Altium. | August 19, 2022
Altium LLC, the leading printed circuit board (PCB) design software company, is partnering with the IPC Education Foundation (IPCEF) and Arduino to launch the second annual student electronics design challenge. This competition aims to engage, educate, and enhance PCB design capabilities while developing STEM solutions to environmental challenges. The electronics design challenge is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their talents and gain real-world experience.
The Innovation for Environmental Change 2022 International Student Design Competition (#PCBeTheChange) engages student teams to help address common environmental concerns using Altium’s educational tools with Arduino hardware.
Over 17 countries submitted entries to last year's competition, which addressed various local environmental issues, including city traffic, shoreline erosion, bushfire detection, honey bee endangerment, and more. Teams will use Altium Upverter Modular PCB design software and the Arduino Portenta H7 to create prototype designs that will improve the environment in each team's respective local area. The teams will be challenged to tackle one or more environmental concerns, such as air pollution, water quality, and solar energy capture. As Yu Hu, head of Arduino Education, elaborates, “At Arduino, we believe that it is very crucial to empower the scientists and engineers of the future to address the common challenges of our time by using technology for the benefit of many. Last year’s entries showed an amazing combination of ingenuity, curiosity, and technical skills in their designs, and we’re excited to see what new and innovative STEM solutions the teams will submit this year.” Participating teams will enter the design challenge while harnessing Altium Upverter Education and the Upverter Modular tool. Altium features multiple educational initiatives designed to support high school STEM teachers and students, along with programs to support college students and industry professionals.
“It was fascinating to see 87 teams from around the world participate, leveraging the printed circuit board design knowledge they had learned from Altium’s Upverter Education, to address important environmental issues. We are excited to see more unique designs from this year’s contestants and are honored to again have the opportunity to provide the curriculum and tools students need for the contest.
Rea Callender, vice president of education at Altium.
Winning teams will be eligible to win cash prizes for each category: high school and college: $1500 (1st prize), $750 (2nd prize) and $500 (3rd prize), free access to IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego, California from January 24-26, 2023. Designs will be displayed at the IPC Design Booth; awards will be presented at the IPC APEX EXPO STEM Outreach Event. Charlene Gunter, senior director of IPCEF shares, “We believe that opportunities and experiences like this will allow students to gain awareness and access to the electronics manufacturing industry and in turn help them reach their career goals. This collaboration with Altium, Upverter Education, and Arduino showcases our mutual goals of engaging and educating students in PCB design, and we look forward to seeing the creativity and solutions the teams will create this year.”Open registration for the design challenge is available now via Upverter Education and runs through Monday, October 3. Teams must submit their designs online by Friday, November 18. Competition winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 14, followed by virtual presentations for the first place and runner-up entrants.
Altium, LLC (ASX:ALU) is a global software company headquartered in San Diego, California, accelerating the pace of innovation through electronics. For over 30 years, Altium has been delivering software that maximizes the productivity of PCB designers and electrical engineers. From individual inventors to multinational corporations, more PCB designers and engineers choose Altium software to design and realize electronics-based products.
About Upverter Education
Upverter Education, launched by Altium in September 2020, is addressing an important societal need by empowering STEM educators teaching engineering, electronics design, and robotics with free essential tools and classroom resources. The program has been honored with multiple awards, including the EdTech Breakthrough Award, for Best Engineering Learning Solution and the Gold STEVIE® American Business Award, further validating Altium’s innovative approach to supporting STEM education.
About IPC Education Foundation (IPCEF)
The IPC Education Foundation creates awareness of the careers the electronics manufacturing industry has to offer students in high school and college by providing them with opportunities to access people, courses, and knowledge through key programs: 1) The IPC Student Chapter program provides scholarships, industry-standard education, industry connections, and access to hands-on competitions, especially with the support of industry experts and professionals; 2) IPC Video Subscription Libraries provide access to industry-relevant content to students in high school and college, and 3) a variety of engagement initiatives like in-person/virtual events, webinars, and classroom activities.
Arduino is the leading open-source hardware and software company in the world. Born to provide an easy-to-use platform for anyone making interactive projects, Arduino has reached a growing community and adapted to new needs and challenges, branching out into products for IoT, wearables, 3D printing, and embedded environments. As of today, the Arduino community included approximately 30 million active users.
