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May 16
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


May 17
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


May 18
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!

Richard A. Carranza

Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District

Richard A. Carranza was sworn in as the new superintendent of San Francisco Unified School District on June 27, 2012. Mr. Carranza has held the position of Deputy Superintendent of Instruction, Innovation and Social Justice at the district since 2009. Prior to his work with SFUSD, Mr. Carranza was Northwest Region Superintendent for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he oversaw 66 schools and over 66,000 students.

Brian Greenberg

CEO, Silicon Schools Fund

Brian Greenberg is the CEO of the Silicon Schools Fund, a not-for-profit investment fund seeking to accelerate the next generation of blended learning schools in the Bay Area of California. He was formerly the Chief Academic Officer of Envision Schools, a Bay Area charter management organization, and the Principal and Founder of Leadership Public Schools Hayward, one of the top charter schools in the state of California. Brian has worked as a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, in politics on statewide and national campaigns, and in higher education at Carnegie Mellon University. Brian is the creator of the Blend My Learning website, focused on innovations in the ed tech sector, and the co-creator of the Coursera MOOC and Khan Academy course on blended learning. He graduated from Dartmouth College and completed his Masters in Education at Harvard University.

Cary Matsuoka

Superintendent of Milpitas Unified

Cary Matsuoka is currently serving as superintendent of Milpitas Unified, a K-12 district serving 10,000 students. He taught middle and high school sciences, math, and computer science for 17 years, mostly at Saratoga High School. He has spent the last 16 years in various administrative positions such as Assistant Principal at Lynbrook High School, Principal of Cupertino High School, and Superintendent of Los Gatos-Saratoga High School District. He is a lifelong technologist and is always working on how to integrate technology into teaching and learning.

Tory Patterson

Partner at Catamount

Tory Patterson is a Partner at Catamount and has advised several start-ups from the idea stage through launch, financing and commercialization. Tory leads Catamount’s education investment practice and currently serves on the boards of MasteryConnect, PresenceLearning and Ecologic Brands. He sourced and led the investments in TenMarks(acquired by Amazon), Upworthy and Real Time Genomics. Tory spends a significant portion of his time looking at education and environmental sustainability as investment themes. Tory is also the founding partner of Owl Ventures, a venture capital fund launching in 2014 focused on the world's leading and most effective education technology companies.

Beth Sutkus Thompson

Executive Director, KIPP Bay Area Schools

Beth Sutkus Thompson is KIPP Bay Area Schools’ founding Executive Director, where she is responsible for the quality, growth, and sustainability of KIPP schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, KIPP Bay Area Schools has seven schools serving over 2,500 students. Previously, Beth was the West Coast Trailblazer at the KIPP Foundation, where she was responsible for creating and implementing a West Coast strategic growth plan for KIPP schools, including securing charters, start-up funding, facilities, and community support. Prior to her work at the KIPP Foundation, Beth was on the founding team of NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy fund investing in entrepreneurs that are transforming our public education system. At NewSchools, Beth provided strategic consulting and operational support to several nonprofit ventures in the portfolio, managed the due diligence and business plan review process, and spearheaded various events and initiatives to engage NewSchools’ network of business, education, and policy leaders. Beth holds a B.A. in political science, an M.A. in Education, and an MBA with a certificate in nonprofit management, all from Stanford University.


David Castillo

Regional Director, California Charter School Association

David Castillo is the California Charter School's Association Oakland Regional Director. David advocates on behalf of the Oakland charter community and supports member schools to ensure that students and families have high quality charter school options. Prior to his work at CCSA, David served as principal at Oakland Unity High School. He successfully guided the school to close the achievement gap and increased access to higher education for underserved populations. He distinguished himself as a data-driven, hands-on, lead-by-example manager. David served as a founding teacher at Oakland Unity, where he supported the school through successful accreditation and charter renewal cycles. David's background also includes serving as Educational Leadership Fieldwork Supervisor at Cal State East Bay and Team Leader with the Charter Schools Development Center’s Leadership Institute (CSDC). David holds a BA in Political Science from The University of California San Diego, Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Sciences from San Francisco State University, Administrative Services Credential and MA in Educational Leadership from the California State University, East Bay.

Sundar Chari

Director of Innovation and Technology, Education for Change

Mr. Chari joined EFC in 2013 as its first ever Director of Innovation and Technology. He is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that leverage technology to improve organizational capacity and instructional practice. Prior to this, Mr. Chari had been on the front-line helping to lead high-profile initiatives for the Chicago Public Schools, including leading a blended learning pilot program and guiding over 500 schools through the major effort of redesigning their school day around student needs. He has numerous experiences leading change management processes and developing the capacity of leaders to adopt new strategies. Prior to working at Chicago Public Schools, Mr. Chari was a peer educator in India and a research associate for an organization that did economic analyses.

