EdTech Startup Peeq Takes The Qball Into The Shark Tank Sunday Night, They’re Having A Big Contest To Celebrate
Everyone’s favorite startup and investment show, ABC’s Shark Tank returns this Sunday night October 1st for a two hour season premiere. What’s better than the return of Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Barbara Corcoran, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, and Kevin O’Leary? Well an edtech startup goes for a swim in the tank during the premiere.
Peeq is the startup that has created the Qball, the interactive ball that’s also a microphone enhancing engagement and stimulating conversation in assemblies, classes and more.
Here’s the situation, students are in class in a setting where their feedback fuels the discussion and the learning but teachers ask students to participate and all they hear is crickets. So they make it a little more interactive. Maybe they’re doing math drills with a dodge ball and when the student catches the ball they answer the question, but all the class hears is a mumble, if anything at all.
That was a huge problem and opportunity that Shane Cox saw when he started his company Peeq and created their first product, Qball. The Qball is a wireless microphone and a dodge ball mashed together into one.
It works like this.
Teacher asks a question and throws the ball to Tommy. Tommy catches the ball and talks into the ball and the whole class hears it over their in room audio system. Or even better, you’re in an assembly with 500 kids and it’s time to do some Q & A. Well it always sucks to be the one left with the question as the room clears, just because the person running the microphone around the room didn’t get to you in time. With Qball simply throw the ball to the next person with a question and voila.
Cox, who has a background in education, knew exactly what features to throw into the Qball. Like, when the ball is floating through the air it’s muted so you don’t hear any background noise. He’s also made sure that the Qball won’t interfere with existing microphones and audio equipment so it’s easy to set up, even in a conference setting, as a third or fourth mic input.
Cox and the team take Qball into the Shark Tank this Sunday and if the sharks see the value the way that we do than we’re confident they’ll walk away with an investment.
We all know that Peeq has to keep it silent until the episode airs, which has to be tough for a company that’s built on making people talk. But in the meantime, to celebrate Peeq is holding an awesome contest for your chance to win one of five Qballs, in person on site setup, in person assembly with Cox who can talk about his Shark Tank experience.
Want to win a Qball for your school, make sure you watch ABC’s Shark Tank premiere Sunday night and head over here, to find out more.
Check out our now 10 year old EdTech Reporter’s interview with Cox from the National Principal’s Conference, here: