Startup Weekend EDU Edmonton

    Friday, March 6 - 7, 2015


  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Startup Weekend EDU Edmonton

Friday, March 6 - 7, 2015



Friday, March 6 - 7, 2015
Event starts at 4:30 pm

NAIT
11762 106 Street Northwest
North Lobby, Building O
Edmonton, Alberta T5G 3H6

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Have you ever had an idea for improving education?

IMPORTANT CHANGE: We've made a revision! SWEDU will run Friday, March 6 - Saturday, March 7. Come for a taste of what Startup Weekend is all about! 

We have a limited number of free tickets available. Email edmontonedu@startupweekend.org to enquire!

RackForce Cloud Video has generously created a video portal for us where we will be uploading clips from the entire weekend! Check it out!


Here’s your opportunity to transform your education ideas into action. Don't just think it, do it! Find the right people with complementary skills & the passion to build an education product in one weekend. Design for learning, test, receive coaching from experienced education innovators, leaders and industry professionals, and win prizes that will help take your idea to the next level!

Does this describe you?

Youth Innovators:
 grade 9-12 and post-secondary students interested in hacking, UX/UI design, business, social justice, educational innovation, and collaborating on an unique solution to a challenge they are facing.

Teachers: Instructional leaders in the classroom working in Edmonton area schools - you can have a huge impact and are essential to a successful Startup Weekend EDU!

Educators: Community Organizers, District Administrators, Education Non-Profit Leaders and Learning Professionals working in education and learning services.

Champions: People who keep student voice and perspective top of mind- this could be parents or relatives, youth development professionals or others who work closely with youth.

Developers: Mobile App Developers (IOS, IOS SDK, Android) Programmers (JAVA, Objective C, CSS3, etc.) Web developers (front end and back end)

Designers: UX/UI designers (Adobe Suite Applications, Axure, iRise, Omnigraffle, etc.)

Entrepreneurs: Innovators, Thinkers, Business Strategists, Marketers, Finance Gurus, Project Managers, Philanthropists     

What's in it for you?
  • Connect with innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs.
  • Learn from experienced coaches.
  • Stand out by demonstrating your skills to leaders and influencers.
  • Win prizes.
  • And there's swag!
Watch this space for prize and sponsorship updates!

Why should you come to Startup Weekend? Don't take our word for it...

"You exceeded my expectations. I saw the Matrix and I cannot go back to the pod again. I lived the 54 hours of awesome and can tell you it changed me. I became a better version of myself. I wish the weekend would never end. What if that environment was where a person could work everyday? Imagine the possibilities. I know I am." - Startup Weekend EDU Calgary educator participant.




EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday March 6th


4:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


5:15 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


5:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


6:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


6:30 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


7:00 pm
Form Teams & Begin Work
Form teams and discuss ideas. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow.

Saturday March 7th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Idea & customer validation
Learn how to develop and shape your idea from experienced entrepreneurs


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


2:00 pm
Business modelling
Coaches help teams as they continue their work


5:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Create and perfect your presentation, tech-check for final presentations


5:00 pm
Dinner
Eat as you work


6:00 pm
Final Presentations & Awards
This is what you've been working toward!


7:30 pm
Wrap-Up
Congrats! You did it!



Speakers


Chris Gusen
Marketing Communications Specialist

Chris is a connector. He made his way to Edmonton in 2013 by way of dozens of other cities. It didn't take long for Chris to notice that Edmonton has an exciting energy to it. His experience makes him the perfect person for his communications role with Make Something Edmonton. The goal of the organization is to ask Edmontonians "What are you doing?" and "How can we help?" 

Besides his official Make Something Edmonton gig that requires him to be involved in a lot of cool things, Chris helps out with Open Edmonton (their #openartyeg project is fun) and writes fiction when he can.


Tom Stoesz
Youth Entrepreneur

Tom is a 14 year old student who participated in Startup Weekend EDU Calgary in October 2014. He lead team MyoMobility to victory with the idea for an exercise shirt that incorporated myoelectric sensors. Being an active, creative kid he enjoys applying science to everyday life and finding solutions to seemingly impossible problems. He also actively volunteers with Rocky Mountain Adaptive Sports Centre.


David Lloyd
Co-CEO, FREDsense Technologies

Mentor

David has a rich experience in technology development in the realm of bioengineering and synthetic biology. With his start-up FREDsense, David has experienced product development first hand and the skill sets required to design, validate, and implement a business model. He acts as a scientific and project management consultant, as well as an educator to young minds.

