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Back to School Demos & Drinks

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As summer winds down and school gets back in session, Tech in Motion Boston will be hosting our first ever Back to School Demos & Drinks! This interactive and informative event will feature local startups who are completely transforming the education space with technology. From cloud-based solutions, to Artificial Intelligence, get a taste for all that ed-tech has to offer!

Join us at EF's headquarters (http://www.ef.edu/) in Cambridge to explore this growing relationship between technology and education. You’ll get a chance to network and chat with some of the coolest startups in the ed-tech space. Not to mention, EF is hosting an open bar and we will be providing pizza!

Our Demo Companies:

AcademicMerit (http://academicmerit.com/), founded by a former high school English teacher, is a Boston and Portland, ME -based educational-technology company that provides cloud-based solutions for teacher professional development, student assessment, and differentiated instruction. Setting AcademicMerit apart from other companies in the ed-tech space is our pioneering of a competency-based model of teacher professional development that has been endorsed by a wide range of stakeholders, including Bill Gates himself—and has resulted in a multi-year partnership with The College Board that will make AcademicMerit the pedagogical and technological platform for most AP® courses.

AERobot (http://wyss.harvard.edu/viewpage/539) (Affordable Education Robot) is a simple low-cost robot designed for introductory programming and robotics education, starting from a late primary or middle school level. The hardware is inexpensive enough to make it accessible to a wide range of audiences, with the intent of enabling every student to have (and keep, and personalize) their own robot. Activities and software have been developed, tested and refined through popular week-long pilot sessions with several dozen rising fifth through eighth graders in the summers of 2014 and 2015.

Brain Power (http://www.Brain-Power.com/kickstarter), founded by neuroscientist Dr. Ned Sahin, is a scientifically-driven technology company that has created the world’s first wearable educational system for children with autism. The Brain Power System consists of a family of game-like apps that help children with autism to teach themselves crucial life skills, including eye contact, emotion recognition, conversation skills, and self-control. The system leverages smart glass hardware, sensors, big data, and predictive analytics, to produce data-driven quantitative insights into how each child's unique brain learns. The Brain Power System keeps children heads-up, and engaged with the world around them. Find out more about our upcoming Kickstarter, at http://www.Brain-Power.com/kickstarter

Cognii (http://cognii.com/) uses Artificial Intelligence to provide automatic assessment of students' open response answers. With Cognii's intelligent tutoring, students are engaged in active learning, receive personalized feedback, and construct answers themselves—a powerful way to learn and retain information. We work with educational organizations to facilitate high-quality formative assessment across grade levels and subjects in K-12, higher education, and professional learning. Cognii improves students’ learning outcomes, optimizes educators’ time on grading work, and lowers the cost of delivering engaging education. Cognii is similar to Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, Google Now and IBM Watson, but with a singular focus on education.

Education First (http://www.ef.edu/) is most widely known as the world's leading international education company. You may be surprised to hear that technology, design and innovation are always at the core of our work in travel, language learning, cultural exchange and education. From launching what has grown into the world's largest online English school with Apple back in the '90s, to our more recent work with LinkedIn on democratizing credentialing for global language learners, our innovation teams experiment with cutting edge and emerging technologies while driving our mission of opening the world through education.

EdX (https://www.edx.org/) is a nonprofit, open-source learning destination offering online courses from more than 75 member institutions. Founded by Harvard University and MIT, edX is focused on transforming online and classroom learning through groundbreaking methodologies, game-like educational experiences and cutting-edge research on an open-source platform.

Empow Studios (http://www.empow.me/) brings technology, arts, and play together to help young learners discover and build on their creative talents using today's sophisticated technical tools. We teach classes in programming, robotics, video game design, animation, design, audio engineering and other creative skills for the 21st century. We're always looking for talented technologists who want to contribute to kids' education, and educators who want to learn technology.

General Assembly (https://generalassemb.ly/boston) is creating a global community of individuals empowered to pursue work they love, by offering full-time immersive programs, long-form courses, and classes and workshops on the most relevant skills of the 21st century – from web development and user experience design, to business fundamentals, to data science, to product management and digital marketing. Established in early 2011 as an innovative community in New York City for entrepreneurs and startup companies, General Assembly is an educational institution that transforms thinkers into creators through education in technology, business and design at fourteen campuses across four continents.

GymSnap (http://gymsnap.us/) was founded by two lifelong friends, Joe Rockland and David Stanton, who both experienced frustration in college when they repeatedly showed up at the gym, only to find that it was too busy to use any of the equipment. Joe and David took the opportunity to improve the fitness and recreation experience for college students across the country, creating a mobile platform to inform students of the level of occupancy at recreation facilities. They saw this as a significant problem that they could solve for students and universities alike. In 2014, David started working on the initial wireframes for what would become GymSnap. In early 2015, Joe joined David to work on this project and GymSnap was born. David and Joe want GymSnap to help students stay healthy and still have time to experience all of the other amazing experiences college has to offer.

Listen Current (https://listencurrent.com/) makes it easy to bring authentic voices and compelling non-fiction stories to the classroom. We curate the best of public radio to keep teaching connected to the real world and build student listening skills at the same time.

Storyboard That (http://www.storyboardthat.com/) is an award winning online storyboard and graphic organizer creator. Our intuitive Storyboard Creator features a drag and drop interface and thousands of assets that we created in-house. Storyboard That’s customers include educators, businesses, and individuals all over the world looking to create high quality and engaging visual assets that aid critical thinking, communication, and collaboration.

Thync (http://thync.com) is small portable device that enables you to feel calm or energy on demand. Wear it for just a few minutes and feel the effects for hours. Thync combines proven neuroscience with groundbreaking technology, enabling users to access inherent abilities and achieve more in the course of your day. The effects are similar to a shot of espresso or glass of wine - without ingesting anything. Thync Calm or Energy Vibes are delivered and controlled using an iOS app. Our mission at Thync is to unlimit you. Press a button, feel great.

ValoreBooks (http://www.valorebooks.com/) is an online textbook marketplace that helps students save up to 90% off the cost of new and used textbooks, and get the price when they want to sell them back. In 2015, Valore acquired Boundless, a learning solution that empowers educators with access to open-source content, quizzes, slides and assessments to create higher quality course materials at lower costs for their students. By serving the entire education ecosystem, from schools and bookstores, to professors and educators, and of course, students, Valore is leading the way toward a more affordable education.

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As always a huge thank you to our monthly sponsors Jobspring Partners (http://www.jobspringpartners.com/) and Workbridge Associates (http://www.workbridgeassociates.com/).

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