Oh, the pressure. Amid all the hubbub of ISTE, startup teams pitched themselves.
Twenty teams were winnowed down to six for Wednesday’s final round: Citelighter, LearnZillion, LivingTree, Scrible, UClass, and Zondle. Participants were given five minutes to pitch and three minutes to respond to questions from the judges. The five judges included EdSurge’s contributing writer, Katrina Stevens, industry expert Steve Hargadon, Pearson’s Tom Hall, HP’s Jeannette Weisschuh, and Richard Culatta, Acting Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education. (Judges receive no compensation for taking part in the competition.) The event was organized by UK-based Edmix.
Drumroll please–and the top prize was taken by LearnZillion, which added yet another notch in its decorated belt. (It’s secured $9.4 million in funding so for LearnZillion this competition is more about exposure than the prizes.)