Posted by: cspence in youth, virtualization, Userful, student PCs, school computers, multiseat, multi terminal, linux desktops, Linux, Latin America, IDB, IADB, educational software, education, digital inclusion, classroom computers, Brazil school computers, Brazil on
Mar 23, 2011
Userful representatives are currently attending the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Youth Development Conference today as part of their overall attendance at the prestigious IDB event in Calgary this week. Today's youth conference emphasizes the strategic importance of investing in young people in Latin America and the Caribbean to support poverty reduction and social inclusion efforts, as well as looking at the contribution young people can make in the development process as agents of change.
Social and digital inclusion is very important to the Userful Team. We are firm believers that every person deserves access to a computer. Children having access to a computer gives them access to a broader community and to a brighter future. Userful is proud to be part of many multiseat initiatives around the world that seek to improve the quality and access to education for young people through providing low-cost, high quality Linux-based multiseat computer stations.
Userful has sold over 500,000 seats of its software in Latin America, and countries such as Brazil, who have already successfully deployed over 350,000 Userful computer stations to schools in every municipality, are finding that it is feasible to provide every student with an education using computers through the combined cost savings of using Userful MultiSeat, Linux and open source software. With no licensing fees or restrictions on open source software, students can also continue to learn, explore and utilize software programs at home. This allows families to be more involved in their children's education.
To date, the project the Userful is part of in Brazil is the largest digital inclusion project in the world, bringing access to computer technology to children and their families across the country.
Posted by: cspence in youth, world water day, virtualization, Userful, multiseat, multi terminal, linux desktops, Latin America, green technology, green computing, environment, Earth Hour, Brazil on
Mar 21, 2011
Userful Corporation, the worldwide leader in green computing, today announced a giveaway of its software that turns one computer into many in celebration of World Water Day 2011 today, and Earth Hour 2011 on March 26. It takes over 1000kg of water to manufacture a computer, so turning 1 computer into 10 saves over 9000kg of water that would otherwise have been used in manufacturing. That's the equivalent of 37,000 cups of water, or enough drinking water for 4,500 people for a day. It also reduces electricity use by up to 90%. Userful is giving away a free-2-user version of their software that enables users to turn their existing computer into two independent stations by simply plugging in an extra monitor, mouse and keyboard. Read more...
World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. Now celebrated around the globe, World Water Day has done a tremendous job of raising awareness of the more than a billion people world wide do not have access to clean drinking water. Dirty drinking water kills 2.2 million people per year, including over 1.5 million children under the age of five. If just 1% of the worlds computers ran Userful MultiSeat, it would be equal to saving 9 billion kg of water, or enough drinking water for a billion people for four and a half days!