The $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE launched on September 22, 2014 with a six-month team registration period. Registered teams had 18 months to develop their solutions. From there, a panel of third-party expert judges evaluated and down selected the semifinalists. Semifinalists had one month to tweak their solutions and/or reconfigure their teams before the judges selected the five finalist teams to proceed in the competition.

Each of the five teams selected received $1 million and advanced to the next phase, where their solutions are being field-tested in rural villages. Each of the five teams’ solutions are being deployed across more than 150 villages, reaching a total of 3,000 children (ages approximately 8-11). The competition will take place in Tanzania, where Swahili is a primary language of instruction.

At the end of the 15-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 five finalist solutions, including the winner’s, will be open-sourced to the world.

With its success, the winning technology will become a proof point demonstrating that children can teach themselves to read, write, and do arithmetic autonomously. To foster long-term impact, XPRIZE will work with global partners to:

  1. Accelerate innovation in education by providing data that child-driven, technology-based learning solutions are a powerful tool for achieving learning gains.
  2. Energize stakeholders from the education, governmental, and international sectors to adopt child-driven, technology-based learning solutions.
  3. Catalyze markets by inspiring the educational technology and hardware providers to support the continued development of child-driven, technology-based learning solutions and create low-cost hardware that would drive large-scale adoption.
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*.
December 2017 Field Test period begins*.
March 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

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