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 15 months. Once the 15-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 15-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

Finalist Teams Announced

Meet the official finalist teams that have been awarded $1M and are the official solutions to be tested in Tanzania. Stay tuned for updates, learn who they are and about their technologies.



XPRIZE is looking to provide resources to help distribute solutions after the competition

The Global Learning XPRIZE has not only challenged Android developers to build software that enables children to learn autonomously, we understand that the competition is only the first step. We would like to develop resources to ensure final solutions are distributed, shared and championed around the world. We need your help to do this, become a champion, provide a resource or support the competition because, the more who know, the educational access around the world will grow.

  • 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
5/2017 - 6/2017
Pilot Test for Semifinalists
"Live" Judging for Semifinalists
Finalists Announced
12/2017 - 3/2019
Field Test
Announcement of Grand Prize Winner

Media Mentions

May 29, 2018
We are in the midst of a global education crisis – 100 million young children never get a chance to attend school, and another 300 million go to school and leave without ever having learned to read, write, or understand basic numbers.
May 22, 2018
Back in 2014, XPRIZE announced a new "Global Learning" category that challenged teams to develop open source education software kids in developing countries can use to teach themselves reading, writing and math.
December 4, 2017
ive startups will trial their various projects in Tanzania next month as part of Global Learning XPRIZE, an international competition to create educational software for children in developing countries.

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