Equalizer Games

Origin: TX | Grant Awarded: 2021 | Status: Active

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What is Equalizer Games?

Equalizer games is a sports and education AI software platform that helps athletes improve player IQ through virtual coaching and interactive training: helping athletes improve their game and safety before they ever take the field. This platform allows the coach to speak to the player away from the field through a web portal that provides teaching and tracks assessment of the player’s virtual practice from his or her mobile device. Our communication system increases engagement and allows for training away from school all at the fingertips of the student-athlete.

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John Tomlinson, Jr.

co-Founder & CEO

Co-Founder and CEO, John has over 27 years of QB coaching experience in high school, college, and the NFL. John’s experience with developing players’ IQ and on-field skills at all levels of football and knowing what triggers the IQ for student-athletes to produce successful results on the field are the ingredients he uses to fuel this product.

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Marcus Matthews

CTO

20+ years of sports game development and entrepreneurship, including development of original NBA 2K and NFL 2K for Sega. He’s our catalyst for technology innovation, development, and communication with our potential software development partners.

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Kathy Tomlinson

co-Founder & president

Co-Founder and President/COO Kathy has over 22+ years of finance and customer service experience. Kathy is helping shape operations of equalizer games as it continues to evolve. She is also the catalyst of building the idea of IQ development for Equalizer Games’ future tools.

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PlaBook

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2021 | Status: Active

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What is PlaBook?

PlaBook is a cutting-edge reading technology created by a world class team of educational experts that utilizes the latest in artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and speech recognition to help children learn to read more effectively. PlaBook has an AI chatbot named RUBII, the first Digital Reading Voice Assistant to teach children how to read. RUBII also provides insights using smart dashboards for teachers, parents, and students. PlaBook also has a speech recognition assessment tool “RUBII Assess”, which uses machine learning and is developing a diverse children’s voice data set that saves educators over 130 hours of time assessing, tracking and analyzing reading levels for students each year. RUBII has the first Digital Running Records that can accurately identify children’s speech down to their Phonics, Phonemes, and Graphemes. PlaBook also has the first Augmented Reality Math App on iOS and Android geared towards creating a real time immersive learning environment with a purpose. RUBII math uses gamification that is aligned to the standards and produces sharable results to the teachers, students, and parents.

Company Leadership

Dr. Philip Hickman

Founder/CEO

As the Founder & CEO of PlaBook, an innovative reading technology that uses artificial intelligence, natural language processing and speech recognition to help children learn to read. Dr. Hickman’s innovative leadership, personalized learning and emotional IQ methods are exemplified in his three books: Stop Dribbling Footballs, Execution By Firing Squad: Effective Leadership When You’re The Target, and eMOTIVES: The Truth Behind Student Behavior. Also, as a serial social entrepreneur, Dr Hickman’s most notable accomplishment is being the co-founder of a multimillion dollar non profit coding academy WeCodeKC. A K-12 coding program and adult workforce ready platform resulting in a 100% job placement rate after successful completion of the Coding Program. Dr. Hickman graduated with honors obtaining 5 graduate degrees and a Doctorate.

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Tammy Buckner

COO

Tammy is a self-taught software developer, served as a Technical Director and Lead Business Systems Analyst, collaborating with C-Level and multi-disciplinary teams to turn business requirements into high-fidelity wireframes and story-boards. She developed and facilitated the BSA Center of excellence program to train BSAs on leadership training and professional development courses. Being apart of women programming organizations, and active in the Startup Community, Tammy works at bridging the diversity divide in technology. Connecting with educators, business owners, schools and community centers to provide conferences, community tech events, and facilitate workshops.

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LabsLand

Origin: CA | Grant Awarded: 2020 | Status: Active

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What is LabsLand?

LabsLand provides access to STEM experimentation for students and trainees of all ages over the Internet. We provide:

– flexibility (experimentation available 24/7)

– lower costs (institutions don’t have to buy and maintain expensive labs and other equipment)

– more choices (single institution can access, teach, and share labs of numerous institutions.

