Local technology firm helping schools transition online

Origami Made was founded in Dayton in 2018

The downtown Dayton technology company Origami Made was well prepared for the coronavirus pandemic. It has been working on a online education platform for years.

The challenge, chief technology officer David Stump said, has been responding to rising demand in the educational marketplace for online education. Schools across Ohio have been closed since March. Everything has gone online, and that could be the case for the remainder of the school year.

Origami Made builds custom software and offers technology consulting, and schools are some of its biggest clients.

”We have been working around the clock to help get schools and classes online, ensuring their continued operation and survival during this tough time,” Stump said.

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The company works with Cyanna Education Services to provide an online education platform called EDlumina, which helps schools manage student data and documents.

“Cyanna has a long history of helping institutions achieve and/or maintain accreditation and state licensure,” Stump said. “With this recent acceleration into online education, our technology coupled with the experience of Cyanna has allowed us to help numerous schools with this transition — via both technology and compliance. The best example of something we are doing today that we would not have been doing a month ago is onboarding a massive volume of schools onto the EDlumina education platform. While this has meant some long nights and stressful days, it has also led to many rewarding and thankful conversations with school administrators, who are simply trying to continue to offer quality education in this chaotic climate.”

Origami Made also produces software to help students. A recent example is an online computer certification course with 3D modeled computer parts. Students interact with the parts through augmented reality on computers in their homes.

In addition to the education field, the company works with businesses in the commercial sector, the medical field and everything in between, Stump said. It produced a Wooly Mammoth augmented reality experience for The Works museum in Newark. It is working on building a state-of-the-art virtual reality forklift training system. It has also used augmented reality with manufacturers.

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“The ability to showcase large-scale industrial and commercial machinery in any location,” Stump said, “has dramatically reduced the costs associated with delivering a visual experience at a trade show, eliminating expensive shipping and logistical costs.”

Stump, Chris Eckels and Allison Jenkins founded Origami Made in 2018 in Dayton — their office is located at 22 S. St. Clair St. — and added a second office in Newark to serve Central Ohio in 2019. Employees have been working at home since Gov. Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order in March, and it hasn’t been a tough transition because the company has had remote team members since it opened.

“Ensuring good communication and teamwork has always been vital to our success,” Stump said. “We utilize Slack and Zoom a great deal to stay in constant communication. Now that our team is unable to connect in-person, we rely on our technology to support team morale. We’ve hosted ‘virtual happy hours’ online, and have added Slack channels dedicated to sharing family photos, interesting industry articles, staff celebrations and more with the team.”

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