Gee Kin Chou

Consultant and former CTO of Oakland Unified School District

Gee Kin Chou is a consultant who helps technology companies design and market products and services for education and serves on the Advisory Board of several edtech startups. He was formerly the CTO of Oakland Unified School District, an inner city school district comprising nearly 100 schools serving 38,000 students, and has also served as the interim CTO of Pasadena Unified School District. Gee Kin has worked in education since 2003 when he co-founded ViKiwi, a consulting firm that applied business best practices to reform education, and has helped more than a dozen large, urban school districts across the US evaluate, purchase and implement technology to improve student achievement and increase organizational efficiency. Prior to his focus on education, Gee Kin worked for 20 years in the Fortune 500 corporate world in marketing, technology and operations. Gee Kin holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jon Deane

Chief Information Officer, Summit Public Schools

Jon Deane is the Chief Information Officer for Summit Public Schools. In nine years with Summit, he has served in multiple roles – from math teacher to founding Executive Director of Everest Public High School, to his current role leading the Information Team. Jon is deeply committed to developing Summit Public Schools' information systems that support the personalized learning work that will ensure all Summit students are college ready. Prior to joining Summit, Jon's education career started with a MA in Education from the STEP program at Stanford and two years teaching middle and high school math in Cambridge, MA. Before beginning the amazing education journey, Jon spent seven years as a CPA with Deloitte, Bank of America Securities, and others. Jon received his BA in Economics from Stanford.

Jennie Dougherty

Innovation Manager, KIPP Bay Area

Jennie Dougherty, Innovation Manager. In 2009, Jennie began teaching at the second largest high school East of the Mississippi. At the end of her second year of teaching, she launched the beta classroom blog with a post that read: "I am a teacher on a mission to give my students access to the benefits of the revolution in educational technology. Such benefits are not equitably distributed, and my objective is to change that." That mission led her to cofound edupgrade and spend the summer of 2012 as one of Edsurge's first classroom correspondents and the founding Teacher In Residence at ImagineK12. Today, Jennie is the Innovation Manager at KIPP Bay area schools where she continues to act on the belief that no child should be denied the opportunity to benefit from the tremendous innovations in education and technology. In her day to day, Jennie helps the region leverage the power of technology in order to create more opportunities for personalized learning, student creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. She is particularly focused on developing information systems to facilitate data-driven learning decisions made by students, teachers and school leaders.

John Glover

Founder, Alpha Public Schools

John Glover is an experienced teacher and administrator who founded Alpha Public Schools in 2010, based on a vision for putting middle school students on the path to college success, which he developed in collaboration with local parents and community members. As CEO, John has worked with the board of directors and other supporters to develop and implement the organization’s strategy, including creating and refining a cutting-edge blended learning model that uses technology to empower great teachers and inspire active learning, raising philanthropic funding to support the organization’s early growth, and spearheading negotiations with technology vendors and district officials. John also served as Alpha: Blanca Alvarado Middle School’s founding principal during its inaugural school year, where he created the foundation for a strong student culture and recruited the school’s first teachers.

Greg Klein

Senior Director, Innovation and Learning, Rogers Family Foundation

Greg joined the Rogers Family Foundation in June 2012. He is on the ground, supporting principals, teachers and students at eight Oakland public schools as they make their transitions to blended classrooms. Prior to RFF, Greg helped launch Downtown College Prep's new Alum Rock campus, developing an innovative Learning Lab at the middle school level. While at DCP he managed large groups of students, let the computers do everything that they do well, and focused his attention on teaching. Greg began his career in education reform as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Oakland Unified School District for seven years, including building his own mini-lab in his classroom as a first-year teacher. Greg graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004 with a BA in History. Self-proclaimed tech geek, Greg is dad to two adorable daughters and lives with wife Mariah in Oakland.

Peter Laub

Executive Vice President and Chief Client Services Officer

Lynn Liao

Chief Program Officer at Rocketship Education

Lynn Liao is responsible for all talent management, leadership development, and recruitment and selection. Lynn joins Rocketship from The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems where she co-founded and led the growth of The Broad Residency, a national program to attract and support emerging business leaders to join urban school systems. Under her leadership, the program graduated over 200 Residents, 90% who remain in K-12 education. She most recently served as managing director of network services. The goal of network services is to strengthen and leverage the power of the Broad Center’s network of participants and graduates through career services and connecting network members to facilitate knowledge sharing and advance reforms. Prior to joining The Broad Center, Lynn served as a director at The Broad Foundation and was responsible for the Foundation’s portfolio of investments in district and national principal leadership programs. She also served as the Foundation’s liaison with districts including New York City, San Diego and Philadelphia supporting their work on district redesign and restructuring.

Kristen McCaw

Director of School Development, Bay Area, California Charter School Association

Kristen McCaw is the Director of School Development, Bay Area, at the California Charter Schools Association. Kristen provides strategic guidance to school leaders and board members as they develop a vision for their school, write their charter petition, and navigate the highly political process of securing approval. Kristen began her career by establishing a college preparation program for students living in New York City public housing. She then joined Success Academy Charter Schools, where she oversaw special education and assessments at a first-year charter school in Harlem. She has also conducted research evaluating Los Angeles Unified School District policies, provided business development consultation to educational organizations, and managed the implementation of systems designed to improve teacher and student performance as an Education Pioneers Fellow at Lighthouse Community Charter Schools. Kristen holds a B.A. in Politics from New York University and an M.P.A. from the University of Southern California.

