Educators Choice Award for Innovation in EdTech

Education_SIIA_Logotype and MCH Strategic Data co-sponsor the SIIA “Educators Choice” Award
SIIA Innovation Incubator Awards put a spotlight on innovative new companies

Which new education technology companies are most innovative and most likely to succeed? Each year, the Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) spotlights new companies and products in the education technology market with a semi-annual Innovation Incubator Awards Competition.

The most recent round of winners was announced at the SIIA Education Business Forum on December 11th at the McGraw-Hill Conference Center in New York City. Members of the education industry in attendance at the event voted for the “Most Likely to Succeed” (LightSail Education) and the “Most Innovative” (Robokind). and MCH Strategic Data co-sponsored the presentation of the Educators Choice Award for the best new company/product by hosting an online presentation by each of the Innovation Incubator Finalists and an online voting option for educators all across the country.

The winner of the Educators Choice Award was LightSail, a company that uses digital tools to bring great books, proven assessments, and effective teaching practices to as many students as possible.

The runner up for the Educators Choice Award was Shindig, a proprietary platform that makes it easy to give an online reading, talk, or interview in front of an online group of 50 to 1000.

“We are delighted to help SIIA reach our edWeb members to seek out their opinion and votes on the Innovation Incubator Finalists, ” said Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of

“The Educators Choice Award is part of our mission to bring the voice of the educator into our industry forums,” said Karen Billings, vice president for SIIA’s Education Division. “Educators and their students are the ultimate users of these innovations.”

SIIA’s Innovation Incubator program identifies and supports entrepreneurs in their development and distribution of innovative learning technologies. The program began in 2006 and has provided incubation for dozens of successful products and companies in their efforts to improve education through the use of software, digital content, and related technologies.