Be a part of helping hundreds of millions of children to read, write, and perform arithmetic.

250 million children in the world can’t read, write, and perform arithmetic. We are here to change that, but we need you.

The Global Learning XPRIZE is a competition to build Open Source software to teach a child to read, write, and perform arithmetic, by themselves, without a teacher. Teams will compete to win a $15 million reward to build this revolutionary technology.

But this is not enough. We want to bring this technology to more kids in more villages, to test and improve it, to build a global community committed to eradicating illiteracy and create a world more peaceful and more prosperous.

You can help by contributing what you can and by joining our movement.

The Roddenberry Foundation kindly contributed $100,000 to our campaign and this has inspired us to explore new frontiers and add a stretch goal of $750,000!This revised goal will help us to bring this revolutionary technology to even more kids in even more parts of the world and build a strong and empowered global movement that seeks to eradicate illiteracy. We need you to help us to spread the word to hit this new goal!


Imagine a world where every child has the opportunity to grow and prosper, where education, technology, and knowledge are open to them, to help them be the best they can be. Without reading, writing, and arithmetic skills, this world is locked away. Books…the Internet…Wikipedia…wider education…all of this needs to be unlocked with literacy.

We are creating a movement, a global community of scientists, developers, advocates, designers, translators, artists, and more. We want you to be part of this movement and to put your brick in the wall in eradicating illiteracy and unlocking those minds.

We have an awesome range of perks available including getting EARLY ACCESS TO THE SOFTWARE 18 months before anyone, be able tovote on , view, or attend visioneering where future XPRIZEs are created, be able to sponsor a village, get awesome swag, get a unique custom 3D printed Global Learning XPRIZE phone case designed by seven-time grammy-award rapperand philanthropist, Will.i.am, and more!We don’t just want you to back the campaign though, we want you to join our community and be a part of making history.

We have a referral contest where you can win an all-expenses paid trip to visioneering where we create future XPRIZEs, we are building a global family to work together to support the prize and campaign, and we have 10 awesome ways in which you can help our campaign today!

We’ve put together an exciting set of perks around our mission and the Global Learning XPRIZE.

$10: SUPPORTER package

Show your support of the Global Learning XPRIZE and get the following:

  • Website Credit – your name will be added to http://learning.xprize.org to demonstrate your support for the Global Learning XPRIZE.
  • Digital Certificate – we will send you a digital certificate that you can use to show your support for the campaign.

$25: EARLY ACCESS package

Receive the previous perks of (see above for details):

  • Website Credit
  • Digital Certificate

In addition to this, you will get early access to the software 18 months before the world sees it.

Get access to this revolutionary educational software so you can run it on your own Android tablet and test it with kids in your area.

This will get your hands on technology that could have a profound global impact, months before anyone else gets to use it.

It doesn’t stop there…you will also get:

  • Extended Digital Content – as part of the crowdfunding campaign we will be releasing special digital content including material from celebrities such as Seth Green, Sir. Richard Branson, George Takei, Tony Robbins, and more!
  • Visioneering Vote – get a vote at the next Visioneering event to determine what future XPRIZEs are!
  • Credit in the Software – your name will be added to the winning software solution as a credit.

$25: SIGNED TIM FERRIS BOOK package

Our generous friend and supporter, Tim Ferriss, has offered to sign 100 copies of his book, the New York times best-seller, The 4-Hour Chef. Ferriss uses cooking to teach “meta-learning,” a step-by-step process that can be used to master anything, whether searing steak, speaking Spanish, or shooting 3-pointers in basketball.

This perk includes one signed print copy of the book, complete with shipping.

Thanks to Jayson Gaignard from MastermindTalks for the kind contribution of the books and Tim Ferriss for signing them.

$50: ADVOCATE package

Receive the previous perks of (see above for details):

  • Early Access to the Software
  • Website Credit
  • Digital Certificate
  • Visioneering Vote
  • Credit in the Software
  • Extended Digital Content

In addition to this, you will also get a Global Learning swag bag which includes an awesome Global Learning XPRIZE t-shirt, stickers, and a wristband.

