Amira Learning Selected as SxSW Finalist for Innovation of 2019

Chosen from hundreds of start-ups, Amira Learning will unveil its new technology at the live event

January 10, 2019

Amira Learning, Inc., the company re-inventing learning to read with AI, has been selected as a finalist for the high-profile SXSW Edu Innovation Award. The company, based in San Francisco, CA, is among the few chosen from hundreds of start-ups. Amira Learning will unveil its new technology at the live event.

Amira leverages 20 years of ground-breaking innovation at Carnegie Mellon’s AI lab to help young children master reading. The software is uniquely able to listen to students read out loud, detect their errors and deliver interactive interventions to accelerate their reading skills. In field trials in classrooms around the world conducted by leading universities, Amira powered growth equivalent to giving each student their own certified 1:1 human tutor.  

“Amira has the potential to change the landscape of independent reading practice”, said Dr. Katherine Miles, Assistant Professor at CUNY and reading scientist for the Reading Rescue program. Dr. Miles is one of the many world-class scientists from the fields of psychometrics, AI, reading science and speech recognition whose expertise powers Amira.

 “Our mission is to help every child become a motivated and masterful reader by 3rd grade” said Mark Angel, Amira’s co-founder and CEO. “Today, 65% of 9-year old children are failing to become good readers.  Longitudinal tracking has shown these students are 4 times more likely to drop out, have 30% less career earnings and struggle to ever master life’s most important skill.”

Amira Learning combines the latest advances in AI with the most impactful discoveries in reading science and psychometrics to create an interactive avatar able, for the first time, to tutor K- grade 3 kids. The company will present in front of a live audience and industry judges during SXSW Edu in Auston, Texas.

About Amira Learning

Amira Learning is re-inventing learning to read with AI.  Amira is the first interactive avatar able to assess, read along with and coach developmental readers and is led by the former senior technical managers at Renaissance Learning, the leader in Reading Assessment and Practice software in K-12 classrooms. In field research conducted by leading Universities, Amira has demonstrated the ability to help children grow as much as giving each child their own certified human tutor.  For a personalized demo of Amira, email

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