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SIIA Innovation Incubator Program Announces 2014 Finalists

By Carletta
April 24th, 2014

Ten education technology innovators to be featured at the 2014 Education Industry Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 22, 2014) – The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) announces finalists, and an alternate, for its Innovation Incubator Program. The program will be held during the 13th annual Education Industry Summit, the leading conference for the K-12 and postsecondary education technology market. The finalists will feature their products during the event, May 12-14 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Awards will be presented to the Most Innovative and Most Likely to Succeed, based on the votes of conference attendees. The Educator’s Choice Award will also be presented based on votes from educators and administrators from around the U.S., and SIIA will award prize packages from program partners to the award winners.

The SIIA Innovation Incubator Program identifies and supports entrepreneurs in their development and distribution of innovative learning technologies. The program began in 2006 and has provided support for dozens of successful products and companies in their efforts to improve education through the use of software, digital content, and related technologies. The program is open to applicants from academic and non-profit institutions, pre-revenue and early-stage companies, as well as established companies with newly developed technologies.

“Innovative technology in the classroom is key to revitalizing the educational experience and leveraging shifts in the digital learning space,” said Karen Billings, vice president for the SIIA Education Division. “This year’s Innovation Incubator participants have provided products that are central to keeping our students engaged while promoting creativity and entrepreneurship.”

Innovation Incubator Program finalists were selected from the applicant pool based on key selection criteria, including:

Ability to positively impact end users of the product
Ability to succeed in the ed tech market
Level of originality and innovation

All Innovation Incubator finalists will present during the Business Profiles Presentations Monday afternoon, May 12, which is immediately followed by the Innovation Showcase & Networking Reception where they will be available for one-on-one product demonstrations and in-depth discussions.

Innovation Incubator Program participants are:

Capture Education – A scheduling software that reduces data entry tasks and allows real data driven decisions to be made.

Crowdmark Inc. – A document assessment web application that allows instructors, or teams of instructors to easily mark up and grade documents.

EDUonGo – A cloud-based platform that allows highly collaborative learning and educational sharing.

Million Dollar Scholar – An open online platform that delivers highly tailored scholarship opportunities to students in High School and College and empowers students to achieve those scholarships.

Mondokio International News – The next generation resource for news articles in the classroom, it allows for customization to avoid bias and allows students to consider multiple perspectives.

Mosa Mack: Science Detective – A web library of animated science materials that engages students with a mystery format for each lesson.

Nepris – A web-based platform that seamlessly connects curriculum, industry expertise, and classroom needs to engage students in STEM and expose them to real job skills and role models.

Promethean/Classflow – An integrated learning platform that enhances education productivity by orchestrating and streamlining a collaborative teaching and learning process.

Ranku- A discovery engine for online degrees, using personalized search through LinkedIn and Facebook to help adults find reputable online degrees from accredited universities.

Smart Science Education, inc – Interactive video based online science labs for grades 4-12 that supply online science labs where lab space, cost and time challenge the use of hands on labs.

Alternate:

SchoolToolsTv.com – A state-of-the-art video website that provides teachers with daily, one-minute videos that help teach important social skills, create a healthier school climate and reduce bullying.

For more information about the Education Industry Summit, visit siia.net/eis/2014/incubator.asp or contact Lindsay Harman at lharman@siia.net .

About SIIA
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education, and intellectual property protection to more than 800 leading software and information companies. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide software, digital content, and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, and critical market information. For more information, visit www.siia.net/education.

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