Startup Weekend Education Cologne

    Friday, March 20 - 22, 2015


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Startup Weekend Education Cologne

Friday, March 20 - 22, 2015



Friday, March 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

STARTPLATZ
Im Mediapark 5
Cologne, Germany 50670

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What is s StartupWeekend Education?

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:
MathChat is a mobile collaboration tool for students to get instant math homework help from friends. 
Fantasy GeoPolitics is a fantasy football-like game for social studies and literacy standards.
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
+ $100 of AWS credit for hosting
+ Event t-shirt
+ Awesome coaching by education startup industry leaders
+ Fun swag from Google, .Co and more!
+ A network of 80 new developer, designer & entrepreneur friends that are also excited about improving education

The Winning Team will receive a STARTPLATZ scholarship for 3 months!
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!

Was ist ein StartupWeekend Education?
Das StartupWeekend Education bietet eine Gelegenheit Gründungsideen im Bereich Bildung innerhalb von 54 Stunden umzusetzen. An dem Event nehmen Designer, Programmierer, Marketing-Fachleute, Schüler, Studenten, Lehrer, Dozenten und andere Bildungsprofis teil. Es werden Teams um die besten Ideen gebildet und anschließend an der Umsetzung gearbeitet. Unterstützung finden die Teams durch erfahrende Gründer sowie Branchenexperten. Die besten Gründungen werden am Sonntag-Abend von einer Jury ermittelt. Den Gewinnern winken tolle Preise. 

Welche Organisation steckt dahinter?
Startup Weekend ist eine als non-profit anerkannte Organisation mit Hauptsitz in Seattle, Washington USA. Von dort werden alle lokalen StartupWeekends koordiniert. Organisiert und umgesetzt wird ein StartupWeekend als „Grassroot-Bewegung“ durch die lokale Startup-Szene. Bis jetzt haben weltweit 1900 Events stattgefunden, an denen über 150000 Entrepreneure aus über 500 Städten in über 127 Ländern mitgewirkt haben. Daraus entstanden mehr als 10000 Gründungen. StartupWeekend ist mittlerweile eine weltweit bekannte Marke, die entsprechend durch Zuwendungen großer Firmen wie Google, Amazon und anderen Internetfirmen unterstützt wird. Die Kosten für eine Umsetzung vor Ort wird durch lokale Sponsoren ermöglicht. 

Welchen Nutzen hat ein StartupWeekend Education?
Gesellschaftlich StartupWeekend ist vor allem handlungsorientiert und demokratisiert das Thema Gründung, so dass es für jeden zugänglich ist - ganz gleich welches Alter oder welche Erfahrungen vorliegen. StartupWeekend Education möchte im Besonderen einen positiven Beitrag zum Bildungssektor leisten und Innovationen sowie Kreativität in diesem Bereich fördern.  Teilnehmer Wir glauben, eine theoretische Herangehensweise an das Thema Gründung ist wenig zielführend. Der beste Weg erscheint uns, eine Idee direkt in die Tat umzusetzen und wirklich praktisch daran zu arbeiten - und genau darum geht es bei einem StartupWeekend. An dem Wochenende nehmen Gründungswillige mit unterschiedlichem Wissen und Fähigkeiten wie etwa Programmierer, Marketing-Fachleute, Bildungsprofis, Designer usw. teil. Es sind aber auch Coaches vor Ort, die bereits erfolgreich gegründet haben oder Bildungsexperten, die eine hohe Reputation in verschiedenen Bildungsbranchen vorweisen um den Teilnehmern wertvolle Unterstützung bieten zu können.  Coaches und Sponsoren Als Coach oder Sponsor unterstützen Sie die StartupSzene. So sind diese Events auch ein „Come-Together“. Sie begleiten die frühe Phase von Bildungs-Gründungen durch Tipps und „Insides“ aus der Branche, treffen Entwickler, Designer, Bildungsprofis und andere Entrepreneure und nehmen so Einfluss in die Community der Bildungs-Startups. 

Kann ich mitmachen?
Zum StartupWeekend Education können sich ab sofort alle Gründer und solche die es werden wollen anmelden. Ob Entwickler, Designer, Marketing-Fachmann, Student oder Schüler, ob aus der Schule, Universität oder einer privaten Bildungseinrichtung: für jeden wird der StartupWeekend Education eine herausragende Erfahrung sein, die nur solch ein handlungsorientiertes Szene-Event bieten kann. Die Anmeldegebühr beinhaltet eine Rundum-Versorgung mit Mahlzeiten, Getränken und Materialien für die kompletten drei Tage. Die Umsetzung des Events ist nur durch die großzügige finanzielle Unterstützung der globalen wie lokalen Sponsoren und die ehrenamtliche Tätigkeit dutzender Entrepreneure aus der Kölner StartupSzene möglich. 

Tolle Preise gibt es auch zu gewinnen! So winken den Gewinnern ein drei-monatiges Stipendium vom STARTPLATZ.
Das StartupWeekend Education in Köln wird der erste in Europa sein: „Ich möch ze Fooss noh Kölle jon!" :-)  


Wieso wird die englische und deutsche Sprache hier verwendet? StartupWeekend ist ein international ausgerichtetes Event. Daher sollen die Präsentationen möglichst in englischer Sprache gehalten werden. Schüler allerdings können auch auf Deutsch zurückgreifen. 

