Startup Weekend EDU Dublin

    Friday, November 25 - 27, 2016

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend EDU Dublin

Friday, November 25 - 27, 2016

Friday, November 25 - 27, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

23, Trinity Technology & Enterprise Campus,
Pearse St, Grand Canal Dock
Dublin, Ireland 2

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Design the Future of Education

Educators, entrepreneurs, developers and designers come together to tackle challenges in education and learning. Only one weekend to create a product to solve problems for schools and colleges, students and parents, and all of us, lifelong learners. The winner may just have a real shot at getting education-focused company off of the ground, so come join us!

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Friday November 25th

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 November 26th

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 November 27th

9:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

11:15 am

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

5:30 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
After Party


Gianni Matera

Clodagh Connell

Founder of HelloBezlo and Winner of Startup Weekend Education

Event Judges

Alan Maguire
Managing Director @ Versari Partners

Alan has over 20 years’ experience in the IT and Media industries, having run businesses, sales & commercial organisations across the globe. Alan was Managing Director and Executive Director on the Board of ThirdForce as the business grew to over $40m. He is a Founding Partner at Versari Partners, a professional services firm that provides consultancy & business management services via the Versari Hub in Dublin.

Owen Laverty
Incubation Centre Manager at Maynooth University

Martyn Farrows
Head of Digital Strategy @ CJ Fallons

Martyn is an experienced professional with over 25 years of international success in EdTech industry, learning technologies, education and public policy development. His background and track record are in strategy, start-ups, research, innovation, fund-raising, management and business development. 

Gene Murphy
Co-Founder Startup Boost Pre-Accelerator

Gene loves Startups! He is the Co-Founder Startup Boost a global pre-accelerator program for pre seed startups, Co-Organiser Startup Week Dublin and works with startup communities, city's and VC funds to increase opportunities for entrepreneurs.   He has also organised, helped or facilitated over 20 Startup Weekends! Previously he was a Co-Founder of Startup Ireland and Entrepreneur In Residence at Bank Of Ireland.

Fionnula Healy

Coaches and Mentors

Tom Skinner
Founder pTools Software

Brian Kenny
Founder at MiniCorp

Brian founded MiniCorp, an international digital product agency that nurtures ideas from concept to successful products. Brian helps startups and enterprises to rapidly define, test and build their product. He also helps them to secure investment and assist in building out their teams internationally during high growth periods.

Brian has leveraged the growth of MiniCorp to create and invest in multiple product ideas. Prior to the inception of MiniCorp, Brian co-founded Media inMotion, a steaming wireless in-flight entertainment, travel,  and retail platform.

Arturo Calvo
CTO at Sedicii and Software Engineering Associate Manager at Accenture Centre for Innovation

Orla Veale
Director at Wellbeing 365

An experienced business professional with expertise in Business Development, Strategy, Marketing, Project Management, Training and Event Management. 

Emer Thornby
Computing Support Tutor @ National College of Ireland

Emer is passionate about usability, whether it's functional or UI testing, creating re-usable code or a website, or documenting work so you're not left in the dark when you're done. Emer has experience as both an educator and a developer. 

Brendan Flanagan

Olivia Lavelle
CEO @ LingoHost

Education Psychologist, with expertise in parenting and language learning and one of the organisers of Start Up Galway; Olivia is also CEO of LingoHost; a start up company that specialises in language learning through positive connections with like minded people. 

Aniruddha Ghosh

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend EDU Dublin 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.


Organizing Team

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

  • Amy
  • Katalina
  • David


Jessica Falkenthal
Education Community & Growth Marketing Strategist

Jessica Falkenthal leads growth marketing, community building and experience design for education startups, schools and nonprofits. She serves on the SXSW EDU Launch Advisory Board and CUE SF Board.
Jessica loves creating engaging education experiences and  previously managed a dozen online learning communities, coached early-stage education entrepreneurs, grew the Startup Weekend Education program worldwide, founded her own education startup, led professional development workshops for hundreds of educators, and designed and taught technology classes for the Boys and Girls Club and 4-H Youth Development programs. She is also a community organizer for the SF Edtech Happy Hour, 4-H, Startup Weekend Education, and Education Startup Digest.

Event Staff

Anne Sexton
Director of Business Development @ The Business Consulting Group

Anne has over 20 years senior management expertise working with and mentoring start-ups and high growth multinationals in both public and private sector organisations locally and globally.

Sean Judge

Toby Farren

Nakul Wali
Software Developer @ Syncreon

Currently working with Syncreon on Progress/OPenEdge 4GL for Datawarehouse. Previously worked as Software Research Engineer in PAS (Programmable & Autonomous Systems), a specialist research group at a centre of excellence for ICT research & innovation in TSSG-WIT. 

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