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Prize Competition Summary
All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD) has launched “Enabling Writers,” a $100,000 global prize competition to incentivize the development of software solutions that allow writers to easily create and export decodable and leveled fiction and non-fiction readers in mother tongue languages to help early primary students (ie. grades one to three) learn to read.
To solve this important challenge, ACR GCD aims to attract individuals, companies and communities from all fields, but especially the software development, digital literacy and education communities.
Applicants are invited to submit their software applications until October 1, 2014. Following formal evaluation, three finalists will receive feedback and awards of $12,000 each. After they incorporate the judges’ feedback, their innovations will be piloted and reviewed in three countries with ACR GCD partner programs. The highest performing software will win a grand prize of $100,000.
One of the main barriers to improving children’s reading skills is the lack of appropriate and engaging reading materials in mother tongue languages, meaning children are unable to get the reading practice they need in the language they speak and understand.
The Enabling Writers prize competition seeks to drive the creation of new software technologies—and the improvement of existing programs—that make it easier, more cost-effective and efficient to write high-quality early grade reading materials that follow tested reading instruction methodologies.
The prize competition is powered by InnoCentive, a global leader in crowdsourcing innovation problems.
‘Enabling Writers’ aims to spur the development of software that would allow writers to use an easy step-by-step process, on a computer or mobile device, to create texts that follow tested early-grade reading instruction methodologies. The software would:
The winning software will be freely available and released to the public for open source development.