Sean Laurence

162 posts
I’m an American living in Vietnam. I teach English, organize teacher workshops, run an English club and write about the English language.

Virtusa Lends a Helping Hand to One Laptop per Child

How a company with a big heart chose to help One Laptop per Child with their mission.   Cambridge, Massachusetts — June 2010 The mission of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is “to create educational opportunities for the world’s poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning.” How is that mission being accomplished? So far over a million laptops have […]

The XO Travels to the Vung Vieng Village Floating School in Vietnam

Imagine you are sitting on your comfy couch watching TV. You decide to tune in to 60 Minutes. They are talking about a non profit organization that is on the way to bring a low cost laptop to children in developing countries. You think that is a great idea and decide to learn more. Fast forward two years later and you are in the middle of a floating fishing village in Ha Long Bay in […]

Class Act Tips from an Experienced Volunteer

  Are you leaving your country with a bag full of XOs? Would you like some helpful tips before you go? Then this article is for you. It was written for One Laptop per Child (OLPC) volunteers who are about to depart for a deployment. The information came from a presentation at OLPC by experienced volunteer, Nancie Severs. She took 12 XOs to the Vung Vieng Floating Fishing Village in Ha Long Bay in Northeast […]

For Those New to the Boston Startup Community

Update! (7/5/13): Christian Perry of @sfbeta organized “What’s Brewing in Boston?”. It’s a 30 minute panel discussing the Boston startup scene. Check it out here: There’s a lot going on here in Boston when it comes to startups. Institutes that will turn you into a lean mean startup machine. RubyRiot. WebInno. BostInno. How do you keep track of everything? These sites will help familiarize you with the Boston startup community. Greenhorn Connect Startups in Boston Microsoft […]

8 Books Recommended by Entrepreneurs

My first week of the Startup Institute has come to an end. It was a whirlwind of meeting fellow new students, listening to Boston startup community legends and taking lots of notes! What follows are just some of the highlights. A race against other teams to build a tower with only raw spaghetti, a string and a marshmallow. Going around the room and saying what you honestly suck at. A happy birthday song sung to a very surprised recipient. Soaking up […]