illinois’ first annual Sustainable e-Waste Design Competition—the extremely talented student teams and their winning project entries. The competitors were comprised of over 20 interdisciplinary teams of students—encompassing majors in Industrial Design, Engineering, Architecture, Computer Science, Urban and Regional Planning, International Studies…

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Illinois’ Best and the Brightest Tackle e-Waste

Last week my colleague Sean Nicholson wrote about the refurbished PC market. While many of the tens of millions of used PCs discarded each year can be refurbished and reused, some have reached the end of their life and need to be disposed of properly—which brought me to Champaign, Illinois this week.   ‘Ever wonder…

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Will Low Cost PCs kill the refurbished PC market?

With new low cost PCs like entry netbooks costing US$200 people keep asking me if the refurbished PC market will disappear. I guess the same question applies with the launch of the new Tata $2000 car, do people expect the used car market to disappear? I don’t think so.   While we’re working on both…

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European Innovative Teachers Forum and a study on laptops in the classroom

I spent last week in Vienna at Microsoft’s European Innovative Teachers Forum with representatives of the Nizhny Novgorod Institute of Educational Development (NIRO). NIRO just completed a study examining 252 students out of over 42,000 students who have been given laptops for use in the classroom in nearly 200 Russian schools through the Computers for…

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