Startup Weekend EDU Hong Kong

    Friday, March 4 - 6, 2016

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Startup Weekend EDU Hong Kong

Friday, March 4 - 6, 2016

Friday, March 4 - 6, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

3/F, Citicorp Centre, 18 Whitfield Rd
Tin Hau, Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China

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Technology, business and the world we live in are changing faster than ever but education is struggling to keep up. Join us in Hong Kong this March to create cutting edge solutions to some of the most pressing challenges that Education faces.

If you have ever had an idea for improving education, this is 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!

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Friday March 4th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
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

Saturday March 5th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

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

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday March 6th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Jeremy Rossman

Jeremy Rossmann is the founder of Make School, a new software engineering and computer science school headquartered San Francisco. Make School's focus is primarily physical courses in 4 week, 8 week, and 2 year intensive formats. Make School curriculum has been used at MIT and CMU and Make School's courses have attracted students from over 20 countries. Jeremy left MIT to start Make School and is backed by Y Combinator.

Ashwin Anandani
Academic Director

Ashwins is the Academic Director at BSD Code & Design Academy, where he specialises in Design, Front-End Development, User Interface and User Experience.   He was previously Managing Partner for On-off Design & Technology where he used design methods to help startups of many shapes and sizes turn their ideas into revenue streams.   A former creative director for Silicon Valley startups, Ashwin knows first hand what it means to get a business off the ground, scale technology against demands, secure investment and grow the customer base.   In his spare time, Ashwin continues to run a leather goods brand and consult with local startups.

Event Judges

Ross Parker

Ross Parker is a teacher with a passion for engaging students around understanding, using, demystifying and building computer technologies. As a passionate creator of technology, Ross has spent 10 years involved in designing and coding school software. Most recently, Ross has been focusing his coding energies into founding and building Gibbon (, the open source school platform. In addition to teaching, Ross is responsible for running all technology across his school’s two campuses.  As an educator, Ross is committed to giving students the choice and freedom to find their own passion, the support and encouragement to develop understanding and skills, and the intellectual tools and curiosity to make up their own minds about life. As a public speaker Ross has presented a variety of tech-themed content through conferences, workshops, as a panel expert and as a regular on RTHK Radio 3.

Iain Checkland

Dr Iain Checkland taught Computing for 10 years as Head of ICT at King George V School before moving across the harbor  to work at the English Schools Foundation headquarters where he is now Director of the Learning Systems Project. He  was recently awarded the 21 Century Learning Innovation Award for Leadership in recognition of his ongoing work developing bespoke learning focused systems for the network of 22 ESF schools.

Gabriel Pang

Managing Director of Firedog Creative Company Limited Board Member Hong Kong Cyberport Chairman Hong Kong Digital Entertainment Association

Coaches and Mentors

Cesar Harada
Founder & Director of MakerBay

Founder of MakerBay | Environmentalist, inventor and educator. Cesar Jung-Harada is a French-Japanese who believes that nature, human and technology can coexist in harmony. Currently based in Hong Kong, he is the Director of Scoutbots, Makerbay, CEO and creator of Protei, a revolutionary sailing technology.

Cesar has dedicated his life to explore and protect the ocean with open technologies. He received his Master of Arts in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art in London where he won the Ars Electronica Golden Nica with his Master graduation project.

Additionally, Cesar is a TED Senior Fellow, a former MIT Project leader, IBM Figure of Progress, Shuttleworth foundation and Ocean Exchange grantee and recipient of Hong Kong StartMeUp Grand Award in 2014. 

Graham Leach

Polytechnic University Lecturer, Entrepreneur A broadly skilled business development specialist, Graham has over 20 years of commercial experience in high technology, health sciences, entertainment, manufacturing along with many other sectors. He has worked with IBM, Microsoft, Bayer Pharmaceuticals and many other Fortune 500 companies.  He has held C-Level positions at several firms (CTO, CIO, CEO) and founded a few companies of his own.  Graham is now a Special Project Leader and Visiting Lecturer at The Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, Graham Leach attended Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec between 1991 - 1995 where he focused on learning Computer Science and the History of China. He then attended the MBA program at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia from 1999 - 2000. He has since studied at the Chinese Language program at The Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing from 2002 - 2003.

Steven Wu

Steven is a Startup focused M&A Lawyer

Donny Siu

Associate Director of Entrepreneurship Centre and Associate Director of Student Affairs at HKUST.
His latest publication "Dreams x Passion -- the road for young entrepreneurs" was in the Best 10 Sellers Chart in the HK Book Fair (2015).

Derek So

Founder of Brew Or Drip Coffee in Hong Kong

Andy Statham
Education, Small business/startup, software development

Andy is the Gateway Technology Head for the English School Foundation and also founder of Rapid 36, an Ed Tech software developer.

Stu Lowe
Learning Technology Advisor

Working with the English Schools Foundation in Hong Kong to advise and guide a foundation of schools in their rapidly expanding use of technology.

Justin Hardman

Justin Hardman is a Educational Technology consultant based in Seoul, South Korea. Currently Justin is enjoying working with schools to support better integration of technology into school programs both through independent endeavors as well as work through 21CLI. Justin was Director of Technology @Hong Kong International School where he led a variety of digital learning initiatives. Justin is a New Zealand and Australian citizen but has lived in Hong Kong longer than anywhere else.

Sterling Wu
EDB NET Advisor

Sterling works on driving adoption of technology in education systems.

Janet Yuen
Digital Marketing

Specialist in international strategic planning and digital market development

Tritia Samaniego
Director East Asia Pacific

Tritia leads Participant and Alumni Impact across East Asia Pacific for Teach for All. Before this she worked in roles across education systems in New York and New Jersey.

Serena Fan
Education Manager

Passionate early childhood educator, who is based in Hong Kong, believes that all children should: 

- Explore, tinker, and inquire, both inside and outside the classroom
- Create with tangible and digital tools

Proponent of family engagement and life-long learning.

John Chiu

Managing Director - ATG Holding Ltd.
Honorary Chairman – HKWTIA
Chairman – HKCS Mobility SIG

Mark Cheng

Multi Project and venture technology investor and entrepreneur

Veronica Dang

Veronica Dang is the founder of Global Accounting Outsourcing Services Limited.   Global Accounting Outsourcing Services is a business advisory firm with a diverse client portfolio including F&B groups, financial services firms, Korean conglomerates, high net worth individuals and listed companies on the ASX.  In addition, Veronica personally holds the Finance Director position at Thredit Limited which is about to be listed on the Australia Stock Exchange (expected March 2016).
Veronica has 10+ years of experience as a distressed specialist and has worked on some of Australia’s (and the world’s) largest corporate collapses.  Eg. Winding up of Lehman Brothers.  In 2012, Veronica joined a venture capital firm as the CFO where she met and worked with many high profile entrepreneurs and start ups.  Subsequently, this was the impetus for her to start her own business in 2013.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend EDU Hong Kong team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Christopher
  • Sophia
  • Lise
  • Andrew
  • Marcel
  • Kostadin
  • Serrie
  • Crispian
  • Durrie


Matthieu Bodin
Regional Manager for Greater China - Techstars Startup Programs

Firm believer in Startup Weekend’s motto “All Action, No Talk”, Matthieu has been organising these events in Hong Kong since 2012. It aims at creating the perfect context for total strangers to create a startup within 54 hours. 

He is the Regional Manager Greater China for Techstars Startup Programs.
He is co-founding and

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