The $100 Laptop: Simplicity Can Be Complicated with moderator Michael Brown featuring panelist Michail Bletsas speaking at the NetSquared Conference 2006.
Nicholas Negroponte was the talk of Davos when he unveiled his plan for a $100 Laptop. This project, now called One Child Per Laptop, has been highly controversial. Many people have argued with its choice of technologies (Open Source), business model (partnering with the United Nations and with national governments, rather than with private companies). Some people have questioned whether the computer itself is the critical resource bottleneck, citing Internet access as being an equally important and more difficult to solve problem.
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Michail Bletsas is the Chief Connectivity Officer for One Laptop Per Child (OLPC). OLPC is a new nonprofit dedicated to research to develop a $100 laptopâ€”a technology that could revolutionize how we educate the world's children.
Before joining OLPC, Michail was director of computing at the MIT Media Laboratory, where he worked with Nicholas Negroponte in conceiving the $100 laptop. He designed and deployed most of the Internet network infrastructure systems at the Media Lab. His research involves experimenting with wireless networks that are implemented using off-the-shelf, low-cost components to provide broadband Internet access to underserved areas. Before joining the Media Lab, he was a systems engineer at Aware, Inc., where he designed and wrote high-performance software libraries for Intel's distributed-memory parallel supercomputers, and was involved in the development of one of the first ADSL Internet-access test beds. He holds a diploma in electrical engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and an MS in computer engineering from Boston University.
Mike joined Partech International in 2001 as an Associate and was promoted to Principal in 2005. He has been active in a number of Partech's investments in consumer Internet and digital media.
Prior to joining Partech, Mike was the second employee at Bluefire Systems, an enterprise software start-up in the supply chain management software sector. During his tenure at Bluefire, Mike was Client Services Manager, leading the deployment of Bluefireâ€™s advanced inventory management and pricing software at major retail and consumer goods clients including The Disney Stores, Ashford.com and The Body Shop. Prior to joining Bluefire, Mike served as a Business Analyst with McKinsey & Company. Prior to and during his tenure at McKinsey, Mike lived, studied and worked extensively in Greater China.
Mike has a BA in Economics and East Asian Studies from Yale University. He holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar.