It’s a pretty exciting day for the team at 3P Learning, who have just been given the award for Microsoft Worldwide Education Partner of the Year 2016! And they made Finalist in the Technology for Good category too, which is a double success. I’m particularly pleased that they’ve been recognised for the great work that they have done in supporting millions of students around the world through the World Education Games, a free competition for students from 20,000 schools around the world, where they were challenged to compete against students from 166 countries to become the world champion for literacy, maths and science. You can see from the Hall of Fame, that the top students came from many different countries, with Filbert Ephraim W. from the Philippines winning the global challenge, and a particularly strong showing from Malaysia in the school champions category.
Here’s the description from the Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards of the project that 3P Learning won for:
“3P Learning is a global Cloud-based education company offering resources used by +5.3 million students, in +100 countries in both the developed and developing world. With the mission to create a place where students, families and teachers around the globe love learning, 3P worked closely with Microsoft Team Australia to successfully migrate from a hosted datacenter into the public cloud on Microsoft Azure. The move to Azure was done with an eye towards the fast growing 2015 World Education Games. Throughout the Games, 3P served 6,308,021 students from 166 countries, who spent +128 million minutes answering 133 million math, literacy and science questions! 3P deployed Azure Active Directory (linked to Office 365) to provide a SSO option enabling +10 million sign-ins, peaking at +750/second, and +1 billion server requests throughout the Games, with zero downtime. 3P also leverages Windows 10’s stylus capabilities allowing students the option to handwrite answers.”
This is a huge success for the team at 3P Learning, as it recognises that some of the most innovative education technology ideas in the world come from Australia. And it’s a big year for Australia too, as a record seven Australian Microsoft partners have won Partner of the Year awards, winning ahead of 2,500 other companies from 119 countries.