The NLG EdTech Summit agenda included three breakout sessions. These sessions were designed to bring all participants together, to collaborate and form partnerships. Participants are encouraged to attend the Summit with the expectation that they will develop Action Plans during these breakout sessions, to be put into action after the event. 

To encourage collaboration, seed funding opportunities were been provided by key sponsors.  All participants had the opportunity to apply for seed funding during the event. Participants were be encouraged to develop Action Plans around the creativity inspired through the breakout sessions . Action Plans were created in partnership with other organizations wherever possible. 


Malala Fund Award Finalists

50,000 USD

CRITEria

Seed funding for scalable, technology based solutions that benefit Syrian refugee girls, aged 10-18 who reside outside of official refugee camps. Full criteria here

 

Finalists

ReBootKamP

  • ReBootKamp (RBK) trains refugees to code, and then places them with their hiring partners. They are committed to excellence, and to producing some of the finest software engineers in the world using the Hack Reactor Curriculum. RBK moves refugees from poverty to prosperity in 4 months.

 

ITWORX and Mercy Corps 

  • ITWORX is behind WinjiGo, an educational tool that draws on user interface experiences common in social networks, bringing familiarity and comfort to users. Educators can easily keep track of student’s progress and provide the support needed to steer them towards their goals. 
  • Mercy Corps is an international NGO that has responded to humanitarian emergencies in 122 countries. They have pioneered LEARN, a tablet-based home-learning tool that links out-of-school youth with the formal education sector, and livelihoods opportunities.

 

Ideate.Orchestrate.Integrate. and Edutek

  • Ideate.Orchestrate.Integrate. (IOI) is a strategic design and development consulting strategy that targets social and governance problems by designing more efficient systemic strategies that reflect the needs of the people affected. It is focused on designing effective strategies for refugee education.
  • Edutek is based in Lebanon, and focusses on enabling young children to release their full potential in STEM education.

All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (Award 1) Finalists

50,000 USD

Criteria

Seed funding for early reader story templates. These templates include basic story lines which authors could then add in images, and easily translate and contextualize for their context. Templates are for be created for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) content. Full criteria here: (English / Arabic).

 

Finalists

Little Thinking Minds

  • Little Thinking Minds create engaging digital Arabic language content and solutions for children, to enhance Arabic language fluency and literacy. They have developed a reading app named Qysas which is being piloted in 10 government schools in Jordan, with 500 students.  

 

We Love Reading, Libraries Without Borders and Syria Relief

  • We Love Reading aim to foster a love of reading among children, and create change makers through reading. Their model consists of training adults to read aloud to children on a regular basis in a public space. They are also developing a mobile app, to create a virtual community for the network of readers around the world.
  • Libraries Without Borders launched the Ideas Box. The Ideas Box is a comprehensive portable media center that includes; a server with preloaded open education resources, tablets, computers, an electronic library, a creativity kit, and a cinema. It is currently in use in refugee contexts in Jordan and Burundi, urban parts of Paris, the Bronx and Calais, and rural Australia.
  • Syria Relief aims to ‘relieve the suffering and support the future.’ Their objective is to provide support and care to people displaced by the Syria conflict, thus helping to reduce the mass migration from Syria. They support civilians and displaced communities, while providing the tools and training to help them become self-sufficient.

 

3Asafeer education technologies and mercy corps

  • 3Asafeer Education Technologies is a platform that provides kids with interesting Arabic stories to read anytime, anywhere, and on any device. They do this by providing a subscription service to schools, that allows kids to read illustrated, audible, and leveled stories. Teachers can track students, guide them, and enrich their learning experiences with the resources and tools provided.
  • Mercy Corps is an international NGO that has responded to humanitarian emergencies in 122 countries. They have pioneered LEARN, a tablet-based home-learning tool that links out-of-school youth with the formal education sector, and livelihoods opportunities.

All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (Award 2) Finalists

50,000 USD

Criteria

Seed funding for an innovative crowd sourcing solution that seeks to gather at least 500 original and approved quality illustrations highlighting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) content. Full criteria here: (English / Arabic).

 

Finalists

LITTLE THINKING MINDS

  • Little Thinking Minds create engaging digital Arabic language content and solutions for children, to enhance Arabic language fluency and literacy. They have developed a reading app named Qysas which is being piloted in 10 government schools in Jordan, with 500 students.  

