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Philip Kovacs, Ph.D.By Philip Kovacs, Ph.D.
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Philip Kovacs, Ph.D.By Philip Kovacs, Ph.D.
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$8,647
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Funding Unsuccessful
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About

Vastly replaces textbooks with the cloud. Students and teachers simply enter their search terms and set their reading level, and Vastly returns results catered for them according to their reading ability. The results will be presented as concept maps, a more meaningful and powerful way to represent and use search results.

Vastly's search function will always be free. To understand how it works, try it now. When you hit the landing page, adjust the slider on the left and your findings will change accordingly.

Depending on your subject you might not have received perfect search results. If successfully funded, your participation in our campaign will increase the number of websites Vastly draws on from 50 to 50,000, resulting in dramatically improved search results.

Return to the page and search on this term: Higgs Boson

You will see the beginnings of a concept map. That concept map is the future of how we search the Internet. Click on any of the terms in the concept map and your search results will update to reflect these related subjects. 

Our goal is to build out concept maps for all of Vastly's search results.
Our goal is to build out concept maps for all of Vastly's search results.

Vastly's paid subscription offers a suite of tools for tracking student development and growth. Almost 100% of children who attend public schools still receive report cards with letters or numbers on them. Given the power of digital portfolios, why are we still using antiquated systems that tell us painfully little about what students are actually doing? Why not empower kids to tell their own stories, to show where and how they are growing?

With your support, we can further develop Vastly's back-end analytics platform to help teachers and parents track student growth.
With your support, we can further develop Vastly's back-end analytics platform to help teachers and parents track student growth.

We no longer need textbooks. We no longer need the simple, outdated, standardized-tests used to weigh how much content students have consumed slugging through textbooks. Every idea, every equation, every thought inside of a textbook is available online, free of cost. The Periodic Table is online. Each play penned by Shakespeare is online. Every math question ever asked sits online, waiting to be answered.

Finding that content, vetting that content, and then sequencing that content in a meaningful manner is a challenge for teachers and learners. Vastly takes care of all three steps.

The future of schooling is passion-driven. It is customizable by interest, and students will learn to present what they have found, to analyze how their findings integrate with the rest of the world, and then to use what they discover to change the world.

This is the exact opposite of how schools run today, where students sit passively consuming information that a textbook company or a politician has deemed important.

It does not have to be this way.

Our team has been fortunate enough to receive grants to build Vastly and prove that it works, but scaling our platform to serve students and teachers worldwide requires more funding. That's where Kickstarter comes in. With the money raised from your support we can hire an additional senior level and junior level programmer to work on this project full time.

With your support, Vastly will immediately begin work on these goals:

  • Increasing the size of the web-base from 50 sites to 50,000. 
  • Building out the platform’s analytic back-end for measuring and monitoring student progress. 
  • Constructing initial concept map search results.

Pledge $5 or more

  • Your name in Vastly's source code.

Thank you for joining us in the fight to revolutionize schooling. We want to recognize your commitment to education by including your name in Vastly’s source code and on our site. You may also choose to honor the name of your favorite student, teacher, organization, or to remain anonymous.

Pledge $50 or more

  • Your name in Vastly's source code. 
  • An official Vastly T-Shirt.

You are a true school reform radical. Turn heads and spark curiosity with the message, "Eliminating Textbooks...It was bound to happen.”

Pledge $100 or more

  • Your name in Vastly's source code. 
  • An official Vastly T-Shirt 
  • A one-year Classroom Subscription to the analytics platform, available to one teacher or parent of your choice.

Do you have a favorite teacher who teaches outside the text-box? This is a perfect thank you for that teacher. This subscription will allow a teacher to keep analytics on student use (with student and parent permission) as well as annotate and embed questions on web pages.

Pledge $1,000 or more

  • Your name in Vastly's source code. 
  • An official Vastly T-Shirt 
  • A one-year School Subscription to the analytics platform, available to all of the teachers at the school of your choice.

If you are looking to give back to your alma mater, this is the perfect pledge. This generous donation will bring the platform to hundreds or thousands of students, depending on the size of the school. You will be helping our campaign while helping those students.

