Norwegian company Kahoot! has been selected as one of the 11 companies by the Walt Disney Company for their Disney Accelerator program. Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform that allows to create, play and share fun learning games, in classrooms and beyond. Run by former Opera executive, the company raised $10M last year.
“We are excited to be selected by The Walt Disney Company to participate in their Disney Accelerator program over the next 3 months. Having access to a range of creative expertise, resources and leaders at Disney will give us a chance to develop innovative new experiences, as we seek to achieve our mission to make learning awesome for all.” – Erik Harrell, CEO at Kahoot!
Since the Disney Accelerator began in 2014, in enabled many companies to work with Disney on successful products and services. For example, Sphero released the BB-8 App-enabled Droid, the number 1 Star Wars toy of 2015, and they have a multi-property lineup for this year including the App-enabled Ultimate Lightning McQueen, the voice interactive Spider-Man, and more. Atom Tickets, a new movie ticketing app, partnered with “Rogue One, A Star Wars Story” in 2016 to bring ticketing and exclusive merchandise to mobile phones, and continues to work with Walt Disney Studios on major film releases. And over the past three years, Imperson has developed conversational chatbots powered by their Artificial Intelligence for several Disney projects, including most recently for Walt Disney World’s Pandora – The World of Avatar.
“The Disney Accelerator has provided The Walt Disney Company incredible opportunities to connect with and be inspired by many talented entrepreneurs from all over the world,” said Michael Abrams, Senior Vice President, Innovation, The Walt Disney Company. “This year, more than ever, we are working with companies with the potential to help define the future of media and entertainment together with Disney.”
Here is the list of awesome 2017 Disney Accelerator companies:
Ambidio: a company builds a technology for creating a continuous sound field with a sense of depth and dimension through any device with stereo speakers.
aXiomatic: an eSports ownership group backed by leading sports team owners that holds a majority stake in Team Liquid, a top eSports team in the U.S. and Europe with 60 pro players, coaches, and analysts competing in nine games.
Brit + Co: digital media company founded by Google employee, that aims to inspire, inform and entertain women through online classes and products.
Epic Games: video game development company based in North Carolina, partially owned by Tencent. Epic is known for creating the “Unreal,” “Gears of War” and “Infinity Blade” series of games, and newer titles such as “Fortnite,” “Paragon” and “Robo Recall.”
Hoodline: local news and content discovery platform that uses machine learning to distribute geo-tagged and relevant content from hundreds of media partners into websites or mobile apps.
Kahoot!: game-based learning platform with more than 50 million monthly active users in 180 countries.
ProductionPro: develops a tool for storytellers and creators focused on improving creative collaboration in film, TV, and theater production, by pulling scripts, research, designs, and continuity together to empower creative decision-making.
ReplyYes: creators of a mobile-enabled e-commerce system that lets customers simply reply “YES” to buy a product and have it shipped to them.
Samba TV: a data and analytics company that measures real-time viewership data across broadcast, cable TV, over-the-top and digital media.
Savioke: robotics company that develops and deploys autonomous indoor delivery robots that assist workers in busy environments such as hotels, logistics facilities, and apartment buildings. The company’s flagship robot, Relay, has been installed in dozens of hotels worldwide.
The Void: a location-based entertainment company that fully immerses guests in virtual experiences with friends and family, engaging all of their senses. The VOID combines interactive sets, virtual reality, real-time effects, and state of the art technology to bring guests into their experience.