Startup Weekend EDU Singapore
Friday, November 7 - 9, 2014
Friday, November 7 - 9, 2014
Event starts at 6:30 pm
Singapore Training and Development Association (STADA)
16 Arumugam Road
#06-01 Lion Building D
Got an Idea? Make an Impact!
We are encouraging you to take up entrepreneurship as a career, and a career in education is a noble calling. Many of us are not satisfy with what the current education, and we know it can be better. What more a better way to 1. Make a deep positive impact to the community 2. Chart your career the way you want it. 3. Make a whole load of money in the process. ( at least some )
The event focuses on creating businesses for the education industry - both academic and non academic student related services. Your ideas can range from student well-being, training, internship, career coaching and mentoring, social emotional learning, sports, student management system, better learning concept, brick and mortar solution or web and mobile applications, etc. If you think there's a better way of doing things, come on board. If you think you have a solution to disrupt the tuition industry, we need you! No one said it is easy, but with everyone in the same tribe, success is just round the corner.
We have aligned the stars for you with a group of mentors and judges who are equally passionate about sharing their knowledge and expertise to help you. We need you to spend the next 54 hours with us.
Friday November 7th
Saturday November 8th
Sunday November 9th
Regional Director, Asia Pacific, Accounts & Business Development
Mike Michalec is an international development consultant for multilateral and bilateral organizations specializing in education and technology initiatives. He is also the co-founder and director of EdTech Asia, a community platform for education entrepreneurs that serves to provide a more collaborative and cohesive edtech ecosystem throughout Asia.
Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Educator
Leslie graduated from Saint Mary’s University, Canada, in 1982 with a bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Finance and Information Technology. Leslie was selected the winner of the 1998 ASME Rotary Entrepreneur of the Year in Singapore. In 1999, Leslie received the National Youth Award (Individual) for his success as an entrepreneur. In 2006, Leslie was awarded the “Person of The Year” IT Leader Award by the Singapore Computer Society. Leslie is currently a board member of SPRING Singapore and was an IDA Board Member (Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore) for 2 terms from 1999 to 2003.
Tong Yee dreams of driving social innovation through civic learning to nurture the next generation of thought leaders and youth change-makers. School of Thought has since evolved to become The Thought Collective. http://www.thethoughtcollective.com.sg/ With a growing group of 5 social enterprises, they are reputed for building social and emotional capital and are at the forefront of social innovation in Singapore. Other companies under The Thought Collective consists of Think Tank Studio, Thinkscape, Food for Thought and Common Ground.
Coaches and Mentors
Having set up more than 5 restaurants / food establishments in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and USA since 2006, I'm able to integrate both my digital marketing expertise with F&B business consulting services for my clients. My services include conceptualizing a F&B business concept, menu development, manpower acquisition, establishing work processes, branding and executing through-the-line marketing campaigns.
He has been involved in the founding of technology community groups since late 1980s - most recently Hackerspace.SG - in Internet and email service provision since early 1990s and is currently active in SPF, DKIM and DMARC development. Roland holds an Honours degree in Computer Science from the University of Technology, Sydney and, when not living, eating and breathing technology is an avid dancer and runner. http://rolandturner.com/about
She has led international expansion programs for Fortune 100s such as Bertelsmann and American Express; and early-stage technology start-ups like Intercom and BlueWorld; driving business across media, consumer internet, FMCG, games, payments and e-commerce platforms.
The foundation of her experience is curiosity and passion for learning, with a degree in Art & design, a PhD in 3D Technology, and an MBA from the London Business School on marketing innovation.
She is a mother of two, and in her spare time mentors early stage start-ups and incubation programs; and volunteers as ambassador for the UN Women STEM program to promote gender equality in technology and The Third Metric, and recently received an award as Most Prominent Female Developer
Joseph Tan Yeow Heng
Vice-Principal, Student Development, SOTA
Joseph was previously the Vice-Principal, Student Development at Hwa Chong International School, where he led the school in all aspects of student development- counseling, career guidance, character and citizenship education, co-curricular activities, discipline, leadership development, overseas learning journeys, outdoor adventure education, physical education and Creativity, Action, Service programme.
Prior to joining SOTA, Joseph joined the People’s Association as Assistant Director, Community Sports Division, where he influenced the sports programme towards achieving One Singapore, One People. He continues to serve as the Officer Commanding of a Navy unit, and was awarded the Formation’s National Serviceman of the Year -Commendation Award for his outstanding leadership role.
Joseph enjoys all sports and outdoor activities. He also likes to bring his young children to museums and to enjoy the various public art installations around the island. He is an admirer of the late playwright, Kuo Pao Kun, whose works have inspired him to believe that art should not just be beautiful, but more importantly meaningful - to inspire and to touch human lives.
Chun Ghee co-created the Gflip.net portal last year to facilitate Flipped Learning. He hopes to set up a “Singapore Khan Academy” to help kids who cannot afford tuition.
Yen Ping Chua
Senior lecturer, Nanyang Polytechnic
Zachary is a special educator and technology consultant who teaches pre-service teachers and provides professional development for districts, schools, and businesses. His workshops and seminars are fast-paced, fun, and very, very practical for administrators, teachers, and business leaders.
He was one of five recipients of the 2012 Think College Emerging Scholar Award for his research on the use of technology to prepare students for post-secondary environments.
