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Featured Ed Effort: Neverware

Posted in Knerds on April 23, 2013 by

The edtech industry is growing rapidly, with more and more startups aimed at creating apps and software to improve educational experiences for students. But for schools with outdated, slow computers and no budget to replace them, all the software in the world won’t make a bit of difference.

Enter Neverware. Neverware’s mission is to make old computers in schools run like new. How? For every school, Neverware installs a single proprietary “Juicebox” server on the school’s network, which serves as the brains of the entire computer system. Individual computers then become “dumb terminals” of that server — meaning that it no longer matters if the computers in the school were a decade old with defunct hard drives. With the Juicebox, all of the existing computers in a school can run programs reliably and at fast speeds, as if they were brand new computers.

Neverware is affordable, too. Schools pay a small subscription fee that covers maintenance, hardware, and installation. Says Jonathan Hefter, Neverware Founder and CEO, “Educators want to focus on delivering education, not maintaining computer systems. With the Neverware service, all of a school’s existing computers reliably run like new, allowing teachers to get back to teaching.”