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Welcome to the Local Sugar Labs Project.

A local Sugar Lab would:

  • Adapt the technology and pedagogy to an area's culture and resources (e.g, developing activities and content specific to a region)
  • Help translate Sugar to the local language(s)
  • Support Sugar deployments in area schools
  • Create a local community devoted to the Sugar Labs principles, making Sugar more open and sustainable
  • Provide for communication,between the local communities and the global Sugar Labs community
  • Develop Local content and software that can be used not only for local purposes but also for the overall community
  • Host, co-host or partner in the organization of conferences, workshops, talks and meetings related to the use or development of Sugar,

A distributed project—we chose to name Sugar Labs, plural deliberately—where there is a local sense of ownership and associated entrepreneurship feels like the right course for us as an organization. Sugar Labs "central" is the community itself, which would be responsible for setting clear goals and maintaining any necessary infrastructure needed by the project as a whole, while the regional labs would use their own means to make Sugar relevant to their local communities. But what is the "business model" for a successful Sugar Lab? It seems that some necessary conditions for success would be:

  • A university connection as a local human resource
  • A local pilot user group from which to learn
  • A local passion or sub-goal that provides a rational for the work
  • Bi-directional communication with the global Sugar community and other Sugar Labs
  • A sustainable and well-defined entrepreneurship model
  • A program to reach out to local free-software community and local industry

What are other considerations? And are these initial "conditions" correct? Your input would be of great value to our efforts. Please join the discussion.

Proposals

Local Labs Directory

draft MOU

DRAFT: for discussion purposes only

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN SUGAR LABS AND XYZ

This memorandum of understanding (MOU) is made by and between Sugar Labs and XYZ. Sugar Labs is a member of the Software Freedom Conservancy, a New York nonprofit public benefit corporation located in New York, New York, which has received recognition of exemption from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and classification as a public charity under IRC Sections 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi). XYZ is an entity local to region ABC.


WHEREAS:

A. The mission of Sugar Labs is to produce, distribute, and support the use of the Sugar learning platform, a free software project.

B. The mission of XYZ is to provide tools for learning to the children of ABC, with the goal to increase the use of computers and the Internet in order to provide the best opportunities for learning and supporting them to participate in a knowledge-based economy.

THEREFORE, THE PARTIES HEREBY AGREE AS FOLLOWS:

1.Sugar Labs and XYZ agree to establish Sugar Labs ABC, a local-to-ABC entity to do software development, deployment, and support, including providing local and regional technical and pedagogical support; creating new learning activities and pedagogical practice; providing localization and internationalization of software, content, and documentation; and providing integration and customization services.

2.Sugar Labs ABC:

a. will be co-branded entity established in ABC;
b. will have Sugar Labs and XYZ representation on their board of directors;
c. will have web presence at abc.sugarlabs.org;
d. will appoint a representative to Sugar Labs and to XYZ;
e. will not act as an agent for Sugar Labs nor to take any action inconsistent with the status of Sugar Labs as a public charity;
f. agrees to abide by the principles of Free Software, open communication, and community participation;
g. agrees to operate within the scope of the joint learning missions of Sugar Labs.

3.Sugar Labs:

a. will help identify resources to be utilized by Sugar Labs ABC on technical and pedagogical issues;
b. will appoint a Sugar Labs member to the Sugar Labs ABC board of directors;
c. will include Sugar Labs ABC as part of the global Sugar Labs community;
d. will not charge any license fee for the use of the Sugar Labs brand;
e. will collect no fees from Sugar Labs ABC.

4.XYZ:

a. will take ultimate responsibility for Sugar Labs ABC: all community programs, public information work, fund-raising events, processing and acknowledgment of cash and non-cash revenue items, accounts payable and receivable, negotiation of leases and contracts, disbursement of Sugar Labs ABC's funds (including grants), and other activities planned shall be the ultimate responsibility of XYZ and shall be conducted in the name of XYZ;
b. agrees to pay all reasonable costs incurred by Sugar Labs to support Sugar Labs ABC; Sugar Labs shall notify the authorized representative prior to incurring any significant expenditures and shall provide a periodic report of any such expenses to to the authorized representative.
c. agrees to establish a research fund to disperse to university and industry applicants within ABC to further advance the Sugar learning platform or its deployment within ABC.

5.Termination. Sugar Labs or XYZ may terminate this Agreement at any time subject to a reasonable effort by both parties to reach an accord regarding any disagreements.


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