M-Shule, an SMS and web-based learning management platform that help students in Sub-Saharan Africa gain skills they need to achieve as emerged as 2nd runners-up in the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge clinching US$25,000 as the prize.
Launched in Aug 2016 by Claire Mongeau and Julie Otieno, M-Shule is the first adaptive, mobile learning management platform designed to improve performance for millions of primary school students across Kenya and Sub-Sahara Africa using artificial intelligence to design tailored learning experiences.
The Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2018 is a worldwide search for early-stage technology-enabled solutions and services ran by students and recent graduates that enables economic development benefitting the society or the environment.
The US$300,000 prize competition had almost 300 teams from around the globe competing with innovative solutions addressing challenges across education, healthcare, energy, the environment, and more in their communities and beyond. The prize money is divided into Grand Winner(US$100,000), First Runner-Up(US$75,000), Second Runner-Up (US$25,000), Third Runner-Up (US$10,000), People’s Choice (US$10,000),
M-Shule was previously crowned the winner of the Seedstars World Nairobi edition and clinched runners-up position at the Global Edtech Startup Awards. The edtech startup has also received considerable funding and support in its early stages including investment from Engineers Without Borders Canada, and from South African accelerator Injini.