EdTech SaaS company HFactory comes out of stealth mode with the ambition to reignite higher education pedagogy on Data Science and AI. The startup takes its roots in the “learning by doing” methods and pedagogical approaches championed within the Hi! PARIS Center for AI (HEC Paris, Institut Polytechnique de Paris and Inria) and the HEC Paris Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center.
The company founders realized that while there is a consensus to say that Data Science and AI pedagogy should be grounded in “real-life” group projects and hands-on assignments, it actually remains very impractical for educators to organize such activities. Professors end up cobbling a variety of disconnected tools, with little support and no way of integrating them into a delightful learner experience. HFactory ambitions to solve that gap, and to empower educators to create engaging active learning experiences in Data Science and AI. Such ambition will materialize first with the release of a packaged service for organizing data challenges and hackathons, and second with the delivery of the world’s first learning content management system (LCMS) dedicated to data science and AI education. Both products, which integrate a built-in Data Science Environment, are already being actively used by the Hi! PARIS Center and will be generally available in the first semester of 2022.
“We are very proud to see our nurturing of HFactory come to full blossom within the Hi! PARIS ecosystem,” confirms Inge Kerkloh Devif, Senior Executive Director of the HEC Paris Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center. “The Covid pandemic has underlined the need for new, innovative learning approaches and tools, and we are especially supportive of startups that can make an impact in that field.”