SIIA Seeks Education Technology Innovators for Incubator Program

8/18/2014 12:00:00 AM

SIIA Seeks Education Technology Innovators for Incubator Program

Selected participants will receive expert advice and guidance as well as a chance to present in front of the Ed Business Forum audience

Washington, D.C. (Aug. 18, 2014) – The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is accepting applicants for its Innovation Incubator program. Selected developers of promising technologies in the K-12 and postsecondary markets will be invited to participate in the SIIA Innovation Incubator program during the 14th annual SIIA Education Business Forum, December 9-10, at McGraw-Hill Conference Center in New York. The deadline to apply is September 26.

The SIIA Innovation Incubator program identifies and supports entrepreneurs in the development and launch of innovative learning technologies. The program began in 2006, and has helped dozens of companies enrich education through the use of software, digital content and related technologies. The Innovation Incubator program employs a peer-review process to identify the most promising digital education products. Successful industry leaders and peers also provide one-on-one mentorship before, during, and after the Forum to support the growth and success of identified innovators.

“The Incubator program is one of SIIA Education’s most successful programs, and we are proud to introduce these exciting new products and many times, new companies, to our audience at the Ed Business Forum,” said Karen Billings, vice president of the Education Division at SIIA. “I look forward to seeing what this cycle will bring.”

All education technology companies with innovations are encouraged to apply – from start-ups to established companies. A panel of SIIA member judges, consisting of prominent education technology industry professionals, will review and score each innovation, and collective scores will determine finalists and an alternate. Scores will be calculated based on: 

  • True innovation
  • Market need/ Solving a problem in education
  • Ability to be successful 

Finalists will be asked to give webinar presentations to educators and administrators nationwide for the Educators’ Choice and Faculty Choice Awards. Finalists will also present their products in person for Education Business Forum attendees. An additional winner and one runner-up will be chosen for the “Most Innovative” and “Most Likely to Succeed” categories based on the scores submitted by Forum attendees.

For more information about the Innovation Incubator program, or to apply, go to http://www.siia.net/ebf/2014/incubator.asp or contact Lindsay Harman at lharman@siia.net .

About SIIA The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education, and intellectual property protection to more than 800 leading software and information companies. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents approximately 200 member companies that provide software, digital content, and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, and critical market information. For more information, visit www.siia.net/education.

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