Trendsetter Winner, Cool Tools Finalist
EdTech Digest announced the results of their The EdTech Awards 2019 and Smart Choice founder Casey Bienvenu has been awarded the 2019 Trendsetter Award, Leader Setting a Trend. The Smart Choice Admissions and School Choice Management platform was also recognized, selected as a finalist in the Cool Tools category.
The awards recognize people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere.
“In an age of rapid technological change—innovators, leaders, and trendsetters are our greatest treasures. If our age is golden, they’re lighting the way.”
Featuring EdTech’s best and brightest, the annual program shines a spotlight on cool tools, inspiring leaders and innovative trendsetters in the following areas:
- Higher Education, and
- Skills and Workforce sectors.
According to the The EdTech Awards, their awards recognize people—and the products they produce and the lives they shape.
In their press release for the awards, EdTech notes, “Now in its 9th year, the US-based program is the largest and most competitive recognition program in all of education technology, recognizing the biggest names in edtech – and those who soon will be.”
BIENVENU – LEADER SETTING A TREND
Smart Choice founder and Chief Platform Architect, Casey Bienvenu has been recognized as “Leader Setting a Trend” with the EdTech Trendsetter Award 2019. Here’s his story.
The Smart Choice preK-12 admissions system was conceived in 2004 as an online application and application management system by high school junior, Casey Bienvenu. It was a school project for the career academy he was attending, the Academy of Information Technology program at Carencro High School. The initial system was so well-received that it was soon adopted by the Lafayette Parish Schools System to manage applications and place students through the lottery management system for its Schools of Choice programs.
In 2012 Casey left long-time employer Firefly Digital to start Smart Choice Technologies. At that time, a partnership was formed with Firefly to exclusively market, implement and support the platform. Since then, the system has grown and many new innovations have emerged through our work with clients on their projects.
In 2018, Smart Choice Technologies and Firefly Digital conducted a merger to streamline operations and maximize its resources to deliver our powerful platform to more customers and at a lower cost. Today, the Smart Choice team is an integral part of the Firefly Digital family. It is stronger, more capable and more affordable than ever. We continue to innovate our platform, serve a growing and enthusiastic client base, and help our clients innovate and revitalize PreK-12 education – something we are all very passionate about!
EdTech Digest selected the Smart Choice admissions platform as a finalist in its Cool Tools category.
The Smart Choice platform was developed to help PreK-12 private, parochial and public school and district administrators overcome the heady challenges of student registration, enrollment and school choice processes. The system is comprised of various base components that are configured to accommodate the unique needs of each school or district. These needs range from magnet and charter school programs, open enrollment or choice programs, early childhood education programs, neighborhood school registration, unified enrollment processes, and more.
HONORED & HUMBLED
We are honored and humbled to be recognized as winners and finalists for these two prestigious EdTech awards. For us it acknowledges the important work our team does to help solve the complex problems educators face daily, including ensuring every child and family has access to a fair, equitable and meaningful preK-12 education experience.