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Posted: March 2, 2013 | Business, Technology

Preparing for ATP Conference, Ft. Lauderdale

Innovations in Testing is ATP’s annual conference, bringing together assessment and technology professionals from around the world. In 2012, we went to this event with just one goal in mind: introduce TAO to a North American audience, and establish ourselves as a viable alternative to the proprietary systems that became the norm during the past decade. Our mission was a big success: we probably had the most visited booth at the event, and the market definitely took notice of us.

This year we’re returning with an even bigger story, announcing partnerships with two major industry players that will lay the foundation for many good things to come:

We’re teaming up with Breakthrough Technologies (, a veteran of the assessment software development industry, to bring open source item-banking solutions to professional certification and licensure customers in the U.S. and Canada. Conference attendees will see how they can achieve their test development goals by taking advantage of TAO-based item-banking tools to create a fully customized test development system at a fraction of the usual cost.

We’re joining forces with Cito ( to connect Cito´s assessment platform Questify with TAO. When available, customers will experience a seamless solution covering the entire range of low-stakes to high-stakes assessments. This is made possible by the use of open APIs and established standards such as QTI and LTI.

So, we look forward to this exciting event, and please… check in with us in a couple of days to find out how it went.

Posted: February 20, 2013 | Business

Just Moved!

We did it! A couple of days ago we left Tudor for our new offices at the Technoport (, a start-up incubator in the South of Luxembourg, and a truly exciting place! Not just because of all the other hi-tech companies here, but also for our new surroundings: we’re right smack in the middle of an old steel mill, a monument to the industrial revolution. You got to see it to believe it! Read More »

Posted: February 12, 2013 | Business, Technology

Impressions from ATP Innovations in Testing 2013

We couldn’t be more pleased with this conference. Besides generating many high quality leads, the ATP event also offered a renewed validation of TAO’s business model and vision: we were approached by several vendors wanting to integrate their products with ours, ranging from the content side to remote proctoring in high-stakes settings. This is key to our strategy of best-of-breed components, as it enables us to build out the TAO ecosystem into comprehensive solutions for our customers.

P.S. More about our vision and business model in an upcoming blog post.

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Posted: February 12, 2013 | Business

Spinning Off…

As some of you may know, TAO originated as a research project between the University of Luxembourg ( and the Research Center Henri Tudor ( As a result of the successful deployment of TAO by OECD (to conduct their large scale, international assessment projects for students and adults – PISA and PIAAC), we started getting more and more inquiries from K-12, Higher Education and also the employment sector.

Soon enough we realised that TAO had the potential for something much bigger, perhaps as big as Moodle ( And so we started working with Tudor to spin-off TAO into a separate, independent entity. It was hard work to secure all the necessary funds, but we did it, and the team is now ready to take the plunge!

Our first step towards an independent company is pretty basic, but tremendously important nevertheless: move into our own office space!

Want to see what our new home looks like? – Come back in a couple of days for the first pictures!

TAO: Recipient of the 2015 Learning Impact Awards Platinum medal

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