School in the Cloud - Sugata Mitra

The wish

School in the Cloud

The winner

Sugata Mitra

The year


My wish is to help design the future of learning by supporting children all over the world to tap into their innate sense of wonder and work together. Help me build the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can embark on intellectual adventures by engaging and connecting with information and mentoring online. I also invite you, wherever you are, to create your own miniature child-driven learning environments and share your discoveries.

The plan

Recruit partners in the areas of technology, architecture, education and strategy to help design and build Schools in the Cloud of varying bandwidth and resources. Create the Granny Cloud, a global network of educators and retired teachers who can support and engage the children through an online School in the Cloud learning platform. Engage communities, parents, schools and afterschool programs worldwide to transform the way kids learn, by sharing the Self Organized Learning Environment (SOLE) toolkit with them, along with how-to videos and educational resources.

Current status

In November 2013, the first School in the Cloud—located inside a high school in Killingworth, England—opened its doors to students. Since then, six more schools have opened— one more in the United Kingdom and five in India, including the first independent School in the Cloud and a flagship, hive-shaped facility.

A digital School in the Cloud platform was launched at TED2014. Microsoft and their Skype Social Good team stepped in to provide core technology and innovated the global community. Made By Many, the product design partners, and IDEO, the research design partners, co-created the experience with Sugata's team. Newcastle University launched SOLE Central in 2014, a global hub for self-organized learning, and now manages the platform at the university's Culture Lab. The web platform ensures that anyone, anywhere around the world, can experiment with self-organized learning.

The trailer from a documentary about Sugata Mitra’s building of the School in the Cloud was released during TED2014. Filmed by British director Jerry Rothwell, the winner of the first annual Sundance Institute | TED Prize Filmmaker Award, the film is slated for release in 2015.

Get involved

  1. Join the global experiment in self-organized learning
  2. Start your SOLE
  3. Register your interest to be a Skype Granny
  4. Join the discussion: @SchoolinCloud

The School in the Cloud teaser

Sugata's bio

Educational researcher Dr. Sugata Mitra’s “Hole in the Wall” experiments have shown that, in the absence of supervision or formal teaching, children can teach themselves and each other, if they’re motivated by curiosity and peer interest.
Learn more about Sugata.

Sugata's Advisory Board

  • Alan Ricks, Mass Design Group
  • Jackie Bezos, Bezos Family Foundation
  • James Tooley, Newcastle University
  • Lakshmi Pratury, The INK Conference
  • Mark Hofer, Bezos Family Foundation
  • Michael Murphy, MASS Design Group
  • Patrick Newell, Tokyo International School and 21 Foundation
  • R.S. Pawar, National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT)
  • Ram Shriram, Sherpalo Ventures
  • Ron Gutman, HealthTap
  • Sandy Speicher, IDEO
  • Sir Ken Robinson, Education and Creativity Expert
  • Sue Gardner, Wikimedia Foundation