Pledge $10,000 or more

  • Your name in Vastly's source code. 
  • An official Vastly T-Shirt 
  • A lifetime School Subscription to the analytics platform, available to all of the teachers at the school of your choice for as long as the school serves students.

While we would be happy to reach our goal through small dollar donations, we recognize there are individuals who have the financial ability to help us at this level. Your pledge of $10,000 or more moves us rapidly towards our fundraising goal while ensuring that teachers working in the school of your choice will have access to the analytic platform for as long as the school serves students.

Philip Kovacs, President and CEO

Philip Kovacs is a former high school English teacher who earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies before beginning his career at UAHuntsville, where he was a tenured Associate Professor in the College of Education until August of 2015. His research into motivation and learning led to the creation of Vastly, a tool he believes will replace both textbooks and standardized tests for K-12 students. Philip is also the Vice President of Education at Appleton Learning, Inc., a rapidly growing leader in the field of educational talent management. He has published a number of peer reviewed articles and chapters, as well as an occasional piece on the Huffington Post. He speaks before diverse audiences across the country.

Tripp Roberts, Vice President and Lead Programmer

Tripp Roberts is a computer science undergrad at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His startup endeavors began when his tutoring software company was accepted into DreamIt Ventures's Fall 2012 class. While overseeing all business matters, he also became the sole developer for the company, which generated over $200k in revenue in two years. Beyond his own ventures, he has worked for startups such as CodeGuard and Yext as well as completed contracting work for large corporations such as NCR. At Vastly, he has led all development efforts thus far and plans to continue incorporating his experiences with other successful startups to build a first-class learning platform for students.

Kevin Miller, Senior Programmer

Kevin Miller has been developing web applications since 1998. He was lead developer on the original pets.com up to its acquisition by Amazon and Hummer Winblad Partners. During his time in the e-Learning industry, Kevin designed and developed a rich-media search engine for Cisco Systems unlike anything available at the time. The application leveraged internal Cisco video and audio assets and allowed searching of this content down to the spoken word, with the ability to launch the content at the exact point at which the search result occurred. Ultimately, this search engine formed the basis for a suite of sales force enablement tools used by many large enterprise companies including Applied Materials, BEA Systems, Intel, NetApp, Oracle OpenWorld, SAP AG, Symantec, and more. Kevin has also developed a number of SEO tools aimed at professionals including a sophisticated website architecture analyzer which reveals architectural issues that impact a website’s ability to be indexed by search engines effectively, as well as a robust search engine ranking tracker for monitoring the ongoing progress of SEO and SEM optimization campaigns.

Eric Seanor, Brand Advisor

With 15+ years of experience as a graphic designer, Eric Seanor has worked on projects for a spectrum of clients from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and independent businesses. For the last four years, as a Senior Designer at Oracle, Eric has worked on developing large-scale modular branding systems for global conferences like Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne while also contributing to the ongoing work of maintaining focus, consistency and alignment within Oracle’s large brand ecosystem of new and existing products and services. As a brand adviser for Vastly, Eric develops visual and verbal communications and gives guidance to the team regarding how Vastly positions and expresses itself to the world.

When I started work on Vastly I was told that it would be "impossible," that I was "under-qualified," and that our team was "too inexperienced." Since that time we have been awarded grants from UAH, and we have won funding through the Alabama Launchpad Competition. Using those funds we dramatically improved our platform, but we can't take it to the next level without your help.

I know there are at least 50,000 people out there who are ready to move beyond textbooks. I'm guessing that if you've read this far, you are one of those people. If each of you participate at the $5 level, we will have no problem reaching our goal and getting this platform to teachers and students. We thank you in advance for your support.

Risks and challenges

First and foremost, we risk upturning status quo schooling and that is going to frighten people who benefit from the way things are. Those individuals and organizations are going to try and stop this from happening.

There are also many challenges that come with starting a new business, many of which are not easily predicted. Our promise to you is that whatever technical, legal, or business challenges our team faces, we will continue to focus on growing Vastly into the best educational tool we can build.

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