Q&A with Louis Havriliuc, founder of Simbound

Louis Havriliuc, founder of startup Simbound, recently took the time to lend The EdTech Times his insights into the education technology industry.
Simbound is structured as a bidirectional web marketing learning system, with 2 account types: one for professors and one for students. Learners will experience realistic online marketing campaigns in a risk‑free, no cost environment whilst teachers will be able to monitor progress and evaluate marketing decisions in real time.
Mr. Havriliuc discussed the biggest ed-tech trend, greatest obstacle in adopting technology in education, and the future of the industry.  Check out the Q&A below.
ET: What is the biggest trend in education technology that we should be watching?
LH: Technology adoption in education.  Mainly IT&C (information technology and communication) is in itself the biggest trend as it is a growing global phenomenon that still hasn’t reached the same adoption levels across the world. The potential is enormous as shifting social conditions allow for better investment opportunities in education and instill a preference for technology tools and platforms.  There is a wide gap that companies and universities can occupy at the moment, depending on their mission, strategies and markets.
ET: If you could provide students nationwide with one education technology product, what would it be?
LH: If we’re talking about hardware I would go with a tablet device. These devices are revolutionizing the education space. Many programs across the world have passed the testing stages of using the devices in real learning settings and are now making use of the devices for many reasons: better course material support, better connectivity and comfort and also multiple options for future learning & development. We, as a company are early adopters in the business simulations space as we feel now would be the best time to invest in offering our simulation experience on tablet devices. As regards to learning software I wouldn’t want to be too specific because there are so many great solutions and sources out there (most of them for free) depending in what they are interested in learning about.
ET: What do you think are the biggest obstacles in adopting technology in the education space?
LH: I think there is one large issue here and it’s concerning mentality. It’s always people making the decisions and they must set out more time to try out new tools and experiment with different learning technologies. That is the only way that the next shift in education will take place. When I think back – in the beginning we wanted to go into LMS Services. The projects were boring and the market was very competitive. Then we studied other learning tools and we found out simulation games being some of the more memorable learning experiences in fields such as economy and business. My point is that you have to be open and experiment how things work and how they could help you.  Simulation Training is already a multi-billion dollar business and as with many useful discoveries, it was first introduced in military research and was later taken to other fields.
ET: Name three companies to watch in 2012.
Sony, Second Life and obviously Simbound.
Where do you see education technology going in the next 5 years?
We can’t even predict mass changes what will happen in one year’s time but if I would have to guess I would say that education technology will be consumed at a much higher rate than today from numerous experiences out of which augmented reality and the internet will play an ever increasing role.
A big thanks to Mr. Havriliuc for his contribution!
Check in with EdTech Times later this week for a Startup Spotlight on Simbound.