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Hello Rebecca,
Thank you for your endorsement of our initiative.
We would look forward to opening a dialog with you and your organization to explore collaboration opportunities. I'll reach out to you on Linkedin to connect... you can also contact me at so that we can schedule a conf call. Best regards, Rich Curtin

The concept of having an off-line educational access point is not new, as there have been a number of options available in the market, starting with Intel’s Content Access Point (CAP) introduced in late 2014.
The major challenges with their CAP was, and still is, that it is just a hardware device, with the huge task of specifying and assembling a viable off-line eLearning system solution left to “others” to craft a solution that addresses the critical needs of students and educators to deliver an eLearning solution with appropriate apps, student management / tracking, and mulit-site administration and management tools.
Nucleos has built on the access point concept and have gone many steps further to deliver a ready-to-deploy eLearning Hub. Our plan is to extend the advanced crisis planning and preparation carried out by such organizations as the Red Cross, to ensure that our eLearning solution is ready, in advance of crisis/emergency situations. We believe that our solution can deliver an effective semblance of educational continuity, enabling a positive experience even in the most difficult of family situations.

Yes, fully agree that we need to work with regional educational administration personnel to have the appropriate eLearning material and region-specific languages, pre-loaded – this is the first step in our development plan.
Additionally, working with these same educational personnel, we will be incorporating student in-take / enrollment testing to calibrate their level of expertise – e.g. language, math and science skills - and utilize adaptive eLearning applications to allow the student to progress towards ultimately participating in region-specific certification / testing, to demonstrate the expected level of subject competency.

A key aspect of the “scalability” of our solution is that the set-up and deployment is very rapid, without a need for highly skilled IT personnel. The on-site proctors / tutors will be the same individuals that are already in place at the shelter, and as the students will be accessing self-directed adaptive eLearning applications (already proven effective in traditional classroom settings), they will progress through the curriculums at their own pace, assisted as necessary by the section leaders. We envision that in addition to staging the deployment packages (Apps and hardware) the proctors / tutors will attend an on-line training program to get them familiar with all aspects of the PortableCloud Learning Hub and arrange for pre-emergency installations to test out their skills.

The following is the Nucleos team reply to the Expert Review:
The educational applications will range from primary to secondary grade levels, with core subjects of reading and math. Clearly, the support personnel at the emergency shelters will have differing levels of education. Our plan is to have “subject matter” leaders that will be assigned to the different topics and grade-levels, so that the children can be enrolled in classes with the appropriate supporting teachers / educational leaders.
Our business model is based on sales of the PortableCloud eLearning Hub, with an initial purchase of the system and then an annual maintenance fee to cover the Apps Store and Cube firmware updates. For the case of supporting this Challenge, we would envision creating a special pricing structure based on the scale of deployment readiness and including a multi-year support agreement for each regional staging of the solution.
Nucleos is currently funded through investments from the Princeton Alumni Entrepreneur Fund and from angel investors. We are planning to use the OpenIDEO Challenge monies to help us deliver on our vision of delivering a 21st century learning experience for disadvantaged communities - as we have defined here our solution to support the educational needs of children in emergency situations. Additional funding paths will also include working with regional education foundations to help us scale our business.
The business model for our eLearning Hub is based on delivering a complete solution; the direct contribution from Nucleos is our PortableCloud App Store, OS, and the PortableCloud Cube. As already deployed in non-emergency educational situations, the PortableCloud App store will be pre-loaded with open educational resources (OER), including Khan Academy, Pratham and WikiPedia for Kids. It is our plan to utilize the Challenge funding to work with the educational administrators in Mexico, Indonesia, Turkey and Korea, to localize these apps as appropriate and to formulate curriculum objectives and testing to align with their national educational standards.
The PortableCloud-Cube can support up to 40 simultaneous students accessing the Edu Apps from their WiFi enabled devices (smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks, notebook PCs). The costs associated with each Cube are on the order of 15USD per student. We are planning to work with hardware vendors to provide student devices – either refurbished units or some of their low-cost units (~50USD to 100USD).
We envision that the enrollment process for the students will entail in-take testing utilizing the adaptive learning apps, and then the in-camp leaders/teachers can be assigned to work with different groups according to their knowledge level – and since the material is self-directed, more advanced students will progress more quickly to their appropriate levels for new learning. The ultimate learning outcome will be for the students to be prepared to take the region-specific tests to demonstrate appropriate knowledge to pass the exams and move on to the next grade-level.

Yes, this is part of our expansion plan – to work with the leading on-line educational content providers to expand their reach to rural communities that do not have internet access or very limited and expensive access plans.