Three Challenge Announcements from Ed Prizes

We are excited to announce three big updates from Ed Prizes today:

Now Live: Reach Higher Career App Challenge

Today, the U.S. Department of Education launched the Reach Higher Career App Challenge with a cash prize pool of $225,000, as well as over $240,000 in additional prizes. The Reach Higher initiative is the First Lady’s effort to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by pursuing their education beyond high school. The Challenge seeks mobile solutions that will help students learn about all career options, including career and technical education (CTE) pathways, while increasing the capacity of career counselors to assist students in planning for their futures. The submissions should include integrated tools to assess student skills and interests, and offer information on occupations, education options, credentials, and career-seeking skills. To learn more visit the Challenge website:

Coming Soon: EdSim Challenge and CTE Makeover Challenge

Stay tuned for the launch of the EdSim Challenge’s Call for Public Feedback. The Challenge will call upon the gaming, developer, and ed tech communities to design simulations that prepare America’s students for a more competitive world through high-quality career and technical education. The EdSim Challenge will commence with a public feedback period that will help shape submission specifications. Once specifications are determined, the Challenge will officially open for submissions.

Over the summer, the White House announced an upcoming CTE Makeover Challenge to help transform and create new 21st century maker spaces in conjunction with career and technical education programs. ED recently attended the Make: Education Forum to share the exciting news and hear from the leading voices in the Maker movement. While the details are taking shape in expectation of an early 2016 launch, we would love to hear what you would like to see included in the challenge – tweet your suggestions using the hashtag #edprizes.

We are thrilled to see these competitions come to life, and are excited to work with innovators to serve our nation’s students.