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Sqord in the News

February 11, 2014

What's Next: Durham company encourages kids to get fit with fun tech

The site allows kids to set up challenges with your colorful teammates. And for some, it is an introduction to social media; but here, there is only boxed feedback -- simple messages of praise for playing hard and getting healthy without the risk of bullying.

January 10, 2014

ABC News: Valley program 'Project Million' helps kids get fit

Project Million mixes technology, exercise, and health, and beginning this week, he's bringing Sqord to Valley schools.

December 10, 2013

Sqord Scores with Kids: New Wearable Helps Make Activity Fun

I wrote an article on Nov. 20th about the potential of a fitness wearables targeted at kids. Since then, I was introduced to a company named Sqord that has already built a compelling solution focused on this space. Sqord has great concept and has taken the idea of a kids wearable activity tracker much further than I described.

December 4, 2013

Kids get moving, encourage others with Sqord wristbands

Fifth-graders across Snohomish County are having fun being more active, and that’s encouraging news for health officials wanting to reduce childhood obesity.

December 4, 2013

Marysville 5th graders using technology for a healthy lifestyle

Using wrist 'accelerometers' Marysville schools are participating in a new program to help encourage kids to exercise.

November 5, 2013

Can Data-Tracking Devices Help Kids Stay Active?

A Snohomish County Coalition is using new technology to fight childhood obesity and improve academics, as thousands of fifth grade students throughout the county are now wearing PowerPod wristbands to track their physical activity.

October 26, 2013

School officials launch new program to fight childhood obesity

Can data and algorithms help motivate kids to be more active? That’s the goal of a new project being pioneered in Snohomish County, Washington.

October 25, 2013

Experiment: 7,000 Snohomish County students to get fitness monitors

Nearly 7,000 students will receive watch-sized electronic devices to measure their activity levels, in what’s being called the largest single experiment in getting kids more active in Snohomish County.

October 25, 2013

7,000 students getting monitors to encourage activity, fitness

About 7,000 students in the county will use an electronic monitor intended to encourage them to increase their activity and improve their health.

October 24, 2013

Coleman Greene named Top Entrepreneur by WRAL TechWire's Full Steam Awards

A crowd representing the best and brightest of the Triangle's technology and life science communities assembled at Full Steam Brewery in Durham...

September 25, 2013

With wrist bands, coalition gears up for healthier kids

Thousands of fifth graders throughout Snohomish County will soon be wearing devices that track physical activity.

August 28, 2013

TechStars’ Chicago Demo Day: Social media meets big data meets the Internet of things

Sqord is adopting ... social gaming principles in its own proprietary gadget, a waterproof highly durable activity-tracking wristband for children.

August 27, 2013

Pride Elementary Receives Owensboro Health Grant

The school will use the Sqord wristband program to track each child’s fitness minutes and levels.

July 5, 2013

Kindle the Passion Partners with Sqord

Beginning in September 2013, Los Angeles Unified School District's Kindle the Passion Academy partners with Sqord to begin beta testing their groundbreaking activity monitor.

May 28, 2013

Bootstrapping with Coleman Greene on the Tasty Trade Network

Coleman Greene is interviewed in-depth on what Sqord is doing and where we're going in the TechStars platform.

May 7, 2013

Score one for Sqord: Durham startup lands spot in Chicago Tech Stars

The evolution of Sqord is an impressive one and could prove to be a benchmark by which other Triangle startups are measured.

May 7, 2013

Durham-Based Sqord Scores with TechStars

The evolution of Sqord is an impressive one and could prove to be a benchmark by which other Triangle startups are measured.

May 6, 2013

NC help leads to TechStars startup accelerator

Sqord is moving to Chicago this summer to join the nation’s most prestigious business accelerator program.

April 25, 2013

TechStars Chicago Selects Sqord for Summer 2013 Class

Class of 10 technology startups hand-picked from the program's most competitive application pool to date.

March 5, 2013

The Washington Post
Activity monitors that can keep up with kids

Fifth-graders at Patrick Henry Elementary in Arlington know the drill: As soon as they get to phys-ed, they walk around the gym, gradually speeding up to an all-out run. And in between laps, they take turns at a computer to swipe their Sqords.

