The Latest: US, UK teams share $10M XPRIZE award
|Toronto Star 15 May 2019 at 23:00|
A US company founded by game-developer parents who wanted to help their special-needs son and a London-based educational non-profit have won a $10 million award for software they developed to teach illiterate children to teach themselves to read.
California’s Kitkit School and London’s onebillion non-profit were announced Wednesday as grand-prize winners of the XPRIZE For Global Literacy.
The two teams will split the $10 million and they and three other finalists will receive $1 million apiece as part of the $15 million XPRIZE funded by Elon Musk to promote global learning for all.
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The top winners prevailed in a 15-month field test that put open-sourced software on thousands of tablets that were used by illiterate youngsters in remote Tanzanian villages to teach themselves to read, write and do arithmetic.