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Octava Social Innovation Challenge

How can edtech solutions improve learning outcomes for underserved learners in Southeast Asia while being affordable and accessible?

Submissions are Closed


Abram Abanil

Director IV, ICT Service, Department of Education

Sandeep Aneja

Founder & Director, Kaizen Capital Management Pte. Ltd.


Radhika Bhula

Education Sector Manager, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

Anthony Bloome

Founder & Executive Director, Mobiles for Education Alliance

United States

Samuel Harris

APAC EdTechLead, Amazon Web Services

Shanti Jagannathan

Principal Education Specialist, Asian Development Bank

Tom Kaye

Global Lead of Country Engagement, EdTech Hub

Kuo-Yi Lim

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Monk's Hill Ventures

Mike Michalec

Founder, EdTech Asia

Mimu Nanwani

Program Director- Indonesia, Ishk Tolaram Foundation

Alex NG

Managing Director, Spaze Ventures Pte Ltd

Cate Noble

Managing Director, Better Purpose

Khai Pang Sze

Executive Director, Octava Pte Ltd

Oriana Ponta

Director, Education Program , UBS Optimus Foundation

Mark Reading

Head of Foundation, Atlassian Foundation


Prae Nanthaporn Seributra

CEO, Starfish Education


Raman Sidhu

Asia Director, Octava Foundation

Susan Wang

Principal, Learn Capital

Judging Criteria

  • Alignment: The solution addresses the key dimensions of Octava Social Innovation Challenge.

  • Potential for Impact: The planned solution implementation has the potential to impact lives in Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and/or Malaysia. 

  • Feasibility: Solution implementation is feasible, and the team has a plan for financial sustainability.

  • Innovative Approach: The solution includes a new or significantly improved approach to address the Challenge.

  • Human-Centered Design and Inclusion: The solution is designed with and for currently underserved and in low resource communities or low resource education settings; the solution team demonstrates proximity to the community, and embodies and addresses diversity, equity, and inclusion through their solution.

  • Scalability: The solution can be scaled to affect the lives of more people in Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and/or Malaysia.

  • Partnership Potential: The applicant clearly explains how the solution would benefit from the resources that the Octava Foundation and MIT Solve is positioned to provide.

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