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Announcing the Penn State - Dreamit EdTech Innovation Showcase

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Announcing the Penn State - Dreamit EdTech Innovation Showcase

March 29, 2016

The Penn State EdTech Network will be hosting the inaugural Penn State — Dreamit EdTech Innovation Showcase on Thursday, April 14, 2–5 p.m. in Heritage Hall of the HUB-Robeson Center. Presentations will be given by ten innovative EdTech startups selected from hundreds of organizations that applied to be part of the spring 2016 Penn State — Dreamit EdTech Accelerator. 

Penn State is holding this event to provide the education and entrepreneurial community an opportunity to get a first look at these compelling startups as they focus on the disciplines of learning design/pedagogy, career/internships, and student support services. 

The Innovation Showcase will feature brief presentations, followed by trade show style product demonstrations, and an opportunity to speak with start-up representatives and network with those in attendance. 

Penn State and Dreamit have partnered to manage spring and fall EdTech focused accelerators.  Selected faculty, staff, and students will have opportunity to interact with the founders and leaders of these startups and learn more about their offerings at this invite-only event.

We are excited to showcase the latest cohorts on April 14:

101 is reimagining the approach for math and science (STEM) higher education by creating a mobile-first, interactive learning platform that combines traditional online homework software with aspects of tutoring to give students everything they need to master their courses in one place. Their vision is to unify the fragmented student learning process making it easier and less time consuming for students to succeed in critical STEM subjects.

CampusKudos, founded by a team of former Google employees, is a software platform designed to grow, maintain and track a thriving mentorship and networking community. This LA-based company’s mission is to help young people find the network and mentorship they need to succeed professionally. People use CampusKudos to match college students with alumni mentors, reconnect with high school classmates, and find fellow alumni in new cities.

Prompt is democratizing access to feedback. This New York-based company enables professionals and students to quickly and easily obtain high-quality feedback on their work. The technology and low overhead gets customers professor-quality feedback at copyediting prices. All feedback is provided by a vetted group of trusted individuals, including professors, Ivy League graduates, and professional writers.

Ruvna is an online platform making schools safer and smarter. This Washington, DC-based company offers two products to improve school safety. The first helps schools to locate their students in real-time during an emergency, rather than waiting until the emergency is over. The second product helps schools notice trends in the student population before they become problematic.

Study Abroad Apartments is a marketplace that helps thousands of students from around the world find apartments abroad. The platform enables landlords and agencies to rent apartments in a secure, transparent, and convenient way. The platform streamlines the process by offering verified payment methods, and roommate payment splitting. All properties are verified by the Study Abroad Apartments team to ensure students get what they booked online. Additional services such as airport pickup, drop off laundry, insurance, and cleaning are available to ensure the best experience abroad. All of the apartments are fully serviced with management on the ground providing 24/7 customer support.

Tassl is an innovative technology company that creates centralized software solutions to track, inform, connect, and engage alumni networks with the purpose of strengthening university communities across the US and identifying alumni engagement trends and opportunities. Tassl technologies have been developed in collaboration with alumni relation managers, groups, and alumni to meet their specific market demands. Tassl is the most comprehensive technology solution for alumni engagement, which is achieved through a focus on non-traditional engagement activity tracking, outside of monetary donation.

StudyTree is creating technology to transform education with a streamlined collaboration system that facilitates in-person study groups and peer tutoring. For education administrators, we capture and analyze data to improve the learning environment. StudyTree’s first product is a mobile application for students, with a management and analytics platform for education administrators.

CampusESP helps colleges and universities leverage parent and family involvement to improve student success. Parents and colleges share the same goal of student success, but when it comes to treating parents as partners, schools aren’t sure where to start. They want to be responsive to parent calls and questions, while maintaining student privacy, but resources are limited. CampusESP provides a one stop shop for strategic parent engagement. Colleges can proactively influence student recruitment, student retention and giving, using their student’s biggest advocate: their parent.

Lessoncast provides next generation teacher preparation and professional development. Course instructors use Lessoncast to craft assignments that involve creating e-portfolio artifacts to demonstrate mastery of teaching practices, with video clips showing classroom implementation, instruction analysis, and alignment to relevant standards. Principals can use the program to utilize Lessoncast professional development modules, which can be aligned to a school district’s instructional framework, for post-observation feedback.

University Beyond is a recruitment and management platform for on campus internships and brand ambassador programs. The software connects students with jobs on-campus from startups to Fortune 500 brands. Additionally, it provides employers an all-inclusive dashboard for task management, communication, and payment processing. University Beyond currently works with students on hundreds of campuses nationwide and over 150 brands. 

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