What Happened to the Duolingo Incubator (Will It Come Back)

What Happened to the Duolingo Incubator? (Will It Come Back?)

As the competition is increasing with time, every person is upskilling themselves. Learning different languages is a part of it. If you are also interested in learning different languages, you might be looking for some of the platforms that help you to learn the language. One such platform is Duolingo which is very common in today’s time. You may know about many features of it but may not hear about Duolingo Incubator. Thus here we will help you to know more about the incubator platform.

Quick Takeaways

  • Duolingo incubator was the place where the courses were designed and developed to get live courses on the platform.
  • In starting it was just an internal platform but eventually become a volunteer platform.
  • In 2021 it was shut down due to the IPO of Duolingo in July 2021. Another reason for shutting it down was the shift towards the more standardised method of creating the courses.
  • According to the current information, there is no comeback of Duolingo Incubator. 
  • Currently, if you think of accessing it, you will be directed towards the official page of Duolingo which includes all the names of the languages available on the platform.

However, we will recommend you read till the end so that you do not miss any of the important information on Duolingo Incubator.

What Happened to the Duolingo Incubator? (Will It Come Back?)

What is Duolingo Incubator?

There are a lot of different features on Duolingo like Duolingo gems, challenges, leagues, legendary levels, crowns, etc and Incubator is one of them. Duolingo incubator was the place where the courses were designed and developed to get live courses on the platform. In starting it was just an internal platform but eventually become a volunteer platform for those who wanted to develop the course. As Duolingo is a free platform to use, it was totally a voluntary project and a lot of contributors took part in it.

The incubator not only was responsible for developing the course but also for monitoring it. On this platform, you were able to see how many courses are in the process of development, what is the launching date, etc. It was the best way of keeping transparency about the upcoming courses and helping to give updates on the upcoming courses. However, with time, it was closed by Duolingo just like perfect lesson boosts. However, when you take these courses, you can remove them from your Duolingo if you think they no more matter. It was also one of the ways to stay motivated while the language-learning journey.

What Happened to the Duolingo Incubator? 

As discussed above the Duolingo incubator was closed over time. There are two main reasons for the closing of the Duolingo Incubator-

The first reason revolves around the monetization of the courses. When the incubator service was started there was no money earned by the company. But now they have started earning money from the courses that were not even created by them. As it was a publicly listed company it was earning the money from such courses and thus closed this feature due to its IPO in July 2021. 

What Happened to the Duolingo Incubator? (Will It Come Back?)

The second reason for closing it was they were shifting towards the more standardized method of creating the courses. As the marketplace for learning languages is growing they need to develop the course in a more efficient manner. They need to follow strict guidelines and a specific template that is not applied to volunteering creation. Thus Duolingo has stopped having volunteer creation and has started paid creation.

Will the Duolingo incubator come back?

The Duolingo incubator is now shut down. It has become staff locked and thus is not open for the volunteers. However many are still in doubt if it will be back or not. As the courses on this platform are used to generate income, there are no chances of coming back to them. Though the courses which were made in the incubator are still live, and you can have access to them on the platform. The courses on the platform can be downloaded and you can view them offline.

What were the different phases of developing the course?

Each course had different types of information like contributors, followers, status reports, etc. Generally, the course was into three different phases for the development-

Phase 1

In this phase, there were the courses that were still at a very early position and were not yet ready for beta testing.

What Happened to the Duolingo Incubator? (Will It Come Back?)

Phase 2

In this phase, there were the courses that were in the beta testing stage. It means that these courses were almost ready to use and were likely to have bugs or any other issues.

Phase 3

It was the final stage in which the courses were out of beta testing and were out for the public.

Who were the course contributors to Duolingo Incubator?

Course contributors were the volunteers who helped to design the courses on this platform. To become a course contributor, you need to have fluency in a particular language like Spanish, French, Japanese, High Valyrian, Russian, etc. You must be able to speak it in a fluent manner. You were only selected if you were passionate and committed to it. There were the people who were given the responsibility such as managing the activities of all the contributors.

How did Duolingo’s contributor program start?

In 2012, Duolingo has an internal platform – an incubator, which help to develop the courses. Soon different language committees were interested in teaching the students their traditional languages and thus the platform thought of introducing a contributor program. It was officially started in 2013. Many language courses like Welsh, Irish, etc were not a part of the platform if this program was not available. 

What Happened to the Duolingo Incubator? (Will It Come Back?)

What happens to the course contributors?

Course contributors were a great part of Duolingo’s journey and thus they were awarded as Duolingo Language Impact Award which was $4M dollar funded. Along with it, there were many other awards like recognitions and VIP access to some special events. As the contributors were the main reason for the success of Duolingo, they are also eligible to work as part-time course specialists.

What if you try to access the incubator now?

As we know that incubator is now closed. When it was shut down, many people were still able to access it for some time. However, now if you try to access the incubator option you will be redirected to Dulling’s official page which helps you to know the different languages offered on the platform. 


Learning new languages is becoming very popular in the current world. Duolingo is a platform on which you can learn different languages including French, German, Spanish, etc. Duolingo incubator was one of the features in which the courses were designed and developed. It started as an internal platform but gradually become a voluntary program. Different course contributors were able to create courses for different languages. As the company started earning from these courses, they have to shut down the contributor program. So there is no incubator option now. If you try to use it you will be directed to the official page of the platform which mentions the names of all the languages available.


Who has the highest streak on Duolingo?

The highest streak is around 3675 which was held by the christi3. So we can say that this is around over 10 years old. You must remember that once you get 365 days, you will get VIP status and unlock the streak society.

What is a Duolingo streak?

Duolingo streak means the number of days in which you will be completing the lessons in a single row. When you will be completing the lesson via app or web the streak number of you will be increased by 1.

What is a Duolingo Tree?

Duolingo tree reflects the full language course along with all the skills including the Duolingo skills. When you are using Duolingo, your first goal should be to complete the Duolingo tree. Always follow the Duolingo owl ( which is the app icon) and different characters’ notifications so that you do not miss Duolingo.

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