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Startup Weekend EDU and Hardware Hackathon Charlottesville
Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014
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Startup Weekend EDU and Hardware Hackathon Charlottesville
Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014
Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014
Event starts at 6:30 pm
Learning Commons @ Monticello High School
1400 Independence Way
Calling all students, teachers, educators, makers, hackers, designers, engineers, and innovators!
What's it all about?
SWEDU Charlottesville seeks to bring youth voices, educator experiences, and entrepreneurial thinking together. 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 help actualize ideas that are poised to create high caliber outcomes for students and schools.
Groups will work together over 54 hours to actualize ideas that can range from a mobile app for students, a gaming console app, to a variety of online learning tools, a school model, educational hardware, or whatever you can dream up! 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.
- Friday night:
60-second pitches that result in the formation of small teams around the best, most
viable education concepts. Educators validate ideas, then all attendees vote. We
hope you’ll pitch, but definitely not required! Teams may also elect to move forward with their ideas even if it wasn't selected.
- Saturday and Sunday: Work days! Teams focus on user research, customer development, validating their ideas and building prototypes with the help of experienced coaches from the education and entrepreneurial world.
- Sunday evening: Teams demo their education products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges. Teams take home a grab bag of great tools to help launch their company!
Young Innovators: K12 and college students interested in hacking, making, entrepreneurship, UX/UI design, social impact, and collaborating on an unique solution to a challenge they’re facing -- transportation available to UVA students!
Teachers: Instructional leaders in the classroom working in 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 or homeschooling
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.)
Makers: Individuals with hardware design, development, and prototyping expertise
Entrepreneurs: Innovators, Thinkers, Business Strategists, Marketers, Finance Gurus, Project Managers, Philanthropists
- Delicious & healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner for the whole weekend. See here!
- A Startup Weekend Charlottesville T-Shirt
- A free .co domain name
- Google Cloud Platform is offering all Startup Weekend participants $500 in credit to build their web or mobile app!
- $100 of AWS credit for hosting
- Awesome coaching by education startup industry leaders
- Fun swag from Google, .Co and more!
- A network of new developer, designer & entrepreneur friends that are also excited about improving education
Why Attend SWEDU Charlottesville?
What about Hardware?
To also promote and invite innovation that is geared toward those who are excited and passionate about designing and building, and to support hands-on and inquiry-based learning for students, the Charlottesville SWEDU team will provide micro controllers, prototyping materials, and 3D printers to support makers, engineers, and educational entrepreneurs considering the hardware space. Some examples of successful edtech hardware ventures are Circuit Stickers, Makey Makey, littleBits (and many more!) Master teachers will be on hand to help you determine how a hardware idea can be used in the classrom!
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 schools? The possibilities are endless! At SWEDU Charlottesville’s 54th hour, teams will pitch their idea 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 wondered 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.
So what are you waiting for? Register now!!
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Bart serves on the board, or advises the CEO, of multiple growth-stage education and technology companies; has coached startups and founders through the Grubstakes Breakfast; has guest lectured at the Georgetown University MBA program; has participated multiple times in Startup Weekend EDU programs; and co-owns a successful online marketplace outside of the education space. In his free time, Bart serves as President and Chairman of Gifts for the Homeless in Washington, and as a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight.
Bart received his law degree from the University of Virginia and his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Pam is a leading advocate of an educational model that prepares students for “success in their century, not mine.” She emphasizes student-led research, project-based learning and contemporary learning spaces that promote collaboration, creativity, analytical problem-solving, critical thinking, and communications competencies among all students.
She sits on the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), the Commonwealth's coordinating body for higher education and is a past member of the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education. Pam also has served as President of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. She holds leadership positions with the regional Chamber of Commerce, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Public Education Fund, and the University of Virginia-Public Schools Educational Partnership. She recently served as president of the Women Educational Leaders of Virginia and is a past president of the Virginia Association of Science Supervisors. Earlier this year, she appeared on the cover of Education Week’s Digital Directions magazine as a “National Mover and Shaker” in the integration of technology in the classroom.
Pam’s career in public education includes serving as a high school science teacher, central office science coordinator and staff developer, elementary school principal, director of instruction, assistant superintendent for instruction, and adjunct instructor in educational leadership for the University of Virginia’s Curry School and the School of Continuing Education. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Furman University and holds Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of Virginia. She is also is an alumnus of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Executive Educators Leadership Institute.
Rotherham is the author or co-author of more than 250 published articles, book chapters, papers, and op-eds about education policy and politics and is the author or editor of four books on educational policy. He serves on advisory boards and committees for a variety of organizations including Education Pioneers, The Broad Foundation, the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER) and the Center for Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington. Rotherham is Vice Chair of the Curry School of Education Foundation at the University of Virginia, and serves on the Visiting Committee for the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Deb has also served as a member of the ACEHP’s Professional Development Committee, Task Force for Product Development and Evaluation, and the Advisory Board for Strategic Collaboration. She is active in the entrepreneurial community as well and has served as Chair for the Charlottesville Venture Group, as a Board Member and Secretary for the Central Virginia Better Business Bureau, and as a Board Member for the former Business Growth Network. Deb has served as a judge for the University of Virginia Business Concept Competition and a mentor for Startup Weekend Charlottesville. Deb is also involved in the local community, serving as a past Chair and current Board Member for the Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville and the Advisory Council for the Legal Aid Justice Center.
She is an instructor at the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering & Applied Sciences teaching Entrepreneurship & Financing for Tech Ventures to engineers in the Business Minor program, certified Lean Launchpad Educator, a Kauffman Foundation “Fasttrac” TechVenture and GrowthVenture Programs educator. She has co-organized four Charlottesville Startup Weekends including the first Charlottesville StartupWeekend.EDU in 2013.
She has a BA from the University of Virginia and a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the Curry School of Education, as well as an MBA in finance from Pepperdine University
High School Student and Entrepreneur
Coaches and Mentors
Prior to beginning his professorial career, Jonathan served as Research Director at Interactive, Inc., an educational research and consulting company. In his capacity at Interactive, Inc., Jonathan directed and was involved in a number of research projects focused mostly on the achievement and equity effects of educational technology. Framed largely as mixed-methods evaluation research, these studies ranged from small-scale studies of school-based programs to federally funded statewide evaluations. As a principal investigator in a federally-funded study, Jonathan pioneered the use of novel data collection techniques including the use of desktop monitoring software to gauge file activity on classroom-based computers.
From September 2002 to August 2007, Jonathan was an assistant professor in the Department of Foundations, Leadership and Policy Studies in the School of Education and Allied Human Services at Hofstra University. In September 2007, Jonathan became an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership Department at Virginia Commonwealth University, Jonathan where he taught courses in school law, the politics of education, educational technology and school leadership, and educational research methods.
At Virginia Commonwealth University, Jonathan served as the evaluator of a multi-million dollar, multi-year grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. That program involved the development and implementation of an innovative school leadership certification program in partnership with the Richmond (VA) Public Schools, including the design and testing of an interactive, computer-based educational leadership simulation. Jonathan also served as a co-investigator of an NSF-funded grant targeted at research and development of science curriculum modules for students in underserved areas. In partnership with the City College of New York (CCNY) and the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), Jonathan coordinated the field testing of the curriculum by approximately 60 teachers in nearly 30 New York City high schools.Currently, in addition to being an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Jonathan is the Director of Learning Innovation and Online Academic Programs in the Academic Learning Transformation Lab (ALT Lab) