XtremeLabs Attends the 43rd PTC Summit!

The XtremeLabs Examination and Certification (XEC) product allows proctors, instructors and other training experts to monitor and receive real-time results of those learning in the lab environment. The stress-free XEC product design eases testing anxiety and facilitate a rapid course retention. Through the XEC product we have been able to score over 200,000 tasks across 50+ technology platforms. In the past 12 months, XtremeLabs has scored over 90,000 hours of student sessions. The assessment environment can be adapted to native languages. This has allowed XtremeLabs to deliver Performance Based Testing in over 150 countries.

This week XtremeLabs sponsored and attended the 43rd PTC Summit in Montreal, Quebec. As always, the PTC Summit was the best! Julie and Catherine are great at organizing this event and bringing together SME’s from various industries to discuss their success and not always success stories. Special thanks go out to David Elfassy and his staff for hosting the event in his beautiful city. The weather was not very kind to us but nevertheless, we enjoyed the warmth of his city and his hospitality. Topics presented at the summit included: The evolution of a Performance Based Exam, Scaling issues with Performance testing and how to approach improvements, Simulations as a Performance-Based Testing Solution, and the daily challenges of deploying and running a Performance-Based testing program.

Thank you Julie and PTC! Looking forward to the next Summit in March 2020!

Top EdTech Executive, John Fontaine, joins XtremeLabs as Chief Technology Officer

Redmond, Washington – XtremeLabs LLC announced today that technology innovator John Fontaine will join as Chief Technology Officer to lead product innovation to power its award-winning hands-on learning and training platform.

In his role as Chief Technology Officer, Fontaine will focus on product design, user experience and development of industry standards for hands-on learning technology.

“Joining XtremeLabs provides an amazing opportunity to bring technology to bear to help learners everywhere succeed,” said John Fontaine, Chief Technology Officer at XtremeLabs. “I am thrilled to join the talented team of engineers, developers and technologist at XtremeLabs”.

With over twenty years of experience building education technology software, John has focused on product innovation and engineering.  He spent 14 years at Blackboard Inc., helping to develop one of the world’s most deployed and successful learning management system.  He served on various IMS Global Learning Consortium Committees including the Learning Tool Interoperability (LTI) standards body.  He was recognized by IMS Global with the Leadership Award for Learning Information Services work in 2012.

“Our focus on innovation in the EdTech and specifically the hands-on learning space continues unabated,” said Ahmar Abbas, CEO of XtremeLabs. “I am thrilled that John Fontaine with his deep expertise is joining us at this exciting time”.

XtremeLabs was recently selected to join Training Industry 2019 Watch List of Training Delivery companies and also received 4 IBA Stevie Awards in the Workforce Readiness and Computer Products category.  These accolades coincide with XtremeLabs’ thought leadership in defining the Hands-On Online Learning and Workforce readiness category; reimagining the customer experience and achieving industry leading Net Promotor Score® and continuous innovation in our product platform.

 

About XtremeLabs LLC

XtremeLabs provides technology products and services to support employability, workforce development and training. XtremeLabs provides hands-on labs for training, examinations and certifications.  XtremeLabs has over 9000 hands-on labs that cover subjects such as coding, security, data science, machine learning, networking. and other technologies. Our labs are available in over 10 different languages including German, French, Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Arabic.  For more information visit https://www.xtremelabs.io.

Gemini Updates – And Announcing New Features!

In August, XtremeLabs released Gemini, a new updated user interface for our lab portal. Gemini was the first release in a serious of product updates scheduled for our lab portal.

XtremeLabs is deeply committed to providing the best possible experience to our users. In response to all of the positive feedback and suggestions we received last month to our Gemini release, the XtremeLabs team has been working hard to implement additional improvements to the labs platform user experience.

There are new classroom search capabilities as well as some layout changes, and some of our favorite features, such as the ability to save and resume a lab module, are now cleaner and easier to use.

At this time, your account should default to the Gemini view, in the case that it does not please follow the instructions below for the Gemini view.

