Global Learning XPRIZE ceremony

Tech billionaire Elon Musk, at center, awards an XPRIZE trophy to KitKit School creators Sooinn Lee and Gunho Lee, with XPRIZE executives Peter Diamandis, Anousheh Ansari and Emily Church in on the picture. (XPRIZE via YouTube)

Two educational companies shared the $10 million top award in the Global Learning XPRIZE, a contest backed by Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla.

Musk provided a total of $15 million in prize money for the project, which is designed to boost open-source educational software. The $10 million grand prize was shared by KitKit School and Onebillion.

The two teams and three other finalists each received $1 million in 2017 to develop their projects.

Musk sneaked away from SpaceX’s headquarters tonight to hand out the awards at the Google Spruce Goose, a converted hangar near Los Angeles International Airport. (SpaceX had been counting down to a Falcon 9 rocket launch that ended up being postponed for a day.)

XPRIZE founder and executive chairman Peter Diamandis thanked Musk for his contribution, and Musk responded with some thanks of his own. “It was really some very impressive work,” Musk said.

KitKit School is a tablet-based learning suite with a curriculum that spans early childhood through early elementary-school learning. It’s a project created by Enuma, a company that’s based in California with offices in South Korea and China. Enuma was founded by Sooinn Lee and Gunho Lee, two game-developer parents who were inspired by their special-needs son.

Onebillion is a British nonprofit group with projects in Cambodia, Brazil, India and several African countries. The group has developed a solar-powered “Onetab” tablet and a line of “Onecourse” software that merges reading, writing and numeracy.

The three other finalists are:

CCI: Based in New York, the company offers structured and sequential instructional programs, as well as platform that …read more

Source:: GeekWire


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