Stevie Awards finals see newcomers, including Securus Technologies

Securus Technologies has made it to the final three positions in the contest for the Stevie Awards Gold Trophy. This remarkable feat has seen them move ahead of thousands of competitors in their bid for the title of reigning U.S. Customer Service Champion. Regardless of whether or not Securus takes the gold, reaching the final three ensures that they will, at a minimum, receive the Bronze Award. This marks a rite of passage for a company which has struggled against dogged critics and false accusations, taking on all comers headlong and slaying them utterly in the fight to rise to the top. Today, Securus Technologies is the undisputed king of the prison telecommunications industry and a major driver of innovation not just in the prison sector, but throughout the country as a whole.

 

Domination through innovation

Securus has over 600 patents and has spent billions of dollars on researching and developing new technologies that will make prisons safer and more efficient. This is an example of the best aspects of capitalism, where self-interest leads directly to the pursuit of paradigm-shifting innovations which transform the lives for the better of everyone they touch. This describes Securus’ journey without fault.

 

Over the last 10 years, Securus has rolled out so many new products that they couldn’t possibly all be listed. Securus has brought to market everything from the mundane, like prepaid collect calling accounts, to the exotic, like the DoD-inspired STINGRAY weapons system, to the transformative, such as Securus’ game-changing video visitation software. This tireless font of creative energy harnessed for the public good is one of the defining characteristics of Securus.

 

Such enviable results come from a corporate philosophy of putting the customer first, listening carefully and attracting the absolute best talent the tech sector has to offer. The Stevie Awards serve as a validation of this philosophy, one that will allow Securus to proceed into the future even more confident in its ability to juggle the ethical, moral and financial considerations required to run a world class prison communications firm.

 

 

ClassDojp Recognized As One of the Most Innovative in the Fast Company List of 2016 by Design Awards.

ClassDojo has been recognized as a finalist in Fast Company’s 2016 Innovation by Design Awards. The company honors the most disruptive and innovative design solutions to today’s business problems. ClassDojo was recognized for its contribution in developing a platform for communication between students, teachers, and parents mainly to share moments from a classroom. The platform enables parents and teachers to feel more like a team in handling the students.

 

ClassDojo believes that the few seconds taken by teachers to take a photo or video means a lot to the parents and can take hours of discussion at home. The company recently raised $21 million in venture funding for the app to promote its goal of connecting students’ parent and educators. The plan is to improve communication about student’s activities and promote behavioral development at school.

 

When parents are in constant contact throughout the year and have access to photos and videos that proof the participation of their children, they are well appraised about the child behavior and experiences at school. ClassDojo was cofounded by Liam Don and Chaudhary who plans to use the capital raised to grow the team as well as customize the app to meet the needs of various schools and societies in different countries.

 

Before they founded the company, the co-founders said that they evaluated a lot of other education applications including testing platforms and grade books. However, the free and easy-to-ease app was the best idea which had the best opportunity to create a community and culture among the students, teachers, and their parents. The main competitors of ClassDojo include FreshGrade, Remind, NearPod, and Kickboard.

 

The company has also joined the growth mindset program following its partnership with Stanford University. Under the new partnership program, Class Dojo and Stanford’s Project for Education Research That Scales (PERTS) developed animated videos in a five-part series to be supplied to teachers in different schools for free. The goal is to teach growth as popularized by Carol Dweck from Stanford and her colleagues. According to Dweck, students’ abilities and intelligence can be developed as the students learn with the right kind of encouragement.

 

One of the co-founders of ClassDojo believes that there is a real opportunity because teachers, parents, and student have a bottom-up force in education. The PERTS executive director, Dave Paunesku was excited about the program saying that the scope of the program will go beyond just these videos to even understanding what can make teachers work easier.