You will also get live video streaming access to our visioneering event where you can watch as future XPRIZEs are designed, discussed, and debated. This, combined with your vote at visioneering provides a wonderful opportunity to influence what future XPRIZEs look like.

$150: FUTURIST EARLY ACCESS package

Receive the previous perks of (see above for details):
  • Early Access to the Software
  • Website Credit
  • Digital Certificate
  • Visioneering Voting
  • Credit in the Software
  • Extended Digital Content
  • Swag Bag (inc. T-shirt, stickers, and wristband)
  • Live Video Streaming Access to Visioneering

We have partnered with 3D Systems and to create a custom designed, limited edition, Global Learning phone case (or statue if you prefer). This case is 3D printed, using cutting-edge technology, and custom designed by seven-time grammy-award rapper, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Will.i.am.

Note: The design is still under development, and we will be revealed later.

This case is available for the following handsets:

  • iPhone 4,
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 6
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Galaxy Note 3
  • Google Nexus 5
If you don’t have one of these handsets (or you do and prefer an alternative) you will be sent a 3D printed statue that is perfect for sitting on your desk, coffee table, or elsewhere!
In addition to this you will get 2 early-access copies of the software!

$250: INNOVATOR package

Receive the previous perks of (see above for details):

  • Early Access to the Software
  • Website Credit
  • Digital Certificate
  • Visioneering Voting
  • Credit in the Software
  • Extended Digital Content
  • Swag Bag (inc. T-shirt, stickers, and wristband)
  • Live Video Streaming Access to Visioneering
  • Limited Edition 3D printed phone-case/statue

In addition to this you will be sent the revised edition of the New York Times Bestselling book, Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think signed by XPRIZE founder, Peter Diamandis.

$1,000: EDUCATION package

Receive the previous perks of (see above for details):

  • Early Access to the Software
  • Website Credit
  • Digital Certificate
  • Visioneering Voting
  • Credit in the Software
  • Extended Digital Content
  • Swag Bag (inc. T-shirt, stickers, and wristband)
  • Live Video Streaming Access to Visioneering
  • Limited Edition 3D printed phone-case/statue
  • Copy of Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, signed by XPRIZE founder, Peter Diamandis.

In addition to this you will get early access to the software for your school. This will include 20 copies of the software that you can test, use, and explore with kids in your local area.

This does not require usage at a school: if you would prefer to purchase this perk for another group such as scouts, clubs, societies, user groups, or others, that is welcomed!

$10,000: DATE WITH DESTINY package

Receive the previous perks of (see above for details):

  • Early Access to the Software
  • Website Credit
  • Digital Certificate
  • Visioneering Voting
  • Credit in the Software
  • Extended Digital Content
  • Swag Bag (inc. T-shirt, stickers, and wristband)
  • Live Video Streaming Access to Visioneering
  • Limited Edition 3D printed phone-case/statue
  • Copy of Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, signed by XPRIZE founder, Peter Diamandis.

In addition to this you will get a ticket to the incredible Date With Destiny event, organized and run by Best Selling Author, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Tony Robbins.

Tony contributed $1 million dollars to help fund the Global Learning XPRIZE, and also contributed this perk. Thank-you, Tony!

This perk also includes a photo and meet-up with Tony.

$10,000: VIP package

Receive the previous perks of (see above for details):

  • Early Access to the Software
  • Website Credit
  • Digital Certificate
  • Visioneering Voting
  • Credit in the Software
  • Extended Digital Content
  • Swag Bag (inc. T-shirt, stickers, and wristband)
  • Live Video Streaming Access to Visioneering
  • Limited Edition 3D printed phone-case/statue
  • Copy of Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, signed by XPRIZE founder, Peter Diamandis.

