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XPRIZE Partners with Office of Adult Education for $7M Global Competition

20 January 2017
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A $7 MILLION GLOBAL COMPETITION TO

TRANSFORM THE LIVES OF LOW-LITERATE ADULTS

 

In 2017 the Office of Adult Education, together with the XPRIZE foundation, will launch an exciting new campaign to improve the literacy skills of Philadelphia’s adult learners. With your help, we will build a stronger system locally and nationwide.

The Adult Literacy XPRIZE is a global competition testing mobile learning apps designed to improve the literacy skills of adult learners. This project has the potential to change the lives of tens of millions of adult lives by making more effective learning accessible to adults anytime, anywhere.

XPRIZE chose Philadelphia as one of three partner U.S. cities because of Philadelphia’s engaged system of community-based partners and clear need.

Here’s How it Works:

Thousands of adults in Philadelphia will be recruited to take a standardized assessment and then given one of 15 competing mobile learning apps free of charge. After one year of app use, a post-test will be given to a subset of these learners to determine their literacy gains. Blending mobile, digital tools with existing approaches can have a profound and positive impact on our nation.

Students Who Qualify:

How Can You Participate:

Interested in getting involved? Contact Anne Gemmell at Anne.Gemmell@phila.gov


The Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation is a global competition challenging teams to develop mobile applications for existing smart devices that result in the greatest increase in literacy skills among participating adult learners in just 12 months. The solutions will overcome key barriers to literacy learning by improving access, while increasing retention, and scaling to meet demand. Our vision is to empower nearly 1 in 10 low-literate adults living in the U.S. with the skills they need to improve their lives and realize their dreams.

Teams will compete in a multi-stage competition that tests for:

  • Ability to measurably increase the literacy level of low-literate adults within 12 months.
  • Creation of a design that is easy and accessible for use on a mobile phone so that learners can access it and operate it from anywhere, anytime.
  • Software curriculum that is engaging, relevant and attuned to the needs and interests of the adult learner.

Click here to learn more about the Adult Literacy XPRIZE and how you can get involved.

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