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Archive for December 17, 2010

Yves Béhar Awarded for One Laptop per Child Project

The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) has awarded Yves Béhar and fuseproject the 2010 IDSA Bronze Design of the Decade Award for their contribution to the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project.

The One Laptop per Child initiative was launched in 2005 by Nicholas Negroponte of the MIT Media Lab and seeks to provide a better future for 2 billion of the world’s poorest children, who have limited access to formal education.

Béhar devised the first-generation XO laptop, designed to cost 100 USD and be at once light, attractive, durable and easy to operate.

“We are honored to be recognized for our important work with OLPC,” said Yves Béhar.

“We spent more than four years on the research and design of the XO, and created a device that was tailor-made to the needs of children in the world’s developing countries.”