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AWS EdStart program expands to Vietnam
AWS EdStart, the AWS educational technology (EdTech) accelerator that helps startups build teaching and learning solutions in the AWS Cloud, is now available to customers in Vietnam. Eligible startups can begin applying to the AWS EdStart program starting February 24, 2021.
Using gamification to increase student engagement: Hot AWS EdStart startups
Educators are looking for solutions to help keep students excited while many continue to learn virtually. Four AWS EdStart Members from Brazil, China, India, and Thailand are using gamification to improve the virtual student experience and increase student performance by encouraging learning through play.
UK-based startup BibliU developed an innovative eTextbooks software platform that provides students affordable textbook content on any device. They are currently an AWS EdStart Member, using Amazon QuickSight, Amazon Elasticsearch Service (Amazon ES), and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to modernize the classroom.
EdTech startups are closing the digital skills gap by making education more affordable and accessible to students at scale
Tan Han Sing, Founder of Tueetor, focuses on affordably connecting learners from all backgrounds with trainers. Sanjay Srivastava, Founder of Vocareum, works to close the skills gap by providing turnkey virtual learning labs.
EdTech startup Honorlock changed how exams are proctored using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)
Powered by Amazon Rekognition, Honorlock evolved the standard exam experience by developing a hybrid proctor approach using artificial intelligence and human intervention to reduce the stress of taking exams on students.
AWS EdStart Members and founders Long Qin of Singsound and Elnaz Sarraf of ROYBI are using AI to revolutionize early language learning. Long, based out of Beijing, China, is dedicated to providing students with an accessible English education. Elnaz, based out of San Francisco, CA, United States, is dedicated to providing personalized learning to children.
Reva McPollom, founder and chief executive officer, Lessonbee, and Jennifer Larson, founder, Schoolbzz, are changing education
Reva and Jennifer are part of the AWS EdStart Global Founder Series, an exclusive group of AWS EdStart Members from around the globe who have demonstrated innovative EdTech solutions and growth on the AWS Cloud.
Childhood 2.0 documentary released on Prime Video featuring Brian Bason, chief executive officer of Bark Technologies
Childhood 2.0 is required viewing for anyone who wants to better understand the world their children are navigating as they grow up in the digital age. Featuring actual parents and kids, as well as industry-leading experts in child safety and development, this documentary dives into the real-life issues facing kids today—including cyberbullying, online predators, suicidal ideation, and more.
EdStart member Edalex is an EdTech company that works on a mission-to-surface learning outcomes, digital assets, and the power of individual achievement. Edalex won the first Future of Education in APAC, EdTech Venture Competition. Edalex’s winning pitch focused on their Credentialate platform.
EdTech startups are helping marginalized learners access high quality education by providing unique virtual learning solutions
AWS EdStart Members from the United States, Brazil, China, and Europe are helping diverse students reach their learning objectives by providing evidence-based tools focused on leveling the playing field and providing students equal access to quality education.
Exploros's use of cloud-enabled instruction increases engagement and helps existing school customers shift more easily to online education. For educators and students usings Exploros on AWS with real-time services, the transition from face-to-face to remote instruction is seamless.
The AWS EdStart Member exclusive offering can help EdTechs build voice-first experiences that create fun and engaging learning experiences, reach new users, and save time by streamlining access to their products with Amazon Alexa.
With the help of the AWS EdStart program, ROYBI (US) was able to structure its technology and deploy its product without spending countless hours on development. As a result, the company launched its product five months ahead of schedule. “A lot of people couldn't believe it because ROYBI Robot is a very complicated product,” said Sarraf. “But with AWS technology solutions, services, and support, we were able to get to market fast.”
Virtual exchange is becoming an important part of digital learning environments due to its student-centered, cost-effective, and equitable means of advancing international education.
AWS EdStart Member Playposit (United States) announced the release of an extensive peer review application for institutional and enterprise partners. The app contains commenting forums, rubrics, and scoring. These features support group learning, which is often a challenge in distance learning.
Congratulations AWS EdStart Members, ArcLab, Acktec Technologies, and Flying Cape (Singapore) for presenting at demo day and graduating out of the AWS EdStart Collaborator, EduSpaze Accelerator. This was the first batch to graduate, and they are looking forward to exciting times ahead after proving out their products and business models further.
AWS EdStart Member, MyTapTrack (United States), received an honorable mention in AI & Data for Fast Company’s World Challenging Ideas Awards. A panel of eminent judges selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 3,000 global entries across transportation, education, food, politics, technology, and more.
AWS EdStart Member, Authess, acquired by Elsevier
AWS EdStart Member, Elsevier, an information analytics organization specializing in science and health owned by RELX, acquired AWS EdStart Member, Authess. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Authess offers a software-as-a-service solution that uses performance-based competency assessments to evaluate how students solve complex, open-ended problems they would encounter on the job.
AWS EdStart, also known as the AWS educational technology startup accelerator, is an AWS program designed to help its participants grow their education technology businesses. AWS EdStart participants may have access to many benefits, such as AWS Promotional Credit, select marketing opportunities, global thought leadership, participation in live or virtual events, and access to the AWS EdStart web portal. The AWS EdStart web portal is a central online, self-service resource that includes an online directory of AWS EdStart participants, a community messaging forum, and a repository of content, technical, and business development trainings. The AWS EdStart Agreement, as may be updated from time to time, governs participation in AWS EdStart and use of the AWS EdStart web portal. AWS EdStart participants’ personal information, business contact information, and community forum messages may be accessed by AWS EdStart participants that use the AWS EdStart web portal. Please contact AWS EdStart by email or see the AWS EdStart Agreement for information about how AWS collects and uses personal information.
Organizations that wish to apply for participation in AWS EdStart must meet the application criteria described on the AWS EdStart Member application page or the AWS EdStart Innovators page. Government entities, including government-owned corporations and government-funded organizations, are not eligible to participate in AWS EdStart. Individual users of AWS EdStart must be from participant organizations and 18 years or older.