Casey Bienvenu, founder of Smart Choice Technologies, Inc., was recently
selected by EdTech Digest as the winner of its “Trendsetter Award,
Leader Setting a Trend in 2019.” Smart Choice was also named by EdTech
Digest as a 2019 finalist for the “Cool Tool Award for Enrollment &
The Smart Choice platform is an online student admissions software
platform used by K-12 schools and districts to manage enrollment and
school choice processes, early childhood admissions, and unified
Today, the Smart Choice platform serves over 4 million students in
6,500+ schools in over 2,468 cities and 24 states across the United
States. It is a highly effective admissions platform and its school
choice administration capabilities are unrivalled.
Bienvenu created the platform, starting in 2004 as part of a school
project for the Lafayette Parish School Systems. Bienvenu, then a junior
at Carencro High School and part-time developer at Firefly Digital, was
asked to build an online application for the new Academy of Information
Technology, located at his high school. It started as a simple
application form to help students apply to the program. Over the next
few years, he built applications for the district’s many other choice
programs and developed an application management toolset and lottery
In 2012, Bienvenu left Firefly, established Smart Choice Technologies,
Inc. and partnered with Firefly to exclusively market, sell and support
the platform. Then, in 2018, Smart Choice and Firefly Digital merged to
consolidate and streamline operations and accelerate growth. He
continues to expand and improve the platform as Chief Platform Architect.
“Bienvenu has demonstrated a remarkable talent and insight in the
development of this platform to support the school choice movement,”
said Mike Spears, CEO of Firefly Digital and Smart Choice Technologies.
“His matching algorithm applies the latest matching science to meet the
highly complex and diverse requirements of school districts and schools
offering school choice.”
Learn more about Smart Choice here.
Since 2010 the EdTech Awards have become the largest and most
competitive program recognizing those in the education technology
industry. The program, “celebrates edtech’s best and brightest all year
long; innovators, leaders, and trendsetters who are shaping the future
of learning,” said Victor Rivero, Editor-in-Chief of EdTech Digest.
Finalists and winners were chosen based on: pedagogical workability,
efficacy and results, support, clarity, value and potential.
Learn more about the EdTech Awards here.