Dell Education Challenge to Support and Fund Innovative Learning Approaches
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- Entries invited from university students around the world to compete for $30,000 in cash prizes
- Projects receive mentorship from leading entrepreneurs and business leaders
- All submissions automatically entered in the 2014 Dell Social Innovation Challenge
Dell today issued its second Dell Education Challenge to university students, the most recent participants in today’s K-12 education systems worldwide. Dell seeks their inspiration, imagination and innovation to re-engineer today’s learning environments, both in and outside of the classroom. The competition seeks to continue to inspire innovative ideas from around the world that will help solve today’s biggest issues in education, including those identified in a poll commissioned by Dell about new education models. The poll showed that respondents view a personalized approach to learning as most effective.
More than 400 projects were submitted in the last Dell Education Challenge and the winning teams are bringing their ideas to fruition. Grand prize winner, Forward Tutoring, is helping to create more support for individual learning needs and support for students by students via their online platform where credits are earned for volunteering in the community. Those students then redeem their credits for tutoring from other qualified students. Tutors in turn can earn scholarships and internships from supporting organizations.
Continuing its commitment to inspiring innovation, the Dell Education Challenge is a spotlight challenge of the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, challenging university students to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems with transformative ideas. This spotlight challenge will identify and invest $30,000 in promising projects. Dell will provide students who submit ideas with access to a global community that provides valuable feedback and encouragement on their projects to help make their ideas a reality.
Twenty semi-finalists will be selected in September and will receive direct mentorship from a Dell Social Innovation Challenge certified mentor, giving those project teams the chance to develop their ideas with the help, experience and expertise of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. One member from each of the top three teams will receive an all-expense paid trip to pitch their team’s idea at a special awards event in December 2013 where the winning team will be announced. All finalists will be automatically entered as semi-finalists for the 2014 Dell Social Innovation Challenge, Dell’s competition focused on social entrepreneurship.
Information for entrants:
- September 23, 2013: Deadline for entrants to register online and post project submissions
- October 4, 2013: 20 semi-finalists will be announced
- November 8, 2013: 3 finalists will be announced
- December 2013: awards event
- The winners and the 10 promising projects will share a total of $30,000 in cash prizes
- FREE to enter the competition
About Dell Social Innovation Challenge
The DSIC identifies and supports promising young social innovators who dedicate themselves to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems with their transformative ideas. Introduced in 2007 by the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, the Challenge provides students with world-class teaching and training, as well as start-up capital and access to a network of mentors and advisers. For more information, visit www.DellChallenge.org.
Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) is committed to helping students develop the knowledge and skills they need to learn and succeed in an increasingly digital world and a globally competitive workforce. As a top provider of technology and services to schools, Dell listens to and works with students, educators, administrators, parents and community members around the world to deliver innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more in and out of the classroom. Learn more about Dell in Education at www.dell.com. Dell is committed to putting technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good, for people and the planet.
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