Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) October 09, 2013
Notably known as the hometown of Steve Jobs and as the thriving downtown of Stanford University, Palo Alto continues to be a launchpad for the disruptive entrepreneurs that shape Silicon Valley. Currently a high school senior at Palo Alto High School, Eric Manalac is one such entrepreneur. Gen4Web, the startup he raised funding for and co-founded in the summer of 2012, has grown rapidly in the past year and has placed as one of the Top 20 Finalists for GMIC Silicon Valley’s G-Start Up Competition. A new AAA mobile game, Wargames: Rise of Modern Empires, co-developed by Eric with Palo Alto tech company MVE Systems Inc., was selected as one of the Top 3 Finalists in GMIC’s Global Game Stars Competition.
As early as middle school, Eric has been passionate about two fields: business and technology. In 2012, Eric participated in the Plug and Play Venture Capital Summer Expo held at the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale where he pitched that the future of gaming lay in mobile platforms, with production value equal to current generation console games. After that pitching competition, Eric was approached by angel investors interested in the development of what he calls ‘the fourth generation of games”. That summer, the idea that he presented turned into reality and Gen4Web LLC was founded.
Part of the generation learning through the use of technology himself, Eric saw the potential of mobile platforms in enhancing the quality of education and in making learning a more engaging experience. Thus, Eric’s High School Experience, a free online K-12 learning initiative was launched. Eric’s High School Experience (http://www.ericshs.com) is a hub for the next generation of technology-enabled education, designed with engagement and enjoyment in mind, not only for students, but for teachers, parents, and lifelong learners in general. EricsHS.com publishes Virtual Smart Books (VSBs), virtual learning materials that feature text, photos, videos, animations, and interactive laboratory exercises, downloadable across all mobile and desktop platforms, running courses and tracking progress even without an internet connection.
Gen4Web’s first year has been a busy one as it continues to gain recognition from mobile users worldwide. As of this writing, EricsHS.com now has over 60,000 registered learners and is continually growing, while the online course library of Virtual Smart Books (VSBs) has more than 100,000 downloads, and has been featured multiple times as an iTunes’ “What’s Hot” user favorite in over 75 countries.
Given the popularity and prestige of GMIC Silicon Valley as a global mobile internet conference, Eric counts his company, Gen4Web LLC, and his mobile game, WarGames: Rise of Modern Empires, fortunate to be selected among the hundreds of applicants worldwide and to place as a top finalist in competition against other mobile developers.
In conjunction with furthering his efforts in promotion of mobile learning, Eric will be at the Educause Annual Conference for Higher Ed IT October 16-18, 2013 in Anaheim, California promoting his EdTech start-up Gen4Web LLC, with a focus on the online course curriculum of Eric’s High School Experience, and to launch his company’s latest Virtual Smart Book (VSB) for SAT preparation, an interactive study guide called the SAT Student Solutions Manual.
About Eric Manalac
In between developing new products, attending conferences, and preparing for the SAT, Eric makes sure that education remains his top priority. In conjunction with product innovation and business development, he continues to take courses in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Technology Entrepreneurship at Stanford University. Passionate about language and the fine and performing arts, he is trained in classical piano, is a fluent Mandarin speaker, and is studying German, Japanese and French as well. He attended International School Manila, and is currently residing in Palo Alto in California, where he is a senior at Palo Alto High School.