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 complementary skills & the passion 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!
Friday night: 60-second pitches that result in the formation of small teams around the best, most viable education concepts. Educators validate ideas, then all attendees vote. We hope you’ll pitch, but definitely not required!
Saturday and Sunday: Work days! Teams focus on user research, customer development, validating their ideas and building prototypes with the help of experienced coaches from the education and entrepreneurial world. You’re welcome to stay and work as long as the venue will allow!
Sunday evening: Teams demo their education products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges. Winning teams take home a grab bag of great tools to help launch their company!
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
+ Delicious & healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner for the whole weekend
+ 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!
+ A network of 120 new developer, designer & entrepreneur friends that are also excited about improving education
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).
We hope you join us!