Elon Musk awards $10 million prize to 2 startups changing academics with tech

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  • Elon Musk awarded two startups with a $10 million prize for creating new expertise that permits youngsters to show themselves how one can learn and write on their very own.
  • The 2 startups received XPrize’s International Studying competitors. Musk is a benefactor on this.
  • The competitors challenged innovators to develop expertise that may allow youngsters to show themselves primary studying, writing, and arithmetic inside 15 months.
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Elon Musk awarded two startups with $10 million after they received a contest to create expertise that permits youngsters to show themselves how one can learn and write on their very own.

The 2 winners — child’s learning-focused startups onebillion and Kitkit College — will break up the $10 million prize cash in two. They had been amongst 5 finalists to make it by way of to the ultimate levels of XPrize’s competitors for International Studying. Musk is a sponsor of this award.

Launched in 2014, the competitors was set as much as empower youngsters to take management of their studying. It challenged innovators world wide to create expertise that may allow youngsters to show themselves primary studying, writing, and arithmetic inside 15 months.

The 5 finalists had been requested to check their expertise options; every workforce acquired $1 million to take action.

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Almost three,000 youngsters took half within the check, which passed off in 170 villages in Tanzania. The concept was that these youngsters ought to enhance their studying and writing in Swahili inside the 15-month timeframe.

Based on XPrize, 74% of those three,000 youngsters had by no means attended college earlier than the check passed off, 80% had by no means been learn to at dwelling, and over 90% couldn’t learn a single phrase in Swahili. However after 15 months of studying on Pixel tablets, that quantity was reduce in half, it stated.

“Schooling is a basic human proper, and we’re so pleased with all of the groups and their dedication and onerous work to make sure each single youngster has the chance to take studying into their very own arms,” Anousheh Ansari, CEO of XPRIZE, stated in an announcement to the press this week.

Musk tweeted: “Congratulations @kitkitschool & @onebillion on creating nice open supply literacy software program!”

Musk additionally has his personal non-public charitable basis. The main points on its web site are scant. Nevertheless, paperwork obtained by The Guardian earlier this 12 months confirmed that the inspiration has given more cash to synthetic intelligence analysis than to any of the extra conventional charities it says it helps, that are renewable vitality analysis and advocacy, human house exploration analysis and advocacy, pediatric analysis, and science and engineering training.

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