ALL AROUND THE WORLD: 360 companies across the globe applied for the inaugural Global Edtech Startups Awards, a multi-round competition organized by six incubators that span four continents. North America swept the finals, which took place Sept. 15 in Tel Aviv. Taking the top spot is BrightBytes, the San Francisco-based developer of a data analysis and planning platform for schools. Canadian company, SpongeLab, a science education platform took second place; EdPuzzle, a video editing tool for teacher, rounded out the podium. India's NittioLearn, a learning apps creation tool, won crowd favorite.
The three winners get a free ticket to participate in the six incubators that put on the competition: MindCET (Israel), EdTech Incubator (London), P.A.U. Education (Barcelona), Open Education Challenge (European Union), Inncubated (Bogota) and Socratic Labs. (Yup--you read that right. Founder and managing director, Heather Gilchrist, is keeping a low profile after last year's fuss but insists Socratic is still around.) More details in the press release.