Startup Weekend EDU Hong Kong

    Friday, February 6 - 8, 2015

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Startup Weekend EDU Hong Kong

Friday, February 6 - 8, 2015

Friday, February 6 - 8, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

CoCoon Co-Working Space
3/F Citicorp Centre
18 Whitfield Road
Tin Hau, Hong Kong

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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!

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Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend


Friday February 6th

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 February 7th

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 February 8th

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!


Allison Baum
Managing Director

Event Judges

Tytus Michalski

Tytus Michalski is a Managing Director of Fresco Capital and is involved in all aspects of investment and operations. He has been investing, working and living in Asia since 1999. Previously, he was Chief Investment Officer of Equities at PMA Investment Advisors, an institutional hedge fund, managing the regional equity funds and the equity team. He was a founding member of PMA, which was started in 2002 and acquired in 2006 for over US$200M. Before that, he was focused on equity investment with HSBC Asset Management in Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and London.
Tytus graduated from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia (Finance with Honours), is a Leslie Wong Fellow alumnus of the UBC Portfolio Management Foundation and holds the CFA designation. He is an active supporter of startup ecosystem in Hong Kong and Asia with an emphasis on mentorship and education. In his spare time, Tytus enjoys training and teaching traditional Okinawan karate as a third degree black belt.

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.

Irene Chu

Irene is a Partner in KPMG China, specialized in the technology, media and telecommunications sector.  More recently, she has become the Head of High Growth Technology and Innovation Group in Hong Kong.   Irene started her career with KPMG Toronto and has been working in Hong Kong for over 13 years. 
Irene has many years of experience in serving multinational and Chinese companies in the technology sector including software, media, telecommunications, and e-Commerce on audit and advisory projects.
In her role as the lead for the High Growth Technology and Innovation Group in Hong Kong, Irene actively works with innovative startups and entrepreneurs to support various stages of their development and growth strategies.  Irene and her team collaborate with Hong Kong government agencies, startups incubators and investors and corporate entities to help promote and support the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Hong Kong. 
In addition to her responsibilities in the audit and advisory practice, Irene is actively involved in KPMG’s CSR program in Hong Kong.  Irene is a board member of the KPMG Foundation, a charitable entity established to manage the partnership's contributions to support well-rounded educational opportunities for the underprivileged and disadvantaged youth.   

Crispian Farrow

Crispian is the ESF's Learning Technology Advisor to the secondary schools as well as Sha Tin College's Learning Technology Facilitator.  He works closely with schools and their staff to further the effective use of technology throughout school life, in fields as diverse as programming, design and digital citizenship.  He has spoken at, run workshops and chaired events at a number of international education conferences, both here in Hong Kong and further afield.

Coaches and Mentors

Elaine Ann

CEO and Founder of Kaizor InnovationElaine Ann is the Founder and CEO of Kaizor Innovation. She is a veteran of the early dot-com era in the mid 90's having lived and worked in the U.S. for 12 years. She has worked for companies such as Razorfish, Philips Design, Henry Dreyfuss in New York and Silicon Valley and have designed the User Experiences of some of the very early Internet/technology businesses such as, Intuit's Quicken, Philips Networked Home etc. Elaine’s current strategic innovation consultancy Kaizor Innovation helps companies strategize, research, and define innovative products and services for the China market as well as training executives and students alike on New Product/Services Innovation and User Experience.

Mark Koester
Techstars创业項目發展經理(大中華區)/ Regional Development (Greater China), Techstars Startup Programs

Eternal Hustler in Business and in Life, Startup Ecosystem Builder, China Expert and, when all else fails, can hack stuff together on a computer. 

I'm originally from Omaha, Nebraska but have been living abroad for nearly a decade, including significant time in France, Spain, China and Southeast Asia. I'm fluent in English, French, Chinese and Spanish.

Gene Soo
Director and Co-founder, StartupsHK

Gene Soo is a serial entrepreneur and has launched businesses in tech and fashion space. He is a computer engineer by training and has worked in Silicon Valley as an engineer at SanDisk and also at Accenture as a management consultant. Since returning to Hong Kong in 2009, Gene has worked at a family office and also at 6waves as a Business Development Director. Besides having co-founded StartupsHK, Gene also co-founded StyleNearby, a mobile platform for showcasing designs in a city and is also the director of S.Nine by Susanna Soo, a womenswear fashion label. Gene is currently the General Manager of Hong Kong of Citymapper, an award-winning journey planning app.

