Groundwork Labs member Sqord recently was awarded $50,000 in the Technology Innovation category from the Active Schools Acceleration Project. Sqord combines physical activity along with technology to make being active for youth both engaging and competitive.
Sqord is an interactive website that makes user’s life a game, where everything done earns points. Sqord is powered by real-world play where memebers can track physical activity, compete with friends and earn points and rewards for being active.
The Sqord platform consists of both a hardware and software component. The website, Sqord Online, offers a fun, interactive social network powered by a member’s physical activity. The Sqord Power Band offers an easy and fun way to track physical activity for our members.
There were a total of nine winners in the School Programs category which awarded $25,00 to each group and two winners in the Technology Innovation which gave $50,000 to each. In addition to monetary awards, top winners will advance to participate in funded pilot studies aimed at expanding both reach and impact.
From the ASAP site, “The Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP) is an initiative of ChildObesity180, an organization at Tufts University committed to facilitating cross-sector collaboration in order to reverse the trend of childhood obesity within one generation’s time. ASAP seeks to increase quality physical activity in schools as a means to promote healthy, active living and to evoke the beneficial behavioral and academic outcomes that follow.”
Read more about Active Schools Acceleration Project and other winners here.