He is turning his passion for maths into a business. Erwan, class of 2022, is the founder of the Neo project: an EdTech application that facilitates safer mathematics learning experiences. Several teachers and high school students are already testing this digital tool and are part of the Neo beta-testing community.
A lover of figures and education, Erwan, a student at ESILV studying for a Master in Engineering, has developed an E-learning web application based on artificial intelligence and a database that generates customised math problems for high school students. Dubbed Néo, the EdTech tool helps students revise their maths lessons using more than 300 different exercises covering all high school mathematics topics. Interviewed by the “Nouvelle Calédonie La 1ère” TV channel, Erwan gave the background of his project.
AI at the service of maths teaching
As an engineering student at ESILV, Neo’s founder discovered the benefits of artificial intelligence in the EdTech industry to help with online learning.
“I gave private lessons to students in Paris, in parallel with my engineering courses. I started to create an application that generated exercises for the students.
Then, along with my courses, which were oriented towards artificial intelligence and data analysis, I started to build a software program that analysed the profiles of the students. The tool was able to provide me with suggestions on what exercises I should give them,” explained Erwan in his TV interview.
Neo application is being tested by five teachers from the Lycée Lapérouse in Noumea. “If the test works well, they will feed it with the information we gather and the lessons they add to the application,” added Erwan.
Erwan will use the feedback and opinions of the beta testers to improve the tool and the pitch to investors. Currently, supported by Pepite New Caledonia, Neo wants to expand to the greater Paris area and the rest of the country to ease the teaching and learning of mathematics for all high school students.
“Even if it happens late in your studies, there will come a time when you can be doing applied mathematics, learning something significant and precious.
You’ve accumulated a little bit of knowledge, without which you wouldn’t have been able to understand what you will figure out. And that’s something incredibly cool. In the process, you will have structured your mind. You will have built rigour into your thinking. As a result, you’ll be able to make your dreams come true.”