Last night I had the opportunity to be a “UX Expert” at an “Expert-a-thon” arranged by the Boston area User Experience Professionals’ Association (UXPA) and LearnLaunch. What a fun evening! There were 8 education-related start-ups there, I got to choose 2 for whom to be a UX expert. That meant I heard their general pitch and then we talked about ways to improve various aspects of the user experience for their product.
I was able to spend some detailed time with Authess and Ni-O toys. Authess is interested in authentic assessment (beyond multiple-choice tests), and might focus first on university education, while Ni-O was at the other end of the spectrum, making hardware development kits for kids and leveraging 3-D printing.
About 30 other “UX experts” showed up as well, and I even got to re-connect with some former colleagues.
I also had the opportunity to meet and chat with Asad Butt, the Operations director of the LearnLaunch Accelerator. He gave me more background on how the accelerator is assisting education-related start-ups. I think this is really cool stuff. Asad mentioned that they are always looking for UX mentors. This could be a commitment of visiting the accelerator in downtown Boston a few times, or participating via web conference to provide feedback on product design. If you are interested, feel free to drop him a note at info@Learnlaunch.com.