“My assessment is that we are a top competitor out of the field of five finalists,” said Peter Sibley, CEO, who was also in attendance. “While all of the finalists did a great job, I believe Journeys best satisfies the criteria for the winning prize. The Journeys team did a great job communicating our game changing capabilities to the judges. Several demo day attendees commented that the Journeys learning map was intuitive, simple and powerful. I am very hopeful of being selected.”
“We are incredibly impressed with the caliber and creativity of solutions submitted to the challenge, “said Johan Uvin, acting assistant secretary for the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education. “These five solutions hold tremendous promise for engaging our students in planning their pathway to future success.”
The winner will be announced in a few weeks and will be awarded the grand prize of $100,000.
About the Reach Higher Career App Challenge
The Reach Higher Career App Challenge is part of a series of prize competitions conducted by the U.S. Department of Education which seek to spur the development of new technology, products, and resources that will prepare students for the high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand occupations of tomorrow. The Challenge called upon app developers, educators, and data mavens to submit mobile solutions that help students navigate education and career paths, and increase the capacity of career counselors to serve students.
About INFORM Journeys
Launching in fall 2016, Journeys is dedicated to helping every student have access to an interactive learning map with detailed directions to life’s possibilities. Journeys will provide learners of all ages a “voice and a choice” on their path to reach their academic and career goals. Journeys can be fully integrated with an educational organization, but most importantly does not need to be a part of an institutional system for students to carry on their lifelong learning journey or to have access to their performance data and learning resources. Users of all ages will retain access to their account for their lifetime. This open access provides users the ability to more completely understand what they need to master, and how that mastery will be connected to what they need to learn to reach their goals.