Veteran Award Winning E-Learning Studio Combines with Austin edTech Gaming Startup


It may seem odd for a custom developer to encourage their clients to do their own work

Enspire Learning and sonarDesign have combined forces to create a Next Gen digital studio. The studio is focused on providing interactive e-learning and simulations to new employees entering the workforce that have grown up surrounded by high production value video games.

“Companies need e-learning with engaging interactivity, but they can’t afford it,” explains Mary Maltbie, CEO of Austin-based Enspire. “E-learning projects start out with the desire for simulations, but training budgets are small, so interactivity ends up on the cutting room floor.” Having earned official designation as a leading gamification company through Training Industry for the past three years, Enspire was looking for a platform that would enable it to create immersive, interactive learning at a fraction of the typical development cost. “We’ve been looking for an unfair competitive advantage, and knew we had found it after our first meeting with sonarDesign,” says Bjorn Billhardt, Founder and Chairman of Enspire. “The sonarDesign platform is remarkable in its ability to use smart, reusable components to take e-learning to another level.”

sonarDesign was founded in 2012 on a mission to make it quick and easy to create interactive learning experiences. “Writing rich interactive content in JavaScript is slow and difficult, but trying to make it accessible and look identical on all devices is nearly impossible,” says Adrian Penn, an award winning animator and VP of Product at sonarDesign. sonarDesign’s platform is a complete JavaScript game engine and editor with a robust timeline animation system that includes hierarchy,…

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