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New member of the CERprize jury panel...
 
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We have closed the 2017 competition with our biggest record yet- over 400 applicants!
Thank you to all who helped us get here.

Important Announcement:
We are excited to announce and welcome the newest member of the CERprize Jury Panel -
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Dr. Cornelius Boersch, the founder of Mountain Partners and has been a passionate entrepreneur, investor and founder of numerous technology companies for the past 25 years. Cornelius Boersch founded his first company during his studies, developing it into the smart card broker and RFID-producer ACG AG and successfully floating it on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in 1999. Subsequently, Conny Boersch initiated the development of further RFID-based companies, such as Smartrac (IPO in 2006), Identiv (NASDAQ-listed since 2006) and recently the cashless payment systems providers Sandpiper Digital Payments. With the founding of Mountain Partners, Boersch dedicated himself to the development of internet and technology companies. Conny is the “European Business Angel of the Year 2009” and currently one of the most active and well-recognized Business Angels in Europe, whose investments are co-financed by the European Investment Fund. He studied at the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel and earned his PhD from the University of Duisburg in Essen.
 
A feature of one of the 2017 applicants:
Pavel & Maxim are a couple of guys from Russia who have launched a startup to make some educational games.
The textbooks today are awfully boring. People have great technology at their disposal, but it is almost never used to create fun and engaging educational apps. If you browse the modern App Store you will find almost zero
high quality educational apps devoted to a hard science. So when it comes to natural science most kids experience 'science anxiety' and boredom which leads them to suffer in classrooms and poor understanding of science and how it works. Having poorly educated people, climate denialists are a lot of people that are prone to frauds.

So what is the solution? Make a series of fun educational games which use classical game mechanics to explain scientific concepts. Using them in classrooms and at home eases the learning process and ignite curiosity in kids.

"Who remembers what Avogadro's constant is for? Almost nobody. But those who played Super Mario Bros remember vividly that you can kill Goomba mushroom by jumping on top of it. So this is the idea. If you play with something, you interact with it a lot. You do it
willingly, and have fun. And you remember the game mechanics very well. And if the game's core mechanics use science, you'll remember the science very well.
Also in a
game you can set any goal for a player. And reaching this goal may require understanding of a scientific principle." - Pavel & Maxim
Check it out @ https://youtu.be/CdUTdUjExQEhttp://learnwithpleasure.com


As always, feel free to reach out with any questions, comments and suggestions.

Stay tuned for updates on the jury process.
 
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Sincerely,
Franciska Kosman
Contest recruiter & Coordinator
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