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

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.

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Conoce a nuestra jueza María José Caro | Meet our judge María José Caro

May 17, 2018, 10 a.m. PDT by TecPrize

María José Caro (Perú, Lima, 1985) es Licenciada en Comunicación Social por la Universidad de Lima y Máster en Comunicología por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Autora del libro de cuentos La primaria (Alfaguara Juvenil, 2012) y la novela Perro de ojos negros (Alfaguara, 2016), María José fue recientemente reconocidad como una de las mejores escritoras de ficción de latinoamerica menores de 40 años.


María José Caro (Peru, Lima, 1985) holds a Master's in Communication from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a B.A. in Social Communication from the University of Lima. Author of the story book La primaria (Alfaguara Juvenil, 2012) and the novel Perro de ojos negros (Alfaguara, 2016), María José was recently recognized as one of the 39 best fiction writers under the age of 40 in Latin America.


May 16, 2018, 3:17 p.m. PDT by TecPrize


Nuestros Terminos y Condiciones (Challenge Specific Agreement) se actualizaron por error hace unos minutos. Estamos revisando con Herox la causa de este error. Mientras tanto, les pedimos una disculpa y que den aceptar nuevamente a nuestros Terminos y Condiciones (Challenge Specific Agreement). Lamentamos mucho este inconveniente. 



Our Terms and Conditions (Challenge Specific Agreement) were updated by mistake a few minutes ago. We are talking with Herox the understand the cause of this error. Meanwhile, we apologize for this inconvenience and ask you accept our Terms and Conditions (Challenge Specific Agreement) again. We are very sorry for any inconveniences that this may cause.

Conoce a nuestro juez Doug Lynch | Meet our judge Doug Lynch

May 16, 2018, 10 a.m. PDT by TecPrize

Doug Lynch tiene una maestría en filosofía y un doctorado en Economía y Educación por la Universidad de Columbia, una Maestría en Finanzas Internacionales por la Escuela de Negocios Stern de la Universidad de Nueva York y un B.A. en economía por la Universidad Estatal de Arizona.
Antes de unirse como profesor a la Escuela de Educación de USC y convertirse en Director Ejecutivo de StartEd New York, Doug fue vicedecano de la Escuela de Graduados de Educación de la Universidad de Pensilvania, donde además, fungió como director académico de Educación Ejecutiva Wharton y asesor senior del Instituto de Gobierno Fels. Antes de trabajar en la Universidad de Pensilvania, Doug fue decano asistente en la Universidad de Nueva York y, previo a ello, trabajó en el College Board y la Universidad Estatal de Arizona. 
Doug es asesor de múltiples emprendimientos educativos y se desempeña como consultor de empresas que invierten en innovación educativa.


Doug Lynch holds an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Economics and Education from Columbia University, an M.B.A. in International Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University, and a B.A. in economics from Arizona State University.
Before joining the faculty at the Rossier School of Education at USC, Doug was the vice dean at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and while there also served for a time as an academic director of Wharton Executive Education and a senior adviser to the Fels Institute of Government. Prior to Penn, Doug was an assistant dean at New York University and before joining NYU, Doug worked at the College Board and Arizona State University.
Doug is an advisor of multiple education start-ups and serves as consultant to firms investing in education innovation.

¿Ya conoces a nuestros jueces? | Do you know our judges?

May 15, 2018, 3:17 p.m. PDT by TecPrize

English versión below

Nuestro jurado está compuesto por cerca de 20 destacados profesionales. En las próximas dos semanas estaremos presentándolos.

Conoce a nuestro primer juez, el prolífico historiador mexicano Enrique Florescano.

Enrique Florescano tiene un doctorado en historia por la École Pratique des Hautes Études de la Universidad de París (Sorbona), una maestría en historia universal por El Colegio de México y es licenciado en derecho e historia por la Universidad Veracruzana. Ha sido profesor en numerosas instituciones de educación superior de México (como El Colegio de México y la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) y el extranjero (Cambridge University, el Getty Center for the Humanities y Yale University, entre otras).
Florescano ha sido galardonado con la Ordre des Palmes Académiques (otorgada por el gobierno francés), el Premio Nacional de Ciencias y Artes (máximo reconocimiento otorgado por el gobierno mexicano) y el Premio Nacional de Ciencias Sociales otorgado por la Academia Mexicana de Investigación Científica. Asi mismo, en 1985 fue nombrado Caballero de l’Ordre National du Mérite por el presidente de la República de Francia, François Mitterand.

Our judging panel is comprised of close to 20 outstanding professionals. In the next two weeks we will be introducing them. 

Meet our first judge, the prolific mexican historian Enrique Florescano.

Enrique Florescano holds a PhD in history from l'Université Paris-Sorbonne, a master degree in world history from El Colegio de México and an undergraduate degree in law and history from Universidad Veracruzana. He has been professor at numerous higher education institutions in Mexico (such as El Colegio de México and UNAM) and abroad (Cambridge University, Yale University and the Getty Research Institute among others).
Florescano is a recipient of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques (awarded by the French government), the Premio Nacional de Ciencias y Artes (highest recognition given by the Mexican government) and the National Prize for Social Sciences awarded by the Mexican Academy of Scientific Research. In 1985 he was appointed Knight of the National Order of Merit by the former president of France, François Mitterrand.


May 11, 2018, 9 a.m. PDT by TecPrize

English versión below


Estimados innovadores,

En TecPrize estamos sumamente entusiasmados pues la respuesta a nuestro reto innovador ha sido abrumadora. Hemos recibido historias de todas partes del mundo cuya calidad y originalidad nos tienen maravillados. Al igual que ustedes, estamos ansiosos por saber quién será el ganador. Sin embargo, debido al alto volumen de grandiosas historias –en particular en la categoría de cuento corto– recurrimos a la creación de tres filtros que nos permitan elegir las mejores. Al día de hoy, hemos ejecutado con éxito los primeros dos filtros.

Para dar más tiempo a nuestros jueces en la deliberación del tercer filtro, decidimos ampliar el periodo de evaluación, lo que implica que la fecha de anunciamiento se pospondrá hasta el 12 de junio de 2018.

Comprendemos que el presente movimiento puede causar inconvenientes y nos disculpamos por ello, no obstante, estamos seguros de que la espera valdrá la pena. En los días siguientes daremos a conocer los nombres y perfiles de nuestros jueces así como algunos de los comentarios que han externado sobre las historias participantes.

Agradecemos su interés en la iniciativa y, sobre todo, el sumarse a imaginar el futuro de la educación.  



Comité organizador TecPrize


Dear innovators,

Here at TecPrize we are extremely excited about the overwhelming response to our challenge. We have received stories from all over the world whose quality and originality amaze us. Like you, we can't wait to find out who will be the winner. However, due to the high volume of great stories -particularly in the short story category- we've created three filters to choose the best ones. As of today, we have successfully executed the first two filters.

In order to give our judges more time of deliberation, we decided to extend the evaluation period, which implies that the announcement date will be postponed until June 12, 2018.

We understand that the present change can be inconvenient and we apologize for it, however, we are sure that the wait will be worth it. In the following days we will present the names and profiles of our judges as well as some of their comments about the participating stories.

We appreciate your interest in TecPrize and, above all,  your help imagining the future of education.


TecPrize Organizing Committee


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