Nov 01 2022

Winners who submitted ideas to improve equity in education will receive $5,000 each

LOS ANGELES (November 1, 2022) - XPRIZE, the world’s leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges, and Intel today announced the ten winners of the $50,000 XPRIZE Racial Equity Alliance Ideas Competition presented by Intel. 

The Racial Equity Alliance Ideas Competition, presented by Intel, crowdsourced ideas for future XPRIZE competitions that would focus on improving racial equity in American education. Participants were asked to identify an educational challenge specific to their community or the U.S. at large and propose a competition that would generate positive and impactful solutions to that challenge. 

The ten participants who will share the $50,000 prize for their winning ideas are:

  • Devin Jackson representing Team We Build Black Inc.
  • Eugene Pough representing Team Philadelphia Youth Football Academy
  • Dr. Chevelle Hall, Dr. Willis Walter, John Travis, and Dr. Brian Maiden
  • Lev Horodyskyj, representing Team Science Voices
  • Dr. Janet Dewart Bell, Rosia Blackwell Lawrence, and Renée Floyd Myers, representing LEAD InterGenerational Solutions
  • Sera Linardi, Trupti Sarode, and Claire Guth, representing Team Center for Analytical Approaches to Social Innovation (CAASI, University of Pittsburgh)
  • Jerren Chang representing Team GenUnity
  • Christina O’Guinn representing Team Tech Interactive
  • Jonathan Quarles, Team Quarles Foundation
  • Daquanna Harrison representing Team Elevation Education and Consulting Group

“Racial inequity in education is a national issue, and our team was inspired by the creative ideas submitted by people across the country designed to help address this pressing challenge,” said Damon Woods, director of the XPRIZE Racial Equity Alliance. “The work of these 10 winners will guide and inform our efforts to create XPRIZE competitions that dismantle barriers of inequity in our classrooms and beyond.”

“Advancing equity in education is essential to ensuring all students have the opportunity to grow and succeed in today’s world,” said Dawn Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Vice President of Social Impact at Intel. “We are proud to partner with XPRIZE on the REA Ideas Competition, which embodies Intel’s commitment to combatting the systemic and structural inequities impacting our communities.”

The XPRIZE Racial Equity Alliance (REA) is a coalition aimed at creating more equitable solutions to dismantle institutional and systemic structures of racial inequities, with an intentional focus on the Black community. The REA includes representatives from the private sector, government, academia and philanthropy and operates within seven key domains: Education, Health, Economic Empowerment, Criminal Justice Reform, Food Security, Workplace Equity, and Environment. 

The winners of the Ideas Competition were selected by members of the XPRIZE REA Brain Trust, a network of experts, leaders and other influential individuals across the racial equity space created by XPRIZE in partnership with presenting sponsor Intel, supporting sponsors eBay Foundation, Comcast NBCUniversal, and AARP, and 18 additional partners. The Brain Trust includes 25 leaders, including representatives from the March of Dimes, McKinsey Institute for Black Economic Mobility, Goalsetter, and more. This diverse group helps shape the REA’s vision, direction and impact.  

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