  1. Log in to your account at labs.xtremelabs.io as usual.
  2. On the far-left column, select the “My Account” tab.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see radio buttons to update your theme from “Classic” to “Gemini.” Select “Gemini.”
  4. Select “Update Preferences.”

We also have some new features/releases that we are very excited to roll out in the next several months. As an education technology company, we believe that our instructors and students should have greater transparency into their course progress. We also want to more deeply engage our users to understand what they would most like to see on our platform. To that end, we are working on a new analytics page and will be gathering ideas for future features from the XtremeLabs community.

More to come soon!

“We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.” Bill Gates, Founder, Microsoft

Any additional feedback to our Gemini release can be sent to BTP@XtremeLabs.io.

As always, thank you for your continued support and thank you for being part of the XtremeLabs community!

XtremeLabs is a Proud Platinum Sponsor of the MCT Summit 2019 Europe!

XtremeLabs was honored to be a platinum sponsor for the MCT Summit 2019 Europe event held in Lithuania on September 18 – 21. The event offered our team the opportunity to engage MCTs and address their needs with the ever-changing world of Microsoft and the training tools needed to deliver professional training. Meetings were held with Microsoft and the MCT community covering a variety of topics ranging from existing and new content, content matching up with the training labs, and what is coming down the horizon in the lab space.   Especially productive were the one-on-one sessions with the Microsoft team and the MCTs.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our dinner party which included a live band and a DJ. Kudos to the brave MCTs who got on the stage and did some singing (please keep your day jobs!)

Our host, Tomas and his wonderful family, took care of everybody like a true family.  From the daily events, evening events, to the final day of epic sight-seeing in and around Vilnius, all the events were delivered seamlessly and with tender care.  Thank you Tomas!

As a reminder MCTs can gain access to our Microsoft Labs Online by validating their MCID and the associated email address here. Instructions on how to do this can be found in the MCT Readiness Guide.

Highlights of the event are below!

 

XtremeLabs Wins People’s Choice Stevie® Award In 2019 International Business Awards

XtremeLabs was named a Favorite Company at The 16th Annual International Business Awards® yesterday.

The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. All organizations worldwide are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

The People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies are an annual feature of The International Business Awards. All organizations honored in the IBA’s Company of the Year categories were included in people’s choice voting.The worldwide public vote was conducted this summer, with the highest number of votes deciding the winners in a variety of company categories. More than 44,000 votes were cast.

More than 4,000 nominations were submitted to this year’s International Business Awards by organizations in more than 70 nations and territories, for consideration in a wide range of categories. These categories included: New Product or Service of the Year, Most Innovative Company of the Year, Management Team of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Startup of the Year and Executive of the Year, among others.

XtremeLabs is also the 2019 winner of 1 Gold and 2 Silver Stevie Awards in the categories of New Product for Career and Workforce Readiness, Customer Service Team of the Year and Company of the Year. XtremeLabs was awarded in the Category of Computer Software.

 

“We are appreciative and humbled by the award.  For years we have focused on coming up with the most innovate learning tools for our students and the worldwide IT instructors.  We promise to continue with this vision and roadmap which is focused on bringing knowledge to the students of the world by: “Learn by Doing”

Mori Ghazzawi

Director of Market Development , XtremeLabs LLC

“The winners of the People’s Choice Stevie Awards were able to activate and motivate their customers, employees, social media followers and other constituents to vote for them, and that is a testament to the healthy ties they have to those audiences,”

Michael Gallagher

President, Stevie Awards

Details about The International Business Awards, the complete list of People’s Choice Stevie Award winners, and the list of all 2019 Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners in the IBAs are available at www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.

About XtremeLabs LLC

XtremeLabs provides technology products and services to support employability, workforce development and training. XtremeLabs provides hands-on labs for training, examinations and certifications.  XtremeLabs has over 9000 hands-on labs that cover subjects such as coding, security, data science, machine learning, networking. and other technologies. Our labs are available in over 10 different languages including German, French, Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Arabic.  For more information visit https://www.xtremelabs.io.

About the Stevie® Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 nominations each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com.