$10M XPRIZE for software that teaches illiterate to read

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s one thing to teach a child to read, but can children teach themselves to read?

That was the global literacy challenge nearly 200 teams from 40 countries accepted more than a year ago when they joined a competition to win the next $10 million XPRIZE, a coveted international award with the goal of making the world better through technology.

After months of testing software designs on tablets given to illiterate children in more than 140 villages in Tanzania, the competition was winnowed to five finalists.

The winner to be announced Wednesday night at a Los Angeles gala will be tasked with using the prize money to develop a literacy program that can be applied throughout the world.

The winner’s open-source technology will also be made available to anyone.

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