 

3Asafeer education technologies and mercy corps

  • 3Asafeer Education Technologies is a platform that provides kids with interesting Arabic stories to read anytime, anywhere, and on any device. They do this by providing a subscription service to schools, that allows kids to read illustrated, audible, and leveled stories. Teachers can track students, guide them, and enrich their learning experiences with the resources and tools provided.
  • Mercy Corps is an international NGO that has responded to humanitarian emergencies in 122 countries. They have pioneered LEARN, a tablet-based home-learning tool that links out-of-school youth with the formal education sector, and livelihoods opportunities.

Worldreader Award Finalists

50,000 USD

Criteria

A partner that will raise awareness on the importance of reading in Jordanian and Syrian families, register users of Worldreader's Read to Kids Jordan mobile reading application, and implement a set of strategies for how to get parents regularly reading to their children, using the Read to Kids digital application. See full criteria here

 

Finalists

We Love Reading and Creative Society

  • We Love Reading aim to foster a love of reading among children, and create change makers through reading. Their model consists of training adults to read aloud to children on a regular basis in a public space. They are also developing a mobile app, to create a virtual community for the network of readers around the world.
  • Creative Society is a NGO that works to promote creativity and innovation in adults and children. 

Norwegian Refugee Council and Integrated Solutions

  • Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation that provides assistance, protection and long-term solutions to displaced persons worldwide. 
  • Integrated Solutions

Startup Boat Award Finalists

25,000 EUR

Criteria

Innovative approaches to improving education via technology, for young refugees. See full criteria here.

 

Finalists

Rebootkamp, Relief International and Work4Good

  • ReBootKamp (RBK) trains refugees to code, and then places them with their hiring partners. They are committed to excellence, and to producing some of the finest software engineers in the world using the Hack Reactor Curriculum. RBK moves refugees from poverty to prosperity in 4 months.
  • Relief International is a nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to reduce human suffering. They respond to natural disasters, humanitarian emergencies and chronic poverty. Their approach emphasises local participation, integration of services and a focus on civic skills. They  empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work for them — and for generations to come. 
  • Work4Good connects women, refugees, and youth to online freelance opportunities, where other employment opportunities are difficult to access, due to refugee status, lifestyle or other considerations.

 

Mateen and World Refugee School

  • The World Refugee School (WRS) is a global initiative established by a group of leading technology, education, and international development companies (ITG, Lego Education, DAI, and Brainrush). WRS provides scalable, high-quality education for refugee and forcibly displaced children and youth worldwide through the provision of a robust educational platform, engaging adaptive content, electronic devices, and teacher training.
  • Mateen is a non-profit organization that specializes in helping marginalized children by reducing educational inequities by supporting the most marginalized school children to access quality education. They also provide a number of other services for vulnerable children and their families. 

 

Southern New Hampshire University, Karam Foundation, Libraries Without Borders

  • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is located in Manchester, NH, USA and serves 85,000 students with on-campus, on-line, and competency based degree programs. In 2012, SNHU was on Fast Company's list of the world's top 50 most innovative companies for its, "relentless pursuit to reinvent higher education." In 2017, the university was proud to be named "Most Innovative in the North" by US News & World Report. 
  • Karam Foundation works to build a better future for Syrians, and engages in innovative educational programs that engage and inspire young minds, heal the trauma of war, and cultivate dreams of bright, confident futures. The Foundation has built 30 schools, served 8,000 refugees in educational programs, and enabled busing and mentoring programs for beneficiaries. 
  • Libraries Without Borders launched the Ideas Box. The Ideas Box is a comprehensive portable media center that includes; a server with preloaded open education resources, tablets, computers, an electronic library, a creativity kit, and a cinema. It is currently in use in refugee contexts in Jordan and Burundi, urban parts of Paris, the Bronx and Calais, and rural Australia.

Zain Award Finalists

10,000 USD

Criteria

Addressing the challenges Jordanians and refugees in Jordan face, on finding employment. See full criteria here

 

Finalists

All applicants to this award were accepted into Zain’s incubator. Zain will provide teams with mentorship following the summit, to help them meet milestones in their Action Plan and work towards having a viable product / service.