[IAEP] [Sugar-devel] Samson's proposal to SLOBs

Chris Leonard cjlhomeaddress at gmail.com
Wed Apr 20 01:39:58 EDT 2016

I worked with Samson to refine a narrower proposal that has been
presented to the SLOB by email.  It is for the SLOB or Samson to
decide how / when to share it with the wider community.  It is for the
SLOB to determine the how / when of discussing the proposal.  I am
confident that all details will be public before any decision is
taken, I would characterize them as generally similar to previously
funded translation work, specific terms of which have been shared



On Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 12:30 AM, Dave Crossland <dave at lab6.com> wrote:
> Hi!
> Its been 2 weeks since this thread was last updated; has anything else
> happened to move the proposal forward? Am I right that this will be decided
> on at the next SLOB meeting?
> Samson, some more questions below:
> On 6 April 2016 at 08:00, samson goddy <samsongoddy at hotmail.com> wrote:
>>   Thanks for the question Dave, Let me explain why the Yoruba came with
>> the price $6,000. Originally, The Yoruba come with a price of 1500 USD.
>> About the Internet plan in Nigeria is quite expensive. Like i told Tony,
>> getting a portable internet connection plus the device cost about $300 a
>> month.
> Which provider/offer is this? :)
>> I also explained that getting anything related to tech is also expensive
>> in Nigeria. For example getting an iphone6 plus might cost about $700-800 in
>> USA or amazon, with the current exchange rate of 200 Nigerian naira to 1
>> dollar doesn't make everything in Nigeria cheaper. To get that same phone in
>> Nigeria is about 250,000 naira here in Nigeria that about 1255.0225 US
>> Dollar, you see the difference. India or USA is not Nigeria these country
>> has a stable economy. You could do you research about Nigeria economy
>> currently and see for yourself.
> I understand - India is pretty similar to that :)
> Is the breakdown of the $6k something like this?
> $1,500 translation
> $  900 portable net @ $300/month x 3 months
> $3,600 laptops
> If there are other items, it seems the laptop is surely a larger item in the
> breakdown. So I wonder about the possibility of leasing/renting laptops. Eg
> I found http://xtramindsconcept.com.ng/laptops who advertise they leased a
> classroom of laptops to Google Nigeria. While that is in Lagos, I expect if
> you can visit a dozen computer repair shops, you could probably charm one of
> them to rent you some old stock for a good price.
> And there's also the 2nd hand market. Looking on olx.com I found a couple of
> nearly-new laptops for around USD$400 in Port Harcourt:
> https://www.olx.com.ng/ad/1-month-used-hp-pavilion-dv7-corei7-with-radeon-graphics-beat-audio-ID15HCC1.html
> https://www.olx.com.ng/ad/7months-old-hp-pavillion-for-sale-ID15I6yI.html
> (although you might also need that charm, "Carefully and softly used by a
> girl and so I wish a girl will also buy it" it says ;)
> I also find the $300/month mobile data cost high. How many Gb of data will
> you need?
> It seems that, new, its N15,000 ($USD75) for a hotspot wifi -
> http://www.gloworld.com/ng/personal/devices/portable-wifi-routers/ - and
> N5,000 (USD$25) for 5Gb of data -
> http://www.gloworld.com/ng/personal/data/data-plans/ - which can be doubled
> by working on a "campus" -
> http://www.gloworld.com/ng/personal/data/glo-campus-data-booster/ - and such
> hotspots can also be bought for around 1/3 of that price on olx.com
> Finally, how many translators would be involved for the $1,500, which is
> spent over 12 weeks? :)
>> "Can some of these XO laptops be recovered/recycled. The owners are now in
>> their late teens and probably wanting to use smartphones or standard
>> laptops. They may be willing to sell them for a relatively small amount
>> given that the local demand for XOs is probably negligible. These could be
>> refurbished and deployed either to support a local hackerspace or to supply
>> enough for one class at a local school."? yes they can. Those who don't want
>> to use the xo any more normally give them to their young ones to use.
> That's great! :)
>> "Finally, I think it would be cool to think about this funding as
>> investment, rather than just straight funding. You are going go through the
>> effort of finding people to translate, teaching them about Sugar, getting
>> new hardware for Sugar related projects, etc etc! It is a lot :) So, if you
>> do all that, I recommend thinking about how to use that built up energy and
>> value in a way that can move towards self-funding this kind of effort. For
>> example, offering workshops business model, because the risks can be
>> minimized and it can have low overheads, and there are several markets for
>> them - eg, offering sugar workshops to wealthier communities of parents who
>> are passionate about these languages; or, partnering with existing IT
>> training businesses."? Yes that is want i have in mind to do.
> :D
>>  Yes i would create Sugar Labs workshops, in Port Harcourt probably in
>> other parts of Nigeria too. These workshop will bring more users to the
>> sugar community, uses the xo's, Sugar on stick, sugarizer. It will be a
>> whole new word for Nigerians. I already find partners  for the workshop. And
>> also i would really like if some one from Sugar Labs community will be
>> present too e.g like walter for Musics Blocks and Turtle art JS. Also most
>> of this questions you are answer is already been answered. I am spending a
>> lot of $ in cyber cafe. So i can't really answer all your questions. like i
>> said before SLOBs should invest in this proposal probably this April(i am
>> not forcing the issue) so that things can be done quicker. and i can be able
>> to start planing for workshops.
> I am not a SLOB (nor even am I a Member, yet :) but I would like to see
> that, even if the primary purpose of the funds is translation, that this
> proposal can catalyse the nigeria deployments "graduates" into contributors
> - hopefully long term.
> So I'd like to suggest that you add more of these ideas into the proposal
> document, so that it can be turned into a motion at the next SLOB meeting.
> --
> Cheers
> Dave

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