The UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the use of ICT in education is has announced the call for applications for the ICT in Education Prize. The theme of the 2019 edition is the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to innovate education, teaching and learning.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advancements in neuroscience have the potential to enhance teaching methodologies, support lifelong learning and personalize learning through various ways, as well as propel and accelerate the discovery of new delivering modes of education. Keeping in with Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education, UNESCO with its partners is aiming to explore the effective and ethical use of AI applications to reduce barriers to access education and optimize learning processes with a view to improve learning outcomes.
In 2019, the Prize will award AI-powered solutions as well as applications of neuroscience in AI aiming to improve learning outcomes, to empower teachers and to enhance the delivery of education services, while advocating for inclusive and equitable use of these technologies in education.
Two winners will be selected by the Director-General of UNESCO based on the recommendations of an international jury, and each winner will receive a reward of US $25,000 and a diploma during a ceremony in Paris.
Any individual, institution, or non-governmental organization (NGO) with an established ongoing project relevant to the specific theme of the year (which uses AI-powered solutions to enhance education, improve learning outcomes or empower teachers) can submit an application.
For the application to be considered, it should be nominated by either the National Commission of the UNESCO Member State or an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO. All applicants are encouraged to get in touch with the NGO or National Commission ahead of the application process. Self-nominations will not be accepted.
Governments of UNESCO Member States as well as NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO are invited to elicit and nominate up to three projects, which are in line with the 2019 theme and meet the selection criteria.
The deadline for nominations is October 31, 2019 (midnight, Paris time).