It is the end of a very busy school term and we hope that you get the opportunity to rest over a much deserved break. We just want to touch base with a LINC-ED update as we have some super exciting news… earlier this year LINC-ED applied for the Vodafone xone, a startup accelerator and innovation programme backed by Vodafone. The xone aims to support kiwi tech entrepreneurs with an innovation hub to work from in the brand new Vodafone building in Christchurch's Innovation Precinct. This environment provides access to state of the art technology. In addition, world class mentorship, funding and networking is also included in the Vodafone xone package. The New Zealand xone will be the 7th xone accelerator site around the world with bases including, Dusseldorf, Milan, Cairo, London and Silicon Valley. As proud Cantabrians we are thrilled that Christchurch will be the home for Vodafone's latest innovation hub!

With 170 applicants and 300 expressions of interest for only 10 spaces, we were absolutely over the moon when we found out that LINC-ED is one of the successful companies!

With the Vodafone xone announcement this week, we wanted to send you a personal message with our own update and what this means for LINC-ED - we are really excited about the impact that the xone programme will have, both from a tech and business point of view. Interest in LINC-ED is building and over the past few months we have been recruiting a fantastic team. We now have 5 full time employees and 2 part time. We feel incredibly lucky to have a dream team of developers, admin and data experts and educational expertise working with us.

What you see with LINC-ED is just the beginning and we are excited about the future of our software. We have our tech team working on enhancements to LINC-ED right now and the focus is on the functionality of the admin and finance module at present. We have a range of new features and we will update you on these shortly. Our help desk has expanded and our support team are working on video tutorials and articles to add to our knowledge base.

Furthermore, we know that when teachers come together and share, then great things happen. So, we held our first LINC-ED workshop this month for our Christchurch schools. We had an excellent turnout and, as a result, this will become a regular event. It was an opportunity for Paul to demonstrate new features of LINC-ED, for schools to see how other schools have customised the software to meet their needs and most importantly to build a network of LINC-ED schools. Stories were shared, tips offered and feedback provided.

One great share from St Albans Primary School was that they have recently introduced the option for parents to view their school account on their children’s LINC-ED page. As a result they noticed a considerable rise in the number of payments made.

Finally, over the holidays our tech team are working on moving schools over to our new servers. This process has begun and we will continue to monitor speed. With the developments that are happening over the next few months to LINC-ED, this will just keep getting better and better!

This is a time that we would like to say thank you to you all! You are the schools that have the vision to do things differently and have come on this journey with us. We value your feedback and we are listening to it! We are incredibly proud of the software that we have built and the difference that it is making to both internal and external communications about children’s learning. As passionate educators, that’s why we do what we do. We are committed to making it easier and more meaningful for teachers and schools to share and track children’s learning with their families and whānau. We are building world class software!

We look forward to the next few months of exciting developments at LINC-ED and want to thank you very much for having faith in us and for working with us!

The LINC-ED Team