At ISTE 2013 PitchFest, 20 companies went head to head to compete for the chance to be picked as one of the final six teams to pitch for a pot of start up gold (money and support) worth $10,000. They had just five minutes to pitch their ideas. Here are some highlights from the Monday and Tuesday pitches:
Gobstopper: An e-reading platform that allows teachers to embed questions and quizzes into digital text, get immediate feedback as students respond, and embed additional media to enrich their reading. While teachers can use the platform for free with public domain texts, the company has formed partnerships with publishers so that teachers can rent texts directly from Gobstopper for up to $3.99 per student per year.
Livingtree: Formed around family engagement, Livingtree is a platform for families, teachers, and schools to streamline information and manage the multiple relationships around a child, such as coaches, tutors, teachers, and parents. The platform allows this community to share content, calendars, and messages.
Zondle: Zondle blends a database of education content, with a database of gaming apps, and allows teachers to develop their own games to support their learning objectives.
On Wednesday the final six teams will pitch to a panel of five judges, who will make the final decision on who will come out on top of this year’s ISTE PitchFest.