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eLearning Update: Innovative Ideas Wanted

Do you have some big ideas about the way that online learning can help overcome barriers to universal education in developing nations around the world? If so, you may be a candidate for the 21st Century Cyberschools Challenge, hosted by The Economist and InnoCentive Inc., which fosters innovation in corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations.

People from all backgrounds and disciplines are invited to submit their ideas from now until June 23, when the contest closes. The winner will receive $10,000 and will be invited to participate in The Economist's Human Potential event on September 15-16, 2010 in New York City.

"Technological advancements and online content consumption are growing at an exponential rate," said Dwayne Spradlin, the chief executive officer of InnoCentive in a press release. "Educators around the globe are struggling with how best to update school policies, resources, and coordination to provide students with the best possible education. This Challenge represents extraordinary opportunities and hurdles, but the most successful solutions will ultimately shape the next century and the lives of billions of people."

The winner will be announced in August, so put on your thinking caps, and see what you can come up with.

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