The deadline of the Global EdTech Startups Awards has been extended to August 1!
The competition puts the spotlight on the world’s most promising EdTech startups in 2014, with the goal of catalyzing those that have the potential to produce groundbreaking learning solutions.
The Global EdTech Startups Awards gives voice and space to the exciting growing trends in innovation and investments in EdTech currently arising in different parts of the world.
How the competition works
- During this first stage of the competition, anyone – founder, investor, or user – can nominate a startup. They can also contribute their comments, Tweets, and Facebook likes.
- Next, representatives from each world region will select their top 10 most promising startups from the nominations.
- A panel of professionals will choose 10 finalists.
- The 10 finalists will be promoted online and three winners will be selected: two selected by a panel of judges and one by audience popularity.
The three winners will be granted free acceptance to three world-class EdTech ecosystems in Tel Aviv, New York and London. They will spend a total of four months at the following EdTech accelerators: EdTech Incubator (London), Socratic Labs (New York), and MindCET (Tel Aviv and Yeruham). At each one, they’ll have access to office space and facilities, mentoring, and guidance.
The competition is joint initiative of MindCET, Socratic Labs, P.A.U. Education and EdTech Incubator. To find out more about the eligibility requirements and to apply, please visit the competition website.
The European Competition 2.0 asks teachers and educators to share the creative and effective ways they are using online resources or applications in their teaching practice.
How to enter
To enter you need to make a short video showing your teaching practice that involves the internet or mobile app. The video must be a maximum of 2:30 minutes. Then you must register on the Ed2.0Work project website and submit your video. The deadline to enter is 12 September 2014 at 12.00noon. Visit the competition website for more information on how to apply.
Judging and prizes
The winners will be decided by an international panel of judges. The winners will be invited to present their ideas (all expenses paid) at the European Conference in the Applications of Enabling Technologies, 2014 20-21 November 2014, Glasgow, Scotland.
The judging team includes:
- Russell Stannard
- Shelly Sanchez Terrell
- Sylvia Guinan
Ed2.0Work is a European Union funded education project that has two missions:
- To create a network that spans education and the world of work and is designed to improve the use of Web2.0 tools in both fields.
- To create a set of tools for the empirical evaluation of Web2.0 tools
The project will create a network between stakeholders in the education and work sectors that will examine how both should be using Web2.0 in the education and work environments.
The call for applications to the Open Education Challenge closed on March 21, resulting in a grand total of 611 submissions from 74 countries worldwide. This response represents a wellspring of innovative technologies and practices for opening up education.
A summary of the location of applicants
The Open Education Challenge had its inaugural launch on 22 January, 2014. The first phase of the Challenge was the call for applications, open to anyone from any country to submit a business idea “with the potential to transform education.”
Results are promising for the education sector
The response to the call for applications shows that there is strong interest in bringing new technologies and approaches into the field of education. Pierre-Antoine Ullmo, founder of the Open Education Challenge, wrote in his latest blog post:
“In less than two months, 500 applications have been submitted. This is new evidence of the changes taking place in education worldwide: each proposal we receive is a proxy for new contents and teaching practices, innovative devices, technological assessment tools… And a promise to give users the opportunity to learn what, where and when they want.”
Key concepts that the trailblazers are talking about
Certain key concepts were clearly present in the pool of applications. This table shows which keywords were used the most often, and how many times each one appeared.
Phase 2 starts now
The next phase of the Challenge is to evaluate the proposals and create a shortlist for the next round of evaluation. More information about the results of the call for applications is available on the Open Education Challenge blog. Eventually only 10 of the proposals will be selected to join the European Incubator for Innovation in Education, which offers seed capital of up to 20 000 Euros and mentorship from top experts in education, entrepreneurship, and technology.
Europeana Creative has launched two innovation challenges to create educational apps for teaching Natural History and History Education.
The challenge is to come up with a great idea for an educational app that re-uses the Europeana collections of cultural heritage.
The Europeana collection consists of over 30 million cultural and historical artefacts (documents, images, audio, etc.) that can be re-used in new mediums like websites, apps, or games.
The winning team will get a hands-on incubation support package provided by the project consortium to bring the product successfully to the market! The package comprises consultation with experts offering business support, technical support, facilitation of access to investments and business partnerships, access to specialised testing environments and marketing and promotion support.
The Europeana Creative Challenges are open to any private, public or non-profit organisation within Europe. Applicants must be a legal person registered in one of the 28 EU member states. The deadline to apply is 31 March 2014.
