New home for Sumadi

With the expansion of our team in Honduras, we were pleased to open our new state-of-the-art office at a special event hosted for clients, partners, and colleagues.

Sumadi’s new home will encourage a collaborative work approach and help optimize the solutions we develop and the superior service we offer our clients.

The space will also enable us to work according to our hybrid model – with workstations, private offices, conference rooms, a terrace, food court, and onsite parking at the central location in Tegucigalpa, in addition to team members working from home.

We expect 2022 to be a significant year of growth for Sumadi, bringing new employment opportunities for EdTech professionals. We look forward to welcoming our new team members into this great work environment.


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Online learning and assessments – the status quo

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, there was high growth and adoption of education technology. Globally, EdTech investments reached US$18.66 billion in 2019, while looking forward, the market for online education is projected to reach $350 billion by 2025.

Major world events often give rise to innovation. The pandemic has not forced the rise of education technology, only accelerated it, and pushed it towards greater innovation. As we approach the second anniversary of the pandemic (the World Health Organization declared a pandemic on 11 March 2020), many believe online learning and the need for education technology are here to stay.

Online learning effectiveness

There are many benefits to online learning, with evidence suggesting it can be more effective (for those with access to the right technology). Studies by the Research Institute of America show that on average, students retain 25-60% more material when learning online compared to only 8-10% in a classroom.

Many students are able to learn faster online. It’s been suggested corporate e-learning requires 40-60% less time to learn than compared to traditional learning. This is because online learning students learn at their own pace; they can revise, review, bypass, or accelerate through their learning as they choose.

In addition, online learning provides greater flexibility, enabling students to incorporate learning into their daily lives and schedules, with the added benefit of being able to participate in live classes or opt to view recorded lessons.

There is also an economic benefit for online learners through cost savingswith less money spent on things like transportation. There is also the potential for online learning to lead to lower costs of education, for example, institutions (like universities) will require less infrastructure (e.g. physical campuses).

Benefits of proctoring solutions

While the demand for online learning has grown as a result of the pandemic, so too has the need for online evaluations, a trend we here at Sumadi believe will continue. The wide range of benefits to today’s test-takers include:

  • Exam integrity with effective monitoring – exam conditions can be maintained through secure and continuous monitoring (to deter cheating), including analyzing and processing images recorded during exams (while not interrupting the test taker).
  • Authentication – ability to verify a person’s identity before an exam to authenticate the test taker
  • Larger range of exam questions – with access to huge memory banks, a wider range of questions can be incorporated into online exams.
  • Preference for answering questions – most test takers prefer to type in their exams rather than handwrite, which can be the case in face-to-face exams (this is also more efficient for exam evaluators to review).
  • Reduction in carbon footprint – eliminating the use of paper and traveling to face-to-face exams reduces carbon emissions.
  • Time-saving – rather than spending time commuting to an exam (or the logistics of seating arrangements that happen immediately prior to face-to-face exams) test takers have more time for study and exam preparation.
  • Data collection and security ­assurance – proctoring solutions like Sumadi’s secure data in transit and at rest, and don’t share data with any third party. Sumadi solutions are security assured through Blackboard PBSC and the Open Web Application Security Project’s (OWASP) Top 10 Proactive Controls.

With great innovation taking place across the sector, the advantages of proctoring solutions will only be enhanced.

As we progress beyond the second anniversary of the pandemic, the importance of imparting knowledge across institutions, cities, countries, and regions, and all parts of society, remains. Online learning and online assessments will be integral to this, and proctoring solutions will need to continue to innovate.

At Sumadi, our vision is to modernize and simplify supervision and information validation for test-takers around the world in the most secure way, through a universal technology ecosystem. It’s our mission to help provide the best online assessment experience.

Our Commitment to Quality and Integrity

Almost every student in the world has participated in some form of online learning over the past 12 months. Some institutions were prepared for this, some were not. Regardless, maintaining the academic integrity of learning outcomes has been their absolute priority.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has not changed the direction of learning, it rapidly accelerated changes that have been emerging for some time.

With most forms of examinations happening online, learning institutions need to have confidence in the learning outcomes of their students. Sumadi helps ensure the integrity of learning outcomes by providing leading technology and sophisticated processes to support this.

Integrity is not just an outcome we strive for – it’s who we are and how we work.

There are, understandably, many questions about how technology, incorporating the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), is being used and how effective this is. Therefore, it’s important to clarify how Sumadi has been developed and how we work:

    • We are transparent in all we do. For example, we use facial recognition and comparison as part of our platform and inform all users about these features by initially obtaining consent for such use. We also provide a mechanism whereby users can provide feedback to help us improve our technology and processes.
    • AI is a significant technological advancement and we’re just starting to experience many of the ways it can and will enhance our everyday lives. However, AI is not intended to replace human judgement. Combining innovative technology with human judgement has always been, and will remain, central to the Sumadi model.
    • We developed Sumadi for learners and professors everywhere. We understand that every learner has a unique physical profile, and we are committed to incorporating the latest, most accurate facial recognition technology which is proven to work effectively with all population groups.
    • After extensive market research and market testing, we believe the facial recognition software developed by Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon Rekognition, is an industry leader based on its accuracy and its ability to scale to tens of thousands of users. In 2020, AWS completed a study with more than 79,000 images of learners from Caucasian, Black, South Asian, East Asian, Hispanic, and Middle Eastern backgrounds resulting in exceptional accuracy, which was significantly higher than other facial recognition software.
    • There are three critical stages in the Sumadi experience – Registration, Authentication, and Validation. From beginning to end, Sumadi works to identify the user and build confidence in the examination outcome. The student is never interrupted during the examination if any anomalies are detected by the technology. Instead, the (human) reviewer will receive an alert immediately at the conclusion of the exam indicating the need for further investigation.

