ISTE 2015 to Bring Upwards of 18,000 Educators, 500 Ed Tech Companies to Philadelphia, June 28-July 1

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Conference & expo to feature Ed Tech Start-Up Pitch Fest, hundreds of sessions, massive expo hall

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Upwards of 18,000 educators and 500 ed tech companies from around the globe are coming to Philadelphia, June 28-July 1 for the world’s most comprehensive ed tech event, ISTE 2015. Attendees will enjoy world-class keynotes, hundreds of sessions in a variety of formats and a massive expo hall in the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Part idea incubator and part collaborative workspace, ISTE 2015 is the annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®), the premier nonprofit organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world.

Thirty-two unique ed tech start-up companies will showcase their innovative applications designed to transform learning and teaching in the Expo’s Start-Up Pavilion. Plus, 12 companies will compete in a three-round Ed Tech Start-Up Pitch Fest where a panel of designated judges and conference attendees will name the most promising ed tech start-up companies of ISTE 2015.

Ed Tech Start-Up Pitch Fest

What:     
Ed Tech Start-Up Pitch Fest
The competing companies will each have five minutes to present a product idea that supports educational technology. Then they’ll have three minutes to answer questions from the judges. The judges and the voting audience will determine which two companies go on to the Pitch Fest final.

The companies that advance from the preliminary rounds will give five-minute presentations before a new panel of judges and audience members, who will chose the most innovative and the most likely to succeed ed tech startup companies of ISTE 2015.

When:     
Preliminary Round #1: Monday, June 29, 11 am to 12:15 pm
Preliminary Round #2: Monday June 29, 2:30 to 3:45 pm
Final Round Judging, Tuesday, June 30, 11:30 am – 1 pm

Who:        
Competing companies are:

  • 260 World Atlas, Salt Lake City: the world’s first interactive virtual reality atlas
  • Allcancode, Delaware, U.S., and Athens, Greece: a game-based learning system for coding designed for primary school kids
  • School Bus Games, New York, NY: Game-based financial education software for 6-10 year olds; simulate urban-themed, real-life situations.
  • Epiphany, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: a secure, easy-to-use, web-based personalized learning application designed to empower learners.
  • Interactive Cases, Athens, Georgia: interactive cases that relate key science concepts to the real world
  • Mathspace, Strathfield New South Wales, Australia: an adaptive maths program that provides students with guided feedback not once a week, or once a day, but every step of the way
  • Mosa Mack Science, Brooklyn, NY: award-winning inquiry units that are engaging and easy to use
  • Propagate, Santa Monica, California: allows teachers to embed vocabulary instruction directly into anything a student is reading digitally - whether at home or for school
  • SE3D Education, Redwood City, California: provides 3D bioprinter hardware, professional development training and modular content to schools
  • Youth Digital Enterprise, Chapel Hill, North Carolina: online project-based technology courses for kids 8-14
  • Zyrobotics, Atlanta, Georgia: smart mobile technologies for accessible use and play

Where:     
TIP Pavilion, Booth #1052, Rear of Hall D, Pennsylvania Convention Center Expo Hall,

Judges:
The panel of distinguished judges for the competition includes Sheryl Abshire, Ph.D., chief technology officer, Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, Louisiana; Karen Billings, vice president and managing director, Education Technology Industry Network of the Software & Information Industry Association; Tanner Higgin, Ph.D., senior manager, education content, Common Sense Media; Jeff Knutson, senior manager, education content, Common Sense Education; Glenn Larsen, program director, SBIR/STTR Program, National Science Foundation; Erik Martin, Dell Youth Innovation Advisory Board member; Erin Wileky Oh, executive director, education content, Common Sense Education; Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO, edWeb.net; Mitch Weisburgh, managing partner, Academic Business Advisors; and Gabe Young, co-founder, All Access Labs, producer of Young Innovators Fair.

Ed Tech Start-up Pavilion

What:        
Thirty-two ed tech start-ups will showcase their new solutions for leveraging technology to improve learning.

When:     
Monday, June 29, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Tuesday, June 30, 9:30 am to 5pm
Wednesday, July 1, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

Where:     
Ed Tech Start-Up Pavilion, Pennsylvania Convention Center Expo Hall, Booth #1136

About ISTE
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier nonprofit organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world.

Innovative offerings include the ISTE Conference & Expo– the world’s most comprehensive ed tech event – as well as the widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age. The organization’s robust suite of professional learning resources features online courses, consulting services for schools and districts, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications. For more information, visit iste.org. Connect with ISTE via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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