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Why are we creating the Open Education Challenge?

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Change is already happening

The education field is going through a period of transformative change, thanks to the proliferation of new technologies and new forms of communication. Until recently, teaching methods reflected the most widely available teaching tools – books and printed materials. Even now, most students in Europe have a smart phone in their pocket, but we're willing to bet that those powerful little devices are being used more for checking Facebook under the desk rather than accessing interactive learning materials.

We now live in an information-based networked society, and the old methods are no longer adequate. Hardware and software innovations are swarming into the education sector, transforming the way we teach and learn. Europe needs to ensure that we keep up with these changes. More than that, Europe needs to lead the change. 

We believe in supporting great ideas

We at P.A.U. Education and Armat Group are launching the Open Education Challenge to support the people who are at the vanguard of innovation in education. Even though this is a business idea competition, it’s not just for entrepreneurs. We want educators, learners, researchers, and others in the education field to invent and innovate and have the resources they need to bring their ideas to fruition.

My conviction is that education practitioners, technology geeks, and web entrepreneurs will be determinant to change,” said Pierre-Antoine Ullmo, founder of P.A.U. Education. “They have the ability and willingness to invent tools, content, and devices that will benefit learners and trainers, alongside students and teachers.”

Entrepreneurship is a driver of change

The Open Education Challenge will select 10 proposals with the potential to create transformative change in education to join the first European Incubator for Innovation in Education. We hope to see the winning teams bring their proposals to life with the help of the coaching, support and seed funding that they'll get through the incubator.

“It’s not just putting money into the company; it’s creating value together with the company that interests us,” explained Edouard Ullmo, of the Armat Group.  

Now it’s your turn!

Why do you think we need innovation in education? What would you change, and how? Starting January 22, you can submit your application and take part in this agora of ideas. In this blog, we'll be providing a constant supply of food for thought, so follow us on Twitter or Facebook to make sure you get every tasty morsel. 

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