Zachary has worked with educators in the United States, Asia, Europe, Central America, and the Caribbean. He also worked with UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education (IBE) on issues related to inclusive educational policy. Zachary is a certified teacher who has taught at the primary, secondary, and university level. His current research focuses on the impact of mobile technology on both students and teachers and practical strategies for teachers at all levels.http://lastbackpack.com/
Associate Director, Head of Postgraduate Career Services at Singapore Management University
After careers in engineering and finance, he recently entered his third career and now works at Singapore Management University as the Head of Postgraduate Career Services. He has lived in Singapore for over thirteen years and has managed teams in China, India, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore. In 2011, Larry joined the Board of Directors for AkarakA, a non-profit organisation that provides financial support and mentoring programme for underprivileged young adults to get a tertiary education. AkarakA supports students in Singapore, Cambodia and Philippines.
He is also married with a daughter and a son in secondary school. Other outside interest include running, travelling and spending time his family.
Arnaud also acts as an angel investor with a focus in Internet, Enterprise Software, Mobile, Consumer & Health Care. His first investment was with Healint a company founded by three INSEAD Alumni in Singapore, followed few weeks later by skate Krak.
Prior to INSEAD, Arnaud was a trade advisor in New Technologies, Innovation & Services in the Singapore office of UBIFRANCE (French Trade Commission). He was focused on assisting French Companies on their professional projects, providing them with essential keys to success in the Singaporean market.
Arnaud has an MSc in International Marketing and Business Development from SKEMA Business School, France and a Bachelor Degree in Applied Mathematics and Social Sciences from University of Versailles, France.
Outside of work, he serves as a Director on the Board of NUS Business School Alumni and enjoys mentoring start-ups on business strategy and execution.
He is a subject matter expert in Learning Design e.g. Flip Your Classroom for Better Engagement
Originally from Australia, he has lived in Asia for over 20 years.
Colin was the Executive Director with Singapore infoComm Technology Federation as well as Director of Investments with Merrill Lynch. He was an Advisor with SQL View, a software product company with solutions in the Total Records and Facilities Management and also advises Vision Zenith, an investment holding company focusing on high-tech consulting projects. His volunteerism includes Board Member with Methodist Co-Operative Society Ltd, National University of Singapore Business School Alumni Association, Steering Committee with StartUp@Singapore, an initiative hosted by NUS Entrepreneurship Centre / NUS Business School and Society of HP Alumni. He has also participated in the NUS-YMCA Voluntary Service Management Program/VSMP as a facilitator. Colin is an AlumNus with National University of Singapore Business School and attended management program with INSEAD and and the Helsinki School of Economics.
Sam will be available to give you tips on internet marketing. Be sure to look for him.
Co-founder & CEO, Potential Unltd.
Over an 18 year career, he has accumulated deep expertise in building B2C businesses, brands and organization capability across APAC, spanning a scale of annual revenues from US$ 1 Million to almost US$ 1 Billion. His most recent corporate role was as Regional General Manager (SEA & India) with full P&L responsibility with 3M’s Consumer Business.
More importantly, Balaji is an actively engaged parent of a 4 year old boy. He cares deeply about the disconnect in the education system, that is designed to raise average outcomes on standard competencies rather than maximise the inherent creative potential in each child - a key trigger for him to make the leap to from innovator to entrepreneur. Potential Unltd is an EdTech B2C startup that is building a platform for parents like him to nurture skills in children from an early age to help them become the Creators and Innovators of Tomorrow. Potential Unltd is headquartered in Singapore, has roots in Asia and global aspirations.
MD @ BNP Paribas, CFP®, President, Financial Planning Association of Singapore (FPAS)
With a passion to contribute and share, she frequently speaks at seminars, gives lectures at universities and academies as well as being featured in financial magazines and newspapers. Besides her business acumen and self-initiatives in her career advancement, she has significant contribution to the society through charitable movement and women activities.
( Kimmis will not be able to attend this SWEDU event. However, she has offered to help participants after the event )
Founder, Fitness-Buffet & CEO, Entrevo Singapore
Callum’s first business success was with ‘Network-IT’ - a Netherlands based specialist consultancy and recruitment company that he co-founded in 2000 and which he later went on to sell.
In 2002, Callum moved from the UK to Asia and over the next 10 years established various successful enterprises that included mobile technology, customer relationship management and sporting/lifestyle events. Along the way, he also created Networking for Success, a business networking company that he grew to cover 36 networks in 7 countries before selling the company in 2010.
In 2008, Callum brought together a personal and business interest in sport by taking ownership of the Samui International Yacht Regatta – a major event on the Asia competitive sailing scene that attracts global sponsors and participants. More recently, Callum launched Fitness-Buffet – a company that was inspired by the desire to help people rediscover the ‘fun’ in getting fit. Fitness-Buffet connects businesses in the sport, fitness and health areas with individuals looking to try new activities.
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Not appreciating the importance of education at a young age, he f%!#-ed up his studies and turned out to be academically the worst student ( he claims ) in high school. This very lesson served as a major turning point in life for great things to come. Given a second chance, he completed college a year earlier and received full scholarship for academic excellence achieving magna cum laude honours and was inducted into both Alpha Chi and Delta Mu Delta society.
The company primarily focuses on ed. tech and also has an e-commerce and investment arm. Raymond is a certified instructor with Mindful Schools, an organization based in San Francisco Bay Area, that teaches mindfulness to kids.
He is also Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) ACTA certified and had developed a number of curriculum.