What will higher education look like in 2049? Share your vision through science fiction.

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What will higher education look like in 2049?


How will it include all people, regardless of its background? How will it cater to the different ways in which each individual learns? What will be the role of educators? How will it integrate the technological advances in the field (such as 3D printers, virtual reality, augmented reality, biometrics, gamification, personalized learning algorithms, neuroscience)? How will the growing demand for education be met? How will students and teachers interact? How will they access the classroom resources? How will students be evaluated? Will there be any changes in higher education certificates? How will the curriculum change?

If we put our mind to it, higher education in the future will be radically different. The first step is to imagine it.

If you are creative, a pioneering and a visionary, and you have dreamed of a better and improve education, we need you. Tell us how you envision the higher education in 2049.

We’ll reward the best SCI-FI short film, graphic novel or short story that inspires a new generation to transform higher education, an education that promotes the comprehensive development of all human beings.



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Who are we?

Imagine being able to help solve educational problems that the majority consider impossible. Imagine working with the brightest minds in the world, backed by the most innovative universities. Imagine being part of a community of innovators, where your voice and opinions count, which celebrates creativity and ambition. All this is possible with TecPrize. TecPrize, an open innovation platform which seeks to improve Higher Education through disruption, all the while forming leaders and advancing knowledge worldwide. TecPrize is an iniciative of Santander Bank and TecLabs, an educational innovation disruptive unit of Tecnológico de Monterrey. 


Tecnológico de Monterrey is a university founded in 1943, whose vision is to educate leaders with an entrepreneurial spirit, human sensibility and who are internationally competitive. It has 31 campuses in Mexico, 25 offices worldwide and 16 international liaison offices around the world. It offers 54 professional majors, 57 master's degree programs and specialties, 10 doctorate programs, and 3 baccalaureate programs, with which it serves more than 85,700 students. The institution is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and it is ranked number 206 in the world's top 900 universities ranking, according to the QS World University Ranking (2016-2017). In the employability ranking, Tec de Monterrey is ranked first in Mexico and 56th worldwide. In the QS University Rankings: Latin America (2016), it is ranked number 7 and it is the only university in Latin America included the Top Schools for Entrepreneurship Ranking (2016) of the Princeton Review, occupying the 17th position.



TecPrize: 10x Learning Prize offers a total prize pool of $20,000 USD.  The prizes will be awarded as follows: 

  • Best Short Video - $12,000
  • Best Short Story - $4,000
  • Best Comic - $4,000

Submission Requirements 

All stories must have been previously unpublished. The stories submitted must be original or give an innovative focus to material previously published. Any indication of "copying" is grounds for disqualification.
Any application created by more than one person will be considered as one. If selected as winners the authors will share the prize.

Besides the previously mentioned, competitors must comply with the following requirements, depending on the format in which you decide to submit your story.



  • Videos must be uploaded to Youtube before submission. When you are ready to submit your entry, click on "Accept challenge". For a tutorial on how to submit your entry, click on this link.
  • Applicants must make sure to have the right to use the images and audio included on the video.
  • No matter the language of the short film, videos must have english or spanish subtitles.
  • Applicants should submit their videos in the best resolution possible. Remember that the winning video may be shown on a large screen during the awards ceremony. 
  • Original videos should last at least 1 minute and a maximum of 4 minutes.
  • Name your video: TECPRIZE, followed by the name of your story.


  • Stories must be typed, double spaced, and in English or Spanish. If written in another language, the writer must include an English or Spanish translation.
  • Stories must be a minimum of 2,000 and a maximum of 4,000 words. Word count must be included in the header of the document.
  • Submit story in .doc, .docx, .pages, or PDF form; save file as: SHORTSTORY_TECPRIZE_TITLE.doc
  • When you are ready to submit your entry, click on "Accept challenge". For a tutorial on how to submit your entry, click on this link.


  • Create your own comic book with a minimum length of 16 pages and a maximum length of 25 pages, including the cover page.

