The $15M Global Learning XPRIZE launched on September 22, 2014 with a 6-month team registration period. Registered teams will then have 18 months to develop their solutions. From there, a panel of third-party expert judges will evaluate and down-select the Semi-finalists. Semi-finalists will have one month to tweak their solutions and/or reconfigure their teams before the judges elect the Top Five Finalist teams to proceed in the competition.

Each of the five teams selected will receive $1 million and advance to the next phase, where their solutions will be field-tested in rural villages. Each of the five teams’ solutions will be deployed across a minimum of 100 villages in a developing country, reaching 3000 children (ages approximately 7-10), the competition will take place in a country where English is a primary language of instruction.

At the end of the 18 month competition in the field, the team whose solution enables the greatest proficiency gains in reading, writing and arithmetic –-- will receive the Grand Prize of $10 million. All of the top 5 Finalist solutions, including the winner’s, will be open-sourced to the world.

With its success, the winning technology becomes a proof point demonstrating that children can teach themselves to read, write and do arithmetic autonomously. The open-sourced solutions should be shared and reiterated so that their potential to ignite a revolution in the technology and learning sectors throughout the world can be fully realized.

Date(s) Description
September 22, 2014 Team Registration Opens*
April 30, 2015 Team Registration Closed*
March—April 2016 Team “Hub” Summits Conducted in Multiple Locations. For exact details please email the Global Learning team at [email protected]*.
May 1, 2016 Tablet specifications will be released to teams*.
October 1, 2016 Detailed submittal instructions will be released to teams*.
January 17, 2017 Submission due date of all entries and first round of judging begins*^.
Mid-April 2017 First round of judging concludes and semifinalists are informed*.
May 8—12, 2017 Semifinalist solutions are deployed for a week-long test with children in Tanzania*.
June 12—16, 2017 A “live”, in-person judging summit will be conducted with each of the semifinalist teams.
June 21, 2017 Announcement of semifinalists.
July 2017 Semifinalist judging concludes and finalists are determined.
September 2017 Announcement of finalists.
November 2017 Field Test period begins.
February 2019 Field Test ends and final judging begins. Results are analyzed to determine the Grand Prize Winner.
April 2019 Final judging and assessment concludes. Grand Prize winner is announced. Award event will take place around this time.

*=Date passed

^=Submission deadline has been extended to January 17, 2017. For full details please email the Global Learning team at [email protected]

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