UNT seeks innovative educational technology in its Ed Tech Ascend pitch competition

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 16:45
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DENTON (UNT), Texas – From artificial intelligence to virtual reality, today’s technology-savvy students demand innovative and challenging learning experiences that bring subjects to life and allow them to experience material like never before. To stay on-top of evolving trends and keep students motivated to learn, UNT is seeking the next big thing in educational technology.

Inspired by the hit show Shark Tank®, the pitch competition – Ed Tech Ascend – offers a top prize of $20,000 and is designed to encourage creative individuals and teams from the educational technology industry to “sell” their product vision to judges, companies and potential investors. 

Deadline to enter the competition is Feb. 8.

“Higher education is in the midst of a paradigm shift,” said Adam D. Fein, vice president of digital strategy and innovation at UNT. “The University of North Texas is emerging as a national leader in this space. In partnership with Beijing Normal University, we want to offer a forum for the best and brightest ideas to come to fruition. In conjunction with evidence-based learning research, launching new, innovative educational technology is paramount in ensuring we can provide the best possible education experience for our world-class UNT students and learners around the globe.”

The competition is part of the international US-China Smart Education Conference, which is expected to bring hundreds of global thought leaders, technology experts, industry leaders and educators from all learning levels to Denton March 18-20, 2019. This is the fourth year of the conference, and the first time it will be hosted in the United States. The University of North Texas is co-hosting the three-day conference in conjunction with Beijing Normal University.

The title sponsor for the conference is Edmodo, a subsidiary of NetDragon. Edmodo is the largest global learning community offering a communication and collaboration platform to K-12 schools targeting teachers, students, administrators and parents. Edmodo enables teachers to share content resources, distribute quizzes and assignments, and communicate with students, colleagues and parents. To date, Edmodo has over 90 million registered users in more than 400,000 schools across 192 countries.

Additional supporting organizations include the International Association of Smart Learning Environments and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.

Learn more about the conference at https://ucsec.unt.edu/ and follow the conference conversation on:

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

Media Contacts:

Julie Elliott Payne
julie.payne@unt.edu
(940) 565-4892