  • Use letter-size paper (8.5 x 11) 

  • Computer generated images are acceptable as long as they are your original work (no clip art)

  • Submissions are non-returnable.

  • Submit story in PDF of JPG format, save file as: GRAPHICNOVEL_TECPRIZE_TITLE.doc

  • The winner will be asked to submit the graphic novel physically

  • When you are ready to submit your entry, click on "Accept challenge". For a tutorial on how to submit your entry, click on this link.


Participation Eligibility:

The challenge is open to people of all ages, private teams, public teams, and collegiate teams. The contest is open to participants from all nationalities, unless otherwise prohibited by law. No entry fee is required.  

To be eligible to compete, you must comply with all the terms of the challenge as defined in the Challenge-Specific Agreement.  Submissions that contain inappropriate or offensive material will be disqualified.


Registration and Submissions:

Submissions must be made online (only), via upload to the website, on or before 11:59 pm CST on April 27, 2018. All incomplete submissions or submissions that are in the wrong format will be rejected.


Intellectual Property Rights:

As detailed in the Challenge-Specific Agreement – Competitors will forfeit all IP related to their submission.


Selection of Winners:

Each submission will be evaluated by our judges, who have been specially selected because of their creative and educational expertise.

Prizes will be awarded based on judging criteria.


Judging Criteria:

All applications will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Unique vision of the future
  • Research and trends that support the possibility of the proposed future
  • Creativity and originality
  • Quality of the final product


Additional Information

  • By participating in the Challenge, each competitor agrees to submit only their original idea. Any indication of "copying" amongst competitors is grounds for disqualification.
  • All applications will go through a process of due diligence; any application found to be misrepresentative, plagiarized, or sharing an idea that is not their own will be automatically disqualified.
  • All ineligible applicants will be automatically removed from the competition with no recourse
  • No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win the competition.
  • Void wherever restricted or prohibited by law.



Challenge Timeline

Nov. 15, 2017, 4:07 p.m. PST
Date Launched
Nov. 17, 2017, 10 p.m. PST
April 27, 2018, 9:59 p.m. PDT
Submission Deadline
May 14, 2018, 10 p.m. PDT
May 23, 2018, 9:59 p.m. PDT
Judging Closed
June 12, 2018, 9:59 p.m. PDT
May 25, 2024, 10:47 p.m. PDT
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Challenge Updates

Y el ganador es... | And the winner is...

June 12, 2018, 11 a.m. PDT by TecPrize

Estimados innovadores,

Por este medio informamos que TecPrize ha concluido la etapa de evaluación de proyectos y tenemos el gusto de anunciar que la historia de ciencia ficción titulada  titulada “La Casa de las Orishás”- escrita por Héctor Castaneda originario de El Salvador ha sido declarada por el panel de jueces como la ganadora del primer 10x Learning Prize en la categoría de Cuento Corto, al cumplir con los criterios de evaluación y satisfacer las expectativas de calidad requeridas.

Muchas felicidades, Héctor. Además de ganar un premio, Hector será invitado al comité de TecPrize donde apoyará a los expertos educativos que definirán el siguiente reto para desarrollar soluciones radicales que construyan la educación superior del futuro, y su historia “La Casa de las Orishás”, será publicada de forma íntegra en un reconocido medio de comunicación.

Agradecemos a todos los participantes que compartieron sus proyectos para imaginar con nosotros el futuro de la educación en el año 2049. Igualmente, otorgamos nuestro reconocimiento al equipo de voluntarios y jueces que se sumaron para evaluar las 451 participaciones y que han sido parte esencial de este proceso, realizando un análisis minucioso de cada una de las propuestas.

Alentamos a todos quienes participaron a seguir conectados. En los próximos días contactaremos a algunos innovadores que compartieron su visión, ya que su creatividad, talento y forma de pensar no pasaron desapercibidos. El 10x Learning Prize es solo el comienzo de nuestra colaboración.