In addition to this you get 2 VIP tickets to both Global Learning XPRIZE award ceremonies. Dates for these events will be announced later.

These will be exclusive events with the teams, donors, celebrities, and public figures that have made the Global Learning XPRIZE possible. This will be a unique and remarkable opportunity to meet these people, network, and form future relationships.

Please note: travel and accommodation is not included.

$10,000: VILLAGE SPONSOR package

Receive the previous perks of (see above for details):

  • Early Access to the Software
  • Website Credit
  • Digital Certificate
  • Visioneering Voting
  • Credit in the Software
  • Extended Digital Content
  • Swag Bag (inc. T-shirt, stickers, and wristband)
  • Live Video Streaming Access to Visioneering
  • Limited Edition 3D printed phone-case/statue
  • Copy of Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, signed by XPRIZE founder, Peter Diamandis.

In addition to this, your contribution will sponsor a village and help provide the solar generators, equipment, transport, materials, and infrastructure to get the finalists’ solutions into the hands of real kids in real villages.

The effects of this perk are profound: it provides a means in which practical testing and results can help the teams to make more and more improvements and ensure the overall output of the Global Learning XPRIZE is the best it can be.

When this testing has been completed, we will also send you a framed certificateacknowledging your sponsorship of a village, and which village you sponsored.

$25,000: AMBASSADOR package

Receive the previous perks of (see above for details):

  • Early Access to the Software
  • Website Credit
  • Digital Certificate
  • Visioneering Voting
  • Credit in the Software
  • Extended Digital Content
  • Swag Bag (inc. T-shirt, stickers, and wristband)
  • Live Video Streaming Access to Visioneering
  • Limited Edition 3D printed phone-case/statue
  • Copy of Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, signed by XPRIZE founder, Peter Diamandis.

In addition to this you will be recognized and identified as a top-tier sponsor of the Global Learning XPRIZE initiative. This is a small and select group and you will be recognized at both award ceremonies.

This perk also includes a ticket to our visioneering event in person, where future XPRIZEs are discussed and proposed. This is an exclusive event with public figures, business leaders, celebrities and others attending. This will provide a hands-on opportunity to be a part of influencing the future grand challenges we work to solve with XPRIZE!


Every dollar that you pledge will go towards supporting the Global Learning XPRIZEto ensure it is as successful and impactful as possible. Here’s how your money will and won’t be used.

The money will be used in four primary areas:

  • Wider testing with more kids in more towns and villages – we want to ensure the software created by teams gets as much testing and feedback in the field as possible. Your contribution will fund the equipment, infrastructure, and transport to test the finalists with more kids in more towns and villages.
  • Helping teams to be successful – the success of the teams that compete in this prize are critical to our overall success. Your contribution will help create an environment for teams to be successful, including infrastructure, events, development resources, and more. With the Open Source nature of this prize, this is particularly important as teams have an incredible opportunity to collaborate around common problems.
  • Creating a global community – beyond the teams that are participating, we are growing a global community at XPRIZE to solve the grand challenges of our time. Your contribution will help create this community by providing tools, merchandise, materials, community events, collaboration facilities, and more. You can already see the beginning of this community forming athttp://forum.xprize.org – come and join us!
  • Creating an Open Source educational technology – the winning team and the four runner-ups will all have their technology fully Open Sourced. This will create a remarkable educational foundation available to everyone and one that can grow and evolve long past the conclusion of the Global Learning XPRIZE. Your contribution will be an investment in open education, as well as ensuring that the technology can live and grow when the prize concludes.

Importantly, your money will NOT be used in the following areas:

  • The prize purse.
  • XPRIZE staff salaries and offices.
  • Funding teams to do their work.
  • Fundraising activities and events.

If you have any further questions or queries about how the money is spent, feel free to share your questions on http://forum.xprize.org.

Visioneering is an annual event that the XPRIZE Foundation runs to bring together experts, business leaders, celebrities, politicians and more to discuss our grand challenges and construct XPRIZEs to solve them.

