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Forward Tutoring Wins Dell Education Challenge

  Forward Tutoring Wins Dell Education Challenge

  * Project lets students earn tutoring credits by volunteering in their
    communities, uses innovative online platform
  * New Dell Education Challenge to implement transformative ideas to solve
    for technology access, training and collaboration gaps in K-12 education
  * Finalists competed for $10,000 grand prize at Dell World, will be entered
    in the 2013 Dell Social Innovation Challenge

Dell World 2012

Business Wire

AUSTIN, Texas -- December 12, 2012

Dell today announced Forward Tutoring as the winner of the Dell Education
Challenge, a global competition for university students with entrepreneurial
ideas to improve education, both in and out of the classroom.

Forward Tutoring team members (Photo: Business Wire)

Forward Tutoring team members (Photo: Business Wire)

The competition received more than 400 project entries from around the world,
proposing solutions to today’s biggest issues in education, including those
identified in a recent poll commissioned by Dell. Global poll respondents said
technology gives students a more personalized experience that they value, but
added that technology needs are not being met in schools today.

The Dell Education Challenge expands Dell’s partnership with the Dell Social
Innovation Challenge, the world’s largest platform to launch and accelerate
student social innovators, managed by The University of Texas at Austin LBJ
School of Public Affairs.

Forward Tutoring is an online platform where students earn credits for
volunteering in their communities and redeem those credits for tutoring from
other qualified students; tutors in turn can earn scholarships and internships
from supporting organizations. The project was one of four finalists who
traveled to Dell World to compete for a $10,000 grand prize and other support
to advance their innovative ideas. Forward Tutoring will use the funds to
support burgeoning university chapters working to bring accessible online
tutoring to communities.

Three other finalists also traveled to Austin for the competition. Finalists

  * Gyan Knowledge Lab, which sets up hands-on learning labs for primary
    students in India to keep them engaged in their education and prevent
    drop-outs. Gyan Knowledge Lab took home the second place prize.
  * e-Education for GAZA, which seeks to overcome geographic barriers to
    quality education for Gaza’s children with learning difficulties through
    video curriculum, where Gaza’s teachers can connect with education experts
    in their subject matters.
  * Next Step Leaders, which provides leadership development training for
    highly effective teachers in roles such as department chairs or
    grade-level leaders. Teachers receive 360 degree feedback, personalized
    assessments, whole group leadership training and individualized one-on-one

Another seven Promising Projects were chosen to receive $1,000 each to advance
their ideas. All projects in the Dell Education Challenge are automatically
entered in the 2013 Dell Social Innovation Challenge, which supports promising
young social innovators working to solving the world's most pressing problems
by providing teaching, training, start-up capital, and access to a network of
mentors, advisers and like-minded student social entrepreneurs. Projects
compete for more than $350,000 in cash awards and other prizes to bring their
ideas to life. Entrants must post projects by Jan. 28, 2013 for consideration
in the 2013 challenge.

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“Words cannot express our appreciation to Dell and to all of our supporters.
Innovation in education is accelerating at a breathtaking speed — and we're so
excited to be a part of the movement. Forward Tutoring will use this
incredible accomplishment to help us spread our mission of providing
high-quality free tutoring to students, regardless of location or financial
circumstances. We can't wait to help usher in an era of fundamental changes to
education that don't stop at the classroom door.”

David Chi, Forward Tutoring

“When students are given the opportunity to express their ideas for improving
education, and when they are provided the tools and support to make these
ideas a reality, transformation in learning whether in or out of the classroom
happens. We are encouraged to see the enthusiasm and ideas from students
around the world who participated in the Dell Education Challenge, and we look
forward to working together to see the winning ideas come to fruition.”

Mark Horan, vice president of education, Dell

“We are thrilled to congratulate the winner of our first international
spotlight challenge. We believe that education is one of the most important
issues of our time and we are excited to support young social entrepreneurs
who provide solutions in this area. We plan on doing more spotlight challenges
focusing on issues of global concern as we shift to a year-round model of
student engagement.”

Suzi Sosa, executive director, Dell Social Innovation Challenge

About Dell

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technology and services that give them the power to do more. For more
information, visit

About the Dell Social Innovation Challenge

The Dell Social Innovation Challenge identifies and supports promising young
social innovators who dedicate themselves to solving the world's most pressing
problems with their transformative ideas. We provide university students with
a global network of like-minded social innovators, world-class teaching and
training, as well as with start-up capital and access to a network of mentors
and advisors. Our challenge was launched in 2007 by the RGK Center for
Philanthropy and Community Service in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The
University of Texas at Austin. In 2008 Dell became our title sponsor, lending
its name and resources. Dell announced a $5 million gift to expand our efforts
worldwide at the close of the 2011 challenge to engage more than 60,000
students a year. Since our launch, more than 15,000 students from 105
countries have proposed more than 4,500 ideas. We've awarded more than
$450,000 to more than 50 student teams around the world. In 2013 we will
provide mentoring to over 300 teams of students and award over $350,000 in
prizes including $60,000 for the grand prize winner. Learn more at Follow us on Twitter @DellSocialInnov or on Facebook at

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