Comité organizador TecPrize


Dear innovators,

We hereby inform you that TecPrize has concluded its evaluation stage and we are pleased to announce that the science fiction story entitled "The House of the Orishás" - written by Héctor Castaneda, from El Salvador, has been declared, by our panel of judges, as the winner of the first 10x Learning Prize in the short story category.

Congratulations, Hector. In addition to winning a cash prize, Hector will be invited to join the committee that will design TecPrize’s next challenge which aims to develop radical solutions that help build the higher education of the future. Additionally, Hector’s story, "La Casa de las Orishás", will be published in a well-known media outlet.

We thank all the participants who shared their projects and dared to imagine the future of education in the year 2049. Likewise, we will like to acknowledge the extraordinary work of our team of volunteers and judges, who evaluated the 451 submissions and who that have been an essential part of this process by making a thorough analysis of each of the proposals received.

We invite you to stay in touch. In the coming days we will personally contact some innovators, because your creativity, talent and mindset did not go unnoticed. to give them a pleasant surprise. The 10x Learning Prize is just the beginning of our collaboration.


Organizing Committee TecPrize

¡Ayúdanos contestando esta ENCUESTA! | Please answer this SURVEY!

June 10, 2018, 2:35 p.m. PDT by TecPrize

¿Estás listo para el anuncio de ganadores el 12 de junio? Nosotros no podemos esperar, pero, mientras tanto, nos gustaría solicitar tu apoyo contestando 3 simples preguntas en esta LIGA
Are you ready for the announcement of winners on June 12? We can not wait, but in the meantime, we would like to ask you to answer 3 simple questions following this LINK


Conoce a nuestra jueza Lourdes Villagomez | Meet our judge Lourdes Villagomez

May 30, 2018, 10 a.m. PDT by TecPrize

​Lourdes Villagomez, artista Mexicana, estudió la licenciada en Diseño Gráfico con especialidad en Artes Plásticas en la Universidad Iberoamericana de la Ciudad de México. Posteriormente, continuó sus estudios en CATS College en Cambridge, Reino Unido, para luego realizar usu maestría en Pintura y dibujo en la Accademia Riaci en Florencia, Italia. Utilizando como técnica el acrílico, Lourdes aborda diversos temas que van desde el retrato hasta las costumbres de su país manteniendo siempre un estilo fresco y lleno de color que da vida a sus obras.


Lourdes Villagomez holds a B.A in graphic design, with a minor in art, form the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. She continued her studies in photography and art at CATS College in Cambridge and most recently graduated from Academia Riaci in Florence Italy with a masters degree in Visual Arts.​Using acrylic as her main technique, her works represent a range of various topics including portraits and her native Mexico's rich culture. Her fresh style and full use of color gives her art a vibrant and lively touch.

Conoce a nuestra jueza Gabriela Cantú Westendarp | Meet our judge Gabriela Cantú Westendarp

May 29, 2018, 10 a.m. PDT by TecPrize

Gabriela Cantú Westendar tiene una Maestría en Ciencias con Especialidad en Lengua y Literatura por la UANL y una Licenciatura en Estudios Internacionales por la UDEM. 
Gabriela obtuvo el Premio Nacional de Poesía Ramón López Velarde en 2012 y Mención Honorífica en el Premio Regional Carmen Alardín en 2011. Así mismo, recibió la beca, en el área de poesía, del Centro de Escritores de Nuevo León en 2006. 
Gabriela es Directora de Difusión Cultural de la Universidad Metropolitana de Monterrey (UMM), profesora de escritura creativa en el Tec de Monterrey, co-fundadora de la revista de arte y literatura Otra orilla, fundadora y miembro del consejo editorial de Primer Cuadro (Casa Editorial de la UMM) y miembro del Consejo Editorial del Fondo Editorial de Nuevo León y de Grupo Reforma. 
Su libro titulado "Una flama de seda como la nada" fue seleccionado para publicarse por el Fondo Raúl Rangel Frías. Así mismo, Gabriela es autora de seis libros de poesía: Material peligroso, Naturaleza muerta, Poemas del árbol, El filo de la playa, El efecto y Tejidos del tiempo. Sus obras han sido publicadas en México, España, Estados Unidos, Inglaterra, China, Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, Cuba, Brasil y Chile.


