Mary Lou Jepsen was named one of the hundred most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in May 2008 for her work in creating Pixel Qi and her previous work at One Laptop per Child where she was the founding chief technology officer. Mary Lou convinced some of the world's largest electronics manufacturers to create the XO with her, and she created and managed the relationships between OLPC and them. She was responsible for all of the OLPC hardware, mechanicals, electronics, display, integration, manufacturing, certification, and environmental footprint reduction during her tenure at OLPC.

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