[IAEP] Candidacy for Sugar Labs Board

Nicholas Doiron ndoiron at andrew.cmu.edu
Sat Oct 22 09:53:46 EDT 2011

To Sugar and OLPC community members:

My interest in Sugar began when I received a G1G1 XO laptop. From my dorm
room, I started fixing bugs and then hacking new features for Sugar
activities. Since then, I have worked for two months each with the Kasiisi
Project in Uganda and Plan Ceibal in Uruguay, and I am presently halfway
through another two-month deployment in Haiti. I have helped represent our
community at Maker Faire NYC, OpenStreetMap's 2011 conference, and
Tech at State. If you have visited http://olpcMAP.net, a website I
co-founded, or have read a post from my blogs,
http://MapaDelSur.blogspot.com and http://MapUganda.blogspot.com , I hope
that it made you feel better connected to the teachers and students using
Sugar around the world.

I would appreciate your support for my next phase of volunteering with
Sugar: serving on the Sugar Labs Oversight Board.

I believe that my experiences teaching Sugar in Uganda and Haiti, and my
development work with Plan Ceibal in Uruguay, would help me provide
valuable input to the board's decisions. As a 2012 Code for America fellow
- http://codeforamerica.org/2011/10/13/meet-code-for-america-2012/ - I
will be working closely with city governments to find open-source
solutions to common problems. As I see it, Sugar Labs is a major player in
the development of open education, but should take further steps to cover
traditional math and science disciplines. My recent work on Memorize with
Sensors, Mapa Ceibal, and Crikey (a modified Measure activity) are my
endeavors to make this possible without losing our engaging
constructionist ideals.

Thank you,
Nicholas Doiron
Ecole Shalom ( http://olpcMAP.net?id=966001 )

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