Global Education Challenge seeks ideas from Ireland online

19 May 2011

Game-changing ideas to dramatically improve education worldwide are being sought from Ireland for the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) Global Education Challenge, which will be hosted on a collaborative online platform.

HMH created the Global Education Challenge to rally innovators worldwide to share creative ideas to address the issues inhibiting student achievement and identify solutions that can foster change by impacting one of three key areas: student learning, family engagement and teacher effectiveness.

These could include ideas for anything from a new software tool or mobile app, to a service for students, parents or teachers, to a completely new educational technology.

A pool of $250k in cash and prizes

The challenge enables entrants to submit an idea for evaluation by the community and a panel of expert judges. Entrants will have a chance to win from a pool of $250,000 in cash and prizes. Winning ideas will also be considered for development and ongoing financial investment from HMH.

Fiona O’Carroll, executive vice-president, New Ventures and Innovation Group, based in HMH’s R&D headquarters in Dublin, said the integration of new technologies across the education sector has become a focus for countries all over the world.

“Education is not just about providing world-class content; it’s about providing students and teachers with the resources to create an individualised learning experience,” she said.

“HMH established its R&D facility in Dublin to tap into the highly educated workforce and culture of creativity available here. We’re hoping this contest will support Ireland in taking a leadership position in the next wave of innovation in education.”