Smart Futures Wins the 2020 Innovator of the Year Award
SmartFutures has received the 2020 Innovator of the Year Award the in the category of Non-Profit / Education / Community.
For 24 years, the Pittsburgh Technology Council's Tech 50 Awards honors technology innovation that happened in the Southwestern Pennsylvania region during the current year.
The award recognizes SmartFutures.org for becoming the nation's first state-based, portable career planning and portfolio platform. The description from the awards ceremony reads as follows:
Smart Futures is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping PA kids, teens, and young adults understand who they are, where they’re going, and how to get there. Smart Futures has dedicated themselves to providing PA schools with an online platform that makes it easy for them to comply with the recent Governor’s mandate requiring every student to create a K-12 career plan and portfolio. Currently used by 25% of all PA schools, serving more than 600,000 students and 40,000 teachers, Smart Futures continues to grow rapidly. They are the first educational software application in the U.S. to offer student accounts and artifacts that are portable between districts, schools, career/technical schools and community-based organizations.
Smart Futures is revolutionizing the market and further establishing Pittsburgh as a leader in cutting-edge Ed-Tech software companies by fully disrupting the way schools think about post-secondary decision-making and planning—no longer assuming that college is the golden ticket and continuing to demonstrate the value of skills over degrees. In terms of a product model, Smart Futures will challenge the way student account subscriptions are managed, particularly pushing companies to develop solutions about how accounts can be ported with the student as they change their learning environment. In addition, it will set a benchmark on how student data can safely and securely be shared by the various organizations within each community.
Thank You Tech 50 and the Pittsburgh Technology Council for this wonderful honor.