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A $7 MILLION GLOBAL COMPETITION TO

TRANSFORM THE LIVES OF LOW-LITERATE ADULTS.

The Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation is a global competition challenging teams to develop mobile applications for existing smart devices that result in the greatest increase in literacy skills among participating adult learners in just 12 months. The solutions will overcome key barriers to literacy learning by improving access, while increasing retention, and scaling to meet demand. Our vision is to empower nearly 1 in 10 low-literate adults living in the U.S. with the skills they need to improve their lives and realize their dreams.

Teams will compete in a multi-stage competition that tests for:

  • Ability to measurably increase the literacy level of low-literate adults within 12 months.
  • Creation of a design that is easy and accessible for use on a mobile phone so that learners can access it and operate it from anywhere, anytime.
  • Software curriculum that is engaging, relevant and attuned to the needs and interests of the adult learner.
Read about the competition

Semifinalist Teams Announced

Meet the semifinalist teams competing for the $7M Adult Literacy XPRIZE. Stay tuned for team updates, learn who they are and about their technologies.

8
Semifinalist
Teams

 

XPRIZE is providing infrastructure
and tools to help teams
create real solutions

The Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE not only challenges teams to build software that enables low-literate adults to learn autonomously, it offers an opportunity for teams to participate in a unique software competition.

Looking to join a team? Share your experience and insight as a team mentor? Have resources or services to offer our competitors?

Join the competition!

  • More than 36 million U.S. adults lack basic English literacy skills
  • A 1% rise in literacy skill scores can boost labor productivity by an estimated $225 billion per year
  • Increased literacy can decrease U.S. annual healthcare costs by an estimated $230 billion per year

PRIZE PROGRESS

6/2015
Launch and Registration Opens
12/2015
Registration Deadline
12/2015
Solution Development Begins
12/2016
Interim Submission Deadline
3/2017
Solution Development Ends
5/2017
Semifinalist Teams Announced
7/2017 - 10/2017
Pre-Testing Period
6/2018
Finalist Teams Announced & Communities Competition Launch
7/2018 - 10/2018
Post-Testing Period
1/2019
Winner Announced at Award Event
1/2019
Stage 2: Communities Competition Deployment
6/2019
End of Cities Competition & Judging Begins
8/2019
Cities Competition Award

Media Mentions

August 14, 2017

Dallas has a dual role in the Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZEThe city was selected with Los Angeles and Philadelphia to test eight mobile applications designed to teach English to adults with third-grade and lower reading levels.

August 11, 2017
The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Adult Education (OAE) recently kicked off its participation in a 15-month long field test of a literacy improvement initiative aimed at adults reading at or below a third-grade reading level with XPRIZE, the global leader in designing and operating world-changing
August 9, 2017
The Office of Adult Education in Philadelphia is turning to technology to help residents better their reading skills.

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