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Illinois Science & Technology Coalition

STEM mentorship, on demand

The Illinois Science & Technology Institute (ISTI) is a STEM-focused nonprofit that provides programs and partnerships to connect companies with classrooms. ISTI supports schools and companies who want to impact the next generation of innovators, to build a stronger, more inclusive talent pipeline in Illinois.

ISTI engaged Tandem to help them launch a new web platform to support their mentorship efforts: The Mentor Matching Engine. This web platform allows students, teachers, and industry mentors to collaborate on research projects. The platform also allows students to propose projects and be matched with appropriate mentors.  Additionally, it supports collaboration through messaging, document sharing, and video conferencing.

The Tandem custom software development team worked with ISTI to iteratively build out the platform. The initial release was very successful and has allowed ISTI to scale its program to several thousand students and hundreds of projects.

After the initial release, ISTI was approached by several other similar organizations asking how they could use the technology. Tandem worked with ISTI to migrate the MME platform to a multi-tenant, Software-as-a-Service model. This allowed ISTI to license the platform to other organizations which created a new funding stream.

Today, Tandem supports the MME platform through our software managed services offering which ensures the stability, performance, and long-term success of the product.