Startup Weekend Kuala Lumpur - Educator Edition

    Friday, April 21 - 23, 2017

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Startup Weekend Kuala Lumpur - Educator Edition

Friday, April 21 - 23, 2017

Friday, April 21 - 23, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Google Malaysia
Axiata Tower (Quill 7)
Level 20, 9, Jalan Stesen Sentral 5, Kuala Lumpur Sentral
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur 50470

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"Disclaimer: Startup Weekend Kuala Lumpur - Educator Edition is a free of charge event. Participants are required to apply online at this address: before 18 April 2017. Filling out the application form does not gurantee participation in the event."

Pitch-to-Prototype In One Weekend! 

Startup Weekend: Educator Edition (SWEDU) brings together people of all skillsets and experience levels to collaboratively launch tools, schools and learning spaces that reimagine the future of school and education more broadly. Everyone is welcome and no previous entrepreneurial experience is required!

What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekends are 54-hour long events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, build products and launch startups! Teams go from an idea scrawled on a napkin to a working prototype and maybe even paying customers, all within a single weekend. Startup Weekends are a global phenomenon with events being held in 1000+ cities across the world; in Malaysia alone, events have been held everywhere from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching.

Why attend a Startup Weekend?

From an education perspective, Startup Weekend: Educator Edition is aimed at providing educators who work with K12 and/or pre-uni students an opportunity to better understand how a start-up ecosystem looks like. It is through this objective that we hope educators have a better idea of the kind of skillsets students may require when heading out into higher education and/or the workforce in today's world.

Startup Weekend provides this opportunity in a short but effective time frame. Many people want to be entrepreneurs, but find it hard to commit on top of study/work/family commitments. Startup Weekends are the ideal high-impact/low-commitment vehicle for you to test both your ideas and yourself to see if entrepreneurship really is your cup of tea. Not everyone can spare 3 months, but everyone has a weekend to spare. (For more reasons, see "What do I get out of it" below).

How does Startup Weekend work?

Expect to be busy from the Friday evening through Sunday night. We begin on Friday night with open-mic pitches, where participants get 60 seconds to pitch their ideas to the crowd and try to recruit the best talent in the room! Teams form around the most exciting/viable ideas, and spend the rest of the night planning for the battle ahead. The whole of Saturday and much of Sunday) is a mad dash to build, validate, pivot, polish and test your Minimal Viable Product (MVP). The weekend culminates with a pitch-night where teams present their MVP to a panel of judges, guests and fellow participants. At the end of it all, a winner is crowned and everyone celebrates over a few casual drinks and gets a chance to network before saying goodbye! 

What do I get out of it?

  • As an educator and/or an entrepreneur (budding or not), you will get a taste of what it’s like in the startup world, and learn about the type of skills required to excel in a startup environment. From this you'll also learn a ton first hand about every step of building a startup (at the very least, it’ll be a memorable weekend away from your usual daily routine).
  • You might find your perfect co-founder soulmate with whom you’ll go on to launch a multi-million dollar startup, be it on this weekend or down the road.
  • You will get a chance to network and mingle with some of the top brass in the Kuala Lumpur entrepreneurship / investing communities as well as the industry experts from Google Education – individuals that would otherwise be very hard to reach – and ask them questions to your hearts content.
  • You will greatly expand your network and build lasting relationships with the most innovative, creative and motivated people in Kuala Lumpur. This could mean a new client, employer, business partner, or even a friend!
  • Plus, if your team wins, you will get heaps of additional resources and mentorship to help you get your startup off the ground. There are also plenty of investors in the crowd, so if your pitches were something special, you might even get funding (it happens!). 

But I’m not an entrepreneur…

You don’t have to be! (and if you want to be, this is a great place to start)
At every Startup Weekend, participants come from all walks of life ranging from students to educators, bankers to doctors, even retirees! Worried you don’t have the skills? Thats why we have experienced mentors here to guide you (and Startup Weekends are about learning anyway). Do be ready to spend your entire weekend with us - it's a great learning experience :)

Ready to apply?

  • Those interested in applying for “Startup Weekend Kuala Lumpur - Educator Edition” must be 18 years or older with a strong interest in innovation and technology. 
  • Participants are required to apply online before April 18th, 2017, where you will be directed to an application form that needs to be filled out. No application fee or participation fee is required. 
  • Registered team members/participants accept the terms and conditions of participation, as well as the use of personal data, and photography/video recording during and after the event by staff and partners of Startup Weekend Kuala Lumpur: Educator Edition for the purposes of producing editorial content and advertising materials.
  • Lastly, please note that applicants submitting incomplete application forms or inaccurate information will be disqualified.

Confirmation of participation

We will choose the 60 best applications for Startup Weekend Kuala Lumpur - Educator Edition. Selected applicants will receive an official confirmation via the email address provided in the application, starting on the 12th April, 2017. This confirmation will include a Participant Pack that details all information concerning “Startup Weekend Kuala Lumpur - Educator Edition".

Startup Weekend Kuala Lumpur - Education is a free of charge event and is fully sponsored by Google Education, Malaysia.

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Friday April 21st

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 April 22nd

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 April 23rd

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!

Organizing Team

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

  • Rahayu
  • Lalitha
  • Amir


Lalitha Wemel
Regional Manager, Asia Pacific

Lalitha Wemel is a community architect based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is incredibly passionate about fostering entrepreneurship, grassroots leadership, and strong communities. Lalitha has been involved in various startup projects and communities for the better part of the last decade, both in and out of Malaysia. She has a deep love for eloquent minds, adventure, coffee, and travel. She is currently the Regional Manager for Techstars Startup Programs across South East Asia and Oceania, where she works with amazing community leaders to strengthen and empower their local startup ecosystem. 

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