Encyclopedia of Life Announces Education Innovation Challenge

 Encyclopedia of Life Announces Education Innovation Challenge  

International competition to foster development of educational software tools, services, or games using EOL content 

Cambridge, MA -  February 15, 2012 - The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is pleased to announce the EOL Education Innovation Challenge, an international competition that aims to stimulate the development and implementation of educational software tools, services, games and activities involving the Encyclopedia of Life. 
The Challenge is to use EOL content and services to create an engaging and educational application that will promote global learning activities focused on discovering and understanding the living world. 

Successful Challenge projects must use EOL content and services but may also connect to other services and data sources. Submissions may be completely new to EOL or can be enhancements of existing tools and services using the EOL API and can be written in any programming language that is compatible with mobile devices and web applications.

The competition will award funding to the most scalable and innovative applications that facilitate learning, participation and the sharing of information about biodiversity, ecological relationships, natural history and science using EOL content, tools and services. Target audiences can include the general public, citizen scientists and learners of all ages in both formal and informal settings. The platform can be the web and/or mobile devices.

The Challenge is a two-stage process.  In Stage 1, applicants submit a product idea that includes an overview of the concept. Applicants who are selected to continue to Stage 2 will be asked to submit a development plan and budget required to complete a working product. One or more prizes will be awarded to successful Stage 2 proposals.

The prize total is $50,000 USD, which may be divided among one or more successful applicants.  In addition to the cash award, the winners' work will be promoted and distributed by EOL. 

For more information about deadlines, guidelines and eligibility, please visit the EOL Innovation Challenge page.

The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) operates as an ongoing collaboration of individuals and organizations who share the vision to provide global access to knowledge about life on Earth. EOL is supported by founding sponsors the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  Additional support comes from EOL member institutions and donations from around the world.