Congratulations to our Tracking & Tracing Books prize competition winners:
Books are essential to early grade reading instruction. However, often times when books (both textbooks and supplemental reading materials) are ordered for low income countries, they do not end up in the hands of the students who need them. The first step in solving this problem is the ability to track books in transit and trace them to their destination. As such, All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development has launched the Tracking and Tracing Books Prize Competition. The competition seeks innovations to track books destined for early-grade classrooms and learning centers in low-income countries and allow stakeholders, ranging from parents to Ministries of Education and donor agencies, to quickly and easily access tracking information.
The presentation used in both webinars can be downloaded here.
The Tracking and Tracing Books Prize Competition is seeking innovations to track books destined for early-grade classrooms and learning centers in low-income countries and allow stakeholders, ranging from parents to Ministries of Education and donor agencies, to quickly and easily access relevant tracking information.
Innovations should have four main components:
(1) A process for tracking and tracing books
(2) Associated software
(3) Associated hardware and devices
(4) A method for engaging/easily interfacing with users
For the purposes of this Prize Competition, the starting point of any tracking and tracing system is when a book order is submitted. The tracking and tracing process is initiated when the order is entered into the system by stakeholders involved in the first stage in the supply chain (i.e. the initial supplier with whom the order from the Ministry of Education, or other actor, is placed.)
There are three phases to this Prize Competition. The first phase requires a written description of the proposed innovation and the expertise and experience of the Solver. There is a prize pot of a least $20,000 for this phase. Entrants successful in Phase 1 will be invited to refine and/or develop their innovation and work with the ACR GCD partners to pilot it in Phases 2 and 3, with a further prize of $100,000 awarded at the completion of Phase 3. Solvers are not required to have a prototype or product already in place at Phase 1. Additionally, during Phase 1, solvers are not required to have the expertise, experience or partnerships to implement and/or pilot the innovation. Solvers are only required to identify the types of partners required to implement and/or pilot it. See the Phases and Prizes section below for details.
The ACR GCD partners are open to considering existing technologies, new technologies, or a combinations of both. An area of particular interest to the partners is the application of technologies and processes used in logistic and supply chain sectors.
A list of FAQs for the Challenge can be found here (updated 02/19/2015).
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The Prize Competition has three phases. Information regarding Phases 2 and 3 will be released following the completion of Phase 1.
Phase 1: Written Proposal
Phase 2: Development and Demonstration of the Innovation
Phase 3: Field Test
|Phase 1||January 23, 2015||Launch|
|March 2015||Two Q&A Webinars for interested applicants|
|April 1, 2015||Deadline for entries|
|May 29, 2015||Phase 1 selection|
|Phase 2||Summer 2015*||Solution development|
|Fall 2015*||Demonstration and Phase 2 selection|
|Winter 2015/16*||Pilot testing|
* These dates are approximate only. The length of the Solution Development period prior to Demonstrations is likely to last approximately 3 months but will be finalized following review of the proposals and discussion with the finalist(s).
For questions related to this Competition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development, established in 2011 as a partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), World Vision and the Australian government, aims to catalyze the creation and expansion of scalable, low-cost innovations to improve early-grade literacy students in developing countries. Round 2, launched in 2014, seeks technology-based innovations to improve literacy outcomes by focusing on mother tongue instruction and reading materials, family and community engagement, and children with disabilities.
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