Polygon | May 21, 2022
Polygon, a company specializing in remote evaluations and support for dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning differences, today announced that it closed a $3.6 million investment led by Spark Capital. The round brings Polygon's total funding to date to $4.2 million (with Pear VC having been the largest investor in the company's previously unannounced $600k pre-seed round). The company recently emerged from stealth and will use the new capital to develop its product further and expand its geographic reach. Polygon also announced Spark Capital General Partner Natalie Sandman joining the Board of Directors.
"I wasn't properly assessed and diagnosed as very dyslexic until later in life, well after my early education years. Polygon is my attempt to create the service that I wish I'd had access to as a child, The capital we've raised has been used to build our proprietary assessment platform. We're thrilled with the progress, but we're just getting started. Further platform development, additional services, and national expansion will help us provide gold-standard learning differences services to the mass market."
-Polygon Founder and CEO Jack Rolo.
According to the Yale Center For Dyslexia & Creativity, Dyslexia affects one in five people, representing 80-90% of all learning disabilities (LDs). Only 67% of students with LDs graduate from high school; research has shown that the situation has worsened during the pandemic, with learning loss being most severe amongst students with LDs. A recent BCG whitepaper estimated dyslexia and its consequences to cost California $12 billion in 2020 and $1 trillion over the next 60 years. While experts agree that early diagnosis and support are the keys to success, services in the industry are prohibitively expensive, have inconsistent standards, and lack remote services.
Polygon provides remote evaluations and support for dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning differences with targeted psychoeducational and comprehensive Neuropsychological assessments. Comprehensive evaluations start at $995, which is 5x less than traditional alternatives. Unlike online marketplaces that rely on hourly contract psychologists, Polygon's expert licensed psychologists are company employees. Clinicians are carefully selected over a 5-stage interview process, complete extensive training, and diligently adhere to Polygon's clinical practices. In addition to equipping them with its proprietary remote assessment platform, every member of the Polygon team receives a professional video-conferencing setup, full benefits, and equity compensation.
"We identified multiple points for improvement throughout the industry, from assessment to billing and compensation. Polygon has set out to update processes and infrastructure with technology to enable a more efficient, accurate, and fair experience for clinicians and clients,"
- Polygon Chief Clinical Officer Sharon Witkin, Ph.D.
"I was diagnosed with dyslexia at ten years old. It was a life-changing diagnosis, We believe Polygon has the potential to serve a huge number of people with learning differences. Their offering is well-timed with the rapid adoption of telehealth spurred by the pandemic."
-Polygon board member and Spark Capital General Partner Natalie Sandman.
Polygon is a new kind of psychology practice specializing in evaluations and support for dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning differences. Polygon utilizes technology to provide a better experience for both clients and its team of in-house licensed psychologists. Polygon's mission is to enable every person with a learning difference to reach their full potential.
NetDragon's | June 14, 2022
NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited ("NetDragon" or "the Company", Hong Kong Stock Code: 777), a global leader in building internet communities, is pleased to announce that Promethean continues to be a global leader for Interactive Flat Panel Displays ("IFPD") technology, according to Futuresource Consulting's Q1 2022 report on the World IFPD market. As schools embraced and learned to harness the power of edtech in and out of the classroom, the IFPD market continued trending upward in the first quarter of 2022.
Excluding sales in China, Promethean was the global K-12 education sector IFPD market leader from 2018 to 2021 collectively. From April 2021 to March 2022, Promethean achieved a 23.8% market share of the total IFPD market. In that same 12-month period, Promethean maintained its leadership position in the United States, United Kingdom & Ireland, and Germany. Most recently, in Q1 2022, Promethean held a strong lead in the United States, achieving a 32.8% market share of the IFPD market.
Promethean's 25-year product development experiences with insights from the teaching community has allowed the company to create innovative tools that make a lasting impact and continue to evolve with the classroom. Promethean's success in Q1 2022 is attributed to adapting and understanding teacher and student needs and successfully addressing those pain points in the classroom. The Promethean ActivPanel provides a user-friendly interface, customized solution and enhanced security for both educators and IT administrators. The ActivPanel includes Promethean's lesson delivery software ActivInspire and ClassFlow, which provide interactive lessons, activities, quizzes, and thousands of immersive resources, no matter the learning environment.
