I am fascinated by how technology is changing education. I had an opportunity to work on an edtech startup as a team member of a Senior TED fellow-led challenge called Breaker. The task we set for ourselves required using design and technology to help solve the problem of adolescent illiteracy. By combining productive brainstorming with field research (visiting kids in schools), we refined our product for 12 weeks. We worked with six different partner organizations – from IDEO to AOL Ventures Qlabs – including people such as Charles Melcher of Melcher MediaTom Uglow of Google Creative Lab in London and web designer Katie Koch to develop a product/service aimed at improving literacy for 12 to 14 year olds. We pitched the resulting prototypes, Mobo and Unbound, to the edTech incubator Startl, and the two apps are currently in development.

MoBo delivers interactive, compelling short stories to kids over text message.

MoBo delivers interactive, compelling short stories to kids over text message.

Unbound allows kids to create short videos reenacting specific paragraphs of a text. Put several together and you could create a full movie!

Unbound allows kids to create short videos reenacting specific paragraphs of a text. Put several together and you could create a full movie!