Global EdTech Startup Awards 2014

Overview: The Finalists of the Global EdTech Startup Awards

Over the past couple of months edtech founders across the globe were invited to submit their startup to the Global EdTech Startup Awards. The awards are organized by a group of edtech incubators and accelerators including MindCet, p.a.u. education, Edtech Incubator and Socratic Labs. You might remember them from the Open Education Challenge earlier this year.

The GESAwards don’t offer a monetary reward or investment but the winners will be invited to visit the different incubators over a period of four months, getting free workspace and mentoring.

The four winners will be announced on September 15th, three by a panel of judges and one by the audience through social media.

Makers Empire

Makers Empire | Australia

Makers Empire created a 3D design software for the classroom. The software is integrated into a complete learning program, teaching students in K-7 schools the basics of designing objects and 3D printing. Makers Empire supports Android, iOS and Windows based tablet devices.

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Spongelab | Canada

Spongelab is a global science community around a technology platform that enables teachers to create STEM lessons with content-rich immersive teaching tools designed around discovery-based learning. Spongelab also offers custom production services for the global education community.

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EDpuzzle | USA

EDpuzzle enables teachers to personalized web based video content. They can crop videos using a simple video editor, add their own voice narration and embed quizzes. EDpuzzle also offers analytics tools to track student performance and engagement.

Links | Twitter | Spain is a learning portal for web professionals in Spanish-speaking countries, offering courses in digital marketing, programming and graphic design from industry professionals.

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Nittio Learn

Nittio Learn | India

Nittio Learn enables teachers to create interactive learning apps within minutes. The platform uses interlaced learning which mixes interaction material with teaching material in order to make learning more engaging.



Gibbon | Netherlands

Gibbon is a casual learning platform, enabling everybody learn and teach with existing content from the web through easy to use playlists. A playlist is a collection of articles, videos, presentations and more around a specific topic. Students can follow these crowdsourced playlist and learn anything, anywhere, step by step.

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Infantium | Spain

Infantium creates learning apps for young children based on cognitive science and adaptive learning. The startup combines its neuroscience infrastructure with content from leading creators.

Links | Twitter | Israel created a browser extension, helping language learners to practice new words from articles on the Internet. Learners can add new words to their practice list, review vocabulary with flashcards and quizzes and compare their progress with other community members.

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BrightBytes | USA

BrightBytes is an education data analytics platform, helping educators and school leaders to make educated decisions on where to spend money on technology or where training and teacher development is needed.. Its flagship product Clarity aims to make data simple, fun and actionable.

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EducaTablet | Colombia

EducaTablet is a digital content distribution platform for schools and universities, enabling students to access their school and academic books anytime, anywhere.

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