The process to determine the winner of the award started back in August when 35 companies showcased their products and services during the neXXpo Event, also hosted by the Chamber. Of the 35 companies who participated, seven moved on to the Nex7 Stage Event and gave their pitch as to why they were the most innovative company in Madison.
We are humbled by this award and will continue to work hard to drive innovation into Madison and around the world to help make life easier for schools, businesses and families worldwide.
Our Innovation Story
Whether it’s the difficulties that classrooms face in distributing mobile devices to students every day or the ever-growing distraction to families who are spending more time on mobile devices than they are engaging with one another, we exist to solve mobile device problems that arise in the workplace, schools and in homes.
With unique mobile device charging stations and charging carts, specifically designed to improve mobile device management in education, LocknCharge is able to save teachers up to 70 hours of class time per class, per year. By cutting back the amount of time it takes to hand out and pack up mobile devices, teachers are able to focus on quality teaching time for students. LocknCharge is also helping business manage mobile devices by providing improving efficiency through the use of secure, centralized points of charging.
TechDen, a LocknCharge company, created TheDen™, the first-ever charging solution that combines a mobile app and physical home so that parents are able to monitor and manage device usage in the home. The average 10 year old spends more than 1,000 hours per year in front of a screen. TechDen empowers parents and children to work together to teach healthy digital habits in the home, eliminating the distractions of technology to make room for quality family time.
When looking back at the first set of products created, LocknCharge has come a long way. We started with simple carts on wheels with no integrated electrical components. We’re now in the process of working on IoT solutions that will manage assets on digital devices from anywhere in the world through cloud-based software.
The humble roots of the company began in Perth, Western Australia in 1998. In 2012, the company expanded to the US by opening a two-room office on the east side of Madison, WI. After landing some large opportunities with Apple Education, Google Education and large tech resellers such as CDW, LocknCharge has grown in both revenue and staff year over year. At the beginning of 2018, we moved into a world-class facility on Helgesen Dr. in Madison. We now have over 30 employees in the US with a second office in Austin, TX. Continued growth has allowed our knowledgeable and passionate staff to help schools and businesses throughout the world manage mobile devices.
LocknCharge and TechDen are founded on four EPIC Values: Excellence, Positivity, Integrity and Collaboration. From product development to customer service to company culture, these values are the cornerstone of everything we do.
You can see the LocknCharge/TechDen pitch here:
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- Time-saving baskets allow teachers and students to quickly, safely and easily distribute devices every day, putting up to two weeks of class time back into the hands of teachers every year.
- Compact charging solutions save valuable real estate in space-strapped classrooms, allowing more room for expanding class sizes.
- Our budget-friendly product lines save schools serious money while still offering time-saving features like baskets and top-loading cart designs.
- Simple and organized cabling of our products will cut cart setup time in half, easing the burden of a device deployment on your schools’ IT Teams.
- Future-proof designs will increase the longevity of your charging investment. Never get stuck with an outdated charging cart or station again.
- Ultra-secure locking systems protect mobile devices from theft, breakage and loss, giving teachers peace of mind that their devices are always safe and sound.
- Durable products and lifetime warranties mean your charging carts and stations will last well into the future, saving schools serious time and money.
- Excellent Customer Support is always here to help with any questions or issues that may arise. You can count on us to be there for you.
- We are the experts in mobile device deployments, and our Customer Success Managers are here to help find the solution that’s right for each of your schools’ specific needs.
Change within companies is hard, especially when things have been done a certain way for a long time. However, with the way technology is changing so quickly, modern companies need to be agile and malleable. If you are someone who embraces change, convincing your company to adopt a new technology can be daunting. Luckily, we have the resources to help influencers talk to key stakeholders as to why new technology should be adopted.
Today’s B2B purchasers are typically made by groups of diverse stakeholders. According to Gartner, the typical B2B buying group includes 6-8 decision makers, and increased stakeholder diversity leads to group dysfunction as buying group members’ goals and interests often conflict. In this instance, you could be trying to convince stakeholders who have little interest in technology to switch to a mobile device program, or more specifically to implement a secure storage system for those mobile devices.
According to CEB, half of willing buyers are unwilling to advocate for desired purchases. This is because bigger teams increase the perceived risk of advocating for a purchase. As someone who wants to introduce a new technology (such as LocknCharge) to your team, you have to be someone who is willing to take the extra steps to influence internally. Advocates must be passionate about the new technology and must be willing to rally support from key stakeholders. Some ways to do this are by introducing colleagues to the supplier sales rep to gain insights and formulate thoughtful talking points, connecting the stakeholders for a group discussion, and educating those stakeholders about the need for the new technology. The perfect advocate…
… is willing to talk at length about their position.
… does their research on the technology and is prepared to answer any questions that stakeholders might have.
… is good at influencing and connecting others.
… has personal needs that will be met by the technology’s offerings/features.
… is good at pushing high-performance thinking and brings a healthy debate to sales discussions.
