Equitable Classrooms

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sensoryREADY

The first modular plug-and-play product for sensory environments, creating immersive educational and therapeutic spaces at an affordable price

Team Lead

Ayman Arandi

Solution Overview

Solution Name:

sensoryREADY

One-line solution summary:

Affordable safe immersive educational and therapy friend space.

Pitch your solution.

Providing a safe, interactive and immersive space across schools and centres is quite expensive and resource extensive job. Yet, its becoming more necessary with advancing world, where typical class and therapy room is becoming outdated.

With sensoryREADY, you are able to have your own sensory space in matter of minutes and for a fraction of the price of any available technology in the market.

Our solution have been developed by educators, psychologist, therapist, engineer and content curator over the last 8 years. Currently, there are more than 70 thousand children and adult benefiting on daily basis from sensoryREADY in +250 institution across 6 countries.

Having the possibility to control your environment is a very powerful thing, specially for children. And it becomes more important with children with development conditions. Sensory Environment is an idea innovated in the 70's, yet got commercialised in early 2000. The main challenge of such technology is price and installation. Our innovative solution solves these two issues by combining off-shelf-components and open-source engines.

Our team have invested more than 1.5M in development, all generating through organic sales. 

We believe in the next 10 years, every school, centre and hospital will have a sensory environment. And we - at Iris solution - have the key to make that possible.

Film your elevator pitch.

What specific problem are you solving?

Safe, affordable and immersive spaces in educational and therapy spaces.

What is your solution?

Modular, plug-and-play, and affordable sensory environment. A sensory environment is controlled space of light, music, and video that allows to create stimulating (or de-stimulating) space to reduce stress, increase attention and improve communication between teacher, therapists, parent and a child.

Who does your solution serve, and in what ways will the solution impact their lives?

Over and over - we offer our solution for educational and rehabilitations institutions: Schools, KGs, nurseries, centres, and hospitals. By providing a safe space in their premises, it increase the quality of the service delivered and improve the quality of life for our users.

Which dimension of the Challenge does your solution most closely address?

Support teachers to adapt their pedagogy, facilitate personalized instruction, and communicate with students and their families in remote and hybrid settings.

Explain how the problem you are addressing, the solution you have designed, and the population you are serving align with the Challenge.

We've built our solution organically to be affordable in the local conditions in Palestine - which gives us the advantage of surviving a quite challenging environment from the very beginning.

In what city, town, or region is your solution team headquartered?

Nablus

What is your solution’s stage of development?

Scale: A sustainable enterprise working in several communities or countries that is looking to scale significantly, focusing on increased efficiency.

Explain why you selected this stage of development for your solution.

We are currently operating in 6 countries.

Who is the Team Lead for your solution?

Ayman Arandi

More About Your Solution

Which of the following categories best describes your solution?

A new technology

What makes your solution innovative?

sensoryREADY is an innovative technology allowing to create education and rehabilitation friendly spaces with ease. It's the first plug-and-play, modular and affordable sensory environment solution available today. Currently, there are +70,000 children and adults benefiting of sensoryREADY across schools, KGs, centres and hospitals. Using this technology, a child (or adult) can control the surrounding space through light, music, visuals and sounds.

A sensory environment at school or a centre is a powerful tool to connect with the child, and set the mood for whatever is required to be achieved with the child. We believe, within the next 10 years, every educational and therapeutic institution will have some sort of a sensory environment in its premises.

Through research and analysis, sensory environment boots the process of rehabilitation, reduce stress, and increase focus. These are elements that every educator is seeking through his/her space.

Today, sensoryREADY serves as an ICU unit in numerous location in Middle East and Norther Europe.



Please select the technologies currently used in your solution:

  • Behavioral Technology
  • Internet of Things
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Software and Mobile Applications

Select the key characteristics of your target population.

  • Children & Adolescents
  • Elderly
  • Poor
  • Low-Income
  • Middle-Income
  • Refugees & Internally Displaced Persons
  • Persons with Disabilities

Which of the UN Sustainable Development Goals does your solution address?

  • 3. Good Health and Well-being
  • 4. Quality Education

In which countries do you currently operate?

