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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, 2

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, 2

2020

HGSE, MIT-Sloan, MIT-Engineering

Axiom

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Jay Bills, Ann Zhang

Pilot Fund Round 1, 2

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, 2

2020

MIT-Sloan, External

Build Opportunity Lead Discovery

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Rukaiya Sharmi, Anna Pacheco

Pilot Fund Round 2

2020

College, External

BundA+

Having high prevalence of both underweight and overweight/obese children, Indonesia is one of the countries facing double burden of malnutrition. Despite always being associated to poverty or poor income, the root causes of the problem is, in fact, the poor knowledge of mothers on providing nutritious meal. BundA+ educates mothers on nutritious meal options and helps to connect mothers with baby meal providers, where they can purchase calories-adequate baby meal plan delivered to their doorsteps. 

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Nadhira, Nuraini Afifa, Pasha Laksamana Putra

Pilot Fund Round 2

2020

HSPH, External

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, 2

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, 2

2020

HGSE, MIT-Engineering

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, 2

2020

HSDM, HBS

Dia Health

Dia Health is building an automated newborn care coach that supports parents through the postpartum period with validated education and outreach for both the newborn and mother. Our product answers specific questions with providers and automates the delivery of our content/support, without crowdsourcing content.

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Jane Rho, Judith Rho, Julian Lee, Olivia Brisbane

Pilot Fund Round 2

2020

College, HSPH, External

Easy Shoulder

A smartphone app “Easy Shoulder”. As the name of our app indicates, Easy Shoulder teaches home-exercise to easily improve shoulder pain and stiffness. This app enables users to understand how and why home-exercise is important to protect your joints and keep everyone continuing home-exercise with fascinating gaming features. Everyone can enjoy Easy Shoulder and forget your shoulder-neck pain!

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Takahisa Ogawa, Takatomo Inoue, Soichiro Chiba

Pilot Fund Round 2

2020

HSPH, HBS, External

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, 2

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, 2

2020

HBS, External

Food Futures

Food Futures is a game-based food and sustainability curriculum for high school students. It takes a combined approach of design thinking and systems thinking to explore how our everyday food consumption interacts with the wider domains of food production, national policy, water consumption, greenhouse emission, and animal welfare. Through project-based challenges, students first learn information about food systems and then use that information to enact policy decisions about causal relationship; moreover, they see how their actions as consumers, producers, Industrialists and other stakeholders have an impact globally.

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Preksha Singh, Nilima Abrams

Pilot Fund Round 2

2020

HGSE

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, 2

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, 2

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, 2

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, 2

2020

HGSE, MIT-Sloan, MIT-Engineering

Humaine

Humaine is an online conversational AI platform that provides virtual patients for the deliberate practice of medical students and trainees.  It offers students deliberate, individual practice that is completely safe, and offers access to rare and difficult cases, while providing instant feedback.  All of this leads to much improved learning and a greater diagnostic cognitive skill-set.

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Ammar Waraich, Houssam Kherraz, Zeshan Hussain

Pilot Fund Round 2

2020

HMS, MIT-Engineering

Hustl

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Mohini Bishnoi, Sachin Paranjape

Pilot Fund Round 1, 2

2020

HKS, External

IntraPaths

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Serene Yu, Liana Bishop, Felipe Estrada-Prada

Pilot Fund Round 2

2020

HGSE

Living Labs

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Chloe Zelkha, Viria Vichit-Vadakan, Michelle Foley, Aleiya Evison

Pilot Fund Round 2

2020

HGSE, HBS, GSD

M Power Learning

M Power Learning recruits, trains, and places African-American and Latino college graduates into schools where high populations of African-American and Latino students exist. Coaches will likely be paid school district staff members who provide social-emotional support for students during the school day in 1-on-1 and whole group structures. Coaches will also work closing with classroom teachers and school administration to co-construct curriculum.

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Steven Chambers, Michele Rudy, Thomas Milaschewski

Pilot Fund Round 4, Year 2 Round 2

2019

HGSE

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, 2

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, 2

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, 2

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, 2

2020

HGSE

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, 2

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, 2

2020

HGSE

Resilient

Resilient is a project that will restore wellness, love and dignity to black boys and young men by creating an online, culturally affirming community of black males who share videos of life advice, stories and encouragement. Resilient is a project where black boys and young men can be present, have themselves and their diverse differences affirmed, build relationships with other black males, receive care and love that uplift their dignity, and nurture their social, emotional and mental wellness.

