Decking the Hospital Halls with EdTech
New on the Boston scene, the Boston chapter of EdTech Women has hit the ground running this holiday season. Even before the official launch, slated for Q1 2014, the group has organized a very unique and targeted drive for educational technologies to benefit the children under treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) called EdTech Gives Back 2013.
Ten area companies have donated just over $19,000 of their proprietary educational toys, apps, and materials for use by the children who will be in the hospital. The educational tools will be distributed in cooperation with the Office of Child Life at MGH. Several area museums have joined in the effort, proving the opportunities for field trips for young patients who can attend. Many kudos to the following organizations for their generous donations:
Verbal Applications – technology that speaks when you can’t
Playrific – a place for kids online
Doink – fun, creative way to make animations
S&S Worldwide – creativity and classroom supplies for all abilities
Historic New England – preserving and presenting our cultural and architectural heritage
Chop Chop Kids– inspiring and teaching kids to cook with real food
EmpowStudios – providing students the tools to discover their talents
Harvard Museum of Natural History – where Boston children can see real dinosaur fossils
Mimobot – favorite cartoon characters come to life as flash drives
The company making field trips simple, EdTrips, is the title sponsor of the EdTech Gives Back and Christina Inge, VP of Marketing of EdTrips explains it this way: “We wanted to give the local edtech community a way to really give back to Boston, and support learning for kids who needed it the most. I reached out to Heather Peach, who helps spearhead the program for pediatric oncology, and their need for apps and museum trips was something we could definitely meet! It’s been amazing how everyone has just immediately gotten it. The community just came together to help.”
While the field of EdTech is relatively new and is exploding nationwide, Greater Boston’s has become an epicenter as the sector continues to grow. Estimated to be 220 companies strong, Boston’s vibrant community includes LearnLaunch.org and Exponential TechSpace, a dedicated EdTech innovation space in Copley, along with a busy public calendar of meetups, professional association meetings and an annual EdTech conference.
The Boston Chapter of EdTech Women is part of a national group already in ten cities. The Boston chapter is planning an official launch in early 2014 with a mission to empower educators, technologists and students who are transforming education through technology. As the name suggests, there is an emphasis on empowering women in the field, and supporting their career development through mentorship and strong community resources.
Founding members of the Boston chapter of Women in EdTech include Christina Inge, Tara Greco, Jillian Kando, Malia Lazu, Marissa Lowman, Erin Anderson, Laura Wallendal, Navah Fuchs and Laurisa Neuwirth.
Laurisa Neuwirth is a shameless evangelist on behalf of the Greater Boston innovation economy. With a diverse background including software development, philanthropy and human capital, Laurisa blogs about technology disruptions in industries that are critical to our local economy. You can follow her @LaurisaNeuwirth.