- Dell recently gathered a panel of education experts at the Dell Solutions Center in New York for a third and final day of pitches from six education technology startups.
- A total of 20 startups have been involved in the company's Tech Innovation Day Series, with the previous two pitch days taking place in San Francisco and Austin, TX, respectively. A sole finalist will receive a proof of concept and attend a pitch slam at November's Dell World conference.
- Among the startups that pitched on Friday: Mathspace, a Common Core-aligned math instruction platform; Hstry, a tool for creating interactive timelines; Kinvolved, which makes it easier for parents and teachers to communicate about attendance; Unbound Concepts, a "Pandora for textbooks;" Quill, a nonprofit offering interactive writing, grammar, and vocabulary lessons; and EduCanon, a video lesson platform.
Among the judges were one of Dell's global professional learning managers, a former teacher and veteran of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Postsecondary Success initiative, and an 18-year-old student from Oxford whose nonprofit works with disadvantaged students. As you might expect, with each pitch came a slew of questions and advice from the experts.
It will be interesting to see which company comes out on top at Dell World, and how they further leverage the opportunity.