A $15 million global competition to

Empower Children

To take control of their own learning

The Global Learning XPRIZE challenges teams from around the world to develop open source and scalable software that will enable children in developing countries to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic within 18 months. Once the 18-month field-testing phase concludes, the prize purse will be objectively awarded to the team that generates the best international standardized test scores within the group of participating children. Our goal is an empowered generation that will positively impact their communities, countries and the world.

Teams will compete in a multi-stage competition that test for specific criteria:

  • Ability to measurably increase the learning of children, with limited access to schooling, within the 18-month field-testing period.
  • Creation of a design that is easy to use and engaging for children, so they can operate it alone and/or in self-organized groups.
  • Creation of open source software that makes marked improvements to existing technology.
Learn more about the competition


XPRIZE is providing infrastructure and
Tools for Developers
to help teams begin creating real solutions

The Global Learning XPRIZE not only challenges Android developers to build software that enables children to learn autonomously, it offers an opportunity to participate in our first XPRIZE open source software competition. Like any successful open source project, creating an active developer community is important. That’s why XPRIZE is providing the tools and infrastructure necessary to get started.

  • 1.6 Million more teachers are needed in classrooms by 2015 – UNESCO
  • 250 million children around the world cannot read or write - UNESCO
  • Learning basic reading skills could lift 171 million people out of poverty - UNESCO


Launch and Registration Opens
Registration Deadline
Tablet Specifications Released
Detailed Submittal Instructions Released
Submission of Entries
Semifinalists Announced
4/2017 - 5/2017
Pilot Test for Semifinalists
"Live" Judging for Semifinalists
Finalists Announced
9/2017 - 2/2019
Field Test
Announcement of Grand Prize Winner

Media Mentions

April 29, 2016

Hundreds of millions of kids around the world lack access to, among other things, basic education — much less organized school systems with adequate teaching resources.

April 29, 2016

Having propelled humanity to the edge of space, the XPRIZE now hopes to inspire education for hundreds of millions of children, starting with a five-year competition that launches in Tanzania today.

April 21, 2015

Over the past 20 years, the XPRIZE Foundation has become famous for sparking private sector innovation in space technology and exploration.

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