The Sugar development platform is available under the free/libre software GNU General Public License (GPL) to anyone who wants to extend it. “Sugar Labs” is a registered USA 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization, which serves as a support base and gathering place for the community of educators and software developers who want to extend the platform and who have been creating Sugar-compatible applications.
Sugar Labs® is a volunteer-driven member project of Software Freedom Conservancy, a nonprofit corporation. Originally part of the One Laptop Per Child project, Sugar Labs coordinates volunteers around the world who are passionate about providing educational opportunities to children through the Sugar Learning Platform. Sugar Labs® is supported by donations and is seeking funding to accelerate development.
In order for Sugar to be successful, it needs the participation of a large number of people who share common goals while maintaining independence, so that each participant has the ability to act independently. For these reasons, Sugar Labs subscribes to the principles described here, which are the author's own translation of an original text in Spanish.
Sugar is useful only to the extent it is used by the learning community. Thus, Sugar Labs is working with educators around the world to focus on these learning challenges:
Sugar supports the notions that learners should “share by default” and be able to “explore, express, debug, and critique.” Thus Sugar puts an emphasis on “activities” rather than “applications.” The foundation will focus on solving the challenges that are relevant to these aspects of the interface, namely:
Sugar Labs is here to support community innovation, entrepreneurship, and enterprise. Sugar Labs would like to help community members start projects that help sustain and grow the Sugar technology and learning communities:
A local Sugar Lab adapts the technology and pedagogy to an area's culture and resources (e.g., developing activities and content specific to a region); helps translate Sugar to the local language(s); supports Sugar deployments in area schools; creates a local community devoted to the Sugar Labs principles, making Sugar more open and sustainable; provides for communication, between the local communities and the global Sugar Labs community; develops Local content and software that can be used not only for local purposes but also for the overall community; hosts, co-hosts or partners in the organization of conferences, workshops, talks and meetings related to the use or development of Sugar. Please visit these Local Labs: