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Walter Bender Book Signing

17 April 2013 - Remy DeCausemaker

RIT to host Reading and Book Signing with Walter Bender, Executive Director of SugarLabs and Co-Founder of One Laptop Per Child

  • WHAT: Free book reading and signing
  • WHEN: 7:00 p.m., Wednesday April 17th, 2013
  • WHERE: Golisano Hall atrium and auditorium (Bldg 70, Room 1400)
  • PARKING: Parking is available in J Lot, on the north side of RIT’s campus
  • Sponsors: RIT MAGIC Center, Red Hat, StormFrog, RIT Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Lab for Technological Literacy

Copies of “Learning to Change The World” will be available for purchase at the signing.

Walter Bender has worked to empower the children of developing countries to learn using technology. The co-founder of One Laptop Per Child and founder of Sugar Labs will share his lessons with educators, social entrepreneurs and technologists during a free and open talk at 7 p.m. April 17 at Rochester Institute of Technology.

The discussion, held in Golisano Hall auditorium, will address the history of One Laptop Per Child, social entrepreneurship lessons and a futuristic look at attaining the organizations educational goals. The talk will include a discussion of points from his book, Learning to Change the World: The Social Impact of One Laptop Per Child.

Bender is currently executive director of Sugar Labs, a non-profit foundation that develops Sugar—a free and open source desktop environment designed with the goal of being used by children for interactive learning. He is the former director of MIT’s Media Lab and a co-founder of One Laptop Per Child, a non- profit organization with the mission of providing more information and better education to the world’s underprivileged via an inexpensive laptop.

“Bender’s book not only tells the story of this pioneering effort, but also puts the lessons of what it means to collaborate and work in this environment into perspective for educators and future social entrepreneurs,” says Stephen Jacobs, a professor in RIT’s School of Interactive Games and Media.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the signing. The talk is sponsored by RIT’s new MAGIC Center, Red Hat, StormFrog, the Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Lab for Technological Literacy. For more information on the talk, contact Stephen Jacobs.