Currently Awarded

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3D Virtual Global Classroom

This project combines innovation and education. The purpose of this project is to develop a 3D Virtual Global Classroom software to make online courses more interesting and interactive between students and instructors.  Advanced technology will be used to develop this 3D Virtual Classroom project. By using 3D Virtual Classroom software, universities will be able to attract more students from different countries to register for online courses. 

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Hui Ding, Shicheng Rao

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

DCE, External

ADITUM

ADITUM is a medical e-learning platform. It provides health experts with an easy and simple way to create and share interactive medical cases with the medical community.

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Eric Yamga, Andrew Marshall, Kara Sheppard-Jones

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HMS

Active Parenting

All-in-One Parenting enables parents to put education knowledge into daily action. We provide subscribed app content and monthly delivered educational products, suchas parenting tools and educational toys, particularly focusing on 0-6 years old children's social emotional skills. All the content and physical products are research-based and customized to children's developmental stage.

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Yiran Bowman, Kunlei He, Yuanbo Liu, Gerald Hao, Zhuo Feng

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HGSE, MIT-Sloan, MIT-Engineering

Axiom

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Jay Bills, Ann Zhang

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HGSE

Bright Future

Bright Future aims to improve the educational experience of students across Africa. Our initial product “Firefly Pen,” which are pens equipped with a LED bulb projecting light on surfaces, allows students in areas where access to electricity is limited, to study and read in the dark, providing them with an alternative light source. The Firefly Pen is intuitive, reusable, and durable. The pen serves as an indispensable product for every student living in household with limited access to electricity.

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Quadri Oguntade, Franck Ouattaraa,

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

MIT-Sloan, External

Catalyst

Catalyst is an online educational platform focusing on English for the K-6 segment in Indonesia. In Indonesia, English has transitioned from an aspirational skill to a requirement to succeed in secondary/higher education and, eventually, the job market. However, Indonesia continues to lag behind other developing countries in terms of English proficiency. Current solutions offered in the market are done offline in brick-and-mortar learning centers. They are expensive and, consequently, exclusive to those at the top of the socioeconomic ladder. Catalyst aspires to provide a cheaper alternative through automated content and individualized online learning, unlocking access to students and parents of lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

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Peter Gumulia, Nimisha Ganesh, Suneil Raghvan, Sela Kasepa,

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

FAS, HBS

Code for Hope

Code <For> Hope aims at improving the academic outcomes of students in public schools by building 21st-century skills such as critical thinking and a logical approach to problem-solving. We develop a program that focuses on building skills for educators who work in public school systems to teach computational thinking and coding through workshops, resources (lesson plans, assessments) and interactive projects which compel the students to apply their skills towards a meaningful goal.

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Balaji Alwar, Dhruv Kamath

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HGSE, External

CollabReality

CollabReality is a tool to assess and improve 21st century skills. We utilize collaborative VR simulations to collect quantitative, actionable data for users, and provoke meaningful self reflection.

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Robson Beaudry, Brian Ramirez, Pablo Villalobos

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HGSE, MIT-Engineering

Convo

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Ben Green, Lauren Aitken, Sherien Sobhy

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HGSE, HBS

Dental Key: An Innovative, Online Clinical Lab Manual

Dental Key is an online learning tool for clinical dental education. Dental Key is composed of video demonstrations, illustrations, and step-by-step, best-practice instructions for basic dental procedures. Our tools are created by our team of dental students, reviewed by dental professionals to ensure accuracy, and hosted on an easy-to-use, online platform for accessibility. Our overarching goal is to integrate technology into the dental classroom to enhance dental learning.

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Emily Van Doren, Jennifer Lee, Leela Breitman, Eliana Cohen,

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HSDM, HBS

Designed Learning

Designed Learning is a learning experience firm focused on adult learning. We believe that learners deserve quality learning experiences after they have left formal learning institutions.

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Peter Simms, Joey Adams

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HGSE, DCE

ELEVATE

We seek to create an online learning platform that leverages adaptive teaching to scale effective, personalized professional development in large, urban districts. Our team's hunch is that if we want teachers to create rigorous classrooms, they must first have a deep understanding of the content and have opportunities to practice their understanding of the content before they teach students. The problem, however, is that there are not enough hours in the day for teachers to deepen their personal knowledge base and prepare to lead students through the content. Thus, our team seeks to create an online learning platform that uses adaptive technology to accelerate and deepen teacher's personal knowledge so that they may offer rigorous lessons to students.

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Jessica Ball, Ralph Johnson Jr.

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HGSE, HBS

Engaging Education for Everyone

  Students’ hesitation toward passive learning generally persists from observations. Our project hopes to create a software that allows Chinese students to learn academic concepts through rewarding interactions with animated instructions. Out product match students with tasks of proximal level of difficulty. Feeling accomplished from completing tasks, students will take on more academic challenges and adopt a self-motivated learning cycle.

