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The next Startup Weekend EDU event in the Bay Area is in Oakland from February 21-23. Check out Startup Weekend EDU Oakland’s website & buy tickets before they sell out!
Have you ever had an idea for improving education? Here’s your opportunity to transform your education ideas into action in 54 hours. Find the right people with complimentary skills & the passion & dedication to build an education product in one weekend. Design for learning, conduct user tests, receive coaching from experienced education designers & industry professionals and win prizes that will help take your idea to the next level!
The event: We bring together a diverse group of people passionate about making a positive impact on education. In 54 hours, participants share ideas, form teams, design products and launch education startups. Startup Weekend EDU begins with open-mic 60-second pitches on Friday night that result in the formation of small teams around the best, most viable education concepts. Teams spend Saturday and Sunday focusing on user research, customer development, validating their ideas and building prototypes with the help of experienced coaches from the education market. On Sunday, teams demo their education products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges.
Here’s some examples of startups that have come out of Startup Weekend EDU:
+ ImagiLabs’s Challenge Box- Educational adventure games for kids age 8-12 and seek to inspire them to explore real challenges until they find their moment of triumph
+ Qeyno is a career exploration game that helps inform students about possible STEM career options & offers guidance on how to achieve them
+ Kidfit Academy- A nonprofit running interactive physical & health education curriculum that empowers students to take control of their health & wellness with fun technology
Here’s some of the things you get from attending
+ A free .co domain name
+ $2,000 of credit on Google App Engine
+ $100 of AWS credit for hosting
+ 50 free moo.com business cards
+ Event t-shirt
+ Awesome coaching by education startup industry leaders
+ Fun swag from Google, .Co and more!
+ Delicious & healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner for the whole weekend
+ A network of 120 new developer, designer & entrepreneur friends that are also excited about improving education
+ Ability to compete in the Global Startup Battle competition ($500,000+ of prizes)
+ The top 2 teams will receive free tickets to the Launch Festival in San Francisco!
The Winning Team will receive
+ Office space at the Hattery
+ Scholarships to a General Assemb.ly course
+ Free tickets to the Launch Festival in San Francisco!
+ Free consultation session with WestEd
+ And more!
All of the pitches on Friday and companies demoed on Sunday will be educator approved and designed to solve problems in the education space, broadly defined (not restricted to K-12 or other “formal” education).
This isn’t a mere hackathon. Hackathons produce products or features; Startup Weekend EDUs produce new ventures. These could take the form of a new startup, or an internal venture incubated by a school. By bringing together education rockstars, marketing maestros, design gurus, relentless hackers, and serial entrepreneurs, ventures launched at a Startup Weekend get a team completely aligned around their mission, working with a harmony that’s hard to find anywhere else.
So what does the weekend look like?
Friday night is all about networking and the pitches. Those with an idea who are brave enough will stand in front of 120 strangers and give a 1-minute elevator pitch to the crowd. Teams form organically around the most compelling pitches, and then spend the next 48 hours (minus sleep and our delicous catered food) hacking away on your product and business plan.
Saturday and Sunday are work days – you and your team validate the problem, market, and customer, ideate and iterate relentlessly, and prototype your team’s solution. Mentors will be on hand throughout the time to help you your idea from a fledgling concept into a working company with huge potential in less than two days. While a small web app or other interactive deliverable is ideal, example final products include promotional websites, mock-ups, or anything else that would convince an audience that your product is viable, compelling, and worth developing further.
Sunday night is where the jury panel comes in – Seasoned startup veterans will scrutinize MVPs to evaluate your chances of real world success, and the most promising product will win its team a grab bag of great tools to launch your company. From there? Well, it’s all up to you. Startup Weekend EDU can only help you start your dream. It’s up to you to live it out.
We hope you join us!