AWS EdStart News and Events
AWS EdStart news, EdTech industry happenings, and member achievements
Here's what's happening with AWS EdStart
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.
Congratulations to AWS EdStart Members, Immersed and Riff Analytics, (United States) for being part of AWS EdStart Collaborator, LearnLaunch’s Boost PLUS Program: Cohort 11. Boost PLUS is an advanced spin on LearnLaunch’s traditional Boost Accelerator, featuring a 12-week program designed for early-revenue stage companies to produce mature EdTech companies who know their market and the value they provide to their customers.
AWS EdStart Member, BibliU, raises another round of $10M in series A funding
This new round of funding allows BibliU to continue to make textbooks and associated reading materials accessible to students of all backgrounds in the UK and US. BibliU works primarily with British universities to provide students with digital access to textbooks and research materials.
Hot AWS EdStart Startups: Artificial Intelligence (AI) Edition
AWS EdStart Members are on a mission to bridge the personalized learning gap between students and educational institutions through artificial intelligence (AI) powered platforms built on AWS. These organizations enable students to follow their own personalized learning pathways across writing, math, and reading at their own pace, anytime, and anywhere. We have identified three revolutionary AWS EdStart Members that have created products and solutions that adapt to student learning, and virtually assist self-study.
Ecree, an AI-powered writing instructor, provides students with free access until May 31, 2020
AWS EdStart Member, Ecree, provides unlimited, real-time writing feedback giving students instant support to complete an assignment, improve a grade, or prepare for a big exam. Ecree is accessible day or night, quicker than a human editor, and uses artificial intelligence to provide real-time feedback, unlimited revisions, and spelling and grammar support.
Ecree’s automated assessment technology is a rules-based engine that mirrors the way a human expert grades papers and gives feedback. Ecree’s approach is transparent and text-driven, giving students the same quality feedback that they would get from a teacher. The only difference is that Ecree’s feedback is immediate and unlimited. Ecree puts a virtual writing instructor at the student’s fingertips anytime, anywhere.
Congratulations to the winners of AWS EdStart Pitch Day – Paris!
The AWS EdStart team hosted a Pitch Day on March 3 in Paris, France. During the event, AWS EdStart Members from across Europe pitched to audiences of EdTech investors, customers, and media.
Congratulations to the following:
- First place winner: Proctor Exam, based out of the Netherlands, is the largest European online proctoring company, featuring a unique platform that is fully customizable and adapts to all proctoring assessment requirements.
- Second place winner: PitchBoy is an immersive training tool with intelligent conversation simulation using artificial intelligence (AI). Pitchboy is a Paris based company focused on voice-based training and skills evaluation in a virtual reality environment.
- Third place winner: Classlife, headquartered in Spain, is an all-in-one school management platform that simplifies complex workflows and tracks student development. Classlife allows users to manage and control everyday school tasks, optimizing school resources across sales, campus communications, finance, learning management, and registration.
For a full list of AWS EdStart Members, please visit the Meet our Members webpage.
ROYBI Acquires KidSense.AI
AWS EdStart Member, ROYBI, acquires KidSense.AI, the leading speech recognition artificial intelligence (AI) platform. “The addition of KidSense.AI into our brand portfolio allows us to accelerate the development of additional languages while maintaining privacy as well as accuracy for children around the globe,” said Elnaz Sarraf, founder and CEO, of ROYBI. “Together, ROYBI and KidSense.AI will shape the future of personalized learning and make Roybi Robot even more accessible to more children.”
Bark Technologies Acquires Router Limits
AWS EdStart Member, Bark Technologies, announced its acquisition of Router Limits, a router-based online parental controls and internet management company. Bark is the creator of the award-winning monitoring service, leveraging the AWS platform, to help keep children safe online and in real life. The partnership will enable both companies to use each other's strengths to create the first comprehensive online safety solution for families. In the coming months, Bark will debut screen time management and filtering to complement its existing artificial intelligence powered monitoring technology.
AWS EdStart Member, ROYBI INC, Featured in TIME Magazine
ROYBI Robot, the world's first smart toy to teach languages and STEM skills, earned a spot on the 2019 list of TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2019 in the education category. ROYBI Robot was chosen based on a series of criteria, including creativity, ambition, and effectiveness. Learn more on the ROYBI website about how this robot helps provide personalized education to early learners.