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Jiaming Liu, Angel Yinlin Guo, Yangwen Pu Sun, Zhiqiang Lu

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HGSE, HKS

First Graid

First GrAID is a digital platform where children can learn about health and safety in a gamified manner that is both fun for them and convenient for their parents. It aims to address the fact that the leading cause of death for children aged 1-14 is unintentional / preventable injuries, with the average household incurring up to $10k a year in associated medical costs. Despite the recent rise of digital learning, no interactive learning tool exists to teach children basic health and safety habits. Our goal is to engage children and help them develop healthy habits through adolescence.

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Vanessa Trinh, Anthony Trinh, Amy Villasenor, Keith Tura, Julia Klein

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HBS, External

For All

For All Technology is designing a device to revolutionize the way low-vision students access the chalkboard/whiteboard

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Kristina Colton, Shakti Shaligram, Rebecca Chen

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

FAS, MIT-Engineering

GenUnity

GenUnity is a civic leadership experience that empowers individuals to affect real, systemic change in their community. By activating civic engagement at scale through the next generation of community leaders, GenUnity seeks to strengthen communities and the foundations of our democracy.

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Jerren Chang, Flo Schalliol, and Casey McGinley

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HBS, HKS

Grassroots Projects

Our team is partnering with 1room, a blended learning one room school house currently operating in Kenya, to develop locally relevant online projects. We plan to partner with local educators to build projects that help drive learning outcomes and engage students in learning.

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Jeremy Bhatia, Michael Beeler, Nelson Sampaio, Manoj Mishra

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HKS, MIT-Sloan, MIT-Engineering

GuruBaik.id

Gurubaik.id aims to change the conventional teachers’ mindset and make it easier for teachers to implement a variety of active learning activities in the classroom by providing necessary resources. Gurubaik.id hopes to support teachers by providing: curated learning materials (lesson plans), classroom management tricks, and community & mentorship platform.

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Indah Shafira Zata Dini, Ajie Nikicio, Durgesh Rajandaran, Stephanie Hardjo

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HGSE, MIT-Sloan, MIT-Engineering

Hustl

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Mihini Bishnoi, Sachin Paranjape

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HKS, External

Inlara

Inlara aims to become an Income Sharing Agreement 'As a Service' platform for vocational schools, aiming to solve the financing burden that students face while helping industries find talented and certified workers that can take on blue collar roles. While there is a growing labor shortage in the US around certain occupations, STEM related degrees are no longer the largest one. Employers are having a harder time filling blue-collar positions than professional positions that require a college education. This shift is happening because more and more Americans are going to college and taking professional jobs, while working-class baby boomers are retiring en masse.

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Michel Mosse, Nicolas Sanguinetti

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

MIT-Sloan, External

Launching Literacy

Launching Literacy is rethinking how we train paraeducators in developing the skills, knowledge, and dispositions that they need to be effective literacy support in our classrooms. We design micro-learning experiences that impart high-leverage instructional practices that can be integrated immediately into their current role, building both paraeducator efficacy and their instructional repertoire. 

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Lennon Audrain, Heather Carroll

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HGSE

Learn to Blank

Learn to Blank is a marketplace for in person learning experiences that people rave about. Delivered at corporate offices, our highly curated trainings fit the need of the modern workforce. Courses include “Learn to Negotiate from an FBI Hostage Negotiator” and “Learn to Write from a Presidential Speech Writer.” We make learning and development memorable.

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Jason Lavender, Krikor Kirorov

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

MIT-Sloan

Mopi

 In Brazil, 2 million children up to five years old are not enrolled in public daycare centers because centers don't have enough vacancies or are too far. mopi fills this gap by empowering women entrepreneurs with pedagogical and managerial training and resources to run their own childcare centers. Thus, children can develop and get ready for school while their parents join the workforce and increase household income.

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Elisa Mansur, Maria Rodrigues, Angela Hernandez

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HKS, HGSE, MIT-Sloan

Music Go Global

Music Go Global is an online platform that aims to provide music learning opportunities to children around the world who are limited in musical resources due to the aftereffect of natural disasters or disadvantaged conditions. Our vision is to create equitable access to quality music education in these regions despite the constraints, which not only gives the children an experience to explore the musical landscape but also an alternative way to express themselves and to be connected to the world through the universal language of music. We are currently focusing on music schools in Japan, Nepal, Taiwan, and Indonesia where children have experienced earthquake in the recent years.

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Anita Lee, Arushi Mittal

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HGSE

Oklahoma Science Project

The Oklahoma Science Project is an online resource with the goal of improving access to and promoting STEM education in Oklahoma. The project combats strained educational funding by providing students and educators with free computational science lessons that aim to teach students how to use programming to solve science problems while introducing them to the fundamentals of the python coding language and teaching them fundamental principles of science. We combat the shortage of STEM professionals in the state by exposing students to the stories of successful Oklahomans holding STEM degrees and positions on a blog. The Oklahoma Science Project plans to network STEM professionals from Oklahoma to respond to anti-science and anti-education legislation being written in Oklahoma

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Kayla Davis, Rebecca Fine, Kate Lachance, Noah Bloch, Jane Huang, Emily Kerr

Year 1 Pilot Fund Round 2, 3, 4. Year 2 Round 1

2019, 2020

GSAS, HGSE

OnBoard: Governing for Equity

Preparing School Boards to Govern for Equity

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Danila Crespin, Erica Jordan Thomas

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HGSE

Pines/木森

We are creating an online emotional and professional support group for first-generation college students, especially students from rural China. We think they face unique psychological and professional challenges compared to other college students when they move to big cities to study for college. So we want to create an online platform so that those students can have a safe space to talk about the challenges they face and get support from each other. We will also do online seminars to help students learn about different industries and career paths, and build their network.

