Community Engagement

We are advancing global learning through our software expertise. Advances in mobile computing, internet access, and AI improve access to world-class education for everyone.

Global Learning XPRIZE Partnership

There are 200 million underserved residents in the Indian subcontinent. We are improving literacy by refining the Global Learning XPRIZE finalist apps to work on common cell phones and tablets. We are also converting the apps to the major regional languages: Hindi, Urdu, and Bangla. We worked with Global Learning XPRIZE to validate the finalists’ software, ensuring that it is truly open source. To promote use of the applications, we partnered with leading education nonprofits in India. We provide technical expertise and support to the nonprofits, advancing their missions. The localized apps are available for free on Google Play and GitHub.

About the Global Learning XPRIZE

In 2014, Global Learning XPRIZE launched a $15 million challenge to develop solutions that enable children to learn reading, writing, and arithmetic within 15 months. Out of the initial pool of nearly 200 applicants, XPRIZE selected five semi-finalists (Kitkit School, onecourse, Chimple, CCI, RoboTutor) to receive $1 million in development funding.

पहला स्कूल - Pehla School

पहला क्लास - Pehla Class

सिम्पल क्लास - Simple Class

सीसीआई - CCI


In field testing, the apps generated remarkable learning outcomes. Students who used Kitkit School showed an average reading test improvement of 30–45% and an average math test improvement of 14–37%. Students who did not use the app showed much lower or no change in their test scores.

On May 15, 2019, XPRIZE announced two winners: Kitkit School from Korea and onebillion from the United Kingdom.

10,000 Students Learn Math and Physics Using Khan Academy

We set up computer labs in partnership with two community centers and five schools catering to low income students. The computer labs use Khan Academy in Hindi to teach mathematics and physics. To accommodate the students, we run our programs year-round, seven days a week. MAQ Software funds and trains the staff members who run these locations, including on-site nurses.

Promoting STEM Education

Over the past 20 years, MAQ Software has partnered with several rural schools in India to promote STEM education. We built science labs, provided furniture, blackboards, lab equipment, and drinking water to over 10,000 students in India.

IIT Bombay Research Fellowship Grants

IIT Bombay is one of the five Institutes of Eminence in India. We provide four-year grants to two scholars at the Computer Science Department at IIT Bombay to research use of AI in education. The research fellows are recognized as “Ekal Scholars,” honoring the work of one of the largest education non-profits in India.

Education Survey Analytics and Insights

We are using our Power BI expertise to provide a rich interactive experience for India education survey insights. The insights enable policy makers, educators, community and non-profit leaders to interpret NAS, ASER, and U-DISE data. The interactive insights also help educators improve learning outcomes and the overall quality of education in India.

The National Achievement Survey (NAS) is one of the largest assessments in India. The survey tracks assessment results for grades 3, 5, and 8 in government and government-aided schools. As a part of the NAS, competency-based learning outcomes of 2.2 million students from 110,000 schools across 700 districts in all 36 states in India were assessed. Prior to our survey analytics, district reports were only published in PDF format, limiting interactivity and analysis opportunities.

The ASER has its roots in Pratham’s work across urban and rural India to help children acquire basic skills in reading and arithmetic.

Data from the ASER and NAS surveys differ in multiple aspects, which means their results are not comparable (refer to the ASER and NAS comparison report for more details).

U-DISE provides district-level infrastructure information for schools in India. The information includes enrollment of students by school type (private/government) and medium of instruction (English, Hindi, or regional), facilities available in the school (such as the availability of midday meal programs, availability of electricity, etc.), and the student count in each class.

Hindi Apps

Urdu Apps

  • پہلا اسکول - Pehla School (Google Play) (GitHub)
  • Pehla Class (Coming Soon)
  • Simple Class (Coming Soon)
  • CCI (Coming Soon)

English Apps

Bangla Apps

  • পহেলা স্কুল - Pehla School (Google Play) (GitHub)
  • Pehla Class (Coming Soon)
  • Simple Class (Coming Soon)
  • CCI (Coming Soon)