Designers! Imagine you could design a piece of Open Source tablet software that teaches a child how to read, write, and perform arithmetic, without the aid of a teacher. This is not designed to replace teachers, but to bring education where little or none exists.
Just think of the impact. UNESCO tells us that 54 million children have zero access to education. 250 million kids have rudimentary access to education but don’t have any literacy skills. If we can build software that teaches kids literacy, think of the opportunities this opens up in their lives, and the ability to help bring nations out of poverty.
The Global Learning XPRIZE is working to solve that problem and help build this technology.A Foundation of Awesome Design
This is where designers come in.
We want to encourage designers to use their talent and imagination to explore and share ideas of how this software could look and work. Designers create and craft unique and innovative experiences, and these ideas can be the formation of great discussions with other members of the community.
We are asking designers to explore and create those experiences and then share those wireframes/mockups in the XPRIZE community. This will inspire discussion and ideas for how we create this important software. This is such an important way in which you can participate.
Find out more about how to participate by clicking right here and please share this call for designers widely – the more designs we can see, the more designers involved, the more ideas we can explore. Every one of you can play such a key role in building this technology. Thanks!
As many of my regular readers will know, I joined the XPRIZE Foundation last year. At XPRIZE we run large competitions that incentivize the solution of some of the grandest challenges that face humanity.
My role at XPRIZE is to create a global community that can practically change the world via XPRIZE, inside and outside of these competitions. You will be reading more about this in the coming months.
Back in September we launched the Global Learning XPRIZE. This is a $15 million competition that has the ability to impact over 250 million kids. From the website:
The Global Learning XPRIZE challenges teams from around the world to develop open source and scalable software that will enable children in developing countries to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic within the 18 month period of competition field testing. Our goal is an empowered generation that will positively impact their communities, countries and the world.
Many of my readers here are Open Source folks, and this prize is an enormous Open Source opportunity. Here we can not only change the world, but we can create Open Source technology that is at the core of this revolution in education.
Not only that, but a key goal we have with the competition is to encourage teams and other contributors to collaborate around common areas of interest. Think about collaboration around storytelling platforms, power management, design, voice recognition, and more. We will be encouraging this collaboration openly on our forum and in GitHub.
You will be hearing more and more about this in the coming months, but be sure to join our forum to keep up to date.Call For Teams
Since we launched the prize, we have seen an awesome number of teams registering to participate. Our view though is that the more teams the better…it creates a stronger environment of collaboration and competition. We want more though!
Can’t see the video? See it here!
As such, I want to encourage you all to consider joining up as a team. We recommend people form diverse teams of developers, designers, artists, scientists, and more to feed into and explore how we build software that can automate the teaching of literacy. Just think about the impact that this software could have on the world, and also how interesting a technical and interaction challenge this is.
Me: "Hi xyz, so this is not difficult. Go to your current hosting company and ask them for a backup of your website. They will more than likely zip this up for you and offer you a URL for you/us to download it from."
Prospect: "You should be doing this! If I swap banks they do it all for me!"
Me: "We're not a bank though? Also, you'd have to get in touch with them anyway to give us permission soooo if you are contacting them it's no extra to ask them for a backup?"
Prospect: "LOOK! I've already wasted half an hour of my day on this!"
Me: "So have I."
I do so love people who complain about things they've not even paid for.
Arbitrary tweets made by TheGingerDog up to 25 January 2015
- Men’s hockey – Bromsgrove 3xi vs West Brom. 3:0. Good win. (Cc @BromsgroveHC ) West Bromwich, England 2015/01/24
- RT PHP 5.4 goes EOL in 7 months, can we all be ready this time? Oh, and skip over 5.5 and deploy 5.6, plzthx #php 2015/01/23
- RT How to sneak chocolate undetected into a US cinema
- RT The Return Types RFC for #php has been accepted with a vote of 47 to 3: https://wiki.php.net/rfc/return_types \o/ 2015/01/24
- RT Well at least the Queen seems to know how to handle Saudi rulers with class…
- RT I think Richard might be in trouble
- RT Notice how we chose not to represent a guy coding on a Mac. Real coders don’t use Macs www.commitstrip.com/2015/01/23/everyday-types-of-coders/
- RT RT @ShadowDXS: This is so perfect. It hurts…
- RT I wonder if GCHQ’s paper ‘Cyber Attacks: Reducing the Impact’ will tell businesses ‘get rid of encryption’ *whistle* www.gchq.gov.uk/Pages/homepage.aspx 2015/01/19
- The children’s entertainment for the next week is sorted.
I seem to be favouring ‘vim’ over ‘netbeans’.
:autocmd BufRead,BufNewFile /path/to/*.blah set syntax=blah helps fix per-project differences. 2015/01/22
- RT We’re looking for a couple of ZR fans to help out for our event at the V&A Museum in London next week! blog.zombiesrungame.com/post/108742764794/zombies-run-live-update 2015/01/21
- RT We use a lot of hard drives in our data center (over 40,000) – What is the Best Hard Drive? https://www.backblaze.com/blog/best-hard-drive/. #HardDriveStats 2015/01/21
- Stupid sharp knife. Stupid thumb. Bromsgrove, England 2015/01/20
- RT This oxford shop cancels order of 500 #CharlieHebdo after threats to burn it down @bbcsouthnews
- RT To help people at the bottom of the tree join those near the top, give them a ladder, not a bow and arrow. @ChrisBryantMP 2015/01/20
- RT The Sun calls time on topless Page 3 models after 44 years gu.com/p/452fj 2015/01/20
- RT This hospital waiting room has some unexpected wisdom.
- David Cameron says something sensible (for a change) — PM defends ‘right to cause offence’ www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30869585 Bromsgrove, England 2015/01/18
RT Not a single drop of blood.
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Prospect: "I need some help, we can pay by the way. The thing is our anti-virus picked up the port scan and our firewall is blocking it but it's a crappy firewall I need to speak with someone now."
Me: "Um? Antivirus does not detect port scans? However, lets get hold of xyz to speak with you and we'll worry about payments in a bit"
Prospect: "Can I just say I'm not paying anything unless you can demonstrate the advice will work."
- So you're not a customer.
- You're not going to move forward on the quotes we've given you for a fair bit.
- You want free help/advice.