The challenge: Develop new learning solutions to empower children and communities around the world.
The $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE is a competition that challenges teams from around the world to develop open source scalable software solution that will enable children in developing countries to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic within the 15 month competition field-testing period.
The $15 million dollar prize will be awarded as follows:
Five finalists: $1 million each will be awarded by the Judging Panel to teams with the best proposed solutions.
Grand prize winner: $10 million will be awarded to the top performing team solution based on the field testing of the teams.
Need for the Competition
An estimated 250 million children around the world cannot read, write, or demonstrate basic arithmetic skills. Many of these children are in developing countries without regular access to quality schools or teachers.
There are still 57 million children who have no access to any kind of primary school, and an additional 250 million children who have some schooling, but have not achieved basic literacy or numeracy. Of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development goals that need to be achieved by 2030, world leaders identified the importance of ensuring inclusive and, equitable quality education for all.
The Market Failure:
While programs exist to build schools and train teachers, traditional models of education are not able to scale fast enough to meet demand. We simply cannot build enough schools or train enough teachers to meet the need.
We are at a pivotal moment where an alternative, radical approach is necessary. We need an approach that will eliminate the existing barriers to a quality learning experience, where the seeds of innovation can be imparted to every child, regardless of location or economic status.
The learning solutions developed by this prize will enable a child to learn autonomously. And, those created by the finalists will be open-sourced for all to access, iterate and share. This technology could be deployed around the world, bringing learning experiences to children otherwise thought unreachable, who do not have access to quality education, and supplementing the learning experiences of children who do.
The impact will be exponential. Children with basic literacy skills have the potential to lift themselves out of poverty. And that’s not all. By enabling a child to learn how to learn, that child has opportunity – to live a healthy and productive life, to provide for their family and their community, as well as to contribute toward a peaceful, prosperous and abundant world.
XPRIZE believes that innovation can come from anywhere and that many of the greatest minds remain untapped.
What might the future look like with hundreds of millions of additional young minds unleashed to tackle the world’s Grand Challenges?