Bengaluru: India’s skilling, assessment and job platform HireMee has made it to the list of five finalists of the $5-million XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling competition – the only non-US firm to make it to the prestigious global list. HireMee is now spinning off Isotonik Solutions as a US company, with Chocko Valliappa, Tom Dretler and Shirish Pareek as co-founders.
XPRIZE, the world’s leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges, announced the five finalists of the three-year competition, which reimagines the future of work and how workers are educated and trained. The competition incentivizes teams to develop and demonstrate the effectiveness of rapid training and reskilling solutions for individuals most vulnerable to employment loss.
HireMee competed in round two by deploying its solution to quickly reskill under-resourced workers. Judges evaluated all testing data to move five teams forward as finalists, choosing them because of their reduced training times, and higher job placement and retention rates.
“We are excited to see how the five finalist teams in this competition have tackled the challenge of closing the skills gaps,” said XPRIZE CEO, Anousheh Ansari. “The trainings offered are empowering workers and increasing accessibility to full-time, living wage jobs; radically changing lives and bringing abundance for all. The finalists are reimagining job training and career development; leveraging AI, VR, and disruptive technologies and their efforts are paramount in demonstrating the value of fast-paced training programs.”
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The five finalist teams that exceeded all expectations are Alelo, Los Angeles; Dignified Work, formerly Dignity of Work, Spokane; Team Isotonic, formerly HireMee, Bengaluru; SHIFA360, San Diego; and VITAL, Boston, Massachusetts. A milestone award of $1,500,000 will be shared equally between these teams whose solutions received the highest scores from the judging panel for successful implementation of their solution.
According to Valliappa, founder of HireMee, “Team HireMee is proud of this prestigious honour earned while deploying our proven strengths in using digital technology on an unmatched scale to enable the future of work. We hope to contribute significantly by solving the critical challenge of rapid reskilling. HireMee will continue to provide the technology spine for Team Isotonik, as a continuation of its journey towards enabling jobs to millions around the world.”
“Team Isotonik is excited at the opportunity to optimize our ideas on a much larger scale in healthcare, advanced manufacturing and administration as we strive to exceed our execution abilities in skill-building,” said Isotonik co-founder Pareek, based in Maryland, USA.
“As a finalist team, Isotonik is gearing up to deliver superior outcomes by training at least 5,000 individuals in three different occupations in three different industries and placing them into relevant jobs in the coming months,” added Isotonik co-founder Dretler, from Massachusetts.
As a finalist, HireMee is challenged to achieve an exponential increase in results by training at least 5,000 individuals in three different occupations in three different industries and placing them into relevant jobs, and will test its solution from May to August, with judges set to review the data later this year.
Indiablooms News Service