Yves Behar has won the Brit Insurance Design Award2008 for her "One Laptop Per Child," a child-size laptop meant to aid learning in developing countries.
The device, which Behar created as part of a nonprofit program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, can be charged by hand-cranked power and features Wi-Fi "rabbit ears" and video and networking capabilities that will allow children to connect to one another, their schools, and the Web. It is inexpensive to produce and reduces energy consumption by 90 percent, as compared with a normal laptop.
The panel of judges commented on the laptop, which was selected from among 100 shortlisted designs: "One Laptop Per Child is a fantastic project that is a feat beyond the design itself: a laptop that addresses the educational and technical needs in developing countries, the aspirations for low-cost manufacture and with an ergonomic, robust, and fun design that allows children to enhance their means of learning and communication."
The award honors the most significant achievements in design and architecture in the last year, whether created by teams or individuals. Projects are nominated by an international group of experts and fall within seven categories: architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, interactive, product, and transport.