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  • India's GESA 2015 winner revealed!

    Last week, India-based EdTech accelerator EDUGILD held its GESA regional finals event, with  ten enthusiastic edtech startups competing for a place in the global GESA finals. .


    The companies pitched in front of a panel of judged, including: Utsav Srivastava, Senior advisor at Millionlights and Enhance Education;  Karanvir Singh, Vice-President , Business & Head, Startups at GREX; Siddharth Deshmukh, Co-Founder and CEO at PlatLabs; Akshat Srivastava, CEO at Enhance Education; Dr. Rahul More, Founder of The Leaders Ocean; and Tejas Karad, Associated with EDUGILD.


    EDUGILD CEO, Mr. Rishi Kapal, interacting with the participants.

    EDUGILD CEO, Mr. Rishi Kapal, interacting with the participants.

    The ten companies were:

    1. AtMySchool: At iMySchool mission is to bring an effectve management and governance in operational aspects of schools with arnd active paticipation form all stake holders.
    2. Skill Street: Skill street is an online platform to facilitate offline barter of skills, competencies and Knowledg between students.
    3. TutorsWeb: TutorsWeb is an open online marketplace where needy students can meet quality tutors and learn 1-1 in an Online simulated learning space called “MyClassroom” apart from Self-Learning Courses.
    4. WeMakeScholars: WeMakeScholars is an online study opportunities search and discovery platform providing information on scholarships, internships and educational service providers globally.
    5. 4sLearning: 4sLearning focusses on creating an ecosystem in remote and rural locations where education and skill development can meet the required levels of proficiency which usually lacks due to absence of basic infrastructure, facilities and skilled manpower
    6. Igniting Minds: Igniting Minds provides online simulations focused on fashion and apparel retail.
    7. Fizzible: Fizzible is one stop solution for your IOT Project
    8. Passion Express: Passion Express empowers students to discover and follow their core Passion, Personality and Potential, through a uniquely designed process, integrating the science of Psychometrics, Biometrics, Coaching and Psychology; thus enabling them to achieve a Successful, Joyful and Fulfilling life.
    9. Fundamentor – is an innovative web application that enhances life skills and cognitive aptitude in school students using gamification, technology and analytics.
    10. Edu-Net : Edu-Net enhances communication between school & the parents. It focuses tremendously on user interface & user experience for maximum usage rate amongst our client schools.


    Mr. Pratik Magar representing Fizzible

    Mr. Pratik Magar representing Fizzible


    The runner up was 4Slearning, and the winner, who will represent India in the global finals, is: Fizzible!

    Panel of judges engrossed in a presentation
  • And we have our first finalist!


    On Monday, September 7th, MindCET, originator of the Global Edtech Startup Awards competition, held its Israeli finals. Of the Israeli start up companies which applied this year, nine presented in the finals:

    Robit– A platform which teaches kids and adults how to code, with an actual robot!

    NaraView – an educational wikirace, enabling the understanding of items in their context

    Cnature – An app which enables the identification of plants and animals using crowdsourcing

    Quizner – Teaching and practicing vocabulary using games

    i-Skool – Learn by doing

    VideoDubber – Automatic dubbing of video content

    Hubitus – A virtual workplace for writers, programmers, designers and more

    Simplisico – A virtual private math tutor

    Mindefy – An app which helps you memorize by gamification

    All nine companies presented for 3 minutes each, and the panel of judges then asked them one clarifying question – about their product, their business model, their go-to-market strategy etc.

    The panel of judges consisted of: Zika Abzuk – Business Development Senior Manager at Cisco EMEA; Professor Adi Stern – Presiding President of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design; Eyal Eshed – An EdTech entrepreneur, founder and CEO of SpeakingPal; Dr Nir Michaeli – former head of Pedagogical Secretariat at the ministry of education, and numerous pedagogical positions at the Kibutzim College; Gal Fisher – Director of the Yad Hanadiv Education programme; and Sintija Buhanovska – Head of E-Learning Department at Zvaigzne ABC Publishers.

    When the pitching phase was over, the judges left the room to rank and deliberate, while the audience listened to a panel which included: Helga Holtkamp, Director of EEPG; Guy Levi, Chief Innovation Officer, CET; and Guy Vardi, co-founder and CEO, Matific.

    The panelists gave their different and similar views on the EdTech market – Vardi of Matific told of how Matific wanted to change the world by working with teachers, but then realized they needed to get some revenue, so they started working with parents; Holtkamp described how most of eastern Europe is still very conservative when it comes to introducing technology enhancements to the learning process, and CET’s Levi described to the audience how CET manages to work both with “conservative” entities, such as the Israeli ministry of education, and with “disruptive” entities, such as start ups.

    When the panel was done, the judges came back with a verdict, and Gila Ben Har, CEO of CET, declared the winners:

    Second runner up: Hubitus.

    First Runner up: Simplisico.

    And the winner of the Israeli finals, and the company which will represent Israel in the global finals (drumroll please…): Cnature!


    Nadav Bocher, CEO and co-founder of Cnature, and Gila Ben Har, CEO of CET.

    Congratulations to all the winners, and we are looking forward to hearing about the winners from the other regions throughout September and October.

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  • The Use of Big Data in Education (Part 2)

    “We need technology as the analytic engine to help the teacher. In most cases, technology has been the roadblock, but technology really empowers the teachers to meet the individual needs of each student,” said John Couch, Apple’s vice president for education, at BETT 2015 earlier this year. In Western countries, most students already have the individual devices and/or computers to make possibe a massive online course using their personal data.


