Alpha is an innovation startup based in Barcelona, established by Telefonica in early 2016. Alpha’s mission is to create Moonshots: audacious projects that use radical ideas and breakthrough technology to address some of the biggest challenges in society. Moonshots are designed to affect 100 million people or more, be a force for good on the planet, and grow into impactful businesses.
We are building a team to work on ground-breaking and life-changing projects in the health and, now, learning sectors. More Moonshots are to come in a range of exciting domains.
Alpha Learning Moonshot
Alpha Learning’s mission is to radically improve human learning. To achieve that, we are building an Artificial Intelligence Tutor that grows with humans throughout their lives to teach them the skills they need to succeed in the future.
While our world has drastically changed these past 100 years, our education system has not kept up. Many children currently in primary school will ultimately be working in jobs that do not yet exist today. Yet they are being ill equipped, lacking the fundamental skills and abilities required to thrive in the future of work. Meanwhile, rapid population growth coupled with a shortage of teachers has created critical challenges for the education system on a global scale.
At Alpha, we believe that advances in artificial intelligence and cognitive science are finally unlocking the potential for us to create and deliver tailored and highly engaging learning experiences at a massive scale. To turn this potential into reality, we are partnering with world class academics, technologists, companies, and professionals from around the globe.
Alpha Learning Moonshot: Moonshot Captain
The Alpha Learning Moonshot Captain will report directly to the CEO of Alpha alongside other C-Suite executives. As the first leader of the Learning Moonshot, the Captain will build on the foundation provided by Alpha’s Ideation Team to develop and field a product which will change the way humans learn forever.
We are looking for a Moonshot Captain to drive Alpha Learning’s efforts to harness the power of cognitive science and artificial intelligence to bring high quality learning to hundreds of millions of people throughout their lives.
- Develop high quality business strategies and plans, selecting short and long-term objectives and key results.
- Form and lead a high-performing executive team, which embodies the cognitive diversity required to make a moonshot successful.
- Oversee research and engineering activity to develop revolutionary products informed by the latest in cognitive science and artificial intelligence.
- Oversee customer development activity required to inform product development and market strategy.
- Oversee all operations and business activities to ensure they produce results which support the overall strategy and vision.
- Secure partnerships and collaborations outside of Alpha. These will draw the best expertise from government, academia, and industry.
Domain expertise in Teaching and Learning
First and foremost, we are looking for someone who has fallen in love with the problem of education. You have deep experience with today’s education system. You understand how learning occurs and how it could occur better. You have lived the state of education today, and you are passionate about doing things differently.
You are an inspired leader, who has experience standing up new products from scratch, from research and engineering to validating business models. You are comfortable operating autonomously, while adept at keeping board-members appraised of your plans and progress. You have experience as a startup CEO or you have managed as a high-level executive in a top-tier organization where you have created compelling solutions to complex problems.
You have working knowledge and understanding of the core scientific approaches we will utilize in this moonshot – namely in the fields of Cognitive Science and Neuroscience as they relate to learning. Additionally, deep knowledge of pedagogical best practices and the scientific bases for them is important. Your core product will leverage this science to enhance the way humans learn forever, and you are prepared to make choices which guide research and manifest this science in a product.
You have working knowledge and understanding of the core technical approaches we will utilize in this moonshot - namely in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Affective Computing. Your core product will involve radical developments in these and surrounding fields, and you are prepared with the nuanced understanding that will drive these products to success.
Your skills and expertise
You have significant experience in leading teams to attain your vision. You consciously set the culture of your team, and you model the values and behaviour you expect. You are comfortable working in a diverse team, with a mix of cultures and disciplines, and have a demonstrable ability to build shared understanding and a creative, problem-solving atmosphere.
You are an exceptional strategic thinker and set the strategy and vision for your team. You understand how to take a complex problem and break it down into discrete, well-structured parts, and how to turn these into testable hypotheses. You are comfortable making decisions on market positioning and making product-line choices. You are prepared to set budgets, form partnerships, make acquisitions, and hire the right team.
You will be comfortable working with uncertainty. Indeed, you will see it as part of your role to reduce such uncertainty, helping to create an atmosphere that can channel uncertainty into problem solving. In addition, you will be comfortable working outside of your discipline, able to draw together seemingly indistinct threads, and unafraid to challenge conventional thinking.
A key to Alpha’s approach is productive collaborations with external partners. You will explore, find, vet, and establish collaborations with future partners. You are comfortable in networking situations and see each encounter as the beginning of a long-term and mutually beneficial relationship. Companies and organisations will ask for the opportunity to work with Alpha because of the positive experience they had when they met you.
We provide all the necessary help and perks to make your life at work and outside of work fun and comfortable all year round, like:
- Benefits package (health, pension, life)
- Casual dress code and open culture
- Flexible work schedule
- High social impact with world-wide reach
- Free daily catering for lunch and large stocked kitchen
- Weekly ‘Lunch and Learn’ sessions with guests talking about the most varied world topics - Work and learn with some of the very best minds in innovation and ideation- A friendly and open environment
- A democratic team culture that encourages everybody to contribute ideas and acquire new skills
- Based in Barcelona, right by the beach
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