[IAEP] Trip Advisor grant statement of work

Nick Doiron ndoiron at mapmeld.com
Sat Feb 13 11:21:27 EST 2016

Hi Walter and SLOBs,

In 2013, I was asked to participate in a Haitian Creole translation program
with SugarLabs, TripAdvisor, and EducaVision. Predictably, there was a
trivial software issue and I never saw this work completed.

I did release a Sugar activity which is on "HaitiOS" laptops today, and a
static HTML+JS app which you can access here

I don't see Haiti mentioned in your TripAdvisor email.  I have friends
still working with Sugar in Haiti, so I'm curious, is money still allocated
for Haitian Creole? After 3 years, can another Creole translator be
selected? Thanks.

Nick Doiron

On Sat, Feb 13, 2016 at 9:35 AM, Walter Bender <walter.bender at gmail.com>

> I was asked to repost the statement of work from the Trip Advisor grant.
> Here it is:
> There are two specific goals for the Tripadvisor grant:
> (1) Broaden the reach of our indigenous language support. Currently we
> have language projects in ~150 languages (for example, we cover Aymara,
> Quechua, Gurani and other languages of the Andes region). But the problem
> is enormous: for example, in Nigeria, there are more than 300 languages
> spoken. We only have partial coverage in four of these languages. We need
> to push much harder on making Sugar be available in the local language of
> the learner; this requires both outreach and coordination that is above and
> beyond what we can support strictly through our volunteer efforts. So we
> are hoping to establish a seed fund to help with translation efforts:
> augmenting the efforts of our volunteers with some professional translation
> services in Latin America, Africa, and South Asia.
> (2) Support for a major new outreach initiative we are launching in
> October 2013. We are celebrating International Turtle Art Day (Turtle Art
> is a programming environment for children that is one of the cornerstone
> apps bundled with the Sugar platform.) We are trying to:
> * Promote the use of Turtle Art (We have three million users, but would
> like to double that number over the next three years);
> * Share and promote best practices (We want to ensure that our users are
> getting maximum value from their investment of time);
> * Celebrate projects for children and teachers (We want to bring children
> together to their local venues and connect them globally through a shared
> project site to their peers as a way of encouraging them to push themselves
> further -- creating a network effect around learning opportunities).
> Internationalization and localization are on-going efforts for us and
> areas we take quite seriously. As we expand to more regions, the need to
> develop and sustain local localization teams is paramount to reaching more
> children with our learning tools. We would use the Tripadvisor donation as
> the initial basis of a fund to help
> translation efforts both targeted opportunistically by Sugar Labs and on
> demand by our user community, with an emphasis on expanding our reach in
> Africa.
> Turtle Art Day is scheduled for October 2013. (We already have venues
> lined up in the United States, Peru, Colombia, Nicaragua, Paraguay,
> Uruguay, Nigeria, India, and Australia). We hope that Turtle Art Day will
> be an annual event, celebrated simultaneously in 100s of venues. We are
> asking TAMG to be the inaugural event sponsor and to help us establish a
> framework by which it can be readily replicated in the coming years.
> The internationalization and localization work would be overseen by Chris
> Leonard, the Sugar Labs Internationalization Team leader. The management of
> the funds would be overseen by the executive director, Walter Bender, who
> also happens to be the lead developer of the Turtle Art program. Sugar Labs
> will provide Tripadvisor with detailed reports on all spending.
> regards.
> -walter
> --
> Walter Bender
> Sugar Labs
> http://www.sugarlabs.org
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