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Lin Johnson, Brian Stockton

Pilot Fund Round 2

2020

HGSE, External

SEEK

SEEK works to improve access to learning and employment opportunities among adult refugees in Kenya, in collaboration with the refugee-led community-based organization (CBO), Samaritan Association. By using an innovative asset-based model, SEEK is able to leverage existing resources (such as primary school facilities that remain unused in the evenings and weekends) to resourcefully provide accessible adult educational programming in a refugee camp. SEEK focuses on adults based on community input about current gaps in the learning ecosystem for adults, since many humanitarian organizations working in education in Kakuma focus on youth. The livelihoods of adult refugees have important implications for the rest of the family because by investing in skills development for the main breadwinners, their income can potentially be increased and consequently also their ability to provide more education, health care and stability to youth - helping to break the cycle of poverty by setting the next generation up for better livelihood opportunities as well.

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Jessica Huang, Reuben Muzungu, Roger Tessier

Pilot Fund Round 2

2020

HSPH, External

Sikaun Learning Center (SLC)

SLC is a community-based learning center in Nepal that provides opportunities to engage in learning outside of school by providing learning resources and project-based learning experiences. The learning experiences will teach a wide range of content that emphasizes the 4Cs – communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity – skills that all learners need for success in school, work, and life. We will be offering our first learning experience -- Ganitplus (Mathplus)-- in January 2020.  Ganitplus will be a weeklong learning experience that will encourage students to learn math through activities that promote problem-solving and collaborative learning.

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Supriya Tamang, Izzy Rubin, Hitesh Sharma

Pilot Fund Round 2

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, 2

2020

HGSE, GSAS

StoryPlay

Research shows that oral development and language skills are highly predictive of later literacy development and school success. However, barriers exist that make oral development challenging to practice, particularly in low-resource areas. StoryPlay is a fun storytelling game that promotes children’s oral development, creativity and imagination and makes oral development skills practice accessible to students both in formal pre-primary education and in informal settings. The game is easily distributed and scalable, with potential to provide joy, developmental benefit, and increased literacy to children across the globe.

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Keya Lamba, Seonghyun Nam, Rebekah Woo, Natasha Sakraney

Pilot Fund Round 2

2020

HGSE, GSD, HKS, External

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, 2

2020

HKS, External

The Infinity Project

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Natasha Japanwala, Abdullah Ali Khan, Zeerak Ahmed, Natasha Sakraney

Pilot Fund Round 2

2020

HGSE, External

The Lab

The Lab is the brainchild of three Ed.L.D. candidates with a passion for equity, inclusion, access and innovative solutions to education. We look to reimagine summer programming for youth in various parts of the world by developing a model that meets the unique needs of students and teachers during summer. Our project seeks to develop a six-week summer program that is designed to create access and address the significant challenges which exacerbate the education achievement and opportunity gaps between high income and low-income students. We are planning to build a summer program designed to create experiential programming through a suite of impactful indoor and outdoor workshops and modules designed to increase student academic rigor, social-emotional learning (SEL), culturally responsive teaching, and self-awareness skills.

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Charli Kemp, Alpachino Hogue, April Finlayson

Pilot Fund Round 2

2020

HGSE

VRsatality

VRsatility is a simulation lab that harnesses the power of virtual reality to engage teachers in immersive and realistic mock simulations. At VRsatility, we provide pre-service teachers with an immersive virtual space to practice and improve interpersonal and pedagogical skills prior to initial engagement with students to minimize potentially harmful interactions and ineffective practices.

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Kevin Bryant, Hassan Brown

Pilot Fund Round 3, 4, Year 2 Round 2

2019

HGSE, GSAS

Zhorai: A Conversational Agent and Curriculum for Teaching Machine Learning

Brief project summary: Our project aims to explore the potential of conversational agents as a tool for learning and engagement in K-12 AI education and programming. We hope that by lowering the barrier to entry and required technical expertise, children will not only be better equipped for interacting with intelligent systems such as Amazon Alexa and Siri, but also more knowledgeable about how these systems work and their implications to society.

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Phoebe Lin, Jessica Van Brummelen, Galit Lukin

Pilot Fund Round 2

2020

GSD, MIT-Engineering

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