Our Goals

We want to build technology that will improve writing skills. To begin with, we’re focusing most of our efforts on the United States, in grades 6-12. We’re using state-of-the-art machine learning technology, and building a direct classroom platform, giving automated support to student writers, as well as making that technology open to other companies to  empower the ed-tech industry at large to better support literacy in education. We have three primary objectives:

  1. Aid students in real-time with automated support during the writing process.
  2. Reduce the time and attention that teachers have to spend on assessment and grading, while improving their ability to understand their students.
  3. Give school administrators and institutions the information they need to support their own students and teachers.


Elijah Mayfield
Elijah Mayfield is the founder and CEO of LightSide. He received his master’s degree in language technology from Carnegie Mellon University and was a recipient of a 2011 Siebel Scholarship. Elijah also received a 2013 IBM Ph.D. Fellowship and has been recognized as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum. His work has been featured by NPR, Education Week and EdSurge, among many others, and his research on LightSide for automated assessment was highlighted as an Editor’s Choice in Science. He also is an author or co-author on more than 25 peer-reviewed publications on language technologies in leading international venues.

Contact Elijah Mayfield for general questions and issues about LightSide’s services / working with LightSide:

David Adamson
David Adamson is the co-founder, vice president, and lead swashbuckler at LightSide. For six years, David taught math and computer science at Digital Harbor High School, a public magnet in Baltimore. In addition to his role at LightSide, he is a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon, applying real-time sociolinguistic analysis to facilitate collaborative learning. David enjoys mead-making, hiking, biking, and viking.

Contact David Adamson for specific questions about the LightSide codebase, research, and

Rajiv Enand
Rajiv Enand is a co-founder of LightSide and manages all business and sales for the company. Rajiv started his career as a software developer but quickly transitioned to a more comfortable role as a serial technology entrepreneur in Western Pennsylvania. In his first company, ServiceWare, Inc., Rajiv and his partner raised nearly $36 million of venture capital from prominent VCs in Silicon Valley and New York. He led the company through its IPO in 2000. Since that time, he has been involved in numerous early stage ventures in software, material sciences, healthcare, and now in the ed-tech space.

Contact Rajiv Enand for business and sales inquiries: