2023-24 Tools Competition
Phase I abstract submissions for this track are now closed.
This track aims to support students in getting “life-ready,” with the skills that are in demand by the changing world and competencies necessary to achieve big goals. Solutions will help students process information, tackle problems, make decisions, and work together.
This may include, but is not limited to, tools that:
21st century skills have become essential to remaining adaptive as the demands of the economy are ever-changing and the information age requires us to consume and apply knowledge in new and creative ways. Beyond core content areas, students must develop literacy skills in information, technology, and the media to keep pace. From the early childhood level, a focus on social-emotional and other durable skills has a positive impact on academic achievement. At the job level, according to a McKinsey report, companies are increasingly prioritizing social-emotional, advanced cognitive, and digital literacy skillsets in the workplace. We need more tools to cultivate these skillsets in learners at all levels.
Competitors worldwide are invited to submit (see the official rules for any restrictions). We welcome proposals from teams or individuals from all backgrounds, including edtech companies, researchers/universities, educators, or students (undergraduate or graduate).
Determine whether you are eligible to apply for the OpenAI Learning Impact Prize (optional).
OpenAI will select up to three recipients of the OpenAI Learning Impact Prize among competition winners who will receive $100,000 in additional funds, $10,000 in OpenAI API credits, and technical guidance from OpenAI engineers. Select contenders will also receive $2,500 in OpenAI API credits.
Competitors across all tracks that indicate an interest in being considered for this award will complete additional requirements when submitting their proposal materials.
Novelty of the tool
Potential impact and likelihood to improve learning
Attention to equity to support learning of historically marginalized populations
Demand from learners, families, and educators
Ability to support learning engineering
Ability to scale to additional users and/or domains
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.