It is an eclectic, exclusive group, with previous attendees including Arianna Huffington (founder, Huffington Post), James Cameron (director), Larry Page (co-founder, Google) and Eric Schmidt (chairman, Google), Sir Richard Branson (founder, Virgin), Paul Allen (co-founder, Microsoft), and others. We want to add your name to this list.

We have an awesome opportunity for you to win an expenses-paid trip to Visioneering that takes place from May 6 – 8, 2015 at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA. Not only can you win this fantastic prize, but you can also help spread awareness of the campaign and our efforts to combat illiteracy!

The winner will also receive an exclusive limited-edition XPRIZE jacket, t-shirt, and cap:

How To Participate

To win, we are running a referral competition in which the person who raises the most awareness of the crowdfunding campaign and gets the most people to visit this Indiegogo page will win the trip.
The runner-up will get the exclusive XPRIZE jacket, t-shirt, and cap.
Participating is simple:
  1. If you don’t have an Indiegogo account, go and register one by clicking here. When you are finished, come back to this page.
  2. At the top of this page use the share buttons to share this campaign with others. You can use the social media buttons, but also the Link button to generate your unique web link that points to this page. This link helps us to ensure we register that you referred the person to this page. Be sure to use these links…they include the information needed for us to register your referrals!
  3. Each time you share the campaign with these links we will track them in a running tally. We will regularly update everyone with the current rankings each week in our campaign updates.
  4. Importantly, we are awarding the prize to the person who gets the most people visiting this page, so try to spread the word as far and wide as you can! Every person who clicks on your link gets you a step closer to coming to Visioneering and helps raise awareness about a truly valuable campaign!
In addition to this, the top 5 people who raise money for the campaign will also get EARLY ACCESS to the software for their schools!

XPRIZE is an innovation engine. A facilitator of exponential change. A catalyst for the benefit of humanity.

We believe in the power of competition. That it’s part of our DNA. Of humanity itself. That tapping into that indomitable spirit of competition brings about breakthroughs and solutions that once seemed unimaginable. Impossible. We believe that challenges must be audacious, but achievable, tied to objective, measurable goals. And understandable by all.

We believe that solutions can come from anyone, anywhere and that some of the greatest minds of our time remain untapped, ready to be engaged by a world that is in desperate need of help. Solutions. Change. And radical breakthroughs for the benefit humanity.

We’ve already facilitated oil recovery cleanup at quadruple the standard rate. Enabled the creation of a 102.5 MPGe energy-efficient car. We helped launch a $2 billion private space industry. Soon you will have healthcare in the palm of your hand.

Community is at the heart of the Global Learning XPRIZE and we are building a global community that will work together to help this incredible opportunity to bring literacy to children across the world.

We don’t just want you to support the campaign by getting a perk, we want you tobe a part of making history.

We are building a community of advocates, developers, teachers, scientists, business-people, artists, designers, translators and more. This community is coming together to bring their skills and talents to the table; we believe that everyone can put their brick in the wall to eradicating global illiteracy.

We have only just started, and we already have a global spread:

This community is forming on a brand new forum that helps us to get to know each other, brainstorm, collaborate on projects, and more! It is a shared family, passionate about bringing real, practical change to the world.

Come and join the growing XPRIZE family now at http://forum.xprize.org

There are many ways in which you can play an essential role in the success of the Global Learning XPRIZE:

