Cognii Wins The Innovation Of The Year Award

September 27, 2016

Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) has named Cognii the winner of the 2016 EdTech Innovation of the Year award. Selected from hundreds of nominations, and evaluated by panels comprising dozens of executives, investors, analysts, media and thought leaders, this year finalists included Cengage Learning, Cognii, Curriculum Associates, Teachers Connect, and Zulama. Cognii Virtual Learning Assistant was selected as the winner for its innovative use of Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing technology in Education. 

“For over 400 years, the Massachusetts innovation legacy has been characterized by tackling big problems and each year at the MassTLC Leadership Awards Gala we recognize the people and organizations that enrich that proud tradition,” said Tom Hopcroft, CEO, MassTLC. “In 2016 I’m proud to include Cognii as among the Tech Leadership Award winners whose contributions to the state’s technology economy help make our region the envy of the world.” 

We are honored and excited to win this award as it adds to Cognii's earlier recognition as the "Top 10 Boston Startups to Watch in 2014" and the "Global Reimagine Education Best Learning Assessment Innovation of 2015." As the new academic year progresses, we look forward to bringing this innovation to our valued partners, teachers and students and make learning and assessment more fun and pedagogically rich.

Global AI Market in Education 2016-2020. In a recent market research report published by Technavio, Cognii is identified as a leading vendor along with IBM and Nuance in the Artificial Intelligence market for education sector. The market is expected to grow exponentially over the next five years at CAGR of 39% globally and 42% in North America. In terms of market segmentation, the Higher Education segment is currently leading the adoption of AI solutions and accounts for 78% of the market share. We are excited by this recognition as it reflects our singular mission of bringing the power of Artificial Intelligence technology to the education market.

Cognii - A Bot with Traction. AI and Chatbot technology is one of the fastest growing investment segments today, as highlighted in a comprehensive analysis by VentureBeat - Introducing the Bots Landscape: 170+ companies, $4 billion in funding, thousands of bots. According to the categorization, Cognii is one of the few Bots with traction. Within that, Cognii is a member of a highly selective subgroup of Personal Assistants that includes Facebook M, Google Assistant, and While most of the Bots are focused on messaging and conversational commerce, Cognii is the only Bot exclusively focused on conversational Education. 

Cognii CEO Speaks at Industry Conferences. Cognii CEO Dee Kanejiya was recently invited to speak at the SIIA Education Industry Symposium (Denver, CO) to share his views about scalable edtech solutions for interactive learning and assessment in a panel discussion with Joana Jebsen of O'Donnell Learn, Farimah Schuerman of Copia Interactive and Prashant Goela of Excelsoft. Dee was also invited to speak at the Pan-IIT Leadership Conference (Providence, RI) along with Jean Hammond of LearnLaunch, Ramji Raghavan of Pragya Systems, and Sheela Sethuraman of CueThink. He shared his perspectives on entrepreneurship, EdTech startups, STEM education, AI, Machine Learning, and future of human learning.

Upcoming Events

HUBweek Demo Day. We are thrilled to have been selected for HUBweek's Demo Day (9/30) hosted in partnership with Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Join us at the Hynes Convention Center (Boston, MA) along with 100 of Boston's highest impact startups to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation. "If you've ever wanted to work at a startup, work with a startup, or are seeking advice and inspiration from the region's leading innovators, you won't want to miss this." See you there! 

MassCue Demo. Come learn more about Cognii's Virtual Learning Assistant during our demo at the Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE) and Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (M.A.S.S.) Annual Technology Conference (October 19-20, Foxborough, MA). We will also organize a workshop for school leaders and teachers on preparing students for the upcoming MCAS 2.0 open response question assessments.

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Cognii is Hiring. We are hiring key members for research, engineering, marketing and sales positions.

Cognii is the leading provider of Artificial Intelligence based educational technologies to K-12, Higher Ed, and Corporate Training markets. Cognii's award winning Virtual Learning Assistant provides automated assessment of open response answers along with personalized tutoring. Read Complete Article