Announcing the OpenAI Learning Impact Prize

The Tools Competition is excited to announce a new partnership with OpenAI to launch the OpenAI Learning Impact Prize! The prize will support organizations that are using the power of AI to accelerate the educational progress of students around the world—especially those in underserved communities.

Artificial intelligence creates new opportunities to address persistent declines in academic achievement worldwide. Already, generative artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and large language models are bringing transformative change to countless industries—and the field of education is no exception. Change is needed and the rise of generative AI tools in schools provides strong evidence that it can help.

OpenAI will select up to three Learning Impact Prize recipients from among Tools Competition winners. Prize winners will receive $100,000 on top of their Tools Competition award, application programming interface (API) credits, and technical guidance from OpenAI engineers to scale their solutions and best leverage AI for impact in education. The aim is to help each winner take their work to new heights that better serve learners worldwide in both equitable and ethical ways.

“We’re doing this because we believe AI has the potential to change the way we teach and learn,” said Sherry Lachman, Head of Social Impact for OpenAI, during the Tools Competition’s virtual launch event on Sept. 21. “We have already seen early signs of this from our education organization partners and from teachers who are leading the way in experimenting with AI.”

Responsible AI requires that the benefits of artificial intelligence are equitably distributed and that it reflects the diversity of its users. Teachers around the world are already using AI in creative ways to personalize learning and help students who face extra challenges, like language barriers and disabilities.

Such work is a central mission of the Tools Competition, which will impact 107+ million learners from early childhood to adulthood by 2026. Winning teams are 100% committed to addressing opportunity gaps and prioritizing marginalized populations with their tools—something that the Learning Impact Prize is also dedicated to doing.

The 2023-24 Tools Competition invites teams from all backgrounds and phases of development to submit ideas to the competition in one of its five tracks addressing pressing issues in learning. Winners receive awards of $50,000, $150,000, or $300,000, and have the possibility to receive additional support via the OpenAI Learning Impact Prize. 

To learn more about this effort and to submit an abstract by November 10, visit the Tools website at:  


Phase III results for the Building an Adaptive & Competitive Workforce track will be released in late May. Meet the finalists for all other tracks here.