Noch Fragen? cologne@startupweekend.org





EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday March 20th


6:30 pm
Registration
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
Voting
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 21st


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


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


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

Sunday March 22nd


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!


Event Judges


Lorenz Gräf
Investor und Business Angel Familie Gräf Holding GmbH; Co-Founder of Startplatz

Dr. Lorenz Gräf is the founder of the internet company Globalpark. As an entrepreneur he led his business to success and established it as an international renown company. In summer 2011 he merged his company Globalpark AG with the company Questback in order to take position as european market leader. Lorenz Gräf left Globalpark in 2012 and concentrated his interests in the Familie Gräf Holding GmbH (FGH). Today Dr. Lorenz Gräf is CEO of the social media agency Boostpark GmbH, based in Cologne.

Since 1988 he does research in the field of social science informatics and online market research. He is an expert for online based interaction and communication as well as author of different articles and textbooks. Further Dr.Lorenz Gräf is co-founder oft he DGOF e.V. (German association of online-research) and was member of the board from 1997 until 2004.

He founded STARTPLATZ in 2012 together with his son Matthias Gräf. The main aim is to make STARTPLATZ the hotspot for digital natives, entrepreneurs and startups. The infrastructure given is not only for young startups in search for answers and office space it is also a place to support established startups with know-how as well as capital.


Kai Thierhoff
Founder and owner of Thierhoff Consulting

Kai Thierhoff is the founder and owner of Thierhoff Consulting. Domestic and foreign clients from both, Startup and Investors side, benefit from his more than 25 years of experience in the fields of Tech, IT and Tourism. He consults in the field of Capital Acquisition for Startups and SME, including Angel Investors, Venture Capital Acquisition and EU/State Subsidies. In addition to his involvement as a consultant and lecturer, Kai founded participated in several Startups as founder, co-founder, Coach, and Investor. He is Professor for Entrepreneurship at RFH University and an active member of the German Startup Scene. He graduated from Cologne University and got a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship from ebs University at Oestrich-Winkel.


Daniel Attallah
Founder & CEO of Pixum

Daniel has more than 20 years experience in building successful e-commerce businesses. He founded and still serves as CEO @ Pixum – a leading Online Photo Service in Europe. He is the head of a team that grew the business from 3 founders to more than 300 people and from zero to more than €55 million revenue today. He built the online marketing team, led mergers and acquisitions and led the roll out to 8 different countries throughout Europe. Daniel also holds the position as Trend & Innovation Scout @ CEWE where he leads all corporate VC activities. He serves as a Investors Committee Member @ Germany's leading Seed-Investor High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) and is board member @ WebdeCologne. Prior roles includes Senior Management and Sales Positions in international High-Tech Companies like Nortel Networks, Computacenter & CompuNet. Daniel studied Computer Science but abandoned his studies to found his first Company.


Coaches and Mentors


David C. Son
Founder and Managing Director of WIRECLOUD, Advisor & Serial Entrepreneur

David is founder of WIRECLOUD (https://www.wirecloud.de) - a cloud based PBX telephone system for SMEs - which supports end-to-end encryption based on zRTP and makes it easy to use for companies. In the past David founded DCalling (http://www.dcalling.com) a service to make voice calls abroad from mobile with ultra low rates. He studied computer science at RWTH Aachen and is specialist in IT architectures, business modelling and development. He worked in serveral IT projects for public and privat customers.


Milan Vukas
Entrepreneur, Advisor

Milan is a startup mentor and business consultant for early stage startups and a policy advisor, particularly focusing with his work on the promotion of entrepreneurship. Prior to that, Milan was co-founder and CEO of UP-Production, a media production company located in Cologne (Germany), where he was responsible for planning strategic business objectives and implementing new systems within the company. Specialties: - Sales strategy - Early stage customers - Business model generation and modelling


Nicole Pfeffermann

Nicole Pfeffermann (Ph.D.) is a management consultant specialized in innovation communication and multiart. Her expertise is in the area of dynamic capabilities to accelerate innovation and collaborative innovation. She is also a senior researcher and co-editor of the international contributed volume ‘Strategy and Communication for Innovation’, Springer Publishing. Nicole is currently working on the new edition and community platform www.sci-insights.com. She teaches, reviews, and coaches on the topics of digital business, methodologies, and innovation management and was visiting scholar at UCLA Anderson and associate researcher at ESCP Europe Paris, Chair Entrepreneurship. Website: www.iseic-consulting.com


Alex Strieder

Alex is the founder of QDEGA (www.qdega.com), a mobile app for customer loyyalty rewards. Alex founded QDEGA in late 2010 after a 3,5-year stay in Australia, where he studied Communications and Business. Furthermore, Alex has recently founded the Kölsch-Card (www.koelsch-card.de), a prepaid card for Cologne’s favorite brew. The Kölsch-Card was started as a true minimal viable product, using lean principles.


