During its first phase from January to March 2014, the Open Education Challenge has received more than 600 applications from innovative projects in education coming from 74 countries. 522 applications have been validated and the Open Education Challenge evaluation team has diligently reviewed and scored these applications to select the top 100 proposals.
These semi-finalists will now be asked to provide more detailed and in-depth information about their proposal via an online questionnaire. Based on that new information and their original application, the evaluation team will select the top 20 who will be invited to the finalists’ workshop in Barcelona, Spain, in July where they will pitch their idea to the OEC Jury for the final selection.
The pool of semi-finalists comprises a broad diversity of teams in terms of their stage of progress, countries of origin, and target audience.
Most of the projects are early-stage, they have already made some progress towards launching their business but have not yet started generating any revenue.
Approximately one in five are at the idea stage, they have not yet implemented their project but they have a well developed idea. Lastly, 21% of the semi-finalists are startups that already have a product/service available.
In terms of subject matter, there is a wide range of topics: language, employability skills, and class/school management are the top three, followed by engineering and digital skills.
As for education level, primary and secondary students are the most popular target audiences. Higher education and lifelong learning are also areas of significant interest.
The semi-finalist teams come from 36 different countries, top among them the UK (10), the Netherlands (8), Spain (8), France (7), Germany (6), and Poland (5). There were also several multi-national teams, combining talent from different countries or even continents.
You can find more graphs and information about the semi-finalists in the latest blog post. of the Open Education Challenge.
The finalists will be announced on 20 June, 2014.