It is my absolute pleasure to be a part of the launch of the
Global Learning XPRIZE & to be a Vanguard of such a life changing initiative!
This is a $15 million competition to create Open Source software that will teach a child to read, write, and perform basic numeracy within 18 months without the aid of a teacher.
This is not designed to replace teachers, but to provide an educational solution where little or none exists.
At present, it is estimated that over 800 million people of all ages lack the basic skills of reading, writing, and numeracy.
According to UNESCO figures, 250 million kids in the world today lack those basic literacy skills.
As you can imagine, this XPRIZE could have a profound impact on these kids and bringing nations out of poverty.
We are hoping to create up to 1000 teams from around the globe to build open source software and systems to empower these new minds to achieve the most fundamental kind of learning, and help to start their lives off with the best possible advantage— knowledge!
We will test this software with 5000 kids in underdeveloped locations on the planet.
In 18 months, a winning team will be selected and awarded the Xprize.
You can find out more at: http://learning.xprize.org
An important part of this XPRIZE is an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that they are running to raise an additional $500,000 that will go towards furthering the impact and success of the prize.
This money will go towards additional testing of the finalist’s technologies with more kids in more villages and towns, building infrastructure to help teams collaborative effectively, growing a global community of developers, designers, advocates and more, and investing in an open technology platform for society that will live on long past the conclusion of this XPRIZE.
I believe this is a tremendously valuable XPRIZE, and I would like to personally encourage you to go and contribute what you can at
If you can contribute to the development of the software or content or have an interest in being a part of this effort (anywhere on the planet),
Please contact me directly and as a Vanguard can assist you further…
Let us empower young minds globally to bring the next generation of learners to life!