The competition guidelines (PDF ) are designed to maximize the number of solutions and to incentivize teams to exceed existing models of learning to achieve global literacy. 

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 the18-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.


Who Can Participate?

Registration to participate in the competition is now closed. The competition is void in those countries where prohibited or restricted by law. XPRIZE reserves the right to limit, or restrict upon notice, participation in the competition to any person or entity at any time for any reason. Teams may withdraw as set forth in the Competitor Agreement.


Operating Costs

Teams will be responsible for funding their own development costs of their solution. Costs for the on-site in-country test stage of the competition are included as part of the competition and covered by XPRIZE.


Judging Criteria

Entries will be evaluated during the first-round down-select process based on the following criteria: Learning, Design, and Technology.  Judges will also assess the background research and quality of explanation of the design.


Competition Oversight

Advisory Board

An Advisory Board will be formed to assist with the formulation of the technical aspects of the competition. The Advisory Board will be independent of XPRIZE, the Title Sponsor, and all teams and team members.


Judging Panel

The Judging Panel will be responsible for evaluating compliance with prize guidelines and rules. It will have the sole and absolute discretion in selecting the prize recipients. Judging Panel decisions are final, binding, and are not subject to challenge. XPRIZE shall select highly qualified, independent, and impartial individuals as judges and submit them to the competition’s Advisory Board for review and approval.


Ethics Review Board

An Ethics Review Board will be commissioned to ensure compliance with ethical guidelines developed specifically for the Global Learning XPRIZE. When dealing with children, the strictest ethical considerations must be met and XPRIZE takes seriously its responsibility in ensuring the safety and protection of all children participating in this Prize. The role of the Ethics Review Board will include, but not be limited to, ensuring that parents and other significant leaders in the community where tablets will be deployed are given consent forms for their acceptance or refusal. In addition, the Board will be charged with making regular inquiries into the conduct of the prize and the status of the children.


Competition information will be available in the following documents:

  • Proposed Competition Guidelines (PDF )—document for the public that describes the requirements and parameters of the competition.
  • Competition Guidelines—a document for registered teams that describes the finalized requirements and parameters of the competition and is binding on teams as referenced in, and as part of, the Competitor Agreement.
  • Competitor Agreement—legally binding contract that contains the requirements of the competition. All competing teams must sign this in order to compete.
  • Rules and Regulations—document detailing the testing protocols, specific rules, dates/times, and other details that will govern the Competition and will be binding on teams.
  • Sponsorship/Donor Notification Form—teams must turn in this form for approval before signing with sponsors.

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