Maarten Vanden Eynde

Malachite Laptop (XO-OLPC)

2017
Sculpted malachite laptop (XO-OLPC), yellow and red copper.
Produced in collaboration with Augy Ngoyi Twite.
23 x 25 x 3,5 cm

The XO-OLPC (One Laptop per Child), previously known as the $100 Laptop, is an inexpensive laptop computer intended to be distributed to children in developing countries around the world, to provide them with access to knowledge.

The first early prototype XO was unveiled by the project's founder Nicholas Negroponte, a co-founder of MIT's Media Lab, and then-United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on November 16, 2005, at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis, Tunisia. In 2006 Microsoft suddenly developed an interest in the XO project and wanted the formerly open source effort to run Windows. (wikipedia)

About 3 million XO laptops are distributed worldwide.