by Team Frenalytics | April 26, 2023
NEW YORK, NY, April 26, 2023 –– Frenalytics, the patented personalized learning and data collection software for people with cognitive disabilities, advanced to the Discovery Round of the VITAL Prize Challenge co-run by the U.S. National Science Foundation.
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Schmidt Futures, and the Walton Family Foundation, announced the VITAL Prize Challenge in early 2023, which stands for Visionary Interdisciplinary Teams Advancing Learning (VITAL) Prize Challenge and is managed by Digital Promise.
The VITAL Prize Challenge is intended to develop and support early-stage concepts and ideas based on equitable, innovative uses of technology and research. Frenalytics was accepted from over 300 teams for its novel EdTech-centric innovations proposed for FrenalyticsEDU.
“The VITAL Prize gives us an incredible opportunity to discover new applications of cutting edge, emerging technologies for learning and to embed equity and research in the core of the design process so that these technologies intentionally work for historically and systematically excluded learners from the start,” said Vic Vuchic, Digital Promise’s chief strategy officer.
“The VITAL Prize Challenge will empower teams to quickly test and innovate solutions that could truly make a transformational impact,” said Erwin Gianchandani, NSF assistant director for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships. “These projects represent the promise of infusing the education and learning landscape with new tools and technologies to support diverse learners nationwide.”
Frenalytics – one of 100 teams selected – is currently in the Discovery Round of the competition. A judging panel of over 50 leading experts across the domains of educational research, practice and technology as well as technology translation assisted in reviewing and ranking the submissions. Beginning with the semi-final round announced in mid-July, qualifying teams will have the opportunity to win up to $320,000 in non-dilutive seed funding and up to $35,000 in mentor stipends.
“We’re incredibly excited to be accepted to compete in the VITAL Prize Challenge. Digital Promise, the NSF, and the program’s generous sponsors have curated an extensive curriculum to support the next generation of learning technologies, and we’re thrilled to be able to leverage their collective expertise to grow FrenalyticsEDU into every classroom across the country,” exclaimed Matt Giovanniello, CEO and co-founder of Frenalytics.
About Digital Promise
Digital Promise is a global nonprofit working to expand opportunity for every learner. Working with a wide range of partners and practitioners in the U.S. and around the world, our initiatives have impacted over 4.4 million students and 180,000 teachers across 173 districts and in 27 countries to date.
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