Barcelona (Spain) has won the 2014 “iCapital” prize for the European Capital of Innovation, the European Commission announced yesterday.
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, said:
"Barcelona is a deserving winner of the first iCapital award, for its dedication to using new technology for the benefit of its inhabitants.”
Grenoble (France) and Groningen (The Netherlands) were close competitors, among the many other cities that are creatively working to improve the living conditions of their citizens.
“There were many other great initiatives and proposals, and I want cities and regions to join together and share their experiences. Outstanding initiatives at the local level will contribute to keep turning the European Union into an Innovation Union," commented Geoghegan-Quinn.
What makes Barcelona so innovative?
Here is a small sample of some of the municipal projects that are forging new paths in sustainable and smart urban living.
The Barcelona Open Data portal opens up all public sector information in standardized digital formats so that anyone can reuse the data however they want.
The Factory of the Sun is an environmental education facility that integrates and showcases a number of services relating to renewable energy, urban environment, and sustainability.
Barcelona Activa is a municipal company that promotes quality and future-oriented employment and businesses. It hosts 115 companies in its Business Incubator and Technology Park, introduces people to new technologies in its Cybernarium, and offers training and coaching to job seekers and aspiring entrepreneurs.
Open Education Europa is making its own contribution to innovation in Barcelona through our partnership with the Open Education Challenge. The Open Education Challenge aims to develop, strengthen and fund innovative education startups.
The iCapital prize is worth 500 000 Euros, which will go towards scaling up and expand Barcelona’s innovation efforts.
The competition is open to all secondary schools (students 12-18 years old) across the EU. It is an exciting opportunity to work with a partner school in another country on your project. Online Shopping covers a range of topics including online advertising, shopping safely online, choosing the best products, value for money and the benefits of EU and national regulations.
Last years' winning class visited the main EU institutions in Brussels where they met Neven Mimica, Member of the European Commission in charge of Consumer Policy.
Using interactive tools and forums on the Consumer Classroom website, teachers can create and share an intercultural experience of learning and engage their class with the chance of winning great prizes. First prize is a trip to Brussels for the project team to visit the European Capital and the main European Union Institutions. The second prize this year will be one item of their choice to equip the winners' class/school.
The Open Education Challenge, launched in partnership with the European Commission, is a new opportunity for entrepreneurs and innovators passionate about education to develop, strengthen and fund their start-up. This new European-wide initiative is part of the Opening up Education initiative and of Startup Europe, and is under the patronage of Mrs Androulla Vassiliou, member of the European Commission.
Applicants may be aspiring entrepreneurs or existing startups in the first stage of development. All projects are welcome; the only condition is that they must contribute to transforming education. Your proposal can address, for instance, one or more of the following:
- Learning contents
- Devices, tools and connectivity
- Learning assessment and analytics
- School management and organisation
- Learning communities.
We accept applications from all over the world. All selected startup teams must commit full time to the incubation process and will be required to have registered or register within the EU.
Twenty finalists will get a chance to go to Barcelona to pitch their idea in front of a European jury, chaired by Lord Puttnam. We will select the 10 most promising startups to join our Incubator:
- 12 weeks – 24x7.
- In successive European cities: Paris, London, Berlin and Helsinki.
- With the best European experts in education, technology and entrepreneurship.
- Seed funding of up to €20,000.
- Access to Our Open Education Investment Club from day one.
The inGenious competition recognizes creative and exceptional initiatives that raise students’ awareness of STEM studies and careers. Any teacher who works to introduce their pupils to innovative sectors, break down stereotypes, and address tomorrows challenges is encouraged to enter the competition.
The inGenious competition is open to school teachers from any of the EU states, Israel, and Turkey who have a passion for inspiring and leading students towards innovative careers in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).
Teachers are asked to come up with and carry out a creative and engaging campaign to expose students to the opportunities of the STEM sector. This could include activities, role-plays, debates and discussions, school visits, industry collaborations, inspiring videos and much more. To enter the competition, teachers should submit a description of the activity along with a Flickr album and at least one YouTube video.
Campaigns carried out between September 2013 and January 2014 are eligible. The evaluation process to select the winners takes place in three steps:
- a language-based evaluation and public voting
- evaluation by a panel of education experts
- winner selection by a European Grand Jury
The 30 finalists will be invited to the Award Ceremony in Brussels and the winners will be invited to the Science Disseminators’ workshop.
Most importantly, the competition aims to share great ideas between like-minded teachers and ignite a passion for STEM subjects in schools across Europe.