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Eduling Speak Ready for the LaunchPad Competition

Together with four other edtech products, Eduling Speak is getting ready for the final pitch at the LaunchPad competition held at the CALICO conference on June 8, 2023. The stage (pictured below) is now ready for the competitors, judges, and attendees. The event will have the participation with a panel of esteemed judges who are experts in the area of technology for language teaching; organizers who are managers, faculty, and staff from the Language Flagship Tech Innovation Center; CALICO leaders, and educators and scholars who attend CALICO. It will also be livestreamed on Facebook.

Northrop Best Buy Theatre - Venue for LaunchPad 2023

Here's official information posted by the organizers.


Founder and CEO: Linh Phung

Primary Audience: Graduate, Undergrad, Community College, High School

Being first of its kind to apply Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT), Eduling Speak connects English learners to complete a task or game together by speaking in English. Learners can be connected in several ways: randomly with another learner, with their friends they add to their friend list, with classmates in a class led by an educator, or with volunteers. It’s convenient, effective, and fun. The newest version of the app also has hundreds of tasks that learners can complete individually in the solo mode to develop their listening skills, hear good speaking samples, and develop their linguistic repertoire through input-based and recording tasks.

Information about other competitors can be found here:


The Language Flagship

The Language Flagship is a national initiative to change the way Americans learn languages through a groundbreaking approach to language education for students from kindergarten through college.

Through a network of 31 Flagship Programs at 23 institutions of higher education across the U.S., The Language Flagship graduates students who will take their place among the next generation of global professionals, commanding a superior level of proficiency in one of ten languages critical to U.S. national security and economic competitiveness. Students come from all regions of the nation and pursue a variety of academic and professional interests in addition to language study.

Flagship Certified Professionals are highly motivated graduates who possess:

  • Professional-level language proficiency in their Flagship language of choice

  • Advanced cultural skills and experience living and working abroad

  • Intercultural insights for careers in the federal government, global business, nongovernmental organizations, and other fields

The Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center (Tech Center)

The National Security Education Program

(NSEP) awarded the Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center (Tech Center) grant to the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2015. The Tech Center provides resources and support to identify, design, develop, deliver, and evaluate effective means to blend technology into existing Flagship programs. The center regularly convenes a core team of leading professionals to engage in an ongoing conversation that identifies groundbreaking initiatives in academia, the private sector, and government to improve language learning experiences through technology.

The LaunchPad

This event was conceived as one of the Tech Center community-building activities. The main purpose of the LaunchPad is to connect private sector partners with academia and the government sector in order to align efforts in the design and development of innovative technologies for world language education. The LaunchPad is now in its sixth year.

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