Startup Weekend EDU Dublin

    Friday, September 22 - 24, 2017

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend EDU Dublin

Friday, September 22 - 24, 2017

Friday, September 22 - 24, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

3rd Floor, One Building,
Grand Canal Street Lower
Dublin, Dublin

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Design the Future of Education

What you get with your ticket:
  • Access to the full weekend-long event
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night @ Udemy 
  • Access to specialist speakers
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the education and startup communities (check them out below)
  • Tasty meals all weekend
  • Collaboration with awesome innovation professionals from throughout Ireland
  • All-star judge's panel led by startup and innovation leaders
  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni)
  • A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days
  • 6 months premium account (worth €60+)
  • Free .co domain (worth €30+)
  • Free trial of Google Cloud Platform 
  • Startup Weekend EDU and Udemy t-shirts
  • Each team gets Creative Tim's Get Shit Done Pro Kit (worth €39 each)
  • 1-month subscription to FluidUI Pro plan
1st Place: 
  • 6 months co-working space in Versari Partners, Dublin (worth €10,000+)
  • Access to all Creative Tim premium products (worth €2000)
  • Tickets to UXDX Conference (worth €670 each)
  • 1-year subscription to FluidUI Pro plan (worth €220)
2nd Place: 
  • Access to all Creative Tim premium products (worth €2000)
  • 1-year subscription to FluidUI Pro plan (worth €220)
3rd Place: 
  • Access to all Creative Tim premium products (worth €2000)
  • BBC Microbit Go Bundles (worth €20 each)
What is Startup Weekend Education?

Have you ever seen a new product, app, or business and thought to yourself, "that was my idea a few years ago"? If you have, that means you did not have a process for taking that idea from concept to creation.

Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to put your idea into action within a matter of days! Whether you are looking to...
  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship
  • learn the process of going from concept to creation
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in Dublin, Ireland
  • join or build an all-star team
  • make meaningful connections and become part of a global community
  • learn and practice new skills to take back to your job or beef up your resume
To get a feel for the event, check out Startup Weekend Education

Who is Startup Weekend Education For?

It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend Education is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including...
  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs
  • developers and other tech-related professionals
  • designers of all types
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.)
  • students from universities and even high schools
  • professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills
  • and passionate visionaries
  • lifelong learners and educators
What's the twist?

A Techstars and Google for Entrepreneurs event! 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! Startup Weekend Education edition means you will be focusing on solving problems and creating opportunities for civic engagement, equal opportunity, and access to education - but you are not limited to these topics. Whether you have an idea to improve your local community or global ones, the ultimate objective of this event is to empower you - in the words of Mahatma Gandhi - to be the change you wish to see in the world!

Do I need to come with an idea?

If you have an idea for a startup, then great!  We hope you pitch for the weekend.  If you don't have an idea, that's quite alright!  Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched, and see if something piques your interest!  The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process and learning from each other.  If you have more questions, check out the Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ!

Join us for a very special weekend! 

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Friday September 22nd

6:00 pm
Registration & Dinner
Arrive at Udemy and get checked in! Have dinner with your new friends, share ideas & practice your pitches!

7:30 pm
Friday Night Kick Off
Take a look at the agenda for the weekend! Get to know our speakers, coaches, & community leaders! Pitch!

9:15 pm
Team Formation & Brainstorming
The hard work begins! Start to finalise teams & take note of everyone's skills. Be honest, & direct about what resources & skills you need this weekend. Stay & work as late as Udemy allow! ;)

10:00 pm
End of Day 1
1 down, 2 to go!

Saturday September 23rd

9:00 am
Check-in & Breakfast
Turn up & enjoy a simple breakfast & coffee to kickstart your day!

9:30 am
Saturday Morning Kick Off
Teams formed will set up their workspace for the weekend! This is where the magic happens!

10:00 am
Identify & Define the Problem
'Deep Work' block on problem statement.

12:00 pm
Pitch the Problem & Get Feedback
Does what it says on the tin!

12:30 pm
Working Lunch
Get some fuel, you'll need it! ;)

1:00 pm
Check-In and Coach Session 1
Check-in, status reports, & call for support with your mentors and facilitator! Make use of them!

3:00 pm
Coach Session 2
Get one-on-one with your coaches! They are here for you!

