The Adult Literacy XPRIZE Community Competition
Learning Upgrade Ties for Grand Prize in Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPrize
We are excited to announce that Learning Upgrade has tied for the grand prize in the $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE. The Learning Upgrade app and the People ForWords app facilitated the greatest increase in literacy among participating adult learners within the 12-month testing period of the Adult Literacy XPRIZE.
Launched on former first lady Barbara Bush’s 90th birthday in 2015, the $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation challenges teams to develop mobile applications for smartphones that increase literacy skills among participating adult learners. With research showing that 77 percent of Americans now own a smartphone, the competition aims to dramatically change the way the United States meets the needs of the 36 million adults with low literacy skills, by tackling the largest obstacles to achieving basic literacy – access, retention and scale.
Former Governor Jeb Bush asked XPRIZE, the leader in designing and operating global competitions to solve humanity’s greatest challenges, to help create a competition to tackle the largest obstacles to adults achieving basic literacy.
“Mom and I shared the belief that literacy is the gateway to live a life of purpose. Just imagine trying to find a job, get a driver’s license, or understand your child’s report card without the ability to read and write,” said Gov. Bush, former Barbara Bush Foundation board member. “We launched this project to leverage the power of competition to infuse innovation and fresh ideas into the adult literacy landscape.”
Grand prize winners, Learning Upgrade and People ForWords, will divide a $3 million purse, while each also receiving a $1 million achievement prize, for having the best performance in two key demographic groups: native English speakers and English language learners.