The Global Learning XPrize is aiming to spur the design of software that can serve students in as direct, unmediated manner as possible

xprizeExciting news hit the presses recently—the XPrize is funding its first ed-tech competition. The goal: to handsomely reward the team that develops the best open source, scalable adaptive software to help children in developing countries teach themselves basic literacy and math.

As I’ve written about before, prizes are effective pull mechanisms to expedite R&D across a field and to in turn fill a gap that the...

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