Does this sound like you? If so, here are some potential challenges you could face, as well as some ideas to tackle those challenges:
Your challenge: You may lack experience driving change as well as enough knowledge about the product itself to convince someone to buy it.
Potential Solutions: Research the benefits driving your position:
- How will this affect your team?
- Who will be impacted by this change other than your team, in both positive and negative ways?
- Have other companies had a similar change, and how did it turn out for them?
- What is the potential ROI of this change?
For example, 91% of current LocknCharge customers prioritize charging in their mobile device initiatives.
Another potential solution would be to come to your talking points ready with real-life examples and testimonials from other companies who have adopted the technology you’re fighting for.
Your challenge: You may not understand how your idea could influence teams other than your own.
Potential Solutions: Talk to cross-functional team members to find out how this new technology could affect their teams as well. You could also create a trickle-down benefits map. This could be a simple illustration of the connections between each team’s needs. You can also explore the company’s blog or website to find research that positively affects yours and other teams. For example, this post about how a mobile device rollout can contribute to your company’s overall success is a great resource for making a case for secure charging solutions.
Your challenge: You might be risk-averse and need confidence in your ability to persuade others.
Potential Solutions: Figure out who is the most likely to be least receptive to change, try to predict which objections they will raise and have answers ready for all possible objections. Also, identify which stakeholders will be your most powerful advocates so you can get them on board to help make your case.
If you are trying to persuade key stakeholders to adopt a new technology such as a mobile device rollout or LocknCharge mobile device secure charging stations, we are behind you every step of the way. Contact a sales rep for even more information to help build your case.
LocknCharge to launch its range of mobile device Charging Stations and Carts for the first time in Japan at the EDIX Show 2018.
LocknCharge is committed to making teachers’ lives easier by manufacturing high-quality solutions for charging, transporting, securing, storing and syncing mobile devices. Technology has many advantages in the classroom, and LocknCharge exists to ensure technology facilitates learning rather than becomes a hindrance to learning.
Currently operating in over 30 countries worldwide, including Australia, the United States, Canada, New Zealand and throughout Europe, LocknCharge has had major global success in the education sector with their unique charging systems.
From November 7-9 at EDIX 2018, LocknCharge will showcase its innovative range of mobile device charging and storage stations to the Japanese education market for the very first time.
LocknCharge recognizes that not all schools are the same. That is why they offer a variety of different storage and charging solutions to suit any educational establishment. Whether priorities align with affordability, flexibility or ease of use, LocknCharge has a superior range of charging options, all manufactured with high-quality components and thoughtful designs.
Lockncharge is known for its unique and innovative device carrying baskets, which keep tablets safe during transport and reduce the time spent by teachers in distributing devices. They also decrease the time spent by children queuing up in front of the charging station or cart to put devices away. This means teaching can happen faster, saving over two weeks of instructional time per cart each year.
Other common problems in schools include a lack of available space. LocknCharge Charging Stations are designed to be compact and are wall or desk-mountable minimizing the amount of space they take up in each room.
We will be launching our Carrier 20, 30 & 40 Carts, their iQ 20 & iQ 30 Carts, and their EVO 40 & EVO 40 Sync & Charge Carts to the Japanese market. They will also be introducing their Carrier 10, iQ 10 and iQ 10 Sync & Charge Stations, their Putnam 8 and 16 Charging Stations and the Sphero Charging Case.
LocknCharge Carts offer supreme flexibility and are easy to set up. Every Cart includes Baskets by LocknCharge for easy device distribution and pack-up. Carrier Carts are truly universal as they are compatible with Chromebook, Tablet, iPad devices and more. iQ Carts and EVO Sync & Charge Carts have the capability to easily sync devices so that they’re always up to date with relevant data and software.
The iQ Charging Stations can transform any wall, desk or bench into a secure space for charging mobile devices. The iQ Charging Stations are designed to be flexible and adapt to your surroundings.
LocknCharge Charging Stations can transform any wall, desk or bench into a secure space for charging mobile devices without taking up valuable classroom space. Putnam Charging Stations feature external LED lights so teachers can see if iPads are fully charged (green), charging (green), not plugged in/missing (no light). They also come pre-wired with 8 or 16 perfectly-sized MFi-approved Lightning cables, making setup a breeze while ensuring that cords never become tangled. With an integrated mechanical combination lock, there are no keys to worry about either. Plus, the charging station includes a master override key for school administrators in case of forgotten combinations.
Other products on show by LocknCharge at EDIX 2018 include the Sphero Charging Case, designed to charge, store, secure and carry Sphero Bolt or Sphero SPRK+ robots.
James Symons, CEO of LocknCharge, says: “LocknCharge products keep tablets safe, synced and charged, and always ready for use. This makes the management process so much easier for individual teachers and schools, freeing up their time to do what they do best – teach. We are extremely excited to be launching for the first time in Japan at EDIX, and this further cements our vision to be globally recognised as the most innovative and trusted brand in developing solutions for managing deployments of mobile technology.”
For more information on LocknCharge, please visit their website at www.lockncharge.com/jp.