Phase 1: Open submissions

Call for submissions

June 30, 2020
Eligible entrants were invited to submit proposals for technology education programs that use competency-based distance learning.

Submission deadline

October 8, 2020
Phase 1 submissions closed at 5:59 p.m. ET on October 8, 2020.

Finalists announced

December 17, 2020
Phase 1 judging panel recommended five finalists, who each receive an equal share of the $500,000 prize pool and progress to Phase 2.

Phase 2: Community implementation

Plan programs

January - July 2021
Finalists complete their plans and build partnerships in advance of program launch.

Run programs

July 2021 - June 2022
Finalists launch programs, receive ongoing expert support, and collect data on performance metrics.
We are here

Refine programs

July 2022 - June 2023
Finalists improve programs and create sustainability plans.

Report lessons learned

Summer 2023
Finalists will document their outcomes and learnings in a formal submission for evaluation by the Phase 2 judging panel.

Winner announced

September 2023
Phase 2 judges recommend one grand-prize winner to receive an additional $100,000.