Octava Social Innovation Challenge is seeking accessible and affordable Edtech solutions in Southeast Asia. The challenge seeks solutions that focus on underserved K-12 learners that utilize evidence-based educational content. A total pool of $500,000 in prize funding is available for up to eight selected winners of the challenge.
BY WESAM OSAMA
Looking beyond the pandemic, technology presents an opportunity to enhance aspects of the education process and complement the work of educators. This potential has been thrust to the fore over the course of the last year, with students around the world reliant on remote learning amidst prolonged school closures. Therefore, the Octava Social Innovation Challenge is seeking accessible and affordable Edtech solutions that focus on underserved K-12 learners.
The challenge is looking for solutions that utilize evidence-based educational content informed by the science of learning and are aligned with curriculum outcomes. These solutions should operate in at least one of Octava Foundation’s target countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam).
Not only that, the challenge is also targeting solutions that increase equitable access to quality learning opportunities. This can be through open-sourced, offline, or virtual models, especially for underserved learners in low connectivity. The challenge seeks solutions that improve literacy, numeracy, and social, emotional learning milestones.
Solutions could also strengthen delivery of STEM and 21st century skills for learners to effectively build work readiness. They can also support educators, school leaders, and other system stakeholders. And equip teachers, parents, and other stakeholders within the education ecosystem. They can achieve such a target with the digital literacy and confidence needed to engage meaningfully with Edtech and enable capacity-building.
A total pool of $500,000 in prize funding is available for up to eight selected winners of the challenge.
Applicants can join the challenge and submit a solution here before October 15th.