Gene has been active in pushing for a better startup ecosystem in Hong Kong and has been involved in technology, mobile, gaming and fashion start-ups space. Gene received his BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University as well as a MBA from Columbia University.

Graeme Deuchars

Graeme is currently working on extending the range of services offered by 21CLI to teachers in the Asian region as well as undertaking other consultancy projects. Graeme has more than 15 years experience in providing an integrated vision for digital and information literacy to support student learning in a number of innovative schools in Hong Kong and Australia. Most recently, Graeme was a Vice Principal at West Island School where he provided leadership in learning and administrative technologies as well as library services.Graeme is Scottish and has lived and worked in Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong for many years.

Linda Wu

Linda Wu is the CEO of Gowell Software, an education company recognized for its award-winning language learning platforms and in-person training services. Currently, Gowell is expanding into the overseas studies preparation business in Hong Kong and China, delivering widely recognized university preparation and test preparation programs from leading educational organizations such as the U.S.’s ACT, through the largest learning center network in China.  Linda started her career as a corporate finance banker at Morgan Stanley in New York and Hong Kong.  She was subsequently a senior manager at the Hong Kong property company, Hysan Development, and later CFO of Sun Hung Kai Properties’ data center operator, iAdvantage.  Linda is currently an advisory member of City University of Hong Kong’s Linguistics and Translation department.  She graduated with a B.A. from Brown University in 1992.

Ying Kit Yuen

Kit graduated from Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor and M.Phil Degree in Electronic Engineering. He previously worked in Beansbox Studio Limited and has extensive experience working with CSS, Javascript, jQuery, PHP as well as Drupal which is the well known open sourced Content Managment System (CMS).Currently he is working in some backend projects for Lane Crawford and teaching for General Assembly in a part-time basis. Kit is a travel lover and he completed the round island cycling in Taiwan last year.

Irene Shao

Irene is the founder of BEAM (, a Kickstarter for education in China. Her interest in education began when she taught at a local migrant school in Beijing during her semester abroad. Since then, she has served as the President of the China Education Symposium, worked at the Harvard Innovation Lab, and led an Asia Education Trek. Irene has a Ed.M. in tech & innovation from Harvard and a A.B. in history from Cornell.

Karl Engkvist

During the course of a 25-year career in education, Karl has held leadership roles in education services pioneer The Princeton Review, education technology leader Blackboard Inc., start-up Campus Direct, powerhouse Pearson, and now innovator Academic Partnerships.  At the Princeton Review in the 1990s, he helped to introduce enhanced learning technologies to thousands of students preparing for high-stakes tests.  While at Blackboard, he worked with universities throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, including the three years he spent living in Beijing as COO of a joint venture with a spin-off from China’s Ministry of Education.  While he was at Cerbibo, the joint venture, more than 100 universities adopted Blackboard’s e-learning platform.  At Pearson he led a number of new business development initiatives across China, Korea, Malaysia, and Vietnam.  At Academic Partnerships, he leads business development in Asia, linking universities across the region with peer institutions in the US, Australia and UK.  A resident of Hong Kong, he can often be found at one of the many leading airports in the region.  He graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Russian History.

SoonKehn Ow Yong

SoonKhen is the lead engineer at Launchpilots, an online partnership platform connecting student leaders with brand sponsorships, Brands work Launchpilots to engage and empower students across China with their products and programs.Previously he has started one company while still in school in Silicon Valley and was part of a winning team at Startup Weekend San Jose. He can help provide advice on super early stage startups or side projects.

Jah Ying

Jah Ying is the Founder and Air Marshal of Launchpilots, an online partnership platform connecting student leaders with brand sponsorships, Brands work Launchpilots to engage and empower students across China with their products and programs.Prior to Launchpilots. Jah Ying worked with venture philanthropy firm Social Ventures Hong Kong, global climate change NGO, and the United Nations Development Program.

Ivy Shum

Ivy Shum is the Development Manager of SME Creativity Center, a non­profit service center involved in enabling SMEs to explore creativity, ideation, and innovation. She has helped and supported local and international SMEs to further establish their own brand or to merge with other existing business in Hong Kong. Ivy is also the event organizer and coordinator of TEDx Hong Kong since 2011. The event size of TEDxHongKong is growing from 250 to 1,000 during since her involvement from a helper to an organizer and discovered her passion on event organizing. Ivy received her B.A. in Graphic Design and minor in Animation, Illustration in Silicon Valley as well as a MSc in Multimedia Entertainment Technology at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She has spent over 10 years in digital production, graphic design, marketing, event organizing in the Silicon Valley and Hong Kong.