  1. Contribute! – a great place to start is to buy one of our awesome perks. Scroll up to find out more!
  2. Join the Community – come and meet the new XPRIZE community at http://forum.xprize.org and share ideas, brainstorm, and collaborate around new projects.
  3. Refer Friends and Win Prizes – want to win an expenses-paid trip to our Visioneering event where we create new XPRIZEs while also helping spread the word? To find out more click here.
  4. Download the Street Team Kit – head over to our Get Involved page and download a free kit with avatars, banners, posters, presentations, FAQs and more. The page also includes videos for how to get started!
  5. Create and Share Digital Content – we are encouraging authors, developers, content-creators and more to create content that will spread the word about literacy, the Global Learning XPRIZE, and more!
  6. Share and Tag Your Top 5 Children’s Books – which children’s books have been the most memorable for you? Share your Top 5, complete with a link tohttp://igg.me/at/learningxprize and tag 10 friends to share theirs too! When using social media, be sure to use the #learningprize hashtag.
  7. Show Your Pride –  go and download the Street Team Kit and use the images and avatars in there to change your profile picture and banner on your favorite social media networks (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Google+).
  8. Create Your ‘Learning Moment’ Video – record a video and share on a video website (such as YouTube) about how learning has really impact your life. Give the video the title “Global Learning XPRIZE: My Learning Moment“. Be sure to share your video on social media too with the #learningprize hashtag!
  9. Put Posters up in Your Community – go and download the Street Team Kit, print the posters out and put them up in your local coffee shops, universities, colleges, schools, and elsewhere!
  10. Organize a Local Event – create a local event to share the Global Learning XPRIZE. Fortunately we have a video on our Get Involved page that explains how you can do this, and we have a presentation deck with notes ready for you to use!

Remember, if you have questions, be sure to join the XPRIZE community athttp://forum.xprize.org

Why are you doing this?
This Indiegogo campaign is designed to further enhance the community, team collaboration, practical field-trials and testing, and other areas that are part of theGlobal Learning XPRIZE. We believe the power is in our community, but not just in the teams who create the technology to win the prize, but many other people who want to play a role in solving this grand challenge.

Crowdfunding is a great way in which the general public can help contribute towards making the Global Learning XPRIZE as successful as it can be both in terms of raising resources as well as raising awareness. We believe that everybody, from our backers on this campaign, to teams, to members of our new community, can make a real difference.

Why the $500,000 $750,000 figure?
After breaking down the costs of the many moving parts associated with deploying, testing, and tracking this technology as well as with establishing a global, Open Source community, infrastructure, and platform for the winning solution, our team determined that this money will cover many of these initial costs.

This is really just the first step. The more we raise, the more we can do – let’s raise 10x that this amount so we can further facilitate success of this the Global Learning XPRIZE. Help us spread the word!

How do we know this XPRIZE will be successful?
As with every XPRIZE, the prize design team has consulted with a global team of experts in structuring the requirements for how the prize operates. This process takes into account the growth of technology, where we expect technology to be in the next five years, the extent of the problem (e.g. how many kids can’t read, write, and perform arithmetic today), and how attractive this would be to prospective teams.

With these exhaustive considerations accounted for, we are very confident that the Global Learning XPRIZE is going to net incredible results. If we didn’t have confidence in this, we wouldn’t launch this XPRIZE in the first place.

Also, be sure to take a look at the history of XPRIZE. We incentivized the commercial space-flight industry, revolutionized oil cleanup technology, and are on the verge of putting affordable healthcare in the palm of your hand. All of the lessons learned from previous XPRIZE competitions and how they operate will benefit this, our newest, grandest prize.

How much money from the crowdfunding actually goes to the prize?
With the exception of the Indiegogo/FirstGiving fees, every dollar goes towards the campaign.

What payment methods do you accept?
We accept major credit cards.

Can I donate from outside the USA?
Absolutely!

When will my perk prizes be delivered?
We are currently estimating shipping in December 2014.

I love what you are doing! How can I help?
Great question! Go and see the 10 ways in which you can help, all listed above. Also be sure to come and join the community at http://forum.xprize.org and find out more.

Is shipping included in the perks?
Yes.

Can I write-off my contribution with my taxes?
Yes.

I am a celebrity or public figure and would like to endorse the prize or help in some other way. How do I get in touch with you?
Please email Jono Bacon, our Sr. Dir. Community who can discuss this further with you.

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