Event Judges


Robert Fernandez
Executive Director, Alberta Economic Development Authority

Robert worked in business development and management roles in Europe before immigrating to Canada where he has led business development initiatives within several sectors including infrastructure and energy. He has served on several boards including the National Board of Junior Achievement, chairman of the Board of Junior Achievement AB-NWT, and chairman of Synergy Network Edmonton.


David Lloyd
Co-CEO, FREDsense Technologies

Mentor

David has a rich experience in technology development in the realm of bioengineering and synthetic biology. With his start-up FREDsense, David has experienced product development first hand and the skill sets required to design, validate, and implement a business model. He acts as a scientific and project management consultant, as well as an educator to young minds.


Reg Cheramy
Founder/CEO

Reg is the CEO of Stormboard, an online brainstorming and collaboration tool used by users in 181 countries around the world including 1/2 of the Fortune 50. Reg has pitched to audiences of all sizes including an audience of 6000 in San Francisco for Launch Festival 2013. You'll learn how to tell your story with passion and clarity with a focus on what's in it for your audience.


Sherry Langland
Educator



Coaches and Mentors


Bill Kara
CEO

Mentor

Bill is the current CEO of TeachMe, which makes games and apps focusing on Common Core Math. Previously Bill founded Hallpass Media which was acquired by Social Gaming Network in April 2011. In addition Bill founded AddictingGames, a company that was acquired by Atom Entertainment in 2005. Bill received his MBA from Queen’s University and is a member of the A100.


David Lloyd
Co-CEO, FREDsense Technologies

Mentor

David has a rich experience in technology development in the realm of bioengineering and synthetic biology. With his start-up FREDsense, David has experienced product development first hand and the skill sets required to design, validate, and implement a business model. He acts as a scientific and project management consultant, as well as an educator to young minds.


David Oh
CIO and VP Innovation

Mentor

David is a business and technology leader accomplished in the development and implementation of innovative and complex technology initiatives.  He has over 20 years of diversified experience stemming from a variety of industries including banking/investment management, retail, internet startups, health, management consulting, and public sector. David is currently the CIO and Vice President Innovation at Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission. Prior to AGLC, David was a Senior Director at Gartner Consulting, and an Executive Director at Alberta Health Services (AHS) where he developed and successfully led its corporate technology merger transformation. He has also held roles as Director of Technology Strategy at AGF Management Ltd. and has consulted to Fortune 500 companies such as Dayton Hudson Corporation, Air Canada, CIBC, and GlaxoSmithKline.



Motiejus Osipovas
Software Engineer

Mentor

Motiejus graduated from the U of A in May 2014 with a BsC in Computer Engineering. Since then he has been working on BlueLight, a mobile first service that brings personal safety into the 21st century. Motiejus loves listening to and learning from others. He has experience with app-design & development, user interviews, and using analytics as a tool to help understand user behavior. When he's not working you can catch him reading The Economist or at a local FC Edmonton soccer game (go Eddies!).


Dean Bittner
Co-Founder

Dean has been creating software and ventures for 25 years, on his own an inside of other companies. He has created, licensed and sold titles, copyrights, and companies, and has been part of corporate acquisition teams. Dean has a lot of fun creating software and the companies and teams that surround it -- and loves showing others how to do the same.


Lauren Briske
Community Manager

Lauren Briske is a recent business grad from the University of Alberta who has found her calling as a Community Manager at Startup Edmonton. In a nutshell, her role entails developing and scaling up the startup community in Edmonton. She's always trying to learn new skills, whether that's building websites, tinkering with photoshop, or (amateur) videography.



Samuel Brooks
Community Manager

Sam Brooks still doesn’t really know what he wants to be when he grows up. Despite his mechanical engineering degree, he currently works for the Edmonton Journal on Capital Ideas and other community building projects, and absolutely loves his job. Previous to this, he was President of Canadian University Press, a national organization supporting students in journalism and has always had a passion for community building and learning. 


Reg Cheramy
Founder/CEO

Reg is the CEO of Stormboard, an online brainstorming and collaboration tool used by users in 181 countries around the world including 1/2 of the Fortune 50. Reg has pitched to audiences of all sizes including an audience of 6000 in San Francisco for Launch Festival 2013. You'll learn how to tell your story with passion and clarity with a focus on what's in it for your audience.


