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D2IE Team: Addressing Digital Divide and Inclusion in Education










UPDATE: Our Team was selected first place in the XPRIZE Challenge: News Story, and Microsoft/ODI Blog Post

This unique XPrize Team organizes an educational research and policy student team for the Open Data Insitute's (ODI) education challenge sponsored by Microsoft as a global XPrize Challenge. The primary purpose is to address the lack of access to reliable and fast internet connections for learners in the U.S. (and globally), especially in the light of COVID-19 pandemic pressures. 

Team Members:

Cary K. Jim, Ph.D. Candidate in Information Science, University of North Texas (Team Co-Lead)

Alison Grant, Ph.D. Candidate in Applied Economics, Purdue University (Team Co-Lead)

Mai Anh Tran Nguyen, Undergraduate in Computer Science, Bryn Mawr College

Nathan R. Kanter, Undergraduate in Data Visualization/Web Programming & Design, Purdue University

Kena Nicol, GIS Specialist, Dallas College, Dallas, TX (Advisor on spatial data)

Brent T. Ladd, Director of Education, Center for Science of Information, Purdue University (Team Advisor/Organizer)



Education Open Data Challenge: The Impact of Digital Access on Education During Covid-19


Read about the challenge at the XPRIZE website. In summary, the ODI is working through XPRIZE with the advocacy group BroadBandNow and Microsoft to offer an open data challenge to work with available public data sets to uncover insights and propose solutions where the top teams will get to choose the eligible non-profit organizations that receive shares of a £100,000 prize. Whether or not our team wins, we have this opportunity to contribute to addressing this serious problem. 


XPRIZE Education Data Challenge Deadlines (2021):

Team Collaboration Proposals - Due January 31

Teams Submit Findings/Solutions -Due April 2

Finalists Present to Judges - May 4

Team Documents:

Proposal (TBA), Executive Summary (TBA)

Resources in Addition to the BroadBandNow and Microsoft Data Sets


Access and contribute to an open document for cataloging relevant articles, reports, journal papers, and available interactive maps and analysis, and data sets (Contact Brent for access)



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