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Awarding Over $5.5 Million For Edtech Innovation in Learning and Research

Abstracts due: November 10
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The Learning Engineering Tools Competition is a multi-million dollar competition for edtech innovation that leverages digital technology, big data, and learning science to meet the urgent needs of learners worldwide.

2023-24 Competition Timeline

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Catalyze learning outcomes

We support cutting edge solutions for the most pressing challenges facing learners worldwide.

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Advance learning science research

We build capacity for edtech to leverage big data to support a better understanding of learning at scale.

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Develop all innovators

We welcome individuals and teams at all phases of development - from early ideas to established platforms.

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Build the Learning Engineering community

We cultivate a strong network, driving collaboration between edtech, researchers, and educators.

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How to participate

1 . Pick a Track

The competition is organized into tracks spanning Pre-K to adult learning that are designed to spur action addressing a pressing issue in learning. Competitive proposals should be new innovations or advancements in your work towards the track priorities.

Tracks for the 2023-24 competition will be announced at the Launch Event on
September 21 at 12pm ET.

Accelerating & Assessing Learning

Tools to accelerate and assess PreK-12 learning outcomes and improve the learning experience.

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Preparing for the 21st Century World

Tools that increase the relevance of instruction to build 21st century skills and prepare students to navigate the changing world.


Instructional Coaching for Early Childhood Education

Tools that support instructional coaching for PreK to 2nd grade classrooms and expand teacher-centered principles in coaching practice.

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Facilitating Learning Science Research

Tools and technologies that facilitate the learning science research process in order to expand the field's knowledge and improve learning interventions.

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Engaging Adult Learners in Higher Education

Tools that increase the effectiveness and reach of higher education, particularly of non-traditional adult learners.

Engaging & Re-engaging Post-Secondary Learners

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Building an Adaptive and Competitive Workforce

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2. Find Your Award Level

The competition is designed to be inclusive of all great ideas, with award levels to match competitors’ phase of development. We encourage participation from researchers, edtech innovators, students, and educators alike.


Catalyst Awards ($50k)

for early stage ideas or products


Growth Awards ($150k)

for products with some users and scale


Transform Awards ($300k)

for established platforms with 10,000
or more users

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What is a Tool?

The Tools Competition funds edtech tools and technologies that support learning outcomes and can contribute to learning science research.

Eligible tools have the potential to generate novel learning data that researchers can study to better understand learning at scale. This may include an app, software, algorithm, or other digital technology that facilitates or supports continuous data collection and has the potential to scale at minimal cost.

Please note that this definition is not exhaustive. As technology continues to develop and innovations are created globally, other tool concepts may also be competitive.

Not sure your tool is eligible? Explore winning tools from previous years or get in touch.

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To date, the competition has:


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winners from

35 countries


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Why Learning Engineering? 

The Tools Competition meets an urgent need to leverage cutting edge digital technology and data to support learning science research at scale.

Underpinning the competition is the growing field of learning engineering, which brings together edtech, researchers, and educators to leverage big data to:

Edtech has an important role to play in contributing to research at scale. Tools generate rich data that can allow researchers to run studies and better understand the learning process.

All competitors will need to detail how their tool contributes to learning engineering.

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Learn from Previous

Interested in competing? Register for info sessions on October 3 or October 12 to learn more.
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