“Teach Through Play” Hops Border and Language Barriers


ThinkFun, Inc., originally known as Binary Arts, is an Alexandria, Virginia-based educational toy company. Founded in 1985 by Bill Ritchie and Andrea Barthello, the company has since been featured in the New York Times, TechCrunch, and Wired, while also winning many awards for their games. The company is on a mission to “Teach Through Play” and neither borders nor language barriers will stop them: their games are sold in over 60 countries and have been translated to over 20 different languages.

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With a catalog of over 70 games throughout its history, ThinkFun, Inc. continues to innovate and remain relevant. 2014 saw the company release the game Robot Turtles (one of the most backed board games in Kickstarter History) followed by 2015’s Code Master, with both games sharing the intent of teaching children the logic and problem-solving mentalities needed to be successful at coding.

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For 2016, the company is making its rounds to toy fairs and gaming conventions alike in promotion of their newest game, Escape the Room, a logic-puzzler that is based on the internet and real life sensation.

If you want to meet ThinkFun, Inc., up close and personal, you can find them on February 25th at Tech in Motion DC’s Demos: EdTech Edition. Otherwise, you can learn more about them on their website.

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Tech in Motion DC features local startups at Summer Demos and Drinks

With summer in full swing, Tech in Motion DC thought it would be an excellent time to host their popular Demos and Drinks event featuring local startups. On Wednesday, July 30th, techies gathered at The Advisory Board Company to view live demos from FoundationDB, nVisium, and Contactually. It was a packed house as soon as the doors opened!

dc crowd

FoundationDB provides their own data storage technology that allows you to focus onproblems other than building out your data stack.


nVisium is a mobile and web application security software that can be used throughout the development life cycle.


Contactually provides software created to build stronger relationships with the people that matter most to your current profession or career.


As the conversations were flowing, attendees were also able to view Microsoft’s new Ventures program catered towards assisting startups in fundraising, etc. no matter what development stage they are in. It is a free service that provides the proper software, developer tools, and cloud technology in addition to a free space to build your business!

Microsoft Ventures

Additionally, Fundrise, demoed their direct investment real estate and crowdfunding platform that eliminates the middle man. They are able to reduce the costs associated with real estate investment and makes the process more efficient.


We’d like to thank our generous sponsors, Microsoft, Fundrise, Workbridge Associates, and Jobspring Partners, for without whom, this event wouldn’t be possible.