NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, the new $15M Global Learning XPRIZE was presented by UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown; founder and chairman of Econet Wireless, Strive Masiyiwa; and XPRIZE Senior Director Matt Keller at the #EducationCountdown forum in New York, held in conjunction with the UN General Assembly and hosted by Brown and the Global Business Coalition for Education.
The Global Learning XPRIZE, for which registration officially opened yesterday, is a five-year competition that challenges teams to develop open source and scalable software that will enable children in developing countries to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic.
Brown stated, “According to a recent UNESCO report, at least 250 million primary school age children are unable to read, write or do basic mathematics, many of whom have no access to formal education. There is huge potential for technology to bridge this gap and serve the needs of the most marginalized and excluded communities. The Global Learning XPRIZE is an exciting opportunity to inspire scalable, open source solutions and innovative ideas to help bring personalized learning experiences to every child.”
After the six-month team registration period, teams will then have 18 months to develop their solutions. A panel of third-party expert judges will evaluate and select the top five teams to proceed in the competition, each receiving a $1M award. Solutions will be tested in the field across a minimum of 100 villages over an 18-month period, reaching thousands of children in the developing world. The $10M top prize will ultimately be awarded to the team that develops a technology solution demonstrating the greatest levels of proficiency gains in reading, writing and arithmetic.
Keller stated, “Right now, in every corner of the globe, hundreds of millions of children will never realize their inherent potential not because they lack ability, but simply because they lack opportunity. The Global Learning XPRIZE represents the best chance for this generation of children to escape economic despair because it offers the potential for a solution that works, that’s scalable, and that can be deployed immediately upon proof of concept.”
The Global Learning XPRIZE is funded by a group of donors, including the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation, the Anthony Robbins Foundation, the Econet Foundation, the Merkin Family Foundation, Scott Hassan, John Raymonds and Suzanne West.
To register as a team, or for more information on how to support the Global Learning XPRIZE, visit http://learning.xprize.org.
Founded in 1995, XPRIZE is the leading organization solving the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prizes in five areas: Learning; Exploration; Energy & Environment; Global Development; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, the $2.25M Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE and the $2M Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE. For more information, go to www.xprize.org.