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I am pretty sure that most of you are already familiar with this IT world wonder woman. She is a Gamer, maker, passionate learner and Economist turned edgames developer and an MIT Graduate!
Laila Shabir is the CEO and co-founder of LearnDistrict. Learn District aims to create educational games that are so much entertaining and engaging to play that your children won’t even realize that they’re learning.
Laila Shabir has brought together a team of some awesome people, who literally reside together and spend their day playing video games, then make new and better ones by night. Based out of San Diego, California, Shabir and her husband who is the other co-founder and CTO, hope that their most recent creation Penguemic will take the world by storm and create a new much needed movement in the educational gaming world.
Here is an exclusive interview with Laila Shabir to give you more details about her Startup “LearnDistrict”
Q: Your product/company’s full name?
Laila Shabir: LearnDistrict Inc.
Q: Tell us something about your Start up and latest product?
Laila Shabir: We’re an indie games studio, focused on developing next generation learning games for students in Middle school and older. LearnDistrict’s mission is to make education accessible through play. We’ll be launching Penguemic – Word Domination in Spring, 2014 on multiple platforms: iOS, Android, PC, Mac and Linux.
Q: Who came up with this idea? How and from where did you get inspiration?
Laila Shabir: We’re a team of designers, developers and artists. The inspiration for Penguemic came from Pokemon and other casual iOS games.
Q: When was this initiated?
Laila Shabir: In August, 2013.
Q: What are the initial problems you faced in making this happen?
Laila Shabir: We faced standard first time product development issues: scope, timeline and managing expectations internally as well as with the outside world.
Q: How big is your team? Tell us something interesting about how you work and stuff like that.
Laila Shabir: The core team is comprised of 4 members. We live together in a gamer/startup house, cook together, work and play together. I’ve found this to be an excellent model for an early startup because it keeps us focused on the task at hand – building solid games.
Q: What do you think you have achieved so far?
Laila Shabir: We raised a little over $50K on Kickstarter last Fall, won a handful gaming awards. We’ve also managed to remain sane through the good and bad days. I’m very proud of that 😛
Q: What are your future plans? How do you see your start-up after 5 years?
Laila Shabir: Publish a series of test prep and high school curriculum games, grow the team and expand into B2B educational software.
BlogoGist: We wish you and your team best of luck!
Founding Vision behind LearnDistrict is: Imagine a world where a high school student’s grades could be improved by a $10 game instead of a $70 book. The next generation of learning and gaming is here, and it starts at LearnDistrict.
LearnDistrict’s latest game penguemic is a fun game with a great theme in which a bunch of penguins fight with polar bears with “vocabulary words” hence giving kids a great game along with some education because “If you were trying to really master the game, there’s no way you won’t master the words”.
My dream is to get as many people developing the apps and as many educational games as possible and educational elements in games. – says Laila.
You can connect with her on twitter at: @LailaShabir
So what do you people think about her awesome start up and undeterred efforts in making the games fun as well as educational? I feel totally inspired!