Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
AI supported peer to peer knowledge network. (Universal Education)
Explain your idea in details:
The big picture idea is to jailbreak education. We believe that you shouldn't have to live in Cambridge or be wired like an academic to apply the library of knowledge that humanity has acquired. Personalized tutoring is the most effective way to educate people, but its prohibitively expensive. Our goal is to make personalized tutoring cost effective. To do this we bring together three key resources. (1) knowledge map. This is simply a database that maps the relationships between concepts. I.E. You need to know addition before you learn multiplication. (2) network of content creators that will populate a website, based on that map, with explanations. Anyone who thinks they have a good way of explaining a concept is welcome to submit an explanation. Thus, each concept will have many explanations utilizing different pedagogy analogies and languages. (3) A network of users will learn from the populated map. The map will allow them to quickly find the concept they are trying to understand and what concepts they need to understand first in order to do so. An AI will recommend the explanation within that concept that will make the most sense to that particular user. After the explanation, the user will take a mini practice quiz to make sure they understand the concept. Based on the students success and general feedback, the AI will gather data points to be able to better recommend explanations to future users. This process will generate a pool of mini-experts (The quizzes will let us know which users can be considered competent for specific concepts.) Based on the users specific expertise, they will be able to trade time being live tutored on tricky questions in exchange for time live tutoring other users on their particular strong concepts.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The potential impact is enormous. Anyone with access to the internet will have equal access to world-class education, this includes children around the world, working adults who'd like to improve their lives or income potential, and anyone else with a curious mind. >>Better education has the potential to solve EVERY PROBLEM we face today, human potential is that enourmous<< Our goal of jailbreaking education is broad; therefore, our measures of success have to be creative. We have two groups of metrics that together can provide a reasonably clear picture of our progress. The first group is internal metrics. We'll measure the number of users, the number of concepts learned each day, the number of unique visitors and most helpfully, the quantities of specific user profiles (collected to help the AI recommend explanations). These profiles will allow us to know if we're reaching our target audience of developing countries, rural and intercity areas, and generally underprivileged groups of people. We can then correlate these internal metrics with external metrics such as secondary school graduation rates, community attitudes towards education, standardized test scores, etc. These two sets of metrics will guide us as we strive to make world-class education accessible to everyone.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The beauty of this solution is its organic growth potential. In the earliest stage, much of the content will be pulled in from YouTube, we'll add to it incrementally by working with educators to post videos to YouTube that fit within our knowledge map framework. They will be incentivized by potential ad-revenue in addition to synergies with their existing careers. In phase two, we will run our own ad program. There will also be an ad-free subscription that will help fund the free version. We'll split the revenue with content creators, thus encouraging the creation of additional explanations. In this stage, we'll pour the generated revenue into fleshing out the features of the website focusing especially on the mini-quizzes. In phase three, additional revenue will be generated by facilitating peer-to-peer tutoring sessions. While trading time for time will always be an option, many time-strapped individuals will invariably prefer to trade cash for tutoring. We'll take a small percentage off the top of this. Revenue from this project will go to incentivizing community members to build alternative explanations and practice activities such as interactive video games. As we build out additional features, a premium version of the product will surface that schools will pay a subscription fee to use. A free version will always be available (and constantly getting better as revenue from the paid version goes to build it). The final version of the program will be completely free (including previously premium features) for individuals to encourage as many users as possible to adopt the platform. We envision that everyone from secondary school students through middle-aged corporate managers will use the platform. The platform will ultimately rely on revenue generated by charging businesses to access data about our users' skill sets to identify the perfect candidate to hire
I was raised homeschooled, with access to world-class tutoring (mom and siblings) until my mom was diagnosed with cancer. I was pushed into the public-school system in 5th grade and immediately realized that there is a stark contrast between the customized approach I was used to and being sprayed with knowledge from the front of the classroom. I began to wonder how big of a difference it makes for students. In high school, I got the opportunity to observe the difference during a few months of night classes right before graduation. I took some independent study required English classes I had neglected to take during the year. As I compared my progress in the courses to that of my peers, it became clear that the tutoring help I was receiving from my English major mother at night was making a world of difference. Between graduating high school (unlike many of my classmates in the independent study night school) and attending university I lived in Chile for two years. The long-term outcome differences I saw between educated people and uneducated people, as well as the general lack of education I observed in many of the people of South America, impressed on me the importance of the previously observed disparity in educational opportunity. For three years, I have been diligently searching for a way to universally improve education for the millions of people without better access to it. I've dabbled with policy and non-profits, but have finally found the silver bullet in Clayton Christensen's work on disruptive innovation and Richard Leventhal's rugged landscapes. I'm convinced that this non-consumption targeting modular solution has the potential to realize my lifelong ambition of making world-class, personalized education a reality for all.