The month of February was a busy one to say the least. I found myself across the pond in Seattle speaking with the Microsoft team about a number of exciting opportunities and then over to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress and most recently, I made a visit to speak at LSE here in London. Meanwhile back at RefME HQ we are getting prepared for a number of big announcements that will see new features, institutional editions and other exciting developments using our mapped citation data over the next couple of months.
Ever since we won Best Mobile Start-up at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last year, RefME has been on a rocketship and I really see this event as being the launch pad. Barcelona was like last year, an amazing opportunity and I’d like to thank Jan from Emerge Education for inviting me over and the team at MWL for asking me to speak on the The Future of Search and Discovery on Mobile World Live TV. The discussion focused on the future market opportunity for RefME in particular within Discovery, something I am really keen to talk about. We see huge potential on changing the academic publishing industry by making their content more discoverable and this is something we are starting to explore.
Of course, the academic publishing industry is huge (it’s bigger than the music industry) but it’s yet to go completely digital – so we feel that making information discoverable and easy to access is really important for the future of education.
Back in London, I visited LSE to speak about EdTech and startups as part of an event coordinated by Generate, LSE’s entrepreneurship programme. Along with other edtech founders, we discussed new technologies, unique approaches and edtech companies (such as RefME) that are providing digital educational solutions globally. It was great to talk about RefME’s growth and innovative partnerships with Universities in the UK, US and Australia. What was also rewarding was being able to share some of the lessons we’ve learnt over the last 18 months (mainly the mistakes) and help out the next batch of entrepreneurs accelerate their business ideas.
As mentioned, we are starting to roll out our institutional edition and we’ve had really positive momentum and reception from the libraries, CIOs and IT departments at some very prestigious institutions. For those who aren’t on the Technology Innovation Programme (TIP), which has brought on some early adopting Institutes, we will be launching our institutional product towards the end of Q1. The feedback we are getting from the TIP Institutes has been really positive and we are seeing just how much universities love RefME when we hear how well it’s supporting their students’ towards creating accurate citation and reference lists. It’s really cool. We are helping people do better research and that’s seriously rewarding.
With the spring term upon us, the RefME Team continues to leap forward with huge momentum, in particular our b2b team are making some seriously impressive momentum in the US and UK market. More to come from me in the coming weeks – but for now, here are some additional highlights from 2016 to catch up on:
- Tech Nation 2016 mentioned RefME as one of the fastest growing EdTech companies in the EU
- Inspired Librarian gives RefME praise: RefME: The Best Reference Generator Around
- LSE’s Student Ambassadors for Digital Literacy says, Referencing a pain in academia no longer
- And, our very own Content and Innovation Researcher, Phil Gooch shared the latest on Improving Automated Citations with Machine Learning