Episode 006 – Marc McDonald & Diane Court – COO & CSO Leap With Alice
It is always such a joy meeting up with the creative and innovative team from Leap With Alice. The infectious enthusiasm of co-founders Alfonso Morales, Caesar Medel, and Zack Pierola shine in everything they put into this Augmented Reality and Blockchain-Digital Rights Management startup. For the podcast, I got to sit down for a few minutes with Chief Strategy Officer Diane Court and Chief Operations Officer Marc McDonald to discuss how this disruptive new technology can transform the classroom without disrupting the budgets and resources of schools and teachers. Diane is a very familiar face in the Orlando tech and startup scene, and served as founder and Executive Director of Orlando Tech. She has mentored countless startups, but her passion behind the way Leap With Alice is approaching education, and the availability of technology to future generations really comes through.
We discuss the proposed partnership with VR leader Magic Leap, some methods of AR content creation, including the recently released (and free) apps Wonderly and AliceLens (available for both Android and iOS), and the role Blockchain technology has in DRM. Using as a model content exchanges such as Teachers Pay Teachers, LWA is creating their own exchange where they are building on their philosophy of leveraging emerging technologies to reimagine how we view education. LWA has developed a partnership with the University of Central Florida Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute to create a deeper connection within the education community.