A sample of the prototype computer for OLPC
We then moved on to discussing an extremely interesting project put forward by some of the Honduran participants. They were extremely excited about the potential for creating energy through the peeling of a Corozo(also known as Tagua) fruit found mainly in the South American climate. The fruit can not be found within America, however, and thus the Hondurans themselves must devise a way(possibly by cooking it beforehand) to make the fruit adhere to the high standards imposed by US Customs. All very exciting stuff. The Honduran participants arrive tomorrow so hopefully I will have some good news for you all on that front tomorrow evening.
A corozo fruit sample
We then moved on to discussing the t-shirt design we felt would best encapsulate the spirit and unique nature of IDDS. We eventually settled on a circular design that includes a wheel, a gear, an axle and also different parts of the globe representing the practical design and construction focus of the conference while at the same time highlighting how these collective design elements are helping to bring people from all over the world to work together. We must commend our design Guru, Deepa, at this point for coming up with such an innovative design concept. Here is a quick sneak preview...
The IDDS 2008 T-shirt
Later in the day myself and Laura were both sitting in room 16-168, IDDS headquarters if you remember, working in silence on our various tasks for the day. Suddenly Laura shouts out "they are coming TOMORROW!" and begins to laugh hysterically. We have all gotten used to Laura's frequent public interjections to herself over the course of the last few days so this should come as no surprise. For once, however, I felt I shared her feeling of juxtaposition between extreme excitement at their arrival, and extreme apprehension that there had been something really important that had been left undone. Hopefully someone is scheduled to pick them up from the airport, they will have a bed to sleep in tomorrow night and thus hopefully my blog can remain light and cheerful for at least another day.