How to Compete

PHASED SELECTION PROCESS

The Learning Engineering Tools Competition has a phased selection process in order to give competitors time and feedback to strengthen their tool and build a team. Proposals will be reviewed at each phase and selected submissions will be invited to submit to the next round.

Phase 1: Submit a proposal concept

Due Date: October 1, 2021

Competitors will submit a form to describe their proposal concept for the tool or technology, the prize request, and the team. We encourage interested individuals or platforms to complete an eligibility quiz to guide the development of effective proposals.

Phase 2: Submit a detailed proposal with budget

Due Date: December 17, 2021

The detailed proposal should follow the template provided by the competition organizers and be up to 3,000 words,


Phase 3. Pitch with a panel of judges

Mid to late March, 2022

Finalists will be notified by mid February 2022. The judges will evaluate the pitches and provide recommendations for the winners.


Winners Notified

April 2022

Winners will then be announced and receive the first installment of their award. Winners will receive coaching, the opportunity to connect with leaders in the field and the ability to present to researchers or teachers to refine their tool.


Product Review Day

Summer 2022

Winners will present on their progress to date and receive feedback on timely challenges from other winners and leaders in the field. Winners making sufficient progress by Product Review Day will receive the second installment of their prize.


Demo Day

Spring 2023

Winners will demonstrate their tools in a live public event and network with other leaders in the field.


GUIDANCE ON AWARD AMOUNTS

ELIGIBILITY FOR PRIZE BANDS

Competitors can opt into one of two prize bands and request an amount within that band based on the scope of their proposal, and the scale of their existing platform, where applicable. The larger prize band has additional eligibility requirements, and proposals requesting larger amounts within each prize band will be subject to greater scrutiny around risk potential and capacity to scale. Specific eligibility criteria also vary slightly by track.

For more guidance on the prize that is best suited for each team, competitors can complete the eligibility quiz.

 

Catalyst Tools Prizes: Up to $50,000

These prizes are designed for competitors who need an initial spark to get started or scale. Competitors requesting a catalyst tools prize need not have pre-existing users. Proposals for catalyst tools prizes require:

  • A detailed description of the new tool or technology
  • Plan for execution that addresses scale, equity, impact and learning engineering.
  • Commitments from researchers to participate in the project.
  • For the learning science research track:
    • An assurance that their tool or technology will be accessible for no more than at cost to users.

Mid-Scale and Large Tools Prize: $50,001 – $250,000

These prizes are designed for platforms with some scale. Proposals for mid-scale and large prizes require:

  • A detailed description of the new tool or technology
  • Plan for execution that addresses scale, equity, impact and learning engineering.
  • For accelerated learning, assessment, and adult learning tracks:
    • An existing platform upon which the new tool would live with at least active 10,000 users.
    • An outside researcher that has agreed to partner for the project or evidence that the tool could enable research from multiple external researchers.
  • For learning science research track:
    • Partnership with a digital learning platform with at least 10,000 users or access to comparable dataset.
    • An assurance that their tool or technology will be accessible for no more than at cost to users.

 
 
 

If you have questions, please reach out to Toolscompetition@the-learning-agency.com
For more information, read the Tools Competition FAQs.
For those interested, we recommend you bookmark this page for additional details.

 
 
 

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