Universal Basic Education


Universal Basic Education

$1 MILLION (Prize amount to be confirmed. Announcement expected for next year)

Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, morals, beliefs, and habits. Educational methods include teaching, training, storytelling, discussion and directed research.

Formal education is commonly divided formally into such stages as preschool or kindergarten, primary school, secondary school and then college, university, or apprenticeship.

A right to education has been recognized by some governments and the United Nations. In most regions, education is compulsory up to a certain age. Despite this we still don`t have universal education for all population.


The solution can include:

This competition calls for teams to develop software for portable devices that result in a system which provides universal basic education for everyone in the planet. Million of adults in the most developed countries on Earth and children in developing countries, still don`t have basic education skills. The benefit of proper education (Reading and basic mathematical skills) are extremely importante and are highly related with improvement in personal health, economic security and increde social and civic participation. Many of th children in such conditions live in developing countries and do not have access to quality schools and teachers. UNESCO estimated a global need of about 2M teachers.

While there are prograsm today to build schools and train teachers traditional models of education are not able to scale fast enough to meet demand. A radically new strategy is necessary. A strategy that eliminates the current necessity to a huge investment in infrastructures and a strategy that do not dependo n humans for education.The solution must be scalable and provide access on a global scale to all population.


The proposal must include strategies, software, apps, devices learning models that allow such goals.
This is a two phase competition:

  • Phase 1 : Written proposals, (max 40 pages including images) about the technologies and systems that would be utilized will select the five finalist teams that would proceed to phase 2.
  • Phase 2: To realize the required prototype and experiments under controlled conditions to prove the validity of their concept proposal.