Students in the 21st century have access to the most powerful mobile technology ever made, however, education apps have been lacking in terms of market traction and general innovation even though this demographic is by far the largest consumer of apps. Shouldn't something change here?
How it works
Language processing, machine learning, simplicity, cleverness. What separates Indigo from the few popular existing educational applications (eg Quizlet), is that Indigo is completely automated. Our clever algorithms parse your PDF textbooks, notes, and lecture slides; detect important terms (even without a glossary!), associate them with relevant information by conceptual linking, and create a seamless study experience.
Challenges we ran into
Language processing problem with grammatical structure, detection algorithms; we had to deal with poorly formatted PDFs, OCR errors, and noisy text, all while ensuring we maintained the clean and intuitive interface necessary for this app to be usable.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
Crafting a cohesive experience across all platforms. Bringing attention to this both cluttered and neglected market.
What I learned
The more we worked on this project the more we notice the severe lack of automation in competing existing products, and the more we realized how important it is that we pursue this idea.
What's next for Indigo
We believe that although there are a few players in the edTech market, developers in this field are on a large scale attached to archaic strategies and are not innovating on the necessary pace that is more possible today than ever. The few competitors that we've taken note of have either been bought out (eg Kno, by Intel $100M+ 2013) or simply do not have a powerful market presence (can you name 2 study apps?). We plan to expand with potential features such as social integration including note sharing and open sourcing the study-guides platform so that students everywhere can benefit from computation and from eachother.