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:
- Accelerate innovation in education by providing data that child-driven, technology-based learning solutions are a powerful tool for achieving learning gains.
- Energize stakeholders from the education, governmental, and international sectors to adopt child-driven, technology-based learning solutions.
- 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.
|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.|