StartUpOpen 2011 - Projekat31

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StartUpOpen 2011 - Projekat31

  1. 1. VIG Learning math the right way
  2. 2. History <ul><ul><li>We were amazed by the power of technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We dreamed of new achievements and we all admired Carl Sagan’s Cosmos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We understood: brightest minds used mathematics as an essential fuel of innovation, as from ancient times until now </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why my generation went to math/science/engineering schools? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why are we doing this? <ul><li>Knowledge of mathematics is a fundamental to technological advance of a nation </li></ul>
  4. 4. The problem <ul><ul><li>Math is not a favorite subject </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geeks are not popular </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Still, teachers are demanding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>So, kids hate mathematics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And they never heard of Carl Sagan  </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Goal To get together kids and teachers in virtual world To create environment that will foster learning math To make a device that will help kids learn math better
  6. 6. Solution <ul><ul><li>Kids love internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experiment: if you let the kids do what they want on the Internet and never show them anything, it is likely that they will hang out on Facebook forever </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But, if you show them some cool stuff,two things happen: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- You become an instant hero </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Kids are utilizing technology instead of misusing it </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Real solution <ul><ul><li>Give the kids Facebook to connect to friends and teachers and math geeks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Show them the cool way of learning math from a friendly teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell them to write down a problem, take a picture of it by a mobile phone and send it to us. They can even send a voice message. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They will get a cool Youtube video with the solution, done by a master teacher, for free </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What will happen? <ul><ul><li>Kids will firstly use this just as knowledge emergency room. We expect this. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But, VIG is not just a machine, not just another portal with pumped in endless linear question-answer lists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And this is not just another promised artificial intelligence system that never got out of lab, no: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This is today’s technology and real knowledgeable people doing great job for the future </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. And? What will happen? <ul><ul><li>Kids will start loving math </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User base of system will grow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geeks will soon start solving problems, and get popular </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>System will be an intelligent, problem-solving blob of kids and teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We wil expand beyond mathematics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And we will have adult users </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Learning anything the right way VIG

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