Literacy Xprize starts field tests of semifinalist apps in LA, Philadelphia and Dallas

TechCrunch | 7/18/2017 | Devin Coldewey
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Literacy, or rather a lack thereof, is a serious problem all over the world — believe it or not, even in our little utopia. While a touch-up of our education and support systems would probably be the best fix in the long term, we all know that’s not likely. So in the meantime we have creative private attempts to alleviate the issue: Today, a $7 million Xprize for literacy-improving apps enters the field testing phase.

There are 8 semifinalists that will be tested by 12,000 adult reading learners in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Dallas. After a full year of steady use, literacy gains by the users will be assessed and the finalists determined. The grand prize is $3M, with $1M sub-prizes each for best performance among native speakers and English language learners. There’s even a million bucks for the city that gets the most people to use the apps.

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It’s funded by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, which has been funding efforts like this since 1989.

The director of this Xprize competition, Shlomy Kattan, acknowledges the scale...
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