Sqord is making healthy, active play more fun for kids. With Sqord, you can score points, win competitions, earn medals, and get other online rewards with your friends simply by doing what you do. You can connect with friends and exchange Squawks and High-Fives, while competing with, and/or cheering for each other.
Players wear a Sqord PowerBand while doing whatever it is they do: run, jump, walk, hike, ride, skate, chase, (be chased), take out the trash, walk the dog, etc. All the while, we track the amount of movement via a 3-axis accelerometer and some other state-of-the-art hardware inside the PowerBand.
A player simply has to swipe their PowerBand over a Sqord SyncStation (plugged in at your home or school), and all that information is sent to the Sqord web site, where we turn it into points, medals, wins, and bragging rights. Your PowerBand holds three days worth of data, so it's a good idea to sync often.
When you log in, you can see what you've earned and take on the next challenge.
Not only that, but you can see what all your friends have earned as well. You can give them High Fives or send them a Squawk message, and they can do the same for you.
Inside of the Sqord site, you'll create a PowerMe that looks like you, or at least looks like you want to look, online, and you'll stand with your friends and teammates as you take on each challenge. You'll see your friends behind you (looking like they want to look), and you'll be able to keep up with each other every step of the way.
The Sqord Team
Coleman Greene|Co-Founder, CEO
Coleman began his career with five long years in the financial services industry; working in both general banking with Wachovia Bank and successfully building a private wealth book of business with a Merrill Lynch spin-out. He realized his passion for startups after founding his first company, Dore Duds, in 2008. Coleman is originally from the glorious gulf coast of Alabama and received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University. He received his MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler, where he was president of the Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Club and a Carolina Venture Fellow with Parish Capital. He's a rabid, lifelong Vanderbilt fan and an occasional jogger, golfer, and basketball player.
Viswanath "Vish" Avasarala|Co-Founder, VP Technology & Data Analytics
Vish came to Sqord immediately following several years as an information scientist at GE's Global Research Machine Learning lab, where he led research and development in machine learning and Artificial Intelligence. At GE, he successfully transitioned multiple R&D efforts into practice, creating award-winning data analytic applications.
Vish received his Bachelor of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology in 2001. Then in 2006, he received his PhD in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University. He has nearly 25 peer-reviewed research publications and 10 patent applications (filed or at disclosure stage) in the field of data analytics. He serves as an organizing committee member/chair of multiple IEEE/ACM conferences in the field of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.
Jeff Wright|Co-Founder, VP User Experience & Design
Jeff has been designing web interfaces and user experiences since he started at AOL in 1994 as their first ever in-house designer. He built their first design team. Since then he's been a freelance web designer/developer, Associate Creative Director for Arnold Communications, and most recently directing User Experience and Creative Design for iContact—a leading email marketing provider known for its ease-of-use and powerful features. He has a BFA in Illustration from Ringling School of Art and Design.
Sqord is powered in part the by market-leading Fitbit™ Ultra wireless activity and sleep tracker hardware and API technologies.
Sqord is proud to be a Technology Innovation Grand Prize winner in The Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP)/Child Obesity 180 national competition for fighting childhood obesity.
The Chapel Hill & Carrboro YMCA was with us right from the start as we put the finishing touches on our hardware and software and gathered early feedback from kids doing real-work activities.
- Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP)
- YMCA of Chapel-Hill & Carrboro, NC
Become a Sqord Partner
Sqord is actively looking for partnerships with companies and organizations that have an interest in helping kids have fun by engaging in active play. Contact Coleman Greene, CEO, for more information.