5:40 pm
Coach Session 3

6:00 pm

7:00 pm
Pitch the Solution & Get Feedback
Second check-in, status reports, call for support!

10:00 pm
Deep Work Block

Sunday September 24th

8:30 am
Breakfast & 'Deep Work' Block
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee! You've got this!

10:30 am
Coach Session 4
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions!

10:30 am
Pitch Coaching with Catherine Moonan
Learn from the best, the RTE Dragon's Den pitch coach - includes the opportunity to get 1 on 1 coaching.

12:30 pm
Let's be honest, you'll grab something on the run!

1:30 pm
Pitch Practice & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm
Turn in Final Decks via Google Slides

5:00 pm
Demo Night: Judging & Awards
This is where the past 2 days have been leading! Share your startup with a panel of experts and the public. Our judges will select the winning team based on their business model and customer validation!

8:00 pm
Share those business cards - if you have any left!! You did it! Congratulations!! See you at the after party!


Claire Hough
SVP of Engineering @ Udemy

Claire leads all of Udemy’s engineering functions for the company’s geographically distributed team. She was named one of the San Francisco Business Times' Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business 2016. Prior to joining Udemy, she held senior executive positions at Citrus Lane, NexTag, Napster, and Netscape. 

Alan Costello
Venture Investment Leader at NDRC

Alan is a Venture Investment Leader with NDRC where he sources and supports early stage tech startups. He has spent ten years developing early stage startups - strategy towards growth and the investment needed to support that growth. 

He is also a founder of the M1PaymentsCorridor creating a major payments cluster in Ireland.

Catherine Moonan
Pitch Coach for Start-ups and Executives - Communication Matters

- Author of ‘The Pitch Coach’, published by Liberties Press in January 2016.
- Pitch Coach on RTÉ’s ‘Dragons’ Den’ for eight seasons to date - successfully coaching over
500 contestants and helping them to secure over €5 million investment.
- Freelance broadcaster and journalist, with a Masters in Journalism from Dublin City
University, contributing to the Irish Independent, Sunday Independent, Irish Daily Mail, Irish
Examiner, Newstalk, Today FM, Kildare FM, LMFM, Dublin City FM, BBC Radio Humberside
and RTE’s political and business series ‘Prime Time’.
- Pitch Coach for many of Ireland’s established start-up and accelerator programmes –
Enterprise Ireland’s SPRINT Programme, New Frontiers Athlone and Castlebar, NDRC Dublin,
Portershed Galway, BOI Accelerator Cork and BOI StartLab Galway, HackAccessDublin and
StartupWeekendDublin 2017.
- Pitch Coach for the European Innovation Academy in Nice and Turin 2016 and The Business
Hive, Grimsby, UK in 2013, 2014 and 2017.

Evangelos Kapros
UX Lead @ Learnovate

Evangelos is the lead UX Designer and Researcher at the Learnovate Centre in Trinity College. He is particularly interested in the Usability of Educational Technology. Evangelos is also interested in interfaces for Adaptive Information Systems and news applications, HCI, and Data Visualisation.

David Connolly
Business Advisor at Dublin City Local Enterprise Office

Dave Connolly is a Business Advisor with the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Dublin City and has responsibility for the development of companies operating in the capital. Dave has held enterprise development positions with Dundalk Institute of Technology and Enterprise Ireland, working with companies from Pre-Startup to Scaling across multiple sectors. Dave’s educational background is in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. 

Event Judges

Gene Murphy
Co-Founder Startup Boost Pre-Accelerator, Co-Organiser Startup Week Dublin

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.

Sarita Johnston
Female Entrepreneurship Manager @ Enterprise Ireland

Sarita manages Enterprise Ireland’s key initiatives to support Female Entrepreneurs. These initiatives are part of a drive to boost the number of innovative, export-oriented businesses being set up and led by female entrepreneurs. Sarita has worked for Enterprise Ireland, most recently as Senior Development Advisor with the High Potential Start up Team. 

David Scanlon
Venture Investment Lead @ NDRC

David is an experienced executive, with a career spanning software engineering, public sector trade development, and private sector business development - all built on a vocation as an evangelist for the Irish startup community.
As an NDRC Venture Investment Lead, David sources, engages, guides, and enables teams to transform the best ideas into globally scalable businesses.
David is a talented communicator and connector, with a unique understanding of the Irish and European startup ecosystems.

