The Neurometrics Challenge
As Co-Chair of the X PRIZE Education & Global Development Advisory Group, Naveen Jain is working with experts
in the promising field of neurometrics with the goal of revolutionizing education through a deeper
understanding of how to measure and improve brain capacity, and ultimately creating better learners.
Up until now, the emphasis education reform has been on improving teachers, reducing class size, and
improving curriculum, but the gap between the U.S. and other developed nations in reading, math, and science
is proof that these efforts are not enough.
The challenge of neurometrics is to look beyond traditional classroom improvements and build better learners
for our classrooms, endowing our students with all the capabilities they’ll need to thrive in this
exciting new world. At the heart of this challenge is the development of a reliable, low-cost and scalable
way to measure a student’s innate cognitive learning ability.
Once standard metrics are in place entrepreneurs will be able to compete amongst themselves to demonstrate
measurable and substantial improvements in a student’s learning ability in the areas of attention, prediction,
memory, processing speed, spatial skills, and executive functions.