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MISSION


Empowering 250 million children to literacy and numeracy through mobile gaming.

“By teaching basic writing and reading skills, we could lift 171 million people out of poverty, effectively removing 12% of the world’s poverty.” - UNESCO 

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MISSION


Empowering 250 million children to literacy and numeracy through mobile gaming.

“By teaching basic writing and reading skills, we could lift 171 million people out of poverty, effectively removing 12% of the world’s poverty.” - UNESCO 

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Sema


At Kukua we are building SEMA: an open source, Android-based mobile game, in English and Swahili, inspired by african stories, for children ages 5-10 living in low-income communities in Sub-Sharan Africa, to learn how to read, write and do basic arithmetic while playing.

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Sema


At Kukua we are building SEMA: an open source, Android-based mobile game, in English and Swahili, inspired by african stories, for children ages 5-10 living in low-income communities in Sub-Sharan Africa, to learn how to read, write and do basic arithmetic while playing.

Our Key Pillars

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Game-based Learning

We build mobile games. Games which will make learning fun! Our game dynamics are inspired by some of the most engaging games in the world.

 

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Specific Literacy Path

Our highly structured literacy path, curriculum and content is designed by world literacy experts and cognitive psychologists.

 

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A Local Narrative 

A compelling game narrative, inspired by local culture, myth and folklore, takes learners on an adventure and awakens a love of learning.

User-Centred Design Approach

All our games are designed around our end users and every prototype is constantly and rigorously field-tested to optimize game dynamics, educational outcomes and engagement levels.

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Team Kukua is also competing for the $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE. The competition challenges teams to develop open source and scalable software that will enable children in developing countries to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic within 18 months.

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Team


We are a globally-distributed team of entrepreneurs, technologists and educators. Our social impact mission is driven by 5 strong values: conscientiousness, transparency, impatience, positivity and growth mindset. 

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Team


We are a globally-distributed team of entrepreneurs, technologists and educators. Our social impact mission is driven by 5 strong values: conscientiousness, transparency, impatience, positivity and growth mindset. 

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Lucrezia Bisignani
Co-Founder, CEO
- Rome-

Lucrezia is a graduate of Singularity University and the Oxford School of Drama. She is also the founder of Staanoi, a Rome-based non-profit dedicated to providing 21st century skills to high school students.

Alessio Vinciguerra
Co-Founder, CFO & Strategy
- London -

Alessio is a former banker at Deutsche Bank where he worked for several years in the Private Equity group. He has also worked in several VC backed companies where he holds advisory and strategic roles.

Alexandre Terrien
Co-Founder
- Paris/London -

A Harvard and Singularity grad, Alexandre has a background in building highly innovative startups and communities. He sits on the board of One/Thousand,
a global community of millennial leaders.

Dr. Prasad Pram
Co-Founder, Tech lead
- Palo Alto -

Prasad is the founder of Gooru Learning, a California-based nonprofit dedicated to building technology for education. Previously, Pram spent his career leading products and R&D at Yahoo!, Google and Xerox.

 

Julian Pickard Garcia
Marketing and Strategy Advisor
- New York -

Julian has expertise in digital market, business development and data analytics. He helped to build Google's Tech & Telecom advertising business in Europe and is now a marketing leader for Google in the US.

Stephen Haggard
Digital Education Advisor
- London -

A digital education expert, Stephen has worked for UNESCO, the EU, and the British Council  in emerging economies. He is a regular adviser for education ministries, universities, and educational companies.

Chief  Nyamweya
Screenplay & Narrative
- Nairobi -

Chief is a graphic novelist, illustrator, lawyer and entrepreneur. He has published over eight books and produced as many animated films with his Nairobi-based studio, The Tsunami.

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Carolyne O’Connor
Curriculum Developer
- Rome -

Carolyne graduated from College of Education and Human Development at GMU, Virginia. She has been teaching first grade and kindergarten internationally for over 10 years and is currently a Primary School teacher at Marymount, Rome.

 

Dr. Helen Abdazi
Literacy Advisor
- Washington -

Helen spent 27 years at the World Bank and knows 19 languages. Her research in cognitive neuroscience helps improve low-income education and made early-grade reading fluency become an international priority.

Dr. Carole Bloch
Education Advisor
- Cape Town - 

Carole is the Director of PRAESA and leads Nal'ibali, South Africa’s national reading campaign. She has a PhD in early literacy in African settings and has conducted research as a consultant in multilingual African countries.

Chia Chin Lee
Gaming Advisor
- Seattle -

Chia Chin Lee is an entrepreneur and game designer with 2 exits (Sony + Playdom/Disney). He has a deep passion for building products and businesses that combine entertainment, technology, and media.

Lara Oliveti
Producer
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Modena, Italy -

Lara is the founder and CEO of Melazeta. She has +15 of experience in building games, digital entertainment and edutainment products for premium brands. She was also part of the first Italian masters in multimedia technology.

 

Ambra Andreoli
Mobile Developer
- Modena, Italy -

 Ambra has been passionate about mathematics since age twelve. She holds a degree in Mathematics and is a software developer at Melazeta. She wrote her thesis on the development of Android game applications. 

Daniele Poma
Digital Animator
- Modena, Italy -

Daniele is a natural artist and creative. He graduated at the Istituto d'Arte e Accademia where he studied comics and animation. He is the artist at Melazeta where he works on illustrations, storyboards and animations.

Miguel Guercio
Character Designer
- Modena, Italy -

MIguel was born in Caracas but his passion for directing and scenography lead him to the Comics International School of Animation in Reggio Emilia. At Melazeta he is the animator and character designer of games.

Jonathan Gervasi
Game Designer
- Modena, Italy -

Jonathan is a game designer and writer with a real passion for creative projects. He has +10 years of experience in building online and mobile games with Melazeta. He also wrote a Science Fantasy Book Series.

 

Luca Pinciani
Mobile Developer
- Modena, Italy -

Luca is a an IOS software developer at Melazeta. He graduated in computer engineering at the university of Parma and holds classes on 3D graphics in important Italian universities and multinational companies.

Carla Campana
Project Manager
- Modena, Italy -

Carla is Project Manager at Melazeta with a focus on educational games and projects. She obtained a RAI-organized masters in Multimedia in Florence and a degree in modern literature at La Sapienza University in Rome.

Andrea Felicioni
UI Designer
- Modena, Italy -

Andrea has +8 years of experience as UI and UX designer at Melazeta. He graduated at the Istituto d'Arte and holds a master as a multimedia graphic designer. Graphics and photography are his passions.

 
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Partners


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Partners


TECH PARTNER

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GAME DEVELOPMENT PARTNER

FEASIBILITY PARTNER

CONTENT PARTNER

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TESTING PARTNER

EDUCATION DESIGN PARTNER

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STORY ANIMATION PARTNER