Startup Weekend Education Atlanta
Friday, September 12 - 14, 2014
Friday, September 12 - 14, 2014
Event starts at 5:30 pm
ATDC - 3rd Floor Hodges Room
75 5th Street NW
Startup Weekend EDU Atlanta
Our event transcends the traditional Startup Weekend style; we will focus on bridging the entrepreneurial startup spirit with technology experts and educators 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 Atlanta Area students and schools.
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: 9-12 grade and college level Atlanta area students interested in hacking, UX/UI design, business, social justice and collaborating on an unique solution to a challenge they’re facing
Teachers: Instructional leaders in the classroom working in Atlanta Area Public schools- this category is essential to a successful SWEDU
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
SWEDU is 54 hours of DOING: pitching ideas Friday night, forming rock-star teams, building a revenue model, coding, designing, conducting market research and polishing that final presentation! This weekend provides a unique experiential learning opportunity for participants to collaborate and iterate their ideas with passionate individuals who have a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. Local movers and shakers working in this unique intersection of education, innovation and business will be on-hand to coach and meet one-on-one with SWEDU teams and participants as well! Because SWEDU attracts smart, dedicated and creative dreamers and do-ers who are committed to innovation in education, participants will establish meaningful relationships and perhaps meet their future co-founder or end the weekend with a job offer!
The 54th Hour
What happens when you create a space for technology innovations and community based wisdom to come together for the purpose of solving the pressing issues that exist in our schools? The possibilities are endless!
At SWEDU Atlanta’s 54th hour, teams will pitch their ideas for a tech tool that addresses a concern either in a school or in a student’s community. Teams will pitch in front of experienced professionals, with vested interests and proven results in their community and field. Ventures can range from a mobile app, a gaming console app, to online learning tools! Again, with startup weekenders, the ideas and possibilities are infinite!
Ever Wonder What It Takes To Be An Entrepreneur?
The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the successes?
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs, with events in over 100 countries and 580 cities around the world.
The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend Organizers and Facilitators can be found on every corner of the globe. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!
If you would like to participate please view the eventbrite registration.
Friday September 12th
Saturday September 13th
Sunday September 14th
Chief Strategy Officer, Promethean
Vice President, Blackboard
CEO, Authentica Solutions
Managing Partner, Tech Square Ventures
President, 2500 Bachman Ventures
Coaches and Mentors
Previously, was the principal consultant at iFusion, a go-to-market consultancy offering fractional CMO services to tech companies from series A onward. Projects primarily focused on customer journey mapping, marketing plan development and operationalizing the marketing and sales function to optimize lead to sales funnels.
Well-versed in developing marketing and sales strategy for enterprise, SaaS and marketplacele-sided business models. Experienced helping technology companies that provide solutions to SMB, CMOs, Retail/eCommerce, and consumers.
Author of articles on social media for iMedia Connection, Chiefmarketer and Association Publishing and Atlanta Business magazines, and has provided expert commentary to business publications including DemandGen Report, Newspaper & Technology and DM News.
Co-Founder, Tech Talent South
Program Director, Atlanta Ventures
Founder/CTO, Authentica Solutions
Founding Engineer, Upworthy
Founder/CEO, Matchbook Learning
Entrepreneur Educator, GA Tech VentureLab
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Education Atlanta 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.
Techstars Startup Weekend Atlanta is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here