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Challenge:

EdTech Challenge: Revolutionize Learning for Urban Children

This Challenge is

OPEN

EdTech Challenge: Revolutionize Learning for Urban Children

Key Dates

Challenge Starts

July 1, 2019

Solutions Due By

August 20, 2019

Winners Announced

September 2019

Do you have an idea that can help shape the future of learning?

Educational technology (EdTech) enhances primary and secondary education by engaging children in unique ways. As technology improves, opportunities arise to transform activities in the classroom by integrating online curriculum, apps, devices, and games.

Are you interested in education or looking to use your skills to improve learning for children? We invite participants from around the world to submit ideas that will help shape the future of learning in Jakarta for a chance to win a cash prize of $7,000 as well as have their solutions announced at an event during the 2019 United Nations General Assembly. Interested in participating? Sign up now!


Globally, 91% of children will go to primary school, but 68% of them will reach the last grade of primary with without the minimum levels of proficiency in reading.

The Challenge

In this fifty (50) day innovation challenge, participants will have the opportunity to form virtual teams and work together to develop and present ideas that will help shape the future of learning in Jakarta.

The challenge begins on July 1, 2019, when the challenge statement will be released, but to participate, you must first sign up!

Once the challenge begins, participants will have access to Launchpad, an online innovation platform designed to facilitate global collaboration and problem solving. Using Launchpad, participants in multiple locations can work together to design solutions to challenges. For more information about Launchpad, visit our FAQs.

As part of this challenge, participants will also have access to an online bootcamp consisting of curated learning resources and TEDx-style talks by leading industry experts. The bootcamp will be available one week prior to the challenge start.


Background

Studies show that Indonesian students are using technology at a higher rate and at an earlier age compared to similar countries. (Cambridge International) This provides a unique opportunity to capitalize on the Internet of Things to complement classroom learning and reach students in ways that weren't possible before.

Digital learning solutions not only meet user needs by enhancing classroom curriculum with online games and content, but they also have viable business potential. If governments were to commit to digital learning in public schools, the revenue and users would almost double, totaling 7-15B USD. (Urban Tech Bets)

Jakarta is rapidly adopting new digital and blended learning methods and is committed to modernizing the digital education system in the coming years. Technologies that increase students engagement, tech digital skills, complement classroom content, and measure and track progress are needed are needed to meet these goals.


Are you interested in lending your expertise to this challenge?

If you are interested in supporting this challenge by participating as an expert or by sharing resources that would be helpful to solvers, please email edtechchallenge@nyas.org for more information!

Judges

Kidus Asfaw
Kidus Asfaw

Partnerships Lead, United Nations Children’s Fund

Stephen Downes
Stephen Downes

Researcher, National Research Council Canada

Diane Elkins
Diane Elkins

Co-Founder, E-Learning Uncovered

Gaile Gallie
Gaile Gallie

Co-Founder, Project Everyone

Dominic Vergine
Dominic Vergine

Head of Sustainability, ARM

EdTech Challenge: Revolutionize Learning for Urban Children

Key Dates

Challenge Starts

July 1, 2019

Solutions Due By

August 20, 2019

Winners Announced

September 2019

Grand Prize

  • $7,000 to be shared between team members
  • The solution announced at an event during the 2019 United Nations General Assembly (more details to follow)
  • Each member of the winning team will receive a complementary 1-year membership to The New York Academy of Sciences

Second Place

  • $5,000 to be shared between team members
  • The solution announced at an event during the 2019 United Nations General Assembly (more details to follow)
  • Each member of the second place team will receive a complementary 1-year membership to The New York Academy of Sciences

Third Place

  • $3,000 to be shared between team members
  • The solution announced at an event during the 2019 United Nations General Assembly (more details to follow)
  • Each member of the third place team will receive a complementary 1-year membership to The New York Academy of Sciences

Additional Prizes to be Announced!

