Startup Weekend Education Nairobi (SWEDU)

    Friday, July 10 - 12, 2015

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Startup Weekend Education Nairobi (SWEDU)

Friday, July 10 - 12, 2015

Friday, July 10 - 12, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Strathmore University

Nairobi, Kenya

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Why attend Startup Weekend Education Nairobi?

Startup Weekend Education (SWEDU) Nairobi hosted by iBiz Africa, an incubator at Strathmore University, seeks to bring youth voices and educator experiences front and center. These groups are in the best position to both name and design the solutions for education’s most critical challenges.

Our event transcends the traditional Startup Weekend style; we will focus on bridging the entrepreneurial startup spirit with youth and educator informed issues. Through design thinking, innovative business strategies, relentless hacking and designing, this weekend will produce new ventures that are poised to create high caliber outcomes for local Education entrepreneurs. 

Groups will work together over 54 hours to create a tech tool that addresses a concern either in a school or in a student’s community. Ventures can range from a mobile app for students, a gaming console app, to a variety of online learning tools! 

We believe that a wide range of diverse perspectives, backgrounds, passion, talents, technical knowledge and skills are needed to create ventures that have the highest potential for lasting impact. 

We are looking for: 

Youth Innovators: Entrepreneurs interested in hacking, UX/UI design, business, education and collaborating on an unique solution to a challenge they’re facing

Teachers: Instructional leaders in the classroom working in Nairobi schools and within its environs- this category is essential to a successful Startup Weekend Education!

Educators: Community Organizers, District Administrators, Education Non-Profit Leaders and Professionals working in the school wrap-around services space

Champions: Individuals who will keep student voice and perspective on the top of their and the group’s mind- this could be a parent/relative, youth development professional or others who work closely with youth and are interested in collaborating with and supporting students on a team

Developers: Mobile App Developers (IOS, IOS SDK, Android) Programmers (JAVA, Objective C, CSS3, etc.) Web developers (front end and back end)

Designers: UX/UI designers (Adobe Suite Applications, Axure, iRise, Omnigraffle, etc.)

Entrepreneurs: Innovators, Thinkers, Business Strategists, Marketers, Finance Gurus, Project Managers, Philanthropists

We are looking to see and hear your Creative Ideas and Support you during the Weekend. Feel free to come up with ideas. The below are guidelines:
1. Mobile devices for learning (access & quality to info)

How can we use education technology to increase access to, and distribute quality learning materials?

2. Open Education (Moocs, OER)

How can we take advantage of Open Education technologies like MOOCs and Open Educational Resources (OERs) to increase literacy?

3. M&E/data-driven impact

How can we use education data and education technology to measure the impact of education?

4. Education for Youth Development

How can we ensure that education technology and education initiatives lead to youth empowerment and development?

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Friday July 10th

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 July 11th

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 July 12th

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!


Kago Kagichiri
Eneza Co-Founder & CTO

Kago is co-founder and CTO of Eneza Education where he manages product vision and development. He has also founded MiliQi, a firm that specialises in media and mobile tech solutions. He is passionate about problem solving and enjoys creating disruptive solutions.

Event Judges

Aaron Fu
Managing Partner (Africa) at

We are entrepreneurs investing in entrepreneurs based in the heart of Asia. We invest in people first & brilliant, scalable, global ideas.

Dr. Joseph Sevilla

He is currently Director of @iLabAfrica, a Research and Innovation Centre at Strathmore University (Nairobi, Kenya

Robert Yawe

Designer of local and wide area networks with a vast knowledge and experience in open and proprietary connectivity solutions.

Implement cost effective and low maintenance solutions for the Small and medium enterprises where we act as their virtual IT department allowing the organisations to concentrate on their core business.

I am also a financial literacy coach which I do to get others to appreciate that without securing your finances all the rest shall be come to nought.

Marie Githinji
CTO, eLimu

Marie Githinji is the co-founder and CTO of eLimu, one of the most talked about EdTech innovations in Africa. eLimu is an interactive educational platform with rich digital localized content for the Kenyan Primary School curriculum. Marie is also the Program Manager of InfoNET, a technological innovation facility that uses technology to empower citizens and civil societies in fostering service delivery and democratic governance. Marie also co-founded Akirachix, an organisation that aims to inspire and develop a successful force of women in technology who will change Africa's future.

Coaches and Mentors

Phil Dass
Marketing Consultant

Phil Dass is the CEO of Marcom Consultants an agency dedicated to improving marketing aspects of organizations. Phil works on on communication – marketing and corporate – social and personal – messages and metrics – corporate and branding – to craft credible and compelling stories in an innovative manner – that inspire people and germinates ideas. He has worked with the media and corporate groups in India among others. He has launched over a dozen publications, world class portals and worked with Indian state governments. He has launched a PR agency and handled Fortune 500 clients and in Kenya currently he handles over half a dozen clients in the FMCG and B2B trade.

Nina Werner

Nina Werner has quite the international profile. Having Swedish parents but a mother born and raised in Kenya, Nina was raised in France, although born in Switzerland. She studied for her Bachelor in Life Science in Lausanne, Switzerland, and now holds an MSc in Management, Technology and Economics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. The travel bug caught her in her early years and hasn't left her so far. Having travelled to most European countries, India, and China, she finally decided to move to Tanzania in 2010 and pursue the amazing opportunities that this country has to offer. Along the way, she got the opportunity to be part of Mara Foundation and bring this very unique organisation to Africa’s entrepreneurs. As the company has developed and grown, Nina is now focusing on Mara Online, Mara’s tech company developing apps and platforms such as Mara Mentor, an online mentorship platform, and Mara Messenger, a messaging app. Nina is based in Nairobi, Kenya and is the Head of Roll-Outs ensuring all activities in our countries of operations run smoothly. Mara Online’s current countries of operations are Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa and is planning to grow further in the next few months.

Joanne Schneider
Product Marketing & Business Development, Entrepreneur

Joanne is currently heading up international sales and operations at Esoko. Prior to moving to Nairobi, she did business development and product marketing at Google, working to bring to market a political polling and market research tool, as well as products for small businesses. After that, she managed deal-flow and operations at an impact investing fund, and founded a medical tourism startup in San Francisco. Although she is American, she was born in Singapore to a New Yorker and a South African, and also lived in Switzerland and Argentina.

Frank Tamre
Co-Founder, Moringa School

Co-Founder and Curriculum Head at Moringa School that trains its students to be Junior Software Engineers on Mobile and Web platforms. A mentor at iBiz.
Passionate about Education, Entrepreneurship, Technology and Hacking. Software Engineer who loves to research and is an adrenaline junkie.

Anne Salim
COO, Eneza Education

I manage the teams at Eneza and lead the R&D team. I have expertise in impact assessment , program and curriculum design and project management of tech projects. At iHub I published several publications in mobile governance, education and technology authored a book chapter in e-governance. In my spare time you can find me applying Design Thinking processes to ICT programs in education and water sector in Kenya, as well as facilitating Hackathon events.

David Githugu
Managing Partner - Onchuru & Mwangi, Advocates

worked as an Associate Advocate for five (5) years with top law firms, namely, Hamilton Harrison & Matthews and Iseme Kamau & Maema; he developed excellence in the practice of conveyance (property-related), corporate(organization-related), commercial (contract and business-related).

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Education Nairobi (SWEDU) 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 Nairobi is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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