About Us

Alphabet Literacy was founded by Trudy Obi (https://www.linkedin.com/in/trudy-obi-phd/) and Xian Ke (https://www.linkedin.com/in/xianke) when they decided to collaborate on a team for the Adult Literacy XPRIZE competition (http://adultliteracy.xprize.org/). Trudy and Xian met during their teen years at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Trudy has always loved to read. She studied English and French at Princeton University, and philosophy at Institut catholique de Paris, before graduating with a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Trudy has worked for nonprofits, book publishers, translation companies, and the Embassy of France. You can learn more about Alphabet Literacy at http://goalphabet.org/.

Tech Information

Alphabet Literacy is an app that allows users to explore multimedia content for improving their literacy skills. Users can interact with articles, songs, videos, and more within the app.

About Team Leader

Xian Ke heard about the Adult Literacy XPRIZE competition in November 2015 while trying to make sense of Turkish and Greek during travels in Europe. She was born in China, and at age 8 followed her immigrant parents to the United States. In her professional career, Xian has had the opportunity to work at American technology companies such as Microsoft and Google, including as the product manager for the Google Books Partner Program. She has 3 degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is in the process of improving her Chinese literacy skills. You can learn more about Xian at https://www.linkedin.com/in/xianke.

Team Members

Founders: Xian Ke and Trudy Obi
Team Leader:
Xian Ke
San Francisco, CA, United States

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