Two ex-IITians, Ritesh Singh and Akshat Goel, have come up with a unique open-school communication and social learning platform that allows teachers, students and parents to interact freely and effectively on mobile phones.
Ritesh Singh and Akshat Goel wanted to provide innovative solutions for effective knowledge transfer in our ecosystem. They chose the name Eckovation for their startup, a portmanteau of ecosystem, knowledge and innovation. The app was founded in March 2014 and launched in June this year after more than a year long market research and study.
Briefing about the initiative, CEO Singh said, “We first explored MOOCs (massive open online courses) but they were cumbersome and required a lot of self-discipline on the users’ part. Next we thought about providing data analytics through an ERP system that monitors a child’s performance and equips teachers and parents with sufficient data to improve a child’s performance by finding gaps, weaknesses and strengths.”
“But looking at the size of a normal classroom, the actual implementation seemed extremely difficult and would have required greater efforts from the teachers instead of simplifying their lives. We also did a market study with 30,000 students across four cities across tiers to understand the gaps. Therein, we observed that parents are not in the loop, when it comes to classroom teaching,” he added.
Singh further said, “So we decided to build a product that brings together all actors of education – parents, students, teachers and school administration. Eckovation not only helps connect parents with teachers and students while safeguarding everyone’s privacy, it also connects students to teachers who are willing to transfer knowledge beyond their classrooms.”