EdTech Challenge: Revolutionize Learning for Urban Children

Key Dates

Challenge Starts

July 1, 2019

Solutions Due By

August 20, 2019

Winners Announced

September 2019

Challenge Rules

  • The official challenge rules can be found here. Individuals must acknowledge that they have read the challenge rules before completing the sign up process.
  • The Challenge is open and offered to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and participants from all countries except those subject to U.S. sanctions who are eighteen (18) years of age or older or have otherwise reached the age of majority in their state or nation of residence as of 12:01 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) July 1, 2019.
  • The challenge commences on July 1, 2019 at 12:00:01 AM ET and ends on August 20, 2019 at 11:59:59 PM ET (“The Challenge Period"). The Challenge Period is 50 days.
  • When the challenge begins on July 1, 2019, the challenge statement will be released containing the detailed question and judging criteria.
  • Individuals must have an account on Launchpad and agree to the Terms of Use and IP Policy.
  • Solutions must be submitted through Launchpad in order to be considered.
  • Solutions must be submitted in English in order to be considered.
  • Participants can work individually. Eligible teams cannot exceed 6 members.
EdTech Challenge: Revolutionize Learning for Urban Children

Key Dates

Challenge Starts

July 1, 2019

Solutions Due By

August 20, 2019

Winners Announced

September 2019

+ What are the age requirements?

In order to participate in this challenge you must be 18 years of age or older. At the time of registration participants must have been born before July 1, 2001.

+ Where do I find the detailed challenge question and judging criteria?

The challenge opens on July 1, 2019, at which point the detailed challenge question and judging criteria will be posted on Launchpad.

+ Does participation cost anything?

No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter, participate in, or win the challenge. The purchase of any good or service will not increase a participant's chance of winning the challenge.

+ Do I need to travel anywhere to participate in the challenge?

No travel is necessary to participate. The challenge takes place virtually and all communication can be done through Launchpad.

+ Who are the judges?

For more information, you can explore their profiles under the Judges section of the Overview tab.

+ How are the solutions scored?

Solutions will be scored by a panel of experts based on judging criteria outlined in the challenge statement to be released on July 1, 2019 when the challenge begins.

+ What is Launchpad?

Launchpad is an innovation platform designed to facilitate global collaboration and problem solving. The platform allows participants from different locations to work together to design solutions to challenges sponsored by top companies.

+ How do I create an account on Launchpad?

Everyone who has signed up for the challenge will receive an invitation to join Launchpad when the challenge begins. If you have not already done so, sign up for the challenge!

+ How do I create a team or project on Launchpad?

On Launchpad, go to the Projects section. There, in the upper right hand corner, you'll see a “+ Project” button.

+ How will Launchpad help me communicate with my team?

Once part of a team, you will have a project page, including a private Team Space, where you can communicate with team members. In this space you'll also be able to launch a team video chat, and link to a shared google drive.

+ How do I find a team to work with?

You can work with people you know, or meet other solvers by posting in the Discussions section of Launchpad. Once you've found people you're interested in working with, you can create a team in the Projects section.

+ What if I want to work with people I know? Can they be on my team?

All team members must sign up for the challenge. When the challenge begins everyone will receive an invitation to join Launchpad. Once on Launchpad, designate one person to create your project. After that, the rest of the team members can join the project.

+ What is the minimum and maximum team size?

Minimum team size is 1, maximum team size is 6.

+ English is not my first language and I would like to communicate with my team members in my native language. Is that allowed?

No, unfortunately in order to preserve transparency and ensure all participants respect our online code of conduct, we require that all communication on Launchpad be in English.

+ Will there be mentors available?

Mentors will not be assigned to teams. If experts are present, they will be available on Launchpad to answer questions and provide guidance.

+ How do I communicate with experts on Launchpad?

Participants will be able to use the 'People' page to find and message experts on Launchpad.

+ When will the winners be announced?

Winners will be announced at an event during the 2019 United Nations General Assembly. More details to follow.