The Rural Tech Project invites high schools and local educational agencies to propose technology education programs that use competency-based distance learning.

By advancing technology skills development, rural communities can help their students prepare for rewarding career opportunities. This open innovation challenge will empower educators with resources to create technology education programs that are customized for their students and local needs.

The challenge will be conducted in two phases. During Phase 1, all eligible organizations will be invited to submit a program proposal for competency-based technology education using distance learning. Judges will recommend up to five finalists to progress to Phase 2, a two-year community implementation period. At the end of Phase 2, a judging panel will recommend one grand-prize winner.

Up to five finalists will each receive an equal share of the $500,000 Phase 1 cash prize pool and progress to Phase 2. In Phase 2, finalists will receive personalized support to plan, run, refine, and report on their programs. At the end of Phase 2, one grand-prize winner will receive a $100,000 cash prize.