Frequently Asked Questions

  • Registration officially opened on March 22, 2021.

  • The deadline for teams to register for this challenge is October 31st at 11:59 PM PST.

  • 1. Create your free individual account profile on the XPRIZE Prize Operations Platform (POP). Complete your individual account profile.
    2. Create your team on POP.
    3. Sign the Competitor Agreement and provide a Team Questionnaire prior to the deadline.

  • The XPRIZE Prize Operations Platform (POP) is the central portal for competing teams during the life cycle of the prize. POP is a virtual system that allows competing teams to interact with each other and with the XPRIZE Prize Operations team.

    POP is mostly used for finding team members, completing prize activities, and submitting documents for registration and testing.

  • This challenge is structured into four rounds over 24 months.

  • Teams are often formed from startups, university groups, small to midsize companies, high school students, families, or even individuals. Teams can have any background, including but not limited to technical disciplines or professions in the fields of education, data science, and others. We believe the best new ideas can come from anyone!

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    We welcome partners throughout all phases of the challenge, whether you want to help recruit teams, support team success, secure an XPRIZE speaker or expert for your event, help scale winning solutions, or assist with testing operations. Contact [email protected] to learn more.

  • The winning team of the Digital Learning Challenge will build systems to conduct rapid, reproducible experiments and demonstrate the resilience and rigor of this infrastructure in a formal learning context.

    The winning team must minimally demonstrate its ability to:

    • Conduct an Randomized Control Trial (RCT) or Quasi Experimental Design (QED) using any meaningful and substantive educational intervention
    • Systematically replicate the experiment at least five times in no more than 30 days
    • Replicate the experiment within at least three distinct demographics

  • A $500,000 (USD) Grand Prize will be awarded to the team that develops the most innovative and practical solution that meets or exceeds the requirements of the challenge.

    The Runner Up Team will be awarded $250,000 (USD) according to the Judging Panel’s discretion.

    Following the Pilot Stage of the challenge, the Judging Panel will assess all Team submissions to select up to 5 teams to proceed to the Demonstration Stage of the challenge, with the group evenly splitting a Milestone Prize of $250,000. These funds are intended to help offset costs associated with early solution development and Pilot Stage testing.

    Total Prize Purse: $1,000,000 (USD)
    Grand Prize: $500,000 (USD)
    Runner Up Prize: $250,000 (USD)
    Milestone Prize: $250,000 (split between up to 5 Teams)