Liz McCarthy
Strategic Projects @ Dogpatch Labs

Liz manages partnerships at Dogpatch Labs, Ireland's leading co-working space for tech startups. Corporate and Innovation partners include Google for Entrepreneurs, Ulster Bank and ESB and also partners with 50+ organisations that are shaping the growth of the tech and startup ecosystem in Ireland.

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. 

Coaches and Mentors

Dr. Ioana Ghergulescu
Head of Research and Adaptive Learning @ Adaptemy

She has over 10 years of research experience with various research groups and companies from Ireland, UK and Romania, being highly experienced in innovative learning and teaching pedagogies, adaptive learning and technology enhanced learning. She holds a PhD in Computer Science, Technology Enhanced Learning.

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. 

Tom Pollock
Commercial Development Manager @ Learnovate

Tom has overall responsibility for managing the Learnovate Centre’s Commercialisation and Business Development activities. Tom's is responsible for ensuring the continuance and growth of industry research and innovation collaboration, industry funding and commercialisation activities.

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.

Seamus Matthews
CEO & Founder @ PennyOwl

Seamus is an EdTech leader and Founder of PennyOwl, a unique mobile financial education platform for families that blends experiential learning with just-in-time education content. PennyOwl was voted the #1 Education App of the Year for Kids 2017 and awarded the Best Education App Summer 2017. Seamus has senior management experience across sales and partner development, business model innovation and startup fundraising. Prior to PennyOwl, he held a sales leadership role at Cisco Inc for six years. 

Claire Mac Namee
Manager, Learning & Innovation Centre (The LINC) @ ITB

Claire manages the LINC, a leading start-up incubator and co-working space for tech startups in Dublin 15. Claire has spent the past 10 years coaching and mentoring hundreds of Irish start-up companies. Lean startup advocate.

Colin Keogh
Mechanical Engineer, Designer & Innovator (Also Forbes 30 Under 30!)

Colin is an award winning Engineer leading new research in the Energy, Environment, 3D Printing and Innovation fields at UCD. He is completing a PhD in engineering in UCD focusing on improving innovation methodologies using disruptive technologies. He co-founded a social enterprise in 2014, The Rapid Foundation, which aims to disperse 3d printing technology to 3rd world locations and conduct printing workshops with schools in the UK and Ireland. This work won the IMechE 2016 Fritz Schumacher award, making him one of Forbes 30 Under 30 for Europe, JCI’s Ten Outstanding Young People for 2017 and as a 2017 Nissan Generation Next Ambassador.    

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. 

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. 

Jennifer Kelly
STEM Educator

16 years experience working in disadvantaged environment including Maths week organiser, Maker Faire participant who holds a PhD in music analysis with conducting and performing experience. Most recently, postgraduate course in 21st Century Learning in TCD.

Daniel Loftus
Founder and CEO @ UrbanFox

Daniel is an experienced founder having founded 3 startups, exiting successfully from one and currently working on his third UrbanFox, an artificial intelligence technology for retail marketing. He has a background in software development and data science.  

Rick Nassar

Blockchain & IoT Startups Analyst, Crypto enthusiast, Social Entrepreneur, Startup Weekend Facilitator and a writer at Irish Tech News and Crypto Coin News. 

"One of the Top 50 Tech Movers & Shakers in Ireland" By Business & Finance Magazine 

The foundation of a good Startup begins with an awesome Team. Rick has been part of the Startup Weekend as both a participant and mentor and now as a facilitator.

He's also a PhD candidate at UCD focusing on utilizing Blockchain for decentralised & shared economies.

Fiona McAndrew
User Experience Designer @ Learnovate Centre

Fiona is a product designer who currently works alongside fellow designers, technologists, learning experts, and industry partners at the Learnovate Centre, a learning technology research centre. Alongside consulting on a vast range of learning technology projects, Fiona leads the design aspects of DEVELOP, a €3 million H2020 research project collaboration between 9 large european academic and industrial partners.

