|Slogan||Learning, made joyful.|
Type of site
|Privately held company|
|Available in||Mandarin Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish, and many more.|
Memrise is an online learning tool with courses created by its community. Its courses are mainly used to teach languages, but are also used for other academic and nonacademic subjects (such as trivia, video game trivia, and pop cultural). Memrise uses flashcards augmented with mnemonics (known within the service as "mems")—partly gathered through crowdsourcing—and the spacing effect to boost the speed and ease of learning.
In July 2010, Memrise was named as one of the winners of the London Mini-Seedcamp competition. In November 2010, Memrise was named as one of the finalists for the 2010 TechCrunch Europas Start-up of the Year. In March 2011, Memrise was selected as one of the Techstars Boston startups.
In late September 2012, the leaderboard on the website was suspended due to "extensive cheating" on the website. The cheating users were found to have been using bots and other loopholes, such as using celebrity photo memory courses, to score many more points than is possible when using the learning system honestly. The website has since put up a new leaderboard.
On October 1, 2012, 100 users were allowed to sign up to test a non-beta version of the website called Memrise 1.0.
In November 2014, Memrise created the Memrise Prize in partnership with the University College London. The Memrise Prize challenges people to create the most powerful method for memorizing new information. The award is a prize of $10,000 and a feature in an article shared and co-authored with the scientific and business community.
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