Monthly Archives: December 2014

Providence Geeks Video Interview: Kerri Lemoie and Damian Ewens of Achievery

At the December 2014 Providence Geeks, Damian Ewens and Kerri Lemoie caught us up on the latest from Achievery, their customizable and secure digital credential and badge platform. I grabbed them after their talk for this short interview.

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December Geek Dinner Wednesday, 10th at AS220 5:30 – 8pm featuring Achievery!

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Photo by Peter Mello on flickr. Some rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 10, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
RSVP at Facebook

We’ve got an awesome evening planned for the last Geek Dinner of 2014.

achievery_logo-colorHow do you know what people can really do? How can you prove your own skills even without a traditional diploma?

Over the past few years, digital credentials have emerged as a compelling solution to these questions. Digital credentials are evidence-backed, data-rich tokens of achievement that are transforming education and HR around the world.

Working alongside giants like Mozilla, Pearson Education, and the Gates Foundation, Providence-based Achievery has established itself as the most active company in defining and supporting the leading digital credential standard — Open Badges.

In addition to supporting the community effort, Achiopen-badges-logoevery has built its own robust web application and API for enabling organizations to create, award and track their own trusted digital credentials. Their users include Oxfam, Open edX and the Model United Nations.

On Wednesday the 10th, Co-Founders, CEO Damian Ewens and CTO Kerri Lemoie, will tell the Achievery story, demo their impressive platform, and give a sneak peek at where they are headed next.

See you there!

Disclaimer: I’m a Partner at the Providence-based startup accelerator Betaspring, where we’re proud to include Achievery among our alumni.

RSVP at Facebook

… and while you’re there please like our Facebook page. If you want to join our very-low-volume email announcement send an email to Jack Templin, jtemplin@gmail.com, with your name and affiliation. As always, for first-timers here are the details on the Geek Dinners:

  • The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar and restaurant.
  • Doors open at 5:30pm. Socializing, eating and drinking up until the 30 min presentation/q&a around 6:30pm. Afterwards, back to socializing, eating, drinking…
  • It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whoever, arrive and take off whenever! And don’t worry about eating or not – come famished or full – eating is optional, and frankly, the least of the festivities (that’s not say the food isn’t good – it’s actually great).
  • Topics of conversation will vary as they will at any gathering of geeks, but many of us will be talking about AJAX, mash-ups, start-ups, new devices, innovative business models, interaction design, social computing, digital art, web services, etc. etc. etc.
  • There is Wi-Fi so bring your connected device of choice.