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The One Laptop Per Child Association, created to provide cheap computers to children around the world, is no longer operating out of its facility in Cambridge, where the widely publicized nonprofit was founded nine years ago.
The organization’s Cambridge office and labs—which shuttered without attracting attention in January—developed hardware and software for the organization’s low-cost children’s computer. Chief executive Rodrigo Arboleda said OLPC has begun outsourcing technology development, and moved sales and distribution activities to Miami.
“We are alive and kicking,” said Arboleda, “and we are very proud of that.”
OLPC was founded in 2005 by Nicholas Negroponte, a professor at the Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Negroponte gained global fame and galvanized the computer industry with his proposal to build a cheap laptop computer powered by a hand-cranked generator and stuffed with educational software.