About


Why Ransomly?  

There are a lot of benefits of our hyper-connected lives. We have all the world’s information in the palm of our hand, we can take filtered pics, share our somewhat interesting lives instantly and the list goes on.

That hyper-connectivity comes at a cost though. We often find ourselves more disconnected from each other.   If you don't regularly and intentionally set aside a time and place to unplug, you are going to miss out on a lot real moments in your life.

At Ransomly, we believe it is time to intervene. Our Bluetooth beacon and Android app create app-free, distraction-free spaces for real-life connection. We are using the latest tech to carve out "Space For Humanity".  

The tech

We use bluetooth low energy and patent-pending software methods (Kunzler Law Group) to create our spaces.

#disconnectTOconnect #noPhubbing #SpaceForHumanity

 

 The Team

zack prager

Zack Prager, Founder

I have been developing software that promotes well-being ever since I did my graduate work in applied psychology at UPenn.  

My past projects include GratitudeBucket.com, a social network built around appreciation and recognition of the strengths of other and Nudge Kick, an app to bolster willpower.   Recently, I entered the IOT space by joining Emberlilght.co, a smart lighting company that hopes to reduce energy usage.

With Ransomly, I want to create distraction-free, app-free "Spaces For Humanity" so we can disconnect to connect with each other more often.  Early research confirms what many of us already suspect:  too much screen time disrupts our relationships and contributes to our unhappiness.   So it is time to carve out tech-free spaces in our homes and workplaces.  

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Mennonite. I love my apps.  I love my phone.  But I also see the need to unplug more often.

 

Erik Rochner, Multi-media content

Erik has worked as a cinematographer and time-lapse specialist for National Geographic, PBS, BBC, Off The Fence, Nature PBS, and Gorongosa Media Project.

He joined Ransomly so that he could help solve the growing tech addiction in our culture. He works to capture the mission and work of Ransomly in videos, images, and narrative.

 

Crystal Helman, Design

Crystal is a Web Designer with nearly ten years of experience in the web industry. She holds a BS degree in Applied Computer Graphics and specializes in UX/UI design. Well versed in the latest technology trends, she enjoys creating unique user experiences with an emphasis on simplicity, usability and aesthetics. She joined Ransomly to provide a seamless user experience that helps enable individuals to connect and embrace the moment.

She joined Ransomly to provide a seamless user experience that helps enable individuals to connect and embrace the moment.

Sandeep Danta,  Developer

Sandeep is a full-stack/android developer with years of experience. He has worked on several android based projects including TnP Lite, a mobile Placement Noticeboard for the students of IIT Kharagpur, and Better Jobs Search, a job search application for the informal and blue collar sector.

He joined Ransomly to make a difference in people’s daily life experiences.

 

 

Advisors

 

Kimberly Young, PhD

Dr. Kimberly Young is a licensed psychologist and an internationally known expert on Internet addiction. She founded the Center for Internet Addiction in 1995 and is a professor at St. Bonaventure University publishing numerous articles and books including as Caught in the Net, the first to identify Internet addiction, Tangled in the Web, Breaking Free of the Web, and Internet addiction: A Handbook and Guide for Evaluation and Treatment.

Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, CNN, CBS News, Fox News, Good Morning America, and ABC’s World News Tonight. She has received the Psychology in the Media Award from the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the Alumni Ambassador Award for Outstanding Achievement from Indiana University at Pennsylvania. She serves on the advisory board for The Internet Group in Toronto and the Japanese Ministry for the prevention and treatment of Internet Addiction.

Atif Noori, PhD

Atif was born and raised in Silicon Valley. He has a PhD in semiconductor devices and holds 21 patents issued or pending and is co-author on 39 publications, mostly focused on low power technology. Atif spent 8 years at Applied Materials and has worked with every global top tier chip manufacturer on their next generation mobile technology.

 

Johannes Eichstaedt

Johannes Eichstaedt, Ph.D.

Big data expert and co-founder of the World Well-Being Project at UPenn, a team that uses Natural Language Processing and machine learning to measure well-being at scale. 

Phil Kelly

Phil is a Board Member at Tech Coast Angels and CEO at Yapert, previously CEO at V Source, President at Dell Asia-­‐Pacific, and VP at Motorola North Asia.