|[December 12, 2012]
Forward Tutoring Wins Dell Education Challenge
AUSTIN, Texas --(Business Wire)--
Dell (News - Alert) today announced Forward
Tutoring as the winner of the Dell
Education Challenge, a global competition for university students
with entrepreneurial ideas to improve education, both in and out of the
Forward Tutoring team members (Photo: Business Wire)
The competition received more than 400 project entries from around the
world, proposing solutions to today's biggest issues in education,
including those identified in a recent
poll commissioned by Dell. Global poll respondents said technology
gives students a more personalized experience that they value, but added
that technology needs are not being met in schools today.
The Dell Education Challenge expands Dell's partnership with the Dell
Social Innovation Challenge, the world's largest platform to launch
and accelerate student social innovators, managed by The
University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs.
Forward Tutoring is an online platform where students earn credits for
volunteering in their communities and redeem those credits for tutoring
from other qualified students; tutors in turn can earn scholarships and
internships from supporting organizations. The project was one of four
finalists who traveled to Dell World
to compete for a $10,000 grand prize and other support to advance their
innovative ideas. Forward Tutoring will use the funds to support
burgeoning university chapters working to bring accessible online
tutoring to communities.
Three other finalists also traveled to Austin for the competition.
Knowledge Lab, which sets up hands-on learning labs for primary
students in India to keep them engaged in their education and prevent
drop-outs. Gyan Knowledge Lab took home the second place prize.
for GAZA, which seeks to overcome geographic barriers to quality
education for Gaza's children with learning dfficulties through video
curriculum, where Gaza's teachers can connect with education experts
in their subject matters.
Step Leaders, which provides leadership development training for
highly effective teachers in roles such as department chairs or
grade-level leaders. Teachers receive 360 degree feedback,
personalized assessments, whole group leadership training and
individualized one-on-one coaching.
Another seven Promising Projects were chosen to receive $1,000 each to
advance their ideas. All projects in the Dell Education Challenge are
automatically entered in the 2013 Dell Social Innovation Challenge,
which supports promising young social innovators working to solving the
world's most pressing problems by providing teaching, training, start-up
capital, and access to a network of mentors, advisers and like-minded
student social entrepreneurs. Projects compete for more than $350,000 in
cash awards and other prizes to bring their ideas to life. Entrants must
post projects by Jan. 28, 2013 for consideration in the 2013 challenge.
For more information, visit www.dellchallenge.org.
"Words cannot express our appreciation to Dell and to all of our
supporters. Innovation in education is accelerating at a breathtaking
speed - and we're so excited to be a part of the movement. Forward
Tutoring will use this incredible accomplishment to help us spread our
mission of providing high-quality free tutoring to students, regardless
of location or financial circumstances. We can't wait to help usher in
an era of fundamental changes to education that don't stop at the
David Chi, Forward Tutoring
"When students are given the opportunity to express their ideas for
improving education, and when they are provided the tools and support to
make these ideas a reality, transformation in learning whether in or out
of the classroom happens. We are encouraged to see the enthusiasm and
ideas from students around the world who participated in the Dell
Education Challenge, and we look forward to working together to see the
winning ideas come to fruition."
Mark Horan, vice president of education, Dell
"We are thrilled to congratulate the winner of our first international
spotlight challenge. We believe that education is one of the most
important issues of our time and we are excited to support young social
entrepreneurs who provide solutions in this area. We plan on doing more
spotlight challenges focusing on issues of global concern as we shift to
a year-round model of student engagement."
Suzi Sosa, executive director, Dell Social Innovation Challenge
Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative
technology and services that give them the power to do more. For more
information, visit www.dell.com.
About the Dell Social Innovation Challenge
The Dell Social Innovation Challenge identifies and supports promising
young social innovators who dedicate themselves to solving the world's
most pressing problems with their transformative ideas. We provide
university students with a global network of like-minded social
innovators, world-class teaching and training, as well as with start-up
capital and access to a network of mentors and advisors. Our challenge
was launched 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. In 2008 Dell became our title sponsor, lending its name and
resources. Dell announced a $5 million gift to expand our efforts
worldwide at the close of the 2011 challenge to engage more than 60,000
students a year. Since our launch, more than 15,000 students from 105
countries have proposed more than 4,500 ideas. We've awarded more than
$450,000 to more than 50 student teams around the world. In 2013 we will
provide mentoring to over 300 teams of students and award over $350,000
in prizes including $60,000 for the grand prize winner. Learn more at www.dellchallenge.org.
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