mSchools Lab


Identification, piloting and impact assessment of digital solutions with the potential to improve and digitally transform education


mSchools Lab is an open innovation program promoted by Fundació Barcelona Mobile World Capital Foundation through its program Digital Future Society and mSchools. Its goal is to foster collaboration between educational centres and the EdTech industry to respond to the educational communities’ real needs through technology’s transformative, safe and healthy use. 

Through public-private partnerships, we advance the identification, piloting and impact evaluation of digital solutions with the potential to contribute to improving and digitally transforming education. 

We want to catalyze the collaboration of all stakeholders with the possibility to contribute from different perspectives to digitally transform and positively impact equitable and inclusive learning.

Lab Process


Definition of a concrete challenge


Open call for solutions


Selection of winners


Adaptation and planning of pilots


Implementation of pilots


Evaluation and dissemination



mSchools Lab is an initiative promoted by Mobile World Capital Barcelona, through its programs Digital Future Society and mSchools.

In December 2023 we launched the first call to identify innovative digital solutions at national and international levels to answer the challenge:

How can technology contribute to motivation, personalised learning approaches, and academic success?

In recent years, society has changed profoundly and rapidly, and this has not necessarily shown in the practices and content of educational institutions.

In 2022, with 13.9%, Spain topped the early school dropout rates in the European Union, which went hand in hand with poor academic performance. Experts partly attribute this failure to the Spanish education system’s absence of flexibility and excessive rigidity. Within schools, learning paths tend to be uniform to comply with a single curriculum for all and do not respond to diverse and personal contexts, interests or objectives.

Educational success and learning are correlated, among other factors, with motivation. Motivation increases, for example, through personalised learning approaches or if learnings are meaningful and provide personal value to the learner, contributing to their self-knowledge, a better understanding of their reality and the active construction of a future with scenarios that involve them and enhance their capabilities.

Focus of solutions

1. Students motivation

Strategies to find personal value, purpose and relevance in learning and thus increase concentration and active involvement in pedagogical processes.

2. Improvement of personalised learning approaches

Diverse and flexible teaching strategies to identify, re-significate and create interests and skills.

3. Lifelong learning

Strategies to develop agency, self-responsibility, soft skills and 21st-century skills to “learn to learn”.

4. Academic success and reduction of school dropout rates

Strategies to develop skills, improve school outcomes and increase access to opportunities after compulsory education.

What do we offer?

Piloting: Pilot your solution in a real educational context to validate your proposal and its impact.
Funding: €25,000 for each of the two winning solutions to be piloted in educational centres.
Visibility: Get high visibility of the pilot’s implementation in various events.

How to participate?

The call for proposals has ended and we are in the midst of the evaluation process.
At the end of March, we will announce the two winning solutions.
If you want to know about future calls sign up in the following form.

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Winning Solutions

Annie Advisor


Annie is a Student Support Bot designed to mitigate school desertion and foster a more caring, attentive and responsive school environment. Sending WhatsApp and SMS messages at pivotal times in their academic path, Annie checks if students need support and provides necessary information and connections to resources both at their school and in their local community.

“Troba la insígnia per al teu futur" Nexes Interculturals / Cities of Learning

Barcelona / Global

A territory-based platform and community initiative to connect youngsters with digital and in-person learning opportunities according to their interests. Their achievements are rewarded through digital “Open Badges” which allow them to create their digital portfolio to showcase newly acquired competencies while giving teachers a more complete vision of their student's abilities and interests.

Piloting of the winning EdTech solutions

If you are a public or private educational center in Catalonia with 3rd and 4th Compulsory Secondary Education students, and you are interested in participating in the pilot program during the 2024-2025 school year for 6 to 9 months, please feel free to register your interest in the form below.

Completing this form does not commit or bind you in any way; it is simply an overview of all the centers that have shown interest in order to further analyze the sample.

This will help us get to know you better and ensure that the sample of centers is varied and diversified. It will also allow you to reflect on some important parameters for the pilot.

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Madrid and Barcelona

Collaborative platform for teachers including up-to-date content, pedagogical approaches and methodologies developed by experts and according to today’s social and environmental challenges.



Use of data analytics and artificial intelligence to analyze the correlation and patterns between reading skills at primary schooling and academic performance in high school.

KitCo Valley


Games and dynamics in the metaverse to guide students in a personalized process of self-knowledge, personal growth, development of soft skills and emotional management.

Project Invent

San Francisco

Invention training for educators to support student teams as they solve challenges faced by real community clients through the creation of impactful technology-based solutions.

More than 100 proposals

With the first phase of the initiatives selection closed, we have confirmed the Call's success with more than 100 proposals from around the world, a figure that reflects the existence of a large and vibrant EdTech ecosystem.

National and international ecosystem

International participation of 41%, with the presence of proposals from the United States, Europe, Africa, Latin America, the United Kingdom, Canada, India and Asia. On the other hand, we want to highlight the national participation of 59% most of them from Barcelona.

Typology of organizations

Regarding the organization's typology and as an example of the diverse ecosystem of EdTech solutions, the majority of received solutions, 69%, are from Startups, 17% from SMEs, 6% from Corporations, 5% from Foundations and 3% from Universities.

Variety of technologies

About the suggested technologies, the majority, 60%, are platforms or Apps. Then 22% are solutions that use Artificial Intelligence, followed by 11% of proposals that use Immersive Technologies (Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality) and, finally, 7% use other technologies such as Robotics, 3D and different types of Hardware.

Evaluation process

The first evaluation round to identify innovative digital solutions contributing to motivation, personalization of learning, and academic success concluded with 16 semi-finalists. Based on additional information about the future pilot’s implementation in schools, six finalists were selected to present their initiative at the Pitch Day at the end of March. 

An external jury of representatives from Academia, Public Administration, the EdTech Industry and Educational Centers selected both winning proposals, “Annie Advisor” and “Troba la insignia per al teu futur”, which will be adapted and piloted within the 2024-25 school year in public and charter schools in Catalonia.

Piloting in Catalonian Schools

Once the two winning proposals are selected, work sessions will be held with the educational centers to plan the scope of the projects and ensure a successful implementation for both parties.

The pilots will be carried out in public and charter schools in Catalonia during the 24-25 school year, specifically with 3rd and 4th Compulsory Secondary Education students, for 6 to 9 months.

Beyond both pilot’s impact evaluation, we will share with the entire educational community the learnings and conclusions of the process that may be of interest.

Support and Evaluation

During the pilot phase, the involved schools will have the support of the winning proposals teams and the mSchools Lab team. In addition, as part of the process, an external academic institution and expert on the selected topics, will assess the impact of digital solutions and disseminate the results and learnings of the process.

Stay up to date and join the mSchools Lab community

If you want more information about the mSchools Lab call, wish to follow the process closely, or are interested in participating in the pilot in educational centers, register your interest in this form.

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