  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lithuania
  • Qatar
  • West Bank and Gaza

In which countries will you be operating within the next year?

  • Egypt, Arab Rep.
  • Germany
  • Lebanon
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Spain

How many people does your solution currently serve? How many will it serve in one year? In five years?

75,000 children and adults across 250 institutions

This number is on monthly basis.

How are you measuring your progress toward your impact goals?

Number of beneficiaries

Number of institutions

Number of research published

Number of content offered

About Your Team

What type of organization is your solution team?

Hybrid of for-profit and nonprofit

How many people work on your solution team?

we are a team of 11 full timers and 3 part timers.

How long have you been working on your solution?

8 years

How are you and your team well-positioned to deliver this solution?

We are passionate about what we are doing - group of engineers, educators, therapists, and content creators all together on the mission to build the new generation of sensory environment.

What is your approach to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive leadership team?

We are diverse in term of ethnicity, gender, age, backgrounds and cultures.

Your Business Model & Partnerships

Do you primarily provide products or services directly to individuals, to other organizations, or to the government?

Organizations (B2B)
Partnership & Prize Funding Opportunities

Why are you applying to Solve?

Increase visibility and validation

Access to funding and network

Connect to likeminded social entrepreneurs 

In which of the following areas do you most need partners or support?

  • Public Relations (e.g. branding/marketing strategy, social and global media)
  • Product / Service Distribution (e.g. expanding client base)

Please explain in more detail here.

It's time to shift gears - we've been working within Palestine for the last 8 years, and now we want to go more global with our solution after the validation and success in our local (and harsh) market.

Iris managed to grow organically, and with minimal seed funding from the founders. 

Access solve will help us deliver our message, connect to the right minds to tell re-think the way we offer the solution on a global scale.

What organizations would you like to partner with, and how would you like to partner with them?

MIT University - additional research and validation

John Hopkins university - trials and access to subject matter experts. Have a solution installed at the Hopkins hospital

United Nations - access to global network, and distribution of solution.

Do you qualify for and would you like to be considered for The ASA Prize for Equitable Education? If you select Yes, explain how you are qualified for the prize in the additional question that appears.

No, I do not wish to be considered for this prize, even if the prize funder is specifically interested in my solution

Do you qualify for and would you like to be considered for The Andan Prize for Innovation in Refugee Inclusion? If you select Yes, explain how you are qualified for the prize in the additional question that appears.

Yes, I wish to apply for this prize

Explain how you are qualified for this prize. How will your team use The Andan Prize for Innovation in Refugee Inclusion to advance your solution?

sensoryREADY is already being used across refugee camps in Palestine - providing a safe space for children, and helping in the process of rehabilitation from PTSD and stress related conditions. This technology can offer real vale to refugees around the world in education and therapy.

Do you qualify for and would you like to be considered for The GM Prize? If you select Yes, explain how you are qualified for the prize in the additional question that appears.

Yes, I wish to apply for this prize

Explain how you are qualified for this prize. How will your team use The GM Prize for Innovation in Refugee Inclusion to advance your solution?

sensoryREADY is innovation technology solution allowing to access educational content is immersive, safe and sensory experience.

Do you qualify for and would you like to be considered for the Innovation for Women Prize? If you select Yes, explain how you are qualified for the prize in the additional question that appears.

No, I do not wish to be considered for this prize, even if the prize funder is specifically interested in my solution

Do you qualify for and would you like to be considered for The AI for Humanity Prize? If you select Yes, explain how you are qualified for the prize in the additional question that appears.

With more than 70,000 children using the system almost on daily basis, and expecting this number to multiple by 10 within the next 5 years, connecting with right AI system to analyse behaviour can be a great opportunity to generate research and knowledge.

Explain how you are qualified for this prize. How will your team use The AI for Humanity Prize to advance your solution?

No, I do not wish to be considered for this prize, even if the prize funder is specifically interested in my solution

Do you qualify for and would you like to be considered for The GSR Prize? If you select Yes, explain how you are qualified for the prize in the additional question that appears.

No, I do not wish to be considered for this prize, even if the prize funder is specifically interested in my solution

Solution Team

  • Ayman Arandi Iris Solutions
 
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