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onebillion recognized in HundrED 2019 co-wins $15M Global Learning XPRIZE


We, at HundrED, are thrilled to share the win of onebillion, an innovation from the HundrED 2019 collection, alongwith the Kitkit School, for the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE. 

Since 1994, XPRIZE has designed and launched seventeen prizes in the domain areas of Space, Oceans, Learning, Health, Energy, Environment, Transportation, Safety and Robotics. 

Their first XPRIZE, the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for private spaceflight, spurred an industry and created exponential breakthroughs. Since then they have launched over $140 million in prize purses, including the $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE, the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, and the $1.4 million Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup XPRIZE. 

On May 15th 2019, XPRIZE, the global leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges, announced two grand prize winners in the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE. The tie between Kitkit School from South Korea and the United States, and onebillion from Kenya and the United Kingdom, was revealed at an awards ceremony hosted at the Google Spruce Goose Hangar in Playa Vista, where supporters and benefactors including Elon Musk, celebrated all five finalist teams for their efforts.

Bridge Kingston, Kenya

The onecourse app by onebillion has also been recognized in the HundrED 2018 and HundrED 2019 collections for its innovativeness, impact and scalability, in responding the global education challenge.

onecoure is a comprehensive, personalised learning software, which enables children anywhere in the world to become literate and numerate in their own language. The software is designed to be autonomous, meaning children can progress to reading fluency and numeracy without adult supervision. It entered the Global Learning XPRIZE to develop a learning solution which allows children to teach themselves read, write and do basic arithmetic. In its final testing phase, the project saw 2,000 children from 141 rural villages in Tanzania using the software until April 2019.

The onebillion team now hopes to look into the data that XPRIZE has gathered in the field trial, to understand how they can further improve onecourse. Additionally, they intend to help partner organisations to scale by localising onecourse into more languages and making it accessible for children with special educational needs.

We, once again, congratulate onecourse and the onebillion team for their efforts and achievements!


To know more about onecourse, explore their innovation page.



Pukhraj Ranjan
Head of Community & Media, HundrED Passionate about education, connections and collective power.