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Dell opens innovation contest for students

Dubai, July 15, 2013

Dell has issued its second Dell Education Challenge to university students in the Middle East, seeking to re-engineer today’s learning environments, both in and outside of the classroom.

The competition seeks to continue to inspire innovative ideas from around the world that will help solve today’s biggest issues in education, including those identified in a poll commissioned by Dell about new education models. The poll showed that respondents view a personalized approach to learning as most effective.

More than 400 projects were submitted in the last Dell Education Challenge and the winning teams are bringing their ideas to fruition. Grand prize winner, Forward Tutoring, is helping to create more support for individual learning needs and support for students by students via their online platform where credits are earned for volunteering in the community.

Those students then redeem their credits for tutoring from other qualified students. Tutors in turn can earn scholarships and internships from supporting organizations.

The Dell Education Challenge is a spotlight challenge of the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, challenging university students to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems with transformative ideas.

This spotlight challenge will identify and invest $30,000 in promising projects.

Dell will provide students who submit ideas with access to a global community that provides valuable feedback and encouragement on their projects to help make their ideas a reality.

Twenty semi-finalists will be selected in September and will receive direct mentorship from a Dell Social Innovation Challenge certified mentor, giving those project teams the chance to develop their ideas with the help, experience and expertise of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders.

One member from each of the top three teams will receive an all-expense paid trip to pitch their team’s idea at a special awards event in December 2013 where the winning team will be announced. All finalists will be automatically entered as semi-finalists for the 2014 Dell Social Innovation Challenge, Dell’s competition focused on social entrepreneurship.

September 23 is the deadline for entrants to register online and post project submissions. – TradeArabia News Service




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