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Designers Needed to Help Build Software to Teach Kids Literacy

by | Tue 27 Jan 2015

**Designers!** Imagine you could design a piece of Open Source tablet software that teaches a child how to read, write, and perform arithmetic, without the aid of a teacher. This is not designed to replace teachers, but to bring education where little or none exists.

Just think of the impact. UNESCO tells us that 54 million children have *zero* access to education. 250 million kids have rudimentary access to education but don’t have any literacy skills. If we can build software that teaches kids literacy, think of the opportunities this opens up in their lives, and the ability to help bring nations out of poverty.

The [Global Learning XPRIZE]() is working to solve that problem and help build this technology.

## A Foundation of Awesome Design

This is where designers come in.

We want to encourage designers to use their talent and imagination to explore and share ideas of how this software could look and work. Designers create and craft unique and innovative experiences, and these ideas can be the formation of great discussions with other members of the community.

We are asking designers to explore and create those experiences and then share those wireframes/mockups in the [XPRIZE community](https://forum.xprize.org). This will inspire discussion and ideas for how we create this important software. This is such an important way in which you can participate.

Find out more about how to participate by [clicking right here](https://forum.xprize.org/t/designers-join-the-global-learning-xprize-design-drive/1074) and please share this call for designers widely – the more designs we can see, the more designers involved, the more ideas we can explore. Every one of you can play such a key role in building this technology. Thanks!

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