New Year, New Code!
Bringing in the new year for ConsiderCode means the release of the newest version of Attend. For anyone who missed ConsiderCode’s 2018 highlights, you can check out the rest of the CC blog to recap on last year’s success.
So, what is Attend, and how far has it come?
The Attend Suite is a platform of blended learning tools, being used in classrooms at Temple University. These digital classrooms currently have four main smartphone functions; attendance, classroom chat, lecture content, and polling. These functions automate necessary procedural elements of the physical classroom with software. This de-clutters educators’ workloads, allowing for more time spent impacting student success. Attend’s ability to simultaneously utilize and control smartphones within classrooms of all sizes makes it easy to archive and process student progress.
Attend’s live classroom was first created in the spring of 2016, going through initial pilot tests with Temple University’s chapter of the Association for Information Systems in the fall of 2016. After two years of development, Attend has expanded through Temple University and Philadelphia. At Temple alone Attend has gained pilots and users across the campus, including courses in the Fox School of Business, college of liberal arts, college of science and technology, and the soon to be Charles Library staff. Almost three years later AIS is still the longest standing user, utilizing Attend to monitor and award points to the students in their student professional organization.
Be Your Own Boss Bowl
With confirmation of a useful product growing, ConsiderCode competed in Temple’s ‘Be Your Own Boss Bowl’ in May of 2018. After winning second place, ConsiderCode’s utilized winning for the first round of seed funding.
The summer was spent developing Attend to scale, and expanding ConsiderCode’s network. ConsiderCode was invited to pitch at three separate competitions throughout the summer and fall, gaining funding necessary for hosting AWS servers.
Fall semester of 2018 began with the largest round of pilots yet, involving 14 organizations in the Philadelphia area, providing critical user feedback. After discussing Attend’s progress with Temple University computer science professor, Athanasia Polychronopoulou, CEO Kavun Nuggihalli was invited to share stories and field questions about the process of starting a company while being a student.
Presenting to a larger lecture offered a great opportunity to instantly gain the feedback of a large group of peers who would actively use this application. Kavun’s main points of advice were:
Utilize university resources
Launch your idea, solution, or company now
Computer scientists should also be business minded
Another great opportunity for ConsiderCode and Attend, came from a quality assurance professor at Temple University, Robert Spielberger. Professor Spielberger, an expert in his industry, hosted his first graded Attend assessments this past semester, and plans to use Attend in his quality assurance labs this Spring.
Attend puts the Educator back in control of their class tech. All the successful features and functionalities that have been piloted this past year and have been fine tuned for web release this February. Further implementation will begin throughout this spring semester, with the fully native app arriving in the fall.