    A new world of information


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    It would be a rare and strange thing if education was the only domain today not to use every piece of data they have on their students, in times when companies, policymakers and financial institutions plunder every piece of information on every individual, and when these same individuals expose them in virtual public areas themselves. One of the biggest challenges is for all schools to overcome their distrust and share their information.  The question today is whether contemporary forms of higher education, such as universities and colleges, could adapt to the massive use of Big Data or if the revolution would create a new, interconnected form of high education.

    The volume of data exchanged, as the name indicates, is another challenge. The magazine Fortune gives this stupefying info on the exponential rise of information: from the dinosaur age up until 2003, 5 exabytes of data were created. In 2011, 5 exabytes were being created every 2 days. In 2013, every 10 minutes. In a few years, it will be every second or  millisecond.  Social Games Zynga treats 1 petabyte of data per day.

    To use the words of comic book writer Alan Moore, the world is entering the age of gaseous information. Information is being broadcast and treated by informatics at a rate and efficiency unreachable by any human intelligence. The use of Big Data in education is a way to remain adapted to a world where the information a student receives at school has become somehow marginal and neglected compared with the amount of which he/she receives every single day through social networks, websites or information devices. How then can a school’s educational vision  be adapted to a massive use of Big Data in education?


    How can we keep the specific values of education in a Big Data model?


    Looking at the big picture, people won’t really need an intermediary anymore. It may sound like science fiction right now, but the developments seen in the last few years show that it’s not: it isn’t incredible to imagine, in the course of a few decades, an education model based on a gaming process, where students will be directly provided for, and will receive courses and tasks designed to correspond to each student’s character and taste without the student ever needing to make a choice or  to make the effort to consider their options.


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    What are the repercussions of such an absolutist system on the diversity and evolution of the students that are touched by this Big Data revolution?

    This type of education model, based sometimes directly on a predetermined notion of a student’s capabilities and preferences, could be devastating not only for the current education system in general, but also for the individual student, by destroying the notion of investment and replacing it with the notion of answering needs. To limit someone to his own pre-formatted needs and environmental conditions could be seen as a minor problem in terms of results (the educative and professional success of the student afterwards is enhanced). Yet, this model requires careful consideration.

    When students are  offered a curriculum with a range of courses and exercises, they may appreciate some more than others but will be expected to participate in all , as the course work is equally required by everyone. That’s when a new interest could be developed and students have an opportunity to enhance a variety of  abilities. However,  if a student is limited to a group of products  which, through the use of Big Data, have been developed to conform to his projected work capabilities and outcome for success – based on the same algorithms used in the entertainment industry – on a large scale, this could become a depreciative process. What the education business would end up providing would  be educational miniclubs rather than a well-rounded education.

    These are few of the big questions that Big Data companies, whether they are startups or established firms, will have to address and to answer: not only to convince schools and policymakers, but to make sure nothing essential is sacrificed in the name of innovation.

    Originally published at the Open Education Challenge blog.

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The Judges



Professor - Digital Hollywood University graduate school

Sunil Karad

Trustee & Executive Director, MIT Group Of Institutes. Director, Edugild.
Don Burton

Don Burton

Co-Founder, EDGE EdTech accelerator, NYC
PA - head

Pierre-Antoine Ullmo

Founder and manager, PAU Education, Open Education Challenge

Fernando Valenzuela

President, Latin America, Cengage Learning / National Geographic Learning.
Marcelo Burbano

Marcelo Burbano

Founding partner of INNCUBATED
Daniel Zajfman

Daniel Zajfman

President of the Weizmann Institute

Gila Ben-Har

CEO of the Center for Educational Technology

David Weinberger

Co-director, Harvard Library Innovation Lab

Renee Hobbs

Director at Harrington School of Communication
Bob Wise

Governor Bob Wise

President of the Alliance for Excellent Education

Look who is already in the competition

PrazAs Learning, Inc.

Tabtor Math is an educational software platform delivered via an iOS or Android app that leverages human interaction with certified math instructors. Tabtor’s unique content customization solution delivers a personalized learning program for individual K-8 students based on a curriculum that is aligned to state and provincial standards such as Common Core in the U.S. Tabtor Math is completely portable and can be used at home, in the backyard, or in the family car, eliminating time-consuming travel to after-school math centers. Tabtor Math has also been adapted for use in school districts aligned to the curriculums of the U.S., Canada, Australia, India, South Africa, and the U.K.

Tabtor Math s tailored to every student’s needs using a combination of sharing and review of handwritten work, automatic grading, instant replay function and instant feedback, guided video instruction with multimedia tutorials, and adaptive analytics that empower kids to succeed. It also includes gaming elements such as badges, a leaderboard and e-gift cards to engage a child’s naturally competitive spirit.
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The Global EdTech Awards competition is joint initiative of MindCET, The Open Education Challenge, Wayra UK, EdTech Incubator and Inncubated.



MindCET is an EdTech innovation center which brings together entrepreneurs, educators and researchers to develop innovative groundbreaking educational technology in Israel and beyond. MindCET is an independent body within the Center for Educational Technology (CET).


The Open Education Challenge

The Open Education Challenge, launched in 2014 in partnership with the European Commission, is an opportunity for cutting-edge education startups to receive mentoring and seed funding through the European Incubator for Innovation in Education, and get direct access to investors from day one.

Wayra UK


EdTech Incubator

The UK and Europe’s first education technology accelerator programme led by The Education Foundation, in partnership with the Tech City Investment Organisation.



InncubatED is the first incubator in Latin America that focuses on bringing innovation to the education industry by promoting and accelerating Startups in the Edtech space.