Expanding Opportunity in Latin America

maddog's Doghouse

Article from Issue 244/2021

In Latin America, there are many students who qualify for free college tuition but don't attend a university because they can't afford the living expenses. To bridge that gap, maddog has been working on a new pilot program designed to help students with computer skills.

About 15 years ago, a student in Brazil asked at a conference: "How can I make money with free software?"

Of course there are many ways to make money with free software, but if you add open hardware and open culture you can do a lot more.

I started thinking about it and making small pilots. Over time, more and more issues that stopped it were resolved, and certain things that I learned changed the business model or gave it even greater utility.


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