The mission of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) movement is to ensure that all school-aged children in the developing world are able to engage effectively with their own personal laptop, networking with their community as well as networking with the world. The OLPC association focuses on designing, manufacturing, and distributing laptops to children in lesser developed countries, initially concentrating on those governments that have made commitments for the funding and program support required.
SES provides satellite-based communications to both the developed and developing world. A hallmark of the company's twenty year history has been to bring diverse programming and informational content into the geographic footprints covered by the SES satellite fleet. As the internet has continued to evolve and the cost of the receive/transmit terminal equipment has decreased, SES initiated support of a 'grass-roots' effort to empower children in developing countries.
The OLPC organization was founded by a core team of MIT Media Lab individuals in the early 2000s.