Gabriela Cantú Westendarp holds a Master in Science with a specialization in Language and Literature from the UANL and a B.A. in International Studies from the UDEM.
Gabriela won the Ramón López Velarde National Poetry Prize in 2012 and received an honorable mention in the Carmen Alardín Regional Prize in 2011. In 2006, Gabriela was recipient of the scholarship, in the area of poetry, from the Writers Center of Nuevo León.
Gabriela is Director of Cultural Promotion at the Metropolitan University of Monterrey (UMM), professor of creative writing at the Tec de Monterrey, co-founder of the art and literature magazine Otra Orilla, founder and member of the Editorial Board of Primer Cuadro (publishing house of the UMM) and member of the Editorial Board of the Editorial Fund of Nuevo León and Grupo Reforma.
Her book entitled "Una flama de seda como la nada" was selected to be published by the Raúl Rangel Frías Fund. She is also author of six books of poetry: Material peligroso, Naturaleza muerta, Poemas del árbol, El filo de la playa, El efecto and Tejidos del tiempo. Her works have been published in Mexico, Spain, the United States, England, China, Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, Cuba, Brazil and Chile.

Conoce a nuestra jueza Gabriela Riveros | Meet our judge Gabriela Riveros

May 28, 2018, 10 a.m. PDT by TecPrize

Gabriela Riveros es narradora, poeta y ensayista. Es Licenciada en Letras Españolas por el ITESM, Licenciada en Piano por la Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey y maestra en humanidades en la Universidad de Monterrey. Además realizó posgrados en literatura comparada y psicología en la Universidad de Harvard; y cursos de civilización y lengua francesa en la Universidad de la Sorbona.
Fue primer lugar del Concurso de Cuento de la UDEM 1993. Primer lugar en Concurso de Creación Literaria del Sistema ITESM 1994, en ensayo. Premio Literario de la Deutsche Welle 1995 por su pieza de radioteatro Ven por el chile y la sal. Primer lugar en el Concurso Internacional de Cuento y Poesía 1996, Universidad Externado de Colombia, por Ciudad mía. Becaria del Centro de Escritores de Nuevo León 1994-1995 y del foneca durante el 2001.Ganadora de premios internacionales. Su obra ha sido publicada en países como España, Argentina, Colombia, Alemania y Estados Unidos. Autora de los libros: Tiempos de Arcilla y Ciudad Mía, y de los libros infantiles: El encargo de Fernanda, Mi hermano Paco, Don Florencia de Polvorín y El secreto de los asteriscos.


Gabriela Riveros is a storyteller, poet and essayist. She holds a B.A. in Spanish Literature from ITESM, a Piano, B.M. from the Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey and a master in humanities form the University of Monterrey. She has also completed postgraduate studies in comparative literature and psychology at Harvard University; and taken courses of civilization and French language at l'Université Paris-Sorbonne.
She won first place in the Short Story Contest of the University of Monterrey (1993), first place in the Literary Creation Contest of Tec de Monterrey (1994), the Literary Award Deutsche Welle for her radio play "Ven por el chile y la sal"(1995), first place in the International Short Story and Poetry Contest of the Universidad Externado de Colombia for her piece "Ciudad mía" (1996), as well as multiple international awards. From 1994-1995, Gabriela was a scholar of the Writers Center of Nuevo León and during 2001 she was a scholar of the foneca.
Her work has been published in countries such as Spain, Argentina, Colombia, Germany and the United States. 
Gabriela is the author of the books: Tiempos de Arcilla, Ciudad Mía, El encargo de Fernanda, Mi hermano Paco, Don Florencia de Polvorín and El secreto de los asteriscos.