Raul Martin
Software Developer @ Udemy

Raúl has been working in IT for more than a decade. Currently working for Udemy as a Software Developer. He is passionate about learning and loves working on great interfaces. He also has experience giving lectures for different courses and events

Panpan Lin
Software Engineer @ IBM

Former winner of Startup Weekend Dublin, NASA Space Apps Challenge (global nominee representing Ireland), and Dublin Smart City Hackathon. Now a software engineer at IBM. In her spare time she enjoys giving talk at tech meetups and holding concerts as a pianist. She holds 4 degrees, has published 5 books, and entered 2 international film festivals.

Ross Lawless

Ross Lawless is a 3D printing pioneer, having developed a game changing 3D printing platform via his company Calt Dynamics. He is a research engineer, product developer, innovator and entrepreneur. Currently he is working on the development of a commercial prototype for a liquid phase 3D bio-printer based in UCD.

Olga Truskova

Olga Padulosi is a marketing manager of an investment fund. She has been working with early stage startups helping them building their marketing strategy for past 2 years. Prior to that she was doing marketing in the biggest mobile development company in Russia, dealing with such companies as Foursquare, Twitter, MLOVE, BlaBlaCar, Spotify, HotelTonight, Soundcloud, Airbnb, Realm, Wunderlist, RunKeeper, Google, Facebook and many others. Olga managed an online school of Android developers together with Google that gathered 32k+ participants all over the world. Besides that, she organised offline schools of mobile developers, the biggest IT open air Geek Picnic (Russia, USA, Israel). 

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.
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Organizing Team

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

  • David
  • Katalina
  • Allen
    Thomas Varghese
  • Rachel
  • Karla
  • Galina
  • HuíChí


Roger Osorio
Entrepreneurship Program Leader @ IBM

Entrepreneurship program leader at IBM by day, math coach by night, and Startup Weekend global facilitator by weekend.  I deliver a powerful cocktail made up of education, psychology, neuroscience, leadership, and entrepreneurship.  I facilitate events to maximize the experience and learning for all participants.

Event Staff

Yvonne Jacob
Employee Success & Office Coordinator @ Udemy

Now Operations and HR, Udemy provided Yvonne with the opportunity to learn and develop skills in these areas. "My biggest joy in work is to be available to help my team and support them in the workplace. Seeing Udemy grow globally and the powerful and meaningful impact that we have on our customers is a truly rewarding experience."

Angelia Yingge Xu
Co-founder @ Creative Engagers Dublin

Angelia is a recent Masters graduate from TCD and is the co-founder of Creativity Engagers Dublin. She has worked with ThinkVisual, where she was responsible for digital graphic harvesting. In addition, Angelia has worked in Beijing as a Project Manager with Visual Thinking Centre, where she was responsible for design thinking training and live graphic recording. 

Raisa Pokrovskaya
Bringing Social Psychology and Digital Business together

Enthusiastic & innovative startup fan who loves to bring together Social Psychology and DigitalBusiness. I can say that nothing brings me more fun than meeting new people, developing new relationships, solving problems and contributing to the overall success of a team (or business). 

Dr Ruchi Palan
Co-Organiser - Creative Engagers Dublin

Ruchi has a PhD in social science and is an experienced researcher in diversity and inclusion. She has keen interest in developing inclusion strategies for business and social enterprises through innovation and technology. She is currently developing a mobile application for print-disabled learners. Her other projects include developing technology-based solutions to facilitate STEM access for disabled learners and using mixed method technologies for diversity awareness and inclusion. She was a mentor at Hack Access Dublin 2017 and is active in the Dublin meet-up space, with regular engagement in Tech For Good Dublin meet-up and as co-organiser of Creative Engagers Dublin meet-up.

Gar Mac Críosta

In his own words: I'm immersed in working with & understanding how organizations change & what makes them successful
- I think that many organizations need "brain rewiring" to allow them to succeed in uncertain times
- I want to reinvent the way 'consulting' is done; strip it bare; keep it useful; make it a job worth doing
- I love playing with new approaches and experimenting with techniques that accelerate progress & improve thinking
- I believe that we all need to draw, scribble, experiment, play, fail and have fun to succeed
- I'm passionate about building an amazing & happy company that our people will love, our customers will adore and our competition will aspire to become

David Winn

Photographer for Startup Weekend Education 2017.

Tamara Stone

Award-winning designer. Tamara has worked as the designer for Startup Weekend Education Dublin and Learning Tech Labs since 2015. 

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