Neesha Desai
Co-Founder and Developer

Neesha Desai is (finally) finishing up her PhD in Computing Science at the University of Alberta. At the same time, she has co-founded, with friends, Alieo Games, an EdTech startup company focused on making educational products that are engaging for students, informative for teachers, and fun for all. She has been interested in EdTech for a long time and started off by making small games for her niece and nephew focused on math and programming.


Kevin Gangel
CEO

Kevin is a performance consultant, angel investor and social enterprise professional with a passion for people being in action to change the world. Kevin facilitates leadership development programs for executives and teams in mid-to-large size enterprises, all who are looking for radical change and unprecedented results within their organizations.

As an angel investor with his company EKOS, Kevin contributes to mobilizing businesses that are socially and economically responsible – including those in the fields of green technology, new energy, and sustainable food.


Grant Hunter
Software Gardener and JavaScript Monkey

Grant Hunter is a freelance software developer with web and mobile development skills. He recently graduated with a degree in computer engineer from the University of Alberta. The startup space piqued his interest during his third year in school after going to some entrepreneurial talks put on at the university. Currently he is working on rapid prototyping, creating minimum viable products and getting them to market as fast as possible. Grant's goal is building software that helps people.


Alexandra Kulas
Startup Programs Facilitator

Alex is experienced in event planning, and communications. In her role with Alberta Women Entrepreneurs, she provides advice and support to startups and small businesses, particularly relating to financing.

Alex graduated with a Business Marketing Diploma from Lethbridge College, a Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management from Royal Roads University, and is currently preparing to begin her MBA later in 2015. 
She volunteers with Startup Canada as a social media manager and is a Business Advisory Board Member for Enactus at MacEwan University.


Tiffany Linke-Boyko
Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer for Startup Edmonton, Tiffany is involved in organizing, coordinating and delivering a range of programs and events such as DemoCamp, Startup Weekend, artsScene Behind the Scenes and TEDxEdmonton. Previously, Tiffany spent the last eight years with Extreme Dream Ministries as an event organizer planning youth conferences all over Canada and overseas. Some of her highlights have been organizing a conference at a soccer stadium in Malawi, Africa and organizing the annual YC Alberta that takes place each May at Rexall Place in Edmonton with 16,000 delegates.


Kyle Richelhoff

Kyle Richelhoff is an ambitious developer who has founded and worked for several startup companies in Edmonton over the years. He can be found taking up space at Startup Edmonton working towards his next company while engaging with other founders. He's the developer Edmonton deserves, but not the one it needs right now.


Jason Suriano
CEO & Creative Director

Jason Suriano is the Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Rocketfuel Games. Jason has more than 11 years experience having created over 200 online, mobile and game-powered applications for clients such as Discovery Communications, ATCO Electric and the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta.


Carey van der Zalm
Intern Architect/Designer

Carey holds a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia and has studied internationally in California, Brazil and Japan. Practicing throughout Western Canada, she is currently contributing to a small design•build company called studio north. When Carey isn’t working with studio north she is implementing a design & build curriculum called sideways design•build, teaching high-school students the importance of the ‘act of making’ with a hands-on approach to problem solving.


Stephen Visser
Code Masseur

Stephen Visser spends his time thinking up ways to improve our world using technology. Day-to-day this means helping businesses, governments and schools unlock their potential using mobility. His speaking and consulting on mobile-first, cloud-first strategies has taken him all over Western Canada. By night he is an amateur roboticist: coaching and mentoring high-school students to gain a new kind of intelligence.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend EDU Edmonton team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


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Organizing Team

Startup Weekend Edmonton is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Angie
    Tarasoff
  • Stephanie
    Chan
  • Sherry
    Langland
  • Rhonda
    Jessen
  • Yvonne
    Guertin

Facilitators


Angie Tarasoff
Pot-Stirring Troublemaker

Angie is a passionate leader committed to creating public value by empowering people to use technology and information in innovative ways. She is a community builder who crosses organizational boundaries to bring together diverse groups to address complex problems.



Stephanie Chan
Educator & EdTech Innovator

Stephanie loves exploring the intersections between education, technology, and communications. By day, she is an EdTech Specialist at the Calgary Board of Education. By night, she hatches projects that bring together students, educators, entrepreneurs, and startups to create value collaboratively.


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