MassChallenge once again delivered a night of inspiration and innovation at the 2014 Awards Ceremony. Alongside A ceremony honoring Governor Deval Patrick for his commitment to innovation, MassChallenge showcased some of the best innovative minds in Boston and beyond that are truly making a mark in the entrepreneurial scene.
With plenty of startups embracing technology and the innovative spirit, the night was filled with entrepreneurs making a difference. That’s why Microsoft was pleased to introduce the first annual Civic Tech Sidecar Prize, a $50,000 prize for the startup or startups that solve civic challenges through technology. Our own Cathy Wissink was thrilled to announce the winners of the sidecar prize to two organizations paving the way of civic tech through the startup scene: Lengio and Kinems
Lengio revolutionizes English learning with software that offers personalized English courses built from users’ content: docs, movies, etc. By uploading personal content, users are able to experience language learning through real-life applications, basing learning on the user’s own knowledge and interests. This way, users are learning what they need for their own careers or personal lives, making the transition into English easy.
Founded in 2013, Kinems’ vision is to make special education engaging by proposing innovative games designed based on well proven educational practices using just the Microsoft Kinect camera. At Kinems we know that every child is unique, each with a different set of skills and academic needs. This is why we offer games that can be easily adapted by the teacher, health care professional and parent to the individual needs of each child.
Congrats to the winners of MassIT Government Innovation Competition as well – These companies also get to pilot their products with MassIT.
$25,000 – Astra IDentity, Inc. – High Tech – USA – Mass.
$25,000 – CarKnow LLC – High Tech – USA – Mass.