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Krypto Labs launches education technology competition

EdTech Innovations Startup Contest aims to find disruptive ideas for learning

Krypto Labs launches education technology competition
The competition will help further the horizons of education, says Dr Al Hashemi.

Technology incubator Krypto Labs has announced a new global competition for education technology (edtech).

The EdTech Innovations Startup Contest 2018 is intended to push innovation in the education sector, with a total prize fund off $270,000.

The competition will open for entries on 15th August, and is open to individuals, teams, university students and companies around the world.

Abu Dhabi-based Krypto Labs is aiming to cast light on the importance of technology in the context of education with a focus on leveraging the power of Artificial Intelligence to positively impact existing educational ecosystems in categories like Curriculum Applications, Universal Access to Classrooms, Data Applications, Lifelong Learning Applications, Supplemental Applications, and Behavioral Analytics Applications. The winning Startup, the Entrepreneurial Hero, will receive up to US$ 150,000 in funding, in addition to US$20,000 awarded to each Star of the 6 categories, amounting to a total of US$270,000.

"Our world is changing at a rapid pace, and it is our duty to adapt to all the changes occurring in our current time, education continues to be a valuable and crucial asset to our evolvement as a species," said Dr Saleh Al Hashemi, Managing Director of Krypto Labs.

He added: "With this in mind, we need to consider furthering education as we know it, and expanding the horizon of what needs to be taught, how it can be taught, and the appropriate training that comes along. I believe that this contest, along with other incredible contests created by Krypto Labs, will set the wheels in motion for the movement that will help keep us abreast with the changes in the world around us."

Krypto Labs also announced the criteria of approved applications, citing Artificial Intelligence on the forefront of the project or as a part of it, and that it must be able to disrupt or supplement current education settings or ecosystems, as well as be submitted in English and be for-profit.

The EdTech Innovations Startup Contest is not the first initiative by Krypto Labs that aims to inspire, encourage, and invigorate entrepreneurs around the world, as it previously launched its  Startup Contest 2017 to unearth the most promising innovators aspiring to disrupt status quos across all industries, as well as the $1m Drone Innovation Startup Contest to recognize the top innovators who contribute to redefining the conventional wisdom around aerial mobility and its entrepreneurial potential.

More details of the contest can be found at: https://kryptolabs.com/contests/edtech-2018/

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