Digitizing Education

Digitizing Education

BY: GEORGE CHAI, CONTRIBUTOR

Since the eighties, American education has turned swiftly toward new technologies and methods of propelling information into students. As a result, education has emerged as a very changed institution in the last few decades.

Currently, the technology market has welcomed many new and rising companies – startups specifically – that aim to create a better standard of education within the United States. Today, we look to the Flatiron District of New York City, where materializing startups have goals beyond profitability.

Admittedly, a startup launched in October 2013, is a microcosm of the organic growth taking place. With over hundreds of thousands of student users already, the company is taking on a modern and relevant feel to revolutionize education. The premise of the company is to create access to educational resources for those who cannot afford the usual college counselor, a service that can cost thousands. A quick search of any local college would entail a variety of details about the institution at your fingertips. Common to specific statistics pertaining to each school are provided, varying from student-to-faculty ratio to even the current temperature at the area of the college.

Although only just two years old, the startup has flourished with the right leadership and vision. In fact, Admittedly, each summer, hires a team of quick minded and young interns to get a sense of what the startup life is all about. Intern responsibilities are not just all administrative work. They are given engaging marketing tasks, and the CEO invites other NYC entrepreneurs to speak at the startup. Even more impressive, Admittedly has had prosperous success with its mobile version, released soon after the company’s launch. Users who decide to download the app are tasked with taking personality quizzes to help them determine the right college for them. Admittedly combines top-of-the-line education research with social personality analysis to compute a series of outputs that fit the user’s profile. As of now, the company offers the app to iOS users but is working to release its Android platform in soon next year.

The road to success for Admittedly is definitely paved. Interning for the company this summer allowed me to immerse myself in the strong company culture all employees contribute to. The typical startup stereotype was coupled with the continuous drive to better the company’s product. Ultimately, Admittedly is a part of a growing digital education movement that seeks to make education not only more accessible, but more practical to individualistic need. What’s next to come for the growing startup? More importantly, how will education shift in the next few decades? We can only wait to see.

George Chai is a writer for the Atlas Business Journal. Feel free to leave a comment below!