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.

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. He is deeply involved in the development and management of several of our portfolio companies. He takes an active role assisting founders and management through the financing process and post-financing operations, oftentimes filling gaps in management as the team grows. Tory was a key member of the team that incubated, supported and built Plum Organics (formerly Nest Naturals), from early vision to becoming the world’s largest organic baby and kids’ food company, to eventual successful exit to Campbell’s.


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.

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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