"As we approach the second half of 2022, Promethean continues to be dedicated to resolving pain points for educators and IT administrators to get the most value out of their edtech and learning experience, Promethean is proud to be the leader of the IFPD market and is dedicated to laying the foundation for the next-generation interactive panels."
-Chris Hand, Chief Revenue Officer at Promethean.
About NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited
NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited (HKSE: 0777) is a global leader in building internet communities with a long track record of developing and scaling multiple internet and mobile platforms that impact hundreds of millions of users, including previous establishments of China's first online gaming portal, 17173.com, and China's most influential smartphone app store platform, 91 Wireless. Established in 1999, NetDragon is one of the most reputable and well-known online game developers in China with a history of successful game titles including Eudemons Online, Heroes Evolved, Conquer Online and Under Oath. In recent years, NetDragon has also started to scale its online education business on the back of management's vision to create the largest global online learning community, and to bring true integrated blended learning solutions to every school around the world.
Promethean is a leading education technology company working to transform the way the world learns and collaborates. From our founding in Blackburn, England, almost 25 years ago to our global operations in 22 countries today, we've continued to explore, innovate, and inspire—designing learning and collaboration tools that are built for breakthroughs. Our award-winning interactive display, ActivPanel, and lesson delivery software, ActivInspire and ClassFlow, were designed to engage students, connect colleagues, and bring out the brilliance in everyone. With headquarters in Seattle, Washington, and offices worldwide, Promethean is a subsidiary of the NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited (HKSE: 0777).
Boxlight Corporation | June 27, 2022
Boxlight Corporation (Nasdaq: BOXL), a leading provider of interactive technology, digital signage, classroom audio, and services, announces the launch of their redesigned website to better serve partners, customers, and investors.
The redesigned website will offer visitors improved navigation and functionality, a user-friendly experience, and differentiate the Boxlight solutions, including those from Clevertouch Technologies®, Mimio®, and FrontRow™. It will also give better access to resources such as EOS Education Professional Development, the Virtual Classroom, digital guides, free training, and webinars.
Visitors to the new site can expect:
Smooth user experience that guides them through our solutions for education, enterprise, retail, higher education, and house of worship
Comprehensive information about and from our Boxlight brands - Mimio, Clevertouch Technologies, FrontRow, EOS Education
Regular success stories from customers about how our solutions have benefited their organizations
Updated news and information for Partners and Investors
“We are excited to share an updated Boxlight website to reflect the full breadth of our technology solutions and services across all brands. It has been an eighteen-month journey with a team of marketing, product, development, sales, and analytics teams to bring together a vision of all our brands and solutions with our customers, partners, and investors in mind. This will be an ever-changing project to keep up with the demand of our users and our always-evolving product offerings. We welcome feedback to ensure it meets visitors' needs,”
- Sunshine Nance, Sr. Vice President Marketing & Communications.
Along with the recent announcement of the new MimioPro 4 interactive display from Mimio, the new IMPACT Max and CleverStore 3.0 upgrade from Clevertouch, and Campus Communication systems from FrontRow, the company continues to provide innovative technology and solutions to appeal to a broader market. The strength of solutions available for all markets, including those from brands Clevertouch Technologies and FrontRow, is being recognized and the Company was recently named Overall EdTech Company of the Year by EdTech Breakthrough.
To showcase why we are a standout in the market, our Company and brands will be at ISTELive in New Orleans, LA, June 26-29 - Boxlight (booth #1122), Clevertouch (booth #330), and FrontRow (booth #2824). ISTELive attendees will be able to explore the various solutions including, but not limited to, the MimioPro 4 and MimioSTEM product suite, the IMPACT Max from Clevertouch, Campus Communication and Lyrik portable audio system from FrontRow.
The new Boxlight website will help the company continue to drive towards its goal of becoming a leading provider of interactive technology solutions and services around the world.
To explore the newly redesigned website, please visit Boxlight.
About Boxlight Corporation
Boxlight Corporation (Nasdaq: BOXL) (“Boxlight”) is a leading provider of interactive technology solutions under its award-winning brands Clevertouch®, FrontRow™ and Mimio®. The company aims to improve engagement and communication in diverse business and education environments. Boxlight develops, sells, and services its integrated solution suite including interactive displays, collaboration software, audio solutions, supporting accessories and professional services.