June 2018
And the winner of the first TecPrize challenge is…
And the winner of the first TecPrize challenge is…

The winning story of the 10x Learning Prize is “The House of the Orishás” written by Héctor Castaneda Langlois.

«The House of the Orishás» tells the story of Aliza, a university student in 2049. In her world, learning is an everyday process, enabled by almost invisible technologies and by the guidence of her favorite mentor: her beloved grandfather. It is a poetic and emotional tale that reimagines and questions the role of technology through an unexpected ending.

Its author, Héctor, was born in El Salvador, but currently lives in Costa Rica, where he works as an instructor for the Sustainability and Environment Program at the International Council of Exchange Education (CIEE). Hector holds an MS in Tropical Conservation and Development and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida. Previously, Hector worked as Adjunct Faculty for Duke University, Technical adviser for the REDD-CCAD/GIZ program for Central America, and as Environmental GIS consultant for IUCN and other international organizations.

As the author of the winning story, Hector will receive $4k USD, media exposure, which includes the publication of his story in a renowned international media outlet and he will be invited to join the committee that will design TecPrize’s next challenge which aims to develop radical solutions that help build the higher education of the future.

The quality of the stories received was so extraordinary that it was very difficult for the judges to choose the winner. However, based on the criteria of the contest, «The House of the Orishas» stood out for its unique vision of the future, its proposal based on research and trends, its creativity and originality and the quality of the final product.

Congratulations, Hector!


Do you want to meet the authors of two of the best stories received?


“Honors”, by Yvonne Cárdenas Aguilar

Yvonne Cárdenas Aguilar, author of the short story entitled “Honors”, is a student of Biotechnology Engineering at Tec de Monterrey. In 2017, Yvonne was awarded the XIV Valladolid Binational Prize for Literature in the category of children’s story with the play “Seres de la Noche”.

“The images fell to the ground like melting ice, leaving the room completely nude.”

“Lifeblock”, by Víctor Chávez

Víctor Chávez, author of the short story entitled “Lifeblock”, is from Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua. In 2017, Victor was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship for a Binational Business Program in the United States, through which, during the last year, he has taken MBA classes with a speciality in Technology Management at the University of New Mexico. Victor has worked as Program Manager at Consulting Consortium, and as an intern at the New Mexico Trade Alliance.

“Out of all blood, one heart.

Out of all thoughts, one mind.

Out of all eyes, one truth”.

Finally, we will like to acknowledge all participants of the 10x Learning Prize. The quality of your work is evidence of the time you invested in its creation. We know that the prize was a great incentive, however, we hope that the process of imagining, documenting and telling a science fiction story has given you valuable knowledge you can apply in the future.

Thank you very much for helping us imagine the future of education!