Box of Words

Original Titel: Box of Words
Website: http://boxofwords.com
Country: Norway
Category: Smart Learning
Project team: Matthew Smalley, Ole Andreas Biggey,


Box of Words is a personalized language learning platform assisting professionals and expats currently not being served with a simple way to learn a new language. The platform tailors learning to the needs of users by adapting relevant info. Content personalization begins when the user imports documents containing targeted content into the system. Using proprietary analytics and a decision engine, the learning program identifies the most commonly used words in the documents and generates content to be learned.

The user then absorbs the meaning and spelling of words via both visual and auditory learning techniques. The system lets users evaluate their learning with short quizzes, while also providing feedback on their progress. The platform offers five languages and is scalable to add more languages. Box of Words is a convenient way for professionals or people moving to a new country to learn a new language, allowing them to become more productive and conversationally fluent in the workplace in significantly less time. In a globalized world, Box of Words meets the needs of both busy professionals and general users.

Jury Evaluation:

“Box of Words is a personalized language learning platform, which provides users, especially professionals, with an easy and simple way to learn a new language. The platform tailors learning to the needs of the user by adapting the learning content to the one most relevant to them.The learning personalization is initiated by the user, who imports into the system documents (websites, files, etc.), which are relevant to the content they would like to be familiar with. The system then analyses the documents and using proprietary analytics and a decision engine, identifies the most commonly used words in the documents and thus, determines the content to be learnt. Once the content is identified, the user can learn the content through known learning techniques, including meaning and spelling of words (visual and auditory). The system also provides short quizzes for the user to evaluate learning. Furthermore, the platform provides visual analytics on the performance and progress of the user. Box of Words currently includes five languages and it is designed to be scalable, to expand and include additional languages.
Box of Words is an easy, quick, and convenient way to learn a new language, especially for professionals who would like a fast solution to learn vocabulary relevant to their line of business or even people moving to a new country. In this new globalized era, Box of Words has the opportunity to enhance the way people learn new languages and address the needs of the busy professionals and everyday people.” –  EYA Grand Jury Report

Mentor Statement:

“Working in HR of a global company, I see a lot of people moving around the world, whether it is due to private or business reason. Although English is the lowest common denominator in a working environment, speaking the local language is key when it comes to social integration. Addressing the trend of increasing mobility and associated need for language skills with a new way of learning, I see as huge potential for “box of words”. The way that learners are learning is changing dramatically. Making content available any time at any place, tailoring content to individual needs by using AI and allow learning to be fun with the principles of gamification is exactly the way it needs to go. I am delighted to be part of “Box of Words” mission.”

Belkis Etz
VP Human Resources | SKIDATA AG

Please note that all data refer to the time of winning the Award.