Celebrating innovation and growth in the education market, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) recently announced the finalists for the Innovation Incubator Program. Participating organizations will be highlighted at the annual Ed Tech Industry Summit, sponsored by SIIA, May 23-25, at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.
The Innovation Incubator Program connects the developers of promising, new technologies with industry leaders, potential investors and established organizations seeking partnerships, or prospects for acquisition. The program is open to applicants from academic and non-profit institutions, pre-revenue and early-stage companies, and long-standing companies with newly developed technologies. Twenty-eight applicants were assessed based on key selection criteria, including alignment to the conference’s theme, “Going Mobile and Global,” and SIIA’s Vision K-20 Benchmarks; 21st century tools; anytime/anywhere access; differentiated learning; assessment tools; and enterprise support.
The finalists will begin their participation in the Business Profiles presentations on Sunday, May 23, followed by the Innovation Showcase & Networking Reception. During the conference the finalists will receive industry-wide recognition, peer-to-peer mentorship, and access to hand-selected prospects for partnership, acquisition, financing, and veteran advice.
Among the finalists is Lightspeed Systems for My Big Campus. Offering a filter-integrated and monitored Resource Library along with collaboration tools, My Big Campus balances educational Web 2.0 use with network security and student safety.
The other Innovation Incubator finalists are:
- edtech systems for buildmytest
- ConnectYard, Inc., for ConnectYard
- DynamicBooks for DynamicBooks
- Critical Links for education appliance
- Livemocha for Livemocha Active English
- Whizz Education, Inc., for Math-Whizz Tutoring Plus
- Emantras, Inc., for Mobl21
- Turning Technologies LLC for Progress Monitoring Bundle
- Impact Education for SkillsTutor Mobile
And the alternates are:
- Follett Software Company for Cognite
- Monarch Teaching Technologies for VizZle
- XLPrep.com for XLPrep.com Web-Based Learning
For more information regarding the event, or to register to attend, visit www.siia.net. Media and bloggers interested in attending the conference should complete the online press registration form to apply for press credentials.