Hong Kong, China <June 10 2020> – Today KaiOS Technologies, maker of the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones, announced its participation as a founding member of mobile-first learning company Cell-Ed’s 1 Million Learner Challenge. This new initiative will provide crucial skills courses for free, including Cell-Ed’s work readiness and digital literacy trainings, COVID-19 guide, as well as coaches and certificates. It marks an expansion of KaiOS Technologies and Cell-Ed’s existing partnership, with a greater range of content available to the first-time internet users in emerging markets who rely upon KaiOS.

With hundreds of millions of people lacking internet access through computers and smartphones, it’s more important than ever for isolated communities to receive accurate information and gain access to meaningful learning opportunities during the global pandemic.

KaiOS-enabled smart feature phones serve as an ideal platform for these educational materials because the devices are affordable, while still offering a rich user experience and access to hundreds of apps through the KaiStore.

“Cell-Ed provides trusted mobile learning materials for those who need them most,” said Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies. “We’re excited to join their 1 Million Learner Challenge to enable these learners with free access to crucial courses through KaiOS and the Life app, especially as this public health crisis continues to sweep through developing areas of the world.”

“I am very excited to continue working with KaiOS to make Cell-Ed’s skill-building courses and reputable COVID-19 guide available to millions of smart feature phone users around the world through the KaiOS Life app and WhatsApp. This will deliver life-saving and life-enhancing information to disproportionately impacted, yet profoundly resourceful, low-literate and low-income populations on a massive scale,” said Jessica Rothenberg-Aalami, CEO and founder of Cell-Ed. “I want to thank KaiOS for joining Cell-Ed’s 1 Million Learner Challenge and for their commitment to empowering people to reach their personal and professional goals.”

Users can download Life from the KaiStore, which is available worldwide, and gain instant, free access to high-quality educational and self-improvement materials in categories including Digital Skills, Health, Nutrition, Gender Equality, and Agriculture. Kai continues to expand the range of content available in Life, and is working with hardware partners to ensure the app comes pre-installed on KaiOS-powered devices.

For more details about the 1 Million Learner Challenge, please visit study.cell-ed.com.

About KaiOS Technologies

KaiOS Technologies powers an ecosystem of affordable digital products and services, and exists to empower people around the world through technology. Its flagship product, KaiOS, is the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones with more than 135 million devices shipped in over 150 countries. Kai’s mission is to open up new possibilities for individuals, organizations, and societies by bringing mobile connectivity to the billions of people without internet in emerging markets, as well as providing those in established markets with an alternative to smartphones. KaiOS is based on HTML5 and other open web technologies. Devices running on the platform require limited memory, while still offering a rich user experience through access to apps like Google Assistant, WhatsApp, YouTube, Facebook and Google Maps.

About Cell-Ed

Cell-Ed is a mobile-first learning company based in Palo Alto, California, with a distributed worldwide workforce. Our science-based learning is proven to teach essential life and job skills more effectively and in a fraction of time by delivering engaging micro-lessons, coaching, and certificates over messaging and audio on any mobile device, even a basic phone. Currently, Cell-Ed’s 100+ partners in 14 countries deliver Cell-Ed programs such as language and digital literacy, numeracy, job skills and their own custom programs via our training, communications, and data analytics platform to better reach, teach, text, coach and upskill their learners and workers on any device. To learn more, visit www.cell-ed.com.

KaiOS Media Contact

Eletta Leung / Sarah Collins
eletta.leung@kaiostech.com / scollins@hoffman.com
+852 9139 3746 / +1 (206) 423-6081

Cell-Ed Media Contact

Aisling Carroll
+1 (510) 334-7887