Program awards $100,000 prize to educators who embrace knowledge sharing technology

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – April 20, 2016 – EdCast, the fast-growing social knowledge network on which users learn from influencers, peers and subject matter experts, today announced the launch of the Global Educator Teach-A-Thon, a new annual challenge for educators to showcase the impact and power of social learning and mobile livestream technology. Educators and influencers worldwide are invited to apply for the first ever open-knowledge viral challenge designed to help students and adults learn from free and open content for a chance to compete for the grand prize of $100,000. Additional challenge partners include Arizona State University, KIPP, Pencils of Promise, Reach Capital, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Tata Trusts, Teach For All, and Teach For America.

EdCast created the Global Educator Teach-A-Thon to challenge educators to step out of their comfort zone and embrace the sharing economy, expanding their reach beyond the classroom to foster a culture of creativity, innovation and lifelong learning. Educators and those with a passion for a specific subject or discipline must demonstrate their teaching acumen by recording and uploading short video lessons from their smartphone. The educator(s) who garner the highest user engagement will win the grand prize of $100,000.

“We’re challenging the status quo when it comes to the way we share and retain knowledge,” says Karl Mehta, CEO of EdCast. “This global competition is about pushing the boundaries of social innovation, and encouraging people from around the world to use their creativity to make learning the ultimate shared experience.”

“We’re very excited to join EdCast on this groundbreaking, global initiative,” says Wendy Kopp, CEO and Co-Founder of Teach For All. “The Teach-A-Thon is a golden opportunity for educators and learners from around the world to use the collaborative power of technology to share knowledge in new and creative ways.”

Participation in the EdCast Global Teach-A-Thon is free at www.edcast.com/corp/GET

About EdCast

EdCast is a knowledge network built to inspire, empower and educate individuals and organizations to get smarter with daily curated & contextual bite-size insights (SmartBitesTM) with live access to influencers and Subject Matter Experts. EdCast Knowledge NetworksTM powers social, mobile and cloud-based informal learning for world-class institutions, enterprises, governments and nonprofits to enable millions to become lifelong learners.

The EdCast executive team has a track record of building large-scale transformational technology; all are passionate about the global impact of mobile and online knowledge sharing. EdCast is a Stanford StartX company backed by tier one VC firms and advised by visionaries and globally renowned thought leaders, Mitch Kapor and Prof. Jeffrey Sachs.

The Company is based in Mountain View CA, with offices worldwide.

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