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Mengyu Duan, Yunwei Zheng

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HGSE

Primer

Primer is a new way of navigating knowledge harnessing the latest emerging digital collaboration and intelligence tools. The company will deploy a software platform connecting content-creators, teachers and students in novel and effective ways, enabling anyone to learn anything.

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Phil Larochelle, Michael Connolly

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

MIT-Sloan

ProjectBeta.id

Mental health remains a complex problem in Indonesia. Besides still considered taboo, limited access to mental health services has worsened the problem. ProjectBeta is a platform that aims to improve mental health literacy among parents in Indonesia by providing mental health curriculum made by experts in the form of articles and practical videos to help recognize, manage, and prevent mental illness in children; it is also giving instant access to the clinician. Our idea is inspired by the integrated health care delivery model, which emphasizes on promotive, preventive, and curative actions.

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I Made Subagiarta, Nadhira Nuraini Afifa, Nadia Amalia

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HMS, HSPH, MIT-Sloan

Read Aloud Productions: Read to Me

Read to Me is a platform that listens to students read books aloud. It coaches students and provides critical data for teachers and parents about student text completion, fluency, and comprehension.

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Drew Madson, Achuth "Krish" Sreedevi,

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HGSE

Right to Sight

"We believe that education is a powerful tool to expand the reach of eye-care in rural, underprivileged areas India. Our project is two fold: 1. We aim to create resources and materials in order to eliminate the fear of seeking treatment among the patient population. 2. We hope to expand training for nurses in order to increase literacy in technology and help leverage technology to improve the efficiency of patient care."

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Varshini Odayar, Siona Prasad

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

FAS

SESEWA Academy

"The SESEWA Academy platform is a work readiness focused online platform designed to equip young people with the skills for the world of work. The platform is driven by the market-driven SESEWA Internship Training (SIT) curriculum, and is an effort to bring SESEWA's Training Academy closer to the end users (young people), and overcome barriers such as distance in delivering learning.​"

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Adekunbi Adeoye, Debo Odunlami, Promise Lawal, Bisi Erinosho

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HGSE, External

Sprout SEL

Sprout SEL is a project designed for parents from low-income families in the urban areas in China. Centering socio-emotional learning in early childhood, the project is designed to deliver a message that parents can create a lifelong positive impact on children's development through early intervention. We will incorporate both online interactive games and on-site workshops to the parents. They will learn simple steps each time to improve their interaction with their children and promote children's wellbeing.

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Jiayun Guo, Zilin Ma, Minyi Yu

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HGSE, GSAS

TPock - Digital High School Education in Bangladesh

Tpock's goal is to digitalize high school education in Bangladesh to improve the quality of education in the country. The education content generated will cover the entire curriculum of the Bangla and English medium board exams at the high school level. Teachers can use the material as supplements to classroom teaching, whereas students can also access the content from home in their smartphones or computers for learning purposes. The organization will be for-profit in nature, but it will explore possible non-profit collaboration with the government.  

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Nuheen Khan, Nazneen Imam,

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HKS, External

Teacher Employment Fund: Curriculum Refinement

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Peggy Walenda Mativo, Rachel Luo,

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HBS, MIT-Architecture

Teaching Artists International, Inc.

Teaching Artists International is a 501(c)(3) that develops the next generation of global citizen musicians through artistic and cultural exchanges that support music education around the world.

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Gabrielle Molina, Amber Hansen, Pricila Chavez Lara

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HGSE, External

Teaching for Tomorrow

Pakistan is failing to prepare its population for the future: approximately two-thirds of the population is under the age of 30, and the country must generate nearly a million jobs every year for the next 30 years, without interruption, in order to even maintain unemployment at the current levels. Couple this with poor learning outcomes (less than half of third graders are able to read a sentence in Urdu nationwide) and it is immediately clear that there is a huge gap when it comes to equipping the next generation for the 21st century. As a result, our project aims to find a scalable solution on how we can support teachers in Pakistan in teaching 21st century skills in the classroom. We will be testing whether an online platform that will provide both a curriculum and teacher training is valuable and implementable.

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Margaret Wang, Natasha Japanwala

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HGSE

Third Room Labs

We investigate distance learning technology and training to connect teachers to kids in geographically isolated communities. Through our research, we help schools engage children regardless of their zip code.

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Yefei Jin, Jaclyn Eichenberger, Matt Zitello, Stevin Smith

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HGSE, External

Villages

Villages is a web platform that connects multiple stakeholders around a student, forming an online village dedicated to supporting the student’s success. Villages aims to simplify the ways in which schools, families, and communities build the relationships and capacities needed to help students thrive.

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Sarah Rogers Tucker, William Tucker

Pilot Fund Round 1

2020

HGSE, External

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