The Houston Pitch Winners Blazed Through The Competition

Updated: Nov 16, 2020

Vernee Hines - 1st Place Winner


Raised in Oakland, California, Vernee grew up in public school systems where she experienced educational biases. That stuck with her for the rest of her life. As a first-generation, college student STEM education changed her world. She co-founded UpBrainery Technologies, a technology ecosystem that's disrupting educational and classroom norms through their proprietary technology. She's a STEAM Instructional Design professional with a love and passion for educating students.


The mission of UpBrainery is to eliminate historical education biases, to level the playing field for underrepresented students, and provide a technology solution that reaches even the most disconnected student. Vernee uses her understanding of curriculum design and theory of education to create a powerful educational platform.


UpBrainery is an educational technology software powered by AI, coupled with a neuroscience research-based curriculum that boasts a one-of-a-kind technology ecosystem with a solution for all stakeholders. Using never before developed Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, UpBrainery provides a cutting-edge learning experience for students and a technology solution for schools, districts, and corporations to reach students and provide education on a level previously unattainable.