Learning is changing, classrooms are not.


We are a sharing platform and design consultancy
that tailors school spaces
to learning and teaching needs.


About the team

Jane Zhang, CEO

Jane is a designer turned education entrepreneur. She brings 10 years of experience in education and marketing. Having taught journalism in traditional classrooms and environmental education in outdoor settings, Jane understands intimately the power of space and place on learning. Previously, Jane helped pioneer an urban innovation program at the McConnell Foundation and managed a non-profit in the clean technology sector. She studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and McGill University.

Ryan Leaf, CTO

Ryan is an entrepreneur, technologist, and software engineer who is passionate about the intersection of technology and education. At room2learn, Ryan leads product development and technical strategy. Previously, Ryan was a software architect at Doorbell and founded Minsilo. Ryan received his B.S. in Management Information Systems from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Andy Ng, User Experience & Education Specialist

Andy is an educator, storyteller, and designer looking to understand how to build more equitable spaces for learning. At room2learn, he oversees user experience and educational strategy. Previously, Andy was a Project Manager at Google, Program Director at College for Every Student, and an analyst at JP Morgan Chase. He brings startup experience as a co-founder of Student to Student and an early employee at Harry’s Grooming. Andy studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and NYU.

Wiliam Yao, Web Developer

William Yao is a software engineer working on room2learn’s product development and software design. Previously, he worked with the Barrington Education Foundation to design and implement a high school makerspace. He studies Mathematics and Computer Science at Harvard.

Coco Yang, Marketing Associate

Coco is a content creator interested in merging education in physical and digital spaces. At room2learn, she manages digital marketing through social media and blogs. She brings marketing experience from the hospitality sector, where she worked at Waldorf Astoria and the Four Seasons Hotel. Coco studied hospitality management at Cornell University.

Advisors


David Stephen, M.Ed, RA

Principal, New Vista Design

Elizabeth Christoforetti, MArch

Co-founder, Supernormal

David Birnbach, MS

MIT Sloan School of Management

Tony Wagner, Ed.D.

Principal, New Vista Design

Scott Overdyke

Associate Director, Harvard Innovation Labs

Awards



Harvard Innovation Lab - Venture Incubation Program
(Spring and Summer 2016)

Harvard Education Innovation Pitch Competition 2015
(First Place)

Harvard HEEREA Success Conference Pitch Competition 2016
(First Place)

MassChallenge Boston 2016
(Semi-finalist)

eMerge Americas Startup Showcase 2016
(Finalist)

Yale-Chicago Education Business Plan Competition 2016
(Semi-finalist)

Harvard Business School New Ventures Competition 2016
(Semi-finalist)

MIT IDEAS Global Challenge 2016
(Finalist)


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