Changing the way stories are told.

Connected Sparks is a next generation toy, media, and edtech company. Our mission is to help children, parents, and educators discover and design the world around them.

Stories can be transformative. At Connected Sparks we are taking an innovative approach to story and rooting it in 21st educational and digital literacy themes. We develop story-driven learning platforms that educate, entertain, and inspire.



Planet Ahmee is dying, and there’s only one robot with a heart big enough to rescue it. Meet Lyka, lovable friend to all living creatures, as she sets off across the galaxy on a quest to find the answers that will save her home.


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What people are saying.

  • “Could become something of a model for education… exposing participants to critical thinking skills and structured creativity that students will need to be successful.”

  • “One of the top five social good / educational startups to watch.”

    via MASHABLE
  • “Lyka’s little adventure could be the next big innovation in how kids learn across platforms.”


 Lance Weiler is a co-founder of Connected Sparks and is responsible for overall company vision and strategy. Lance is the Director of Experiential Learning & Applied Creativity at Columbia University, sits on a steering committee for the World Economic Forum on the future of education and has worked on initiatives that mix storytelling, tech and social good.


 Janine Saunders  is a co-founder of Connected Sparks and leads product and operations. Becoming a mother has intensified her commitment to make Lyka’s Adventure the most amazing and memorable toy in a child’s life.


 Atley Loughridge is a co-founder of Connected Sparks and Reboot Stories. She authors the Lyka’s Adventure books and designs the app experience.


 Liz Nord is a documentary filmmaker, multi-platform producer, and media educator with a professional history designing award-winning educational software. In addition to directing the Lyka’s Adventure Labs, she is currently producing the multi-platform doc Jerusalem Unfiltered.


 Teymour N. Sursock works on Lyka’s Adventure as a producer. He is also a culture hacker & collaborative storyteller+designer w/ a master’s degree in Media Studies and Media Management from The New School, NYC.


Vilas Dhar is a serial social entrepreneur and investor. At Connected Sparks, Vilas advises the company’s go to market strategy, growth plans, and overall management. Vilas is internationally recognized as an expert on integrating social conscience into professional businesses, and is a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper, an adjunct professor of law and entrepreneurship, and holds degrees in Bioengineering, Computer Science, and a Juris Doctorate from NYU Law.

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