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The Octava Social Innovation Challenge: Open for Applications Through 15 October!

Dr. Nanthaporn Janchalia Seributra, CEO of Starfish Education, is serving on the judge panel for the 2021 Octava Social Innovation Challenge, a competition that allows innovators from across Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia) to show how their EdTech solutions can improve learning outcomes for underserved learners while being affordable and accessible.



Per its website, "the Octava Social Innovation Challenge is seeking accessible and affordable edtech solutions focused on underserved K-12 learners that utilize evidence-based educational content informed by the science of learning and are aligned with curriculum outcomes. The Challenge seeks solutions that are operating in at least one of Octava Foundation’s target countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and/or Vietnam), and address one or more of the following dimensions:

  • Increase equitable access to quality learning opportunities through open-sourced, offline, or virtual models, especially for underserved learners in low connectivity environments

  • Improve literacy, numeracy, and social emotional learning milestones while supporting a diverse range of learning pace and styles

  • Strengthen delivery of STEM and 21st century skills for learners to effectively build work readiness

  • Support educators, school leaders, and other system stakeholders including through adaptive learning management systems, tools for personalized instruction, and access to professional development and training opportunities

  • Equip teachers, parents, and other stakeholders within the education ecosystem with the digital literacy and confidence needed to engage meaningfully with edtech and enable capacity-building."

See Dr. Prae's video above for how this challenge is relevant and useful for EdTech innovators in Thailand. Special thanks to the Octava Foundation and MIT Solve for making this excellent opportunity a reality.

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