– remote learning (ensuring educational continuity during periods of severe educational disruption). Example: Students anywhere in the world can learn to write code and experiment by using LabsLand Arduino robots in the US, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Colombia, or South Africa.

Company Leadership

Pablo Orduña

co-Founder & CEO

Pablo Orduña is co-founder and CEO of LabsLand. Pablo obtained his PhD in the University of Deusto, with a PhD research visit in the MIT; as well as graduated from the Global Solutions Program of the Singularity University in NASA Ames. As part of his research in DeustoTech, he has published over 150 scientific articles and participated in EU funded projects (H2020, FP7), with different international awards including the MIT TR35 Spain for top 10 innovators in Spain by the MIT Technology Review.

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luis rodriguez-gil

co-Founder & CTO

Luis Rodriguez-Gil is co-founder and CTO of LabsLand. Luis obtained his PhD in the University of Deusto, as well as his MSc’s in Computers Security, Computer Science and Management Engineering in the University of Deusto. He is IEEE Senior Member and Vice-Chair of the e-Engineering Alliance, and has obtained different awards for his research, including IEEE Award to Best MSc thesis in Spain and best academic record in 2010 and 2013.

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Healthy Hip Hop

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2019 | Status: Active

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What is Healthy Hip Hop?

Healthy Hip Hop utilizes technology and the hip hop culture to help improve student learning environments and academic outcomes. Our dual sided technology, with SaaS platform and mobile application empowers users to live stream, publish and share interactive content.

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Roy Scott

CEO

Roy Scott is the Founder and CEO of Healthy Hip Hop, an EdTech platform powered by the arts and social interaction. Considered by many as the “Sesame Street of the 21st Century “. With over fifteen years of experience in the music industry, a passion for technology and helping the youth, Scott turned what he loved into a business. Healthy Hip Hop has quickly gained traction through their live engagement and online content, contracting with such companies as Blue Cross Blue Shield, SHAPE America, The LeBron James Family Foundation and many more. Currently, Scott serves as writer and executive producer of H3 technology and content.

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Wes Smith

Chief Creative Officer

Wes Smith is co-founder of Healthy Hip Hop, which is considered by many as the “Sesame Street of the 21st Century”. Smith is a seasoned music publisher, with over ten years experience in writing, producing and artist development. In 2018, Smith created the animated character, PJ Panda, who has become the mascot for the Healthy Hip Hop brand.

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ViTAL

Origin: IL | Grant Awarded: 2017 | Status: Active

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What is ViTAL?

ViTAL’s software allows teachers to create digital learning content that is accessible to students who are blind and visually impaired. Teachers add multisensory feedback to adopted curriculum and materials, enabling students to explore and consume the content via touch (vibrations), sound and sight on tablets.

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Jenna Gorlewicz

Co-Founder and President

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OfCourse Scheduling

Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2016 | Status: Active

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What is OfCourse Scheduling?

OfCourse Scheduling is the developer of software that creates course schedules for schools. The technology allows administrators to create schedules in a fraction of the time compared to traditional processes.

Company Leadership

Henry Biggs

Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel

Henry served as a Professor, Chair and Dean at Houghton College and Washington University in St. Louis. During that time he worked extensively coordinating student and faculty schedules. Henry earned his B.A. in Latin from Harvard and his PhD in Romance Linguistics from UCLA, serving on alumni boards for both schools. Henry also earned an MBA and LLM from Washington University, a JD from Saint Louis University and an LLM from the University of Paris – Dauphine.

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Troy DeArmitt

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Troy is a web design and development professional with over 20 years of experience. Troy has an accomplished background as the founding Technology Director of an empirical research center at Washington University in St. Louis, where he spent ten years developing that department and also where the ofCourse scheduler was born. While there he taught courses in design and technology.

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Matthew Feldt

Co-Founder and Coo

Matthew is an experienced computer programmer, systems engineer and executive with over 25 years experience. Matthew was a Fortune 100 executive and is the original founder of the St. Louis Unix Users Group–Linux SIG. He has extensive experience as a software developer for US Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield, AT&T and Overstock.

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