Dragon Lady Claudia Harvey

James Andrade

Not long ago our team met with Ms. Claudia Harvey.  Claudia is an amazing woman who made an awesome product called Dig It.  This innovative product protects your nails when you garden.  Her patented technology is mainly used by women.  Her product is a glove that has a small pillow that protects your nails while you garden.  Claudia was on Dragon’s Den and she got Kevin O’Leary to invest in her invention. Claudia was also in Kevin’s book as the … Read More

OWL Magazine

James Andrade

We recently discovered that we were in a page of OWL magazine in the November issue.  Our team is really excited about it.  The paragraph in the magazine talks about the Classy Cyborgs and what we have accomplished to date.  There is a picture of our team and two pictures of our app.  I was really happy because I read OWL magazine and my older brother read it when he was younger. Samson Rybakov, a grade 5 students at our … Read More

The Market Failure in Learning Technology for the Blind – James Andrade

James Andrade

There are 35 million people in the world who are blind. In North America there are 66,000 children under 18 years old who are totally blind. Only 10% can read Braille. The kids who learn how to read often depend on a teacher. But there are very few qualified teachers that can teach Braille. The existing tools for blind children to learn Braille are either very basic or very expensive. Most learning tools are flashcards with Braille on them, or … Read More

Meeting Professor Kelly Parke

James Andrade

Kelly Parke is a professor at Schulich School of Business at York University. He is helping our team with our business plan. He met with us at one of our meetings to talk about our product and how to market it. We did an exercise where we had to draw out our market plan, including who we are going to sell our product to and why we want to sell our product. But, we weren’t allowed to write any words. We had fun drawing pictures of our product, our customers … Read More

Our First Meeting With VentureLAB

James Andrade

The first time that our team met with VentureLAB was when we went to a Global Impact Competition in Markham. We spoke about our product idea to many people. Our next experience with VentureLAB was my favorite because we went to their office and worked with their staff who helped us with our presentation for the Global Innovation Award in St. Louis. They told us some tips and improved our slides. They even had juice and cookies for our team and decorated their doors with robots saying “Welcome Classy Cyborgs”! VentureLAB … Read More