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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Introduces HMH Labs: New Digital Initiative Dedicated to Cutting-Edge Edtech Solutions

Boston-based incubation hub brings new roles in digital development to HMH's headquarters

Oct 22, 2014
BOSTON – Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced the creation of HMH Labs – a new Boston-based incubation effort designed to fuel innovation and growth in education through the ideation, experimentation and rapid prototyping of new technology solutions. 

Situated within the Company's rapidly expanding Technology Group led by Chief Technology Officer and former White House CIO Brook Colangelo, the HMH Labs team will work with designers and developers across the organization and beyond to build cutting-edge tools for students, teachers and parents. Leveraging APIs and an agile development model, HMH Labs will create an environment in which technologists can prototype across multiple modes of delivery in order to enhance the digital user experience and increase the accessibility of HMH's market-leading content. 

HMH Labs will be headed up by Claudia Reuter, entrepreneur and former CEO of ePortfolio company SchoolChapters, which was acquired by HMH in July 2014. Reporting to Brook Colangelo, Claudia will lead a team of software engineers, solutions architects, UX specialists, and digital program managers, with plans to grow the team further over the next 12 months.

“To meet the challenges facing education across the US and beyond, it's going to take experimentation and the incubation of new ideas. Digital innovation has the power to enable the transformation of the learning experience, but we know we've only scratched the surface,” says Brook Colangelo, Chief Technology Officer at HMH. “We're investing significantly in edtech talent to accelerate the development of new digital solutions and further our growth as a digital content and media company.”

"Boston was a natural choice for HMH Labs," added Claudia Reuter, Vice President, HMH Labs. "As an innovation hub with a strong heritage in education and technology entrepreneurship, our HQ city offers an unparalleled talent pool, and a shared passion for the potential to change lives through learning."

The team will also facilitate the Company’s annual Hackathon program, in which employees spend one day designing and coding new applications which address a challenge facing students, teachers or parents.

HMH's Technology Group is currently recruiting for over 30 edtech roles in Boston and beyond. To learn more and join a team of visionaries impacting more than 50 million students worldwide, visit careers.hmhco.com.

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About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company with the mission of changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. Among the world’s largest providers of pre-K–12 education solutions and one of its longest-established publishing houses, HMH combines cutting-edge research, editorial excellence and technological innovation to improve teaching and learning environments and solve complex literacy and education challenges. HMH’s interactive, results-driven education solutions are utilized by more than 50 million students in over 150 countries, and its renowned and awarded novels, non-fiction, children's books and reference works are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. For more information, visit www.hmhco.com.

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