February 28, 2013

MedCity News
Jumps, skips & steps add up to medals & virtual high-fives with this activity tracking game for kids

Kids today are moving less and eating more to the point that one in three of them is overweight or obese, and technology – television, computers, video games, etc. – has taken some of the blame.

February 25, 2013

Mashable
Use This Tech to Get Your Kids Off the Couch

Sqord is a fun way for kids to track their activity and make a fashion statement at the same time.

February 1, 2013

MobiHealthNews
How digital health tools help kids form better habits

The government isn’t the only one looking for ways to leverage digital health solutions to promote kids’ health and wellness.

December 27, 2012

NBC News Profiles Sqord

"In our experiment with Sqord, kids literally would not stop moving, jogging extra laps and hopping around while waiting to see their score."

December 12, 2012

TechCrunch "Backs" Sqord

The first IndieGoGo project to be profiled on Backed or Whacked, Sqord combines children’s activities with one of crowdfunding’s favorite product categories: wristwear.

December 11, 2012

Sqord's Coleman Greene Joins Wall Street Journal Tech Pundit Walt Mossberg to Discuss Post-PC Era at North Carolina Technology Association 2013 Opener

Mossberg will share his insights on the Post-PC Era, highlighting a number of technology topics including cloud computing’s impact on consumers, future tech gadgets and the convergence of telecom, wireless and the Internet.

October 9, 2012

Sqord at Health 2.0

Sqord's Coleman Greene Presents Sqord at the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge Demo

October 4, 2012

Sqord Co-Founder/CEO Coleman Greene breaks in the new ATC Basketball Court

Wins the first ever American Tobacco Campus 3-Point Contest in a heated three round shoot out (wearing a Sqord PowerBand, and racking up even more activity points for Sqord Online).

September 26, 2012

Sqord Wins Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Health Innovation Challenge

Launched in March 2012, the Health Innovation Challenge invited North Carolina’s entrepreneurs, community leaders, citizens and university students to submit solutions to help reduce obesity across the state. The Challenge attracted ideas from more than 60 North Carolina-based operations and individuals.

August 31, 2012

Sqord is introduced to Red Hawk Elementary School in Erie, CO.

Sqord made its school debut at the amazing Red Hawk Elementary School in Erie, Colorado on Saturday August 16th. We are thrilled to have the partnership of such an amazing faculty and staff, under the leadership of Principal Cyrus Weinburger.

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June 21, 2012

Sqord is selected as a finalist for the BCBSNC Health Innovation Challenge.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) announced today the 11 finalists of the 2012 Health Innovation Challenge. The Challenge, launched in March 2012, invited North Carolina’s entrepreneurs, community leaders, citizens and university students to submit innovative solutions to help reduce obesity across the state and increase the competitiveness of the North Carolina economy.

May 22, 2012

Sqord Wins Technology Innovation Grand Prize in The Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP)/Child Obesity180 national competition for fighting childhood obesity.

ASAP, in a commitment with The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), is conducting a national competition to identify and reward the most creative, impactful, and scalable school-based programs and technological innovations that promote physical activity for children. The contest will award a total of $500,000 in prizes, with individual awards of up to $100,000. In addition to monetary awards, top winners will advance to participate in funded pilot studies aimed at expanding both reach and impact.

July 4, 2012

Sqord's Summer Pilot Program

Sqord conducted its second major pilot program during the summer of 2012, where different devices were put to the test by local youth organizations. During this time, Sqord unveiled its proprietary hardware and software solutions to rave reviews. Details of the study are pending.

July 11, 2011

UNC startup tests new e-gaming prototype

Three teams of middle-school students are helping a new company out of UNC Chapel Hill test an e-gaming device designed to encourage kids to be more physically active.
See it at WRALtechwire

2011

Sqord's Texas Instruments Pilot

Designing a multi-device system is a familiar job for engineers. The Sqord team’s particular challenge was building an ultra-portable data logger for recording personal activity data that would be transferred wirelessly to a PC to monitor exercise over time. And since it was for pre-teens, it also had to be cool.
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