London Tech start-­‐ups lead the UK charge at SxSW 2013

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Present.me and zondle, two London based technology start-­‐ups, have both been selected as finalists at the prestigious SxSW and SxSWedu events kicking off in Austin, Texas this week

Ben Barton CEO of zondle said, 'The judges were particularly impressed with our research-based approach to games based learning and the platform we have created that allows teachers and students to personalise their teaching and learning'.

London, 4th February 2013 –Against a background of significant international competition present.me and zondle, two London based on-­‐line start-­‐ups, have been selected as finalists in the Interactive and LAUNCHedu presentations at SxSW Interactive and SxSWedu commencing this week.

Both zondle and present.me have also been selected to join the UKTI mission to SxSW, which helps UK companies connect successfully with potential business partners, launch and promote their products and increase their export sales in the USA. The UK presence at SxSW is the largest after the domestic attendance.

Present.me (http://www.present.me) – the online tool that gives users the ability to combine content and video, viewable on demand, has been selected as one of only 48 finalists, and one of only two UK companies, in the prestigious SxSW Accelerator.

zondle (http://www.zondle.com) -­‐ the games based learning web and mobile platform that enables teachers, parents and students to create, play and share games to enhance learning is the only UK company amongst the 24 finalists for LAUNCHedu at SxSWedu, the premiere destination for showcasing innovative startup education products and services.

Ben Barton, CEO of zondle, said, “SxSWedu is an amazing forum for zondle. The event brings together the best in education, technology and investment to actively change how learning happens. As the only UK company selected for the LAUNCHedu competition we are punching above our weight and we are very excited to be meeting customers out in our biggest market.”

Zondle as been confirmed as one of the 24 startups (both for-profit and nonprofit) who raced through 3-minute pitches on Tuesday to become LAUNCHedu finalists.

Ben Barton CEO of zondle said, 'The judges were particularly impressed with our research-based approach to games based learning and the platform we have created that allows teachers and students to personalise their teaching and learning'.

SxSW is the fastest growing trade event in the digital space, attendance at the Interactive festival exceeded over 25,000 in 2012. It is the space where Twitter was launched and is the essential market place for digital business, especially those in social media. Last year, SXSW matched over $500million in venture capital funding to new businesses attending.

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About Present.me – Show, Tell, Share: communicate and collaborate in a virtual way that mirrors reality. You can record in the cloud what you’d do in a room, which is meet face to face, show something to someone and explain it to them. Simple and intuitive to use, you upload whatever you’re talking about, (slides, photos, documents, diagrams, whatever); record whatever you want to say about it with your webcam; and share the result with whomever you like. As you create presentme’s, you can choose to post privately, sharing with individuals, or go public and share with the world.
For more information, visit http://present.me Media contact: spen(at)present(dot)me (Spencer Lambert +44 7710 471821)

About zondle -­‐ zondle is a unique full-­‐featured web and mobile platform that offers bespoke games-­‐based learning, grounded in education and neuroscience research undertaken at the Universities of Oxford and Bristol. Teachers choose or create questions to match exactly their teaching aims. Students then play and practice those questions in any of zondle’s 50+ short animated games. Teachers can also use the questions, and other content, in zondle’s unique whole-­‐class games-­‐based teaching tool. zondle was launched in 2011 and now has more than 190,000 registered users worldwide. These users have created more than 400,000 questions, played more than 750,000 games, and answered more than ten million questions. User numbers are growing at more than 6,000 per week.

For more information, visit http://www.zondle.com Media contact: ben.barton(at)zondle(dot)com (Ben Barton +44 7590 692595) or Fiona McLean, 07748520983, fiona(at)watergaw(dot)co.uk
About SxSW / SxSWedu – The 20th annual SXSW Interactive Festival takes place March 8-­‐12, 2013, in Austin, Texas. An incubator of cutting-­‐edge technologies and digital creativity, the event features five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable line-­‐up of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-­‐on training to big-­‐picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to experience a preview of what is unfolding in the world of technology.

Now in its third year, the SXSWedu Conference and Festival has quickly emerged as a catalyst for change in education. Education stakeholders and practitioners of all backgrounds including teachers, administrators, university professors, business and policy leaders converge at SXSWedu to connect, collaborate, create and change how we teach and learn.

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