The XPRIZE Think Tanks community is a global network of local XPRIZE groups. Together XPRIZE Think Tanks get together to share information and news as well as collaborate around local or global issues.

We want to make it really simple for Think Tanks to discuss the Barbara Bush Family Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE, understand what it is, explore how to participate, and share feedback and input to the wider global XPRIZE community.

This page provides a step-by-step guide for how to create a compelling Think Tank meeting that covers the prize. This is a tremendous contribution to helping to raise awareness of the prize as well as gather feedback and input from around the world.


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If there is no Think Tank near you, find out how to apply to create one by clicking here.


Featuring the Barbara Bush Family Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE at your Think Tank meeting is simple. Just follow these steps.


First go and download the Community Kit. This includes the following resources:

  • Presentation Deck – a presentation about the prize. To see how the presentation should be delivered, see this YouTube video.
  • Posters – posters or advertising your Think Tank meeting as well as the prize itself.
  • Banners – a meetup banner for your Think Tank group as well as social media banners you can use.



Now organize a meeting in your Think Tank meetup group and announce it to your group. Here is some stock text you can use when creating the meeting:

Meeting Title: Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE announcement

Description: The XPRIZE foundation recently announced the $7million Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE. The winning team will develop a software solution for existing smart devices that results in the largest performance increase above a minimum performance benchmark in two target demographics of low-skilled adult learners over 12 months. This competition also includes an interesting city component.

We will be having a meeting to present the prize, discuss the ramifications of the solution, discuss potential solutions, and brainstorm how we can help support a more literate world. The meeting will be a tremendous opportunity to play an important role in the wider success of this prize.

When your meeting is announced, be sure to promote it to encourage participation.


You are free to run your meeting however you prefer, but below is a suggested structure and format for your meeting that you are welcome to use. Feel free to adjust the times to suit when your Think Tank meets:

7:00 - 8:00 PMPresentation – welcoming members to the Think Tank meeting and then presenting the prize. Slides are provided for this presentation in the Community Kit. See an example of this presentation delivered in this YouTube video.
8:00 - 8:30 PM

Prize Guidelines and Feedback – present an overview of the prize guidelines. Slides for this are in the Community Kit. See an example of this presentation delivered in this YouTube video.

Invite feedback from the audience and have some document feedback, refinements, and improvements so they can be shared on the forum.

8:30 - 9:00 PMBreak
9:00 - 10:00 PM

Group Breakouts – break the meeting up into different groups and encourage groups to discuss what a solution to this prize would involve in terms of technology, approach, design, and deployment.

Ask each team to nominate someone to summarize the overall conclusions from each group.

10:00 - 10:15 PM

Group summaries – have each group summarize their overall feedback and considerations for solutions.

If possible, video these conclusions and share them on the forum or share notes on the forum.

Inside the Community Kit there are other resources such as posters, banners, and more to help get your meeting off to a great start!


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