Daniel Owens

Partner, Learning Accelerator

Daniel Owens is a Partner at The Learning Accelerator. He has a wealth of experience in education, philanthropy, and business strategy. His work at TLA focuses on helping districts purchase EdTech devices better, faster, and cheaper, as well as leading The Partnership for LA Schools district-wide blended learning implementation. Daniel participated in Teach for America, where he taught underprivileged sixth graders math and science in south central Los Angeles. He joined TLA from J.P. Morgan, where he was an analyst in the Private Bank and focused on strategy and resource allocation. Daniel has served on young leadership boards for both his alma mater (William & Mary) and an education non-profit organization (Summer Search). He has an undergraduate degree in finance from William & Mary, a M.Ed. from Loyola Marymount University, and has studied economics and romance languages at the University of Buenos Aires as a Rotary Scholar.

Nick Punt

Product Design, EdSurge

Nick Punt leads product design at EdSurge, a news and information resource for the education technology space. Nick co-founded EdSurge with Betsy Corcoran with the goal of building 'smart demand' among educators and 'smart supply' among vendors through insights, community, and transparency. Nick works on integrating these efforts online in areas such as EdSurge's EdTech Index of products, content innovation and digital storytelling, and tools to help people engage with each other locally and online. Nick was most recently the VP of Products at Uversity, developing private social networks for students entering college, and began his career as a video games designer at Pandemic Studios. Nick became interested in education while sitting in after school in his mom's speech therapy lab, noticing the disparity between the quality of the computer games he loved and what was available for learners. Nick studied psychology and cognitive science at UC Irvine and is a graduate of Stanford's MBA/MA Education program.

James Sanders

Innovation Director, KIPP Bay Area

James Sanders currently oversees innovation for KIPP Schools in the Bay Area. At KIPP, James manages the region’s blended learning and technology integration initiatives. Previously, James served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the White House working on education open data initiatives. He was the founder of the White House Film Festival (showcasing technology in education) and helped develop the President’s postsecondary education agenda. In addition to his work at KIPP and the White House, James served as a project manager for YouTube EDU (Google). At Google he created YouTube Teachers and managed the K-12 video content curation project. James' career in education began teaching history in both South Los Angeles and San Francisco during which he pioneered a paperless, fully-blended, classroom model.

Rebecca Tomasini

Founder and CEO, The Alvo Institute

Rebecca leads Alvo’s work to help schools bring technology and instructional innovation together with effective, traditional practices. Rebecca’s vision for Alvo is shaped deeply by her years working as a classroom teacher with at risk high school English Learners at Bell Gardens High Schools in Bell Gardens, California. A fierce advocate for English Learners and their families, Rebecca was awarded the California Association of Bilingual Educators’ Teacher of the Year Award in 2002 for advancing student achievement among her students. In 2007 she left the classroom to work on scalable classroom supports. After designing and running the nation’s first statewide student achievement data management program for the California Charter Schools Association, Rebecca joined the senior management team at KC Distance Learning, later K12, Inc., where she was the Senior Director of Instruction and Evaluation for online learning implementations across the country. Prior to focusing her work on education reform, Rebecca spent several years in private sector equity research, financial marketing, and mergers and acquisitions with companies including Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Cushman & Wakefield. She has been an adjunct professor and advisory board member at Claremont Graduate University, School of Education, Portland State University and Lewis & Clark College. Rebecca has lived in Greece and England and loves to explore places near and far. She lives in Oakland, CA with her adopted dog, Seymour, where you will find her gardening, at the beach, or walking in the beautiful Redwood forests. She earned a BA in English at Smith College, an MA of Renaissance Studies at the University of London, and an MA of Education and Community Development at Claremont Graduate University’s School of Education.

Dave Vasen

VP of Product, AltSchool

Dave serves as VP of Product for AltSchool – a San Francisco based startup that is reengineering primary education from the ground up with a focus on personalized learning. Prior to AltSchool, Dave launched the K-12 Education team for Kindle, leading software and hardware product management to make Kindle a great experience for students and teachers, and led product management and business development for Kindle Accessories. Prior to Amazon, Dave was a consultant with Bain & Co across industries such as retail and private equity, and consulted independently for Teach for America. Dave began his career with Cisco, where he helped grow one of the early MOOCs and established tech education centers in the developing world. He holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from The Wharton School.

Lynzi Ziegenhagen

Founder and CEO of Schoolzilla

Lynzi founded the technology innovation team at Aspire Public Schools in 2008 to ensure that every Aspire teacher, principal, and leader had access to timely, accurate and actionable data. Five years later, she started Schoolzilla to realize an even bigger vision: sharing the same proven data tools with every school in America. Lynzi graduated from Stanford with a degree in Symbolic Systems and holds a master's degree in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School. Prior to joining Aspire, she ran her own business creating software for nonprofit organizations, led product management at a start-up, and had stints at Microsoft, Booz Allen and The Children's Partnership.

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