Christian Pereira
CEO, resecure

Christian is a serial entrepreneur in the tec business. After his studies he started in business consulting and became co-founder of a consulting firm of Deutsche Telekom group. He contributed to the growth of that company from 2 to 250 employees within 10 years. Next he founded a cloud service company which he sold after 5 years. In several jobs afterwards he was responsible for BD and sales or acted as COO. He was co-founder and Managing Partner of neuland in 2014 and co-founded resecure GmbH a Cyber Security SaaS a few weeks ago.


Eva Maria Bäcker
Founder Lebenswelt-Marketing

Eva`s focus lies on development of distance-learning-courses in higher education. After her studies of sociology, psychology and ethnology in Munich, she was an employee in a consulting company, specialized on generation change. Born as member of a traditional family company she knows a lot about the challenges as family entrepreneur and did research about identities of entrepreneurs. Several years she was scientific employee at the FernUniversität in Hagen (Institute of Education and Media Research). Now she is active as online-trainer and presence-lecturer at the International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef-Bonn, Berlin University for Professional Studies/Steinbeis, University of Oldenburg, Bonner Academy. She deepened web pedagogies at the Harvard University Extension School in Boston. Eva is certified as e-trainer and intercultural trainer. Currently she does research about intercultural competence in Africa. (www.lebenswelt-marketing.de)


Radoslav Tsvetkov
Tech-Entrepreneur, Founder MAK3it

Radoslav is Technical Co-Founder and Lead Developer at MAK3it - connecting corporates and startups to create innovative business models. 
He is using the Lean Startup methodology to build technical prototypes (MVPs) helping entrepreneurs to improve their products. As a Web Developer he is experienced in Web Services, Hybrid Solutions and Web Prototyping. 
Rado is constantly working with startups and F100 companies in Germany and actively supporting the startup scene in Cologne.


Forouhar Shakeri
Design Strategist

Forouhar is a design strategist, consulting tech startups in Germany and Iran. He has been working in various fields of design since 2006 including being design director at Lahzeh Electronics and co-founding HupHa as design specialist. In addition to directing design workshops, he is also actively cooperating with different entrepreneurial events and conferences such as European Pirate Summit and iBridge. He is currently doing his MA Thesis in Integrated Design on Entrepreneurial Strategic Design specified on Behavior Development through Digital Technology and Games at Köln Intl' School of Design.


Fabian Rossbacher
CEO Seoday UG

Fabian Rossbacher is a performance marketing expert, speaker, software developer, affiliate and entrepreneur.
He is founder of the biggest SEO-Conference and education center www.seo-day.dewww.singleboerse.de and online marketing tool www.crawl.me.
Furthermore he is owner of over 60 websites.


Andreas Durth
Managing Director for Studienkreis Online

Andreas is Managing Director for Studienkreis' online business, which he builds as a startup-within-the-company (Intrapreneurship). Studienkreis is the no.1 professional tutoring service in Germany.
Before Studienkreis Andreas was on the investor-side, working with Project A, the Berlin Incubator founded by 4 ex-Rocket MDs around the Online-Marketing pioneer Florian Heinemann. He joined Project A after 4 years of Consulting at McKinsey & Company. Andreas holds a Dipl. Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from INSEAD.


Peter Schunck
Business Consultant

Peter Schunck, an independent business consultant, supports companies during Change Processes and Controlling Challenges. Before 2014 he served as Managing Director at Voxeo Germany GmbH being responsible for Finance & Operations in EMEA. Between 2004 and 2008 he held several international roles as Director of Finance, Controlling & Administration at VoiceObjects GmbH & VoiceObjects Ltd.. Prior joining VoiceObjects in 2004, he served as Director Controlling at PiroNet NDH AG, where he managed the overall financial and sales controls, planning, reporting and other special projects such as SAP projects and acquisitions integration. Prior to that, Mr. Schunck held management roles in Professional Services for ERP at Geac Enterprise Solutions. Mr. Schunck received his master degree in business from the University of Cologne in 1995.


Lukas J. Gorski
E-Commerce Expert & Founder

As CEO and co-founder of warenkorb | E-Commerce Agentur (www.warenkorb.com) an E-Commerce specialized agency based in Cologne Lukas is an experienced E-Commerce expert who covers the whole process of E-Commerce consulting (from Analysis to Strategy implementation), Online Shop Development (especially E-Commerce Systems like Magento, Prestashop & Shopware) and E-Commerce Optimization (E-Commerce specialized SEO, Usability and High performance Shop Hosting like Magento Hosting).Based on this broad E-Commerce knowledge Lukas Co-founded the ShopAdvisors (www.shopadvisors.de) the first SAAS self service E-Commerce Optimization Tool which will soon to be released in its Beta. 


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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Cologne is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Elisa
    Porstmann
  • Puja
    Abbassi
  • Heinz
    Hagel
  • Laszlo
    Schürg
  • Hamid
    Sattarzadeh
  • Kamil
    Barbarski
  • Mladen
    Panov
  • Vidar
    Andersen
  • Daniel
    Sachse
  • Pirmin
    Vlaho

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