For Phase I, participants should submit a concept that addresses the following points in a one-page document.
You are also welcome to identify another learning goal. If you select your own, please describe why it is important and how it is related to COVID-19.
The official rules of the competition are available here.
If you have questions, please reach out to Aly@the-learning-agency.com.
The Tools Competition will have a phased evaluation process in order to give participants the time and feedback to strengthen their potential solution and build an effective team.
Participants will submit a one-page description of their tool or technology that includes the award request and a description of you and your team. We encourage interested individuals or platforms to complete an eligibility quiz to guide the development of effective proposals.
Columbia and the Learning Agency will review concepts and invite competitive proposals to submit a detailed description. Participants will revise and expand on their proposals, including adding a budget and a plan for execution. The detailed proposal should be up to 3,000 words and include a budget and proof of concept.
Columbia and the Learning Agency will then select finalists, who will be given the opportunity to pitch their idea to a panel of judges. Among others, the judges include Peter Bergman from Columbia, Katy Knight from the Siegel Family Endowment, Katrina Stevens from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and Julia Quinn from Citadel.
Week of December 3, 2020
Winners will then be announced and receive the first installment of their award. Winners will be provided coaching, the opportunity to connect with leaders in the field, and the ability to present their idea to a panel of educators for further refinement.
Winners will present on their progress to date, and open challenges, to the other winners and engage with leaders in the field. Winners making sufficient progress by Product Review day will receive the second installment of their prize.
Solutions will be reviewed at three funding tiers: catalyst, mid-range, and large awards. Solutions requesting larger awards are expected to have more existing technology and active users. Final award amounts will be at the discretion of the judges and competition organizers.
The awards will be distributed in two installments: first, when the winners are announced, and the second, after the Product Review Day and the showing of satisfactory progress.
Applicants should determine their funding tier based on the following criterion:
These prizes will be aimed at smaller platforms or new entrants with a strong pre-identified team and clear plan for execution. To be competitive for a mid-range prize, participants must have:
Take the Award Quiz for additional guidance.