Meredith Karazin

President and Director, LearnLab (光合空间) Meredith’s career in social enterprises and non-profits in China and the US has focused on her passion, educational opportunity and social good.  She currently leads the LearnLab  (光合空间), located in Beijing, which brings together the best in education and business to foster and support early-stage education tech enterprises.   The vision of the Accelerator is a world in which all learners receive a quality education through innovation and new solutions in and out of the classroom. Previously, Meredith was the COO of Teach For China, an educational non-profit that expands educational equity in China through recruiting, training, and developing top college graduates as teachers and life-long leaders in education.  In this role, she oversaw Finance, HR, IT, Legal, Strategy, and Governance during a period of four-fold organizational and budgetary growth.   Prior to this, she was based in the US, as a nonprofit consultant, both independently and at The Bridgespan Group (a spin-off of Bain & Company).   She consulted to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, high-performing charter schools, national educational networks, and local children and family services organizations.   Initially, out of college, she was an entrepreneur herself, starting and running a social impact documentary filmmaking organization.  She also worked at a community-based educational organization, doing whatever needed done, from fundraising to program development.  

Simon Squibb
Entrepreneur, HK China based Angel Investor, CEO @ NEST Investments + Founder of creative agency Fluid

As an angel investor for over 18 years, Simon is dedicated to bringing ideas to life and helping the next generation of entrepreneurs in Hong Kong achieve their dreams. As founder of multi award-winning, globally respected creative agency, fluid, Simon worked with an impressive list of clients and partner brands including Estée Lauder China, Fortune, CNN, Wall Street Journal Asia, Li & Fung, Citibank China and Starbucks. As CEO of Nest Investments, Simon leverages his extensive network and experience to mentor and develop Hong Kong based start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Albert Wong

Chairman of Association of IT Leaders in Education * (AiTLE), IT Coordinator and Computer Subject Panel Head of Lee Kau Yan Memorial School. Participated in the development of IT in Education and Professional teacher development since The First Strategy on IT in Education by HKSAR Government. Active in finding resources to and help the promotion of IT in Education. Current Non-Official members of HKSAR EDB Steering Committee on Strategic Development of Information Technology in Education, chairman of HKEAA HKDSE ICT Subject Committee, and committee members and/or members of different IT in Education related organizations / associations.

Renée Boey

Renée Boey believes that, as Thoreau wrote, “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”  She also believes that quoting others is not as fun as writing yourself, which is why one of her great joys is to teach and empower young people to think, write, and speak for themselves.   Renée graduated from St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, and developed her passion for literature as an English major at Harvard University where she was a member of the Social Enterprise club, a business editor at The Crimson, and directed the Citizenship Program at Philips Brooks House. 

After pursuing an M. Phil in Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, Renée returned to Hong Kong and entered the education field where she has been working the past decade as a teacher of English and Humanities at the ISF Academy, as a board manager of the HKMA David Li Kwok Po College, and most recently, as the founder of Baker & Bloom, an education center that promotes innovation, service, and leadership among youth in Hong Kong.  Powered by an accomplished team of educators, Baker & Bloom delivers engaging, personalized learning experiences to elementary, middle, and high school students. 

Baker & Bloom has worked with partners such as Kids4Kids, Crossroads, and Changing Young Lives Foundation and Renée hopes to continue to cultivate and channel the idealism, imagination, and compassion of young people
toward meaningful causes.  She stays connected to St. Paul’s School as a main form agent and serves as a board director of the Harvard Club of Hong Kong.  

Jon Strande

Jon Strande is the Sr. Manager of the Advanced Technology Lab at The Hershey Company, the 100 year old global confection company. The advanced tech lab splits their time between scouting for new technology companies to make the company better in the short term and scouting for technology that can improve the business over the next 5-10 years. Prior to this role, Jon spent the last 6+ years leading Hershey’s internal Experience Design Team. Previously, Jon led the design team for a global electronics manufacturer. With a deep background in design & technology and experience with Strategic Foresight, he brings a unique and innovative perspective that is based on an understanding of people and how & why they use technology.

Andrea Livotto

Andrea co-runs Clarity, Hong Kong's boutique digital agency. He was an organiser of Startup Weekend. His professional background is in finance and mathematics.

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