We evaluate and analyze all we do. We are committed to improving Sumadi based on ongoing market research, user feedback, and constant innovation. We expect the same from our partners. Together, we are transforming online student assessment.We’re here to answer your questions. You can reach out to us anytime at

Download the Sumadi Commitment to Quality and Integrity

Sumadi recognized in Europe’s Top 10 EdTech startups

Sumadi is proud to have been listed as one of the Top 10 EdTech startups in Europe. Enterprise Security magazine included us in the annual listing of 10 companies that are at the forefront of providing EdTech Startup solutions and impacting the industry.

Our Executive Director, Raul Rivera spoke to Enterprise Security about our startup journey and the plans to strengthen our presence as a leading online education solutions provider.

Here’s what they had to say about us: “As online learning reaches a broader market, education technologies like Sumadi will play a significant role. With such unparalleled capabilities and affordability, Sumadi is bound to reach greater heights.”

Read more about this story in Education Technology Insights.

Colombia Makes History with World-Leading Global Innovation

While much of the world looks to settle into a new normal following the onset of COVID-19, many of the changes that resulted from the pandemic are set to remain.

Education has experienced a significant digital transformation – and although this was gaining momentum prior to the pandemic, it was significantly accelerated because of it. In particular, the need for online evaluations grew in relevance and importance, and we believe that trend will continue. 

As people endured months of COVID-19 quarantine and health restrictions banned in-person testing, the potential to impact the learning outcomes for millions around the world was threatened. However, applications such as ours played a pivotal role in enabling testing to continue – so that students could be assessed and graduate, employees could be accredited, and people could continue their professional and self-development – regardless of the pandemic.

ICFES (the Colombian Institute for the Promotion of Higher Education – part of Colombia’s Ministry of National Education) utilized the digital transformation in order to execute 326,000 online state exams.

In Colombia, high school seniors are required to take an exam (the Pruebas Saber 11) to graduate and be admitted to higher education. Students in technical and technological careers, and undergraduate students must also undertake specific exams (the Saber TyT and Saber Pro).

Sumadi partnered with CognosOnline and Open LMS to deliver these exams online, on behalf of ICFES to Colombian students – those located within the country, as well as abroad. 

As a result of the partnership and the successful delivery of the exams (which lasted up to five hours), Colombia became the first country in the world to carry out exams on such a large scale, online and simultaneously. 

The project involved the implementation of technology that enabled thousands of students to be assessed virtually through:

  • a learning management solution, with high scalability that allowed for the creation of exams in an intuitive and accessible way and that could be easily adopted by those responsible for uploading exam questionnaires. The eLearning platform, Open LMS enabled this.
  • a technology that would integrate with Open LMS and could deliver academic integrity and exam security through online monitoring. This role was pivotal to the project’s success and was executed by Sumadi.

We supervised the exams while they were being undertaken by creating electronic academic files and identifying students who were not complying with the exam rules, such as a student attempting to open a restricted page, checking their cell phone, or speaking to a third party. 

During the exams, continuous facial authentications of the students were captured, producing records in an automated way, and generating alerts for evaluators in real time. This included capturing more than 181 million photographic records, simultaneously.

“We’re proud to have been part of this history-making project, working with ICFES, CognosOnline and Open LMS,” said Raúl Rivera, Sumadi’s Executive Director.

“Through our AI and facial recognition technology we ensured the integrity of the exams, allowing for a fair and impartial evaluation of all students, no matter where they were located.”

“Importantly, the project helped contain the spread of COVID-19 and kept students safe as they undertook their exams from home – enabling them to fulfil their assessment requirements and avoid significant impacts to their learning outcomes,” Raúl added.

Colombia’s example highlights what can be achieved when technology, human capital and effective partnerships are optimized. It also demonstrates the current digital transformation – using technology for simultaneous online assessments of large numbers of students located anywhere in the world – is succeeding.

Experience the future of learning

We’re excited to be participating as a Premium Sponsor at Blackboard's virtual conference, BbWorld21 on July 13-15 and 20-22.

Join us and thousands of educators, administrators, and thought leaders from the global education community for this interactive digital event. There’ll be keynote addresses, breakouts sessions, and workshops designed to provide industry insights, best practices, and a clearer vision of the future.

This year’s key topics include teaching and learning experiences, the latest EdTech trends, data and analytics, student success, institutional change, accessibility, product integrations, and community engagement.​

On Wednesday 14 July (11.05am–11.20am ET) and Thursday 22 July (1.50pm–2.05pm ET ) you’ll hear from our leaders as they discuss ‘How Remote Proctoring is Shaping the Future of Global Online Education’.

You’ll also have the opportunity to connect with the Sumadi team throughout the six days of the conference, and experience our automated proctoring solutions with live demonstrations.

BbWorld is a free event. You can tune in live or watch on demand. Register here.