My name is Ian and I'm new to this forum. I wanted to introduce you all to Prepd
, a business I started that has been building software for the speech and debate community for the past 2.5 years.
Have you heard of or used Prepd before? If so, please let me know what you think! Any and all feedback is most appreciated.
For those who haven't heard of Prepd (pronounced "prepped," as in "prepared'), our applications help extempers and congressional debaters research, practice, and compete. Over 300 schools have joined Prepd. Moreover, nearly 8,000 students have saved over 1.3 million research articles.
To learn more about Prepd, please visit the following sites:
Prepd - www.prepd.in
Extemp - www.prepd.in/extemp
Congress - www.prepd.in/congress
Dashboard - www.prepd.in/dashboard
There are also a couple of demo videos:
Extemp - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leI2kAwOAl0
Congress - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k663HHoELrI
At a high-level, Prepd's Extemp app allows you to do the following:
- Easily save articles from any news site
- Organize articles into folders and sub-folders
- Look at the raw text version of each article
- Highlight important article content
- Search through all articles at once (content and titles)
- Upload PDFs
- Conveniently organizing files with a "Round" feature, for while you are in competition
- Much more!
Prepd's Congress app allows you to:
- Save tournament dockets and bills to an account
- Upload pre-written material (e.g., speeches, outlines, briefs) for individual bills
- Conveniently organize files while you are competing with the "Round" feature
- Access a useful parliamentary procedure guide
- Track precedence and recency
The Dashboard allows you to:
- Study team wide analytics and filing trends (including filing activity, publication sources, and word clouds for topic areas)
- Download user activity reports as Excel files to easily assign grades
- Monitor user activity with individual user profiles
- Change application settings
- Manage billing, account status, and more
Prepd runs exclusively on Google Chrome. You can access our web applications for Extemp, Congress, and the Dashboard via Chrome. Additionally, we've built three Chrome extensions - the Article Catcher
, for saving articles from any website, and Offline Apps for Extemp
- as well as an iPad app
You can purchase an individual account, or a team account that allows you to collaborate with all of the members on your team. Our prices are competitive with those of file sharing technologies like Dropbox and Evernote. With Prepd, a 20 user team, for example, would pay $275 for the school year, or just $13.75 per student.
Please let me know what you think of Prepd! The more feedback, the better. I'm happy to explain any decisions we made with the product and shed light on where we'd like to go in the future. There are 6 of us who are working full time to make Prepd the ultimate technology for speech and debate.
If you'd like to create a Free One account, simply visit dashboard.prepd.in/#/signup
on Chrome. It will take one minute to create an account, and is absolutely free to get started.