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U.S. Department of Education Launches $1 Million Future Finder Challenge to Reimagine Career Navigation for Adult Learners

Posted on 10/05/2022

Multistage Challenge will Advance Digital Tools that Meet the Unique Needs of Adult Learners

The U.S. Department of Education invites innovators — including strategists, developers, user-centered designers, and educators — to submit prototypes for digital tools that will improve the career navigation experience for adult learners.

Challenge overview

There are two stages and deployment.

Stage 1: Open Submissions

  1. Innovators submit prototypes.
  2. Submissions are due by 6:00 p.m. ET, Thursday, December 15, 2022.
  3. Five finalists will be selected to receive $50,000 each and progress to Stage 2.

Stage 2: Accelerator

  1. Finalists will have access to virtual resources, expert mentorship to help build and test their tools.
  2. Guidance around user-centered design, data collection, evaluation and sustainability will be shared.
  3. Finalists will submit their market ready tools for review and participate in a live demo day.
  4. One grand-prize winner will receive $500,000 and up to two runners-up will receive a share of $250,000.

Beyond the Challenge: Deployment

Winners will be supported with guidance about marketing and customizable templates for communications materials as they deploy their solutions across the adult ed ecosystem.

Full Article: Future Finder Challenge

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