XPRIZE Adds Stretch Goal to Continue Momentum and Boost Target Funds

October 24th, 2014  |  Source: Roddenberry Foundation

 

Today, The Roddenberry Foundation announced a $100,000 contribution to the Global Learning XPRIZE crowdfunding campaign to support the development of technology that will bring literacy to hundreds of millions of children.

 

The XPRIZE Foundation recently launched the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE, challenging teams from around the world to develop open source software to enable children in developing countries to teach themselves basic reading, writing, and arithmetic in a period of 18 months.

Simultaneously, an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign was announced to raise $500,000 to expand the testing and to create a global community that will participate in and contribute to the success of the prize. The Roddenberry Foundation hopes that their $100,000 contribution to the campaign will inspire public engagement in the project and further Gene Roddenberry’s utopian vision for the future through improved universal access to high-quality education.

Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, President of The Roddenberry Foundation said, “We are passionate about every child having essential literacy skills and strongly believe in the power of the Global Learning XPRIZE. This innovative crowdfunding campaign provides a great opportunity for people all over the world to lend their support to this valuable effort and we are proud to join them by making this contribution.”

With this contribution, the XPRIZE Foundation has also announced a $750,000 stretch goal for the campaign, to bring the technology to even more kids in more parts of the world, and put further community collaboration tooling and infrastructure in place to build this global movement.

To learn more, and to support the crowdfunding campaign, please visit http://learning.xprize.org.




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