Turns out their Yahoo-sponsored party at the Hotel Nikko on the 20th of December raised some serious moolah for the One Laptop Per Child Initiative.
They got some $16,000 from an auction held that night, with prizes like
an Xbox 360 and restaurant gift certificates. With the money they will
purchase 80 laptops, half of which will go to children in developing
countries and the other half to kids in the Bay Area.
Ok wait. Let me do the math here. Sixteen grand divided by 80 is…um…$200. Wait, ah, stammer, cough, what? How did they do that? Since when are laptops two hundred bucks? Oh yes, this one does. And it’s such a lovely green color. And as it was designed for children all over the world, with no national or cultural boundaries, it is truly a "PC" PC. Ha. Read more about how they are making an impact in this NYT article.
Last note about the gathering – You may not feel you missed much soc-ially, what with all the other fun
stuff going on. It certainly could not have matched last month’s event
in which those 4 key questions were answered, so cleverly, so cleverly. But there was a panel on Influencers that may or may not have been worthwhile. (I cannot judge, for I-did-not attend.) But for a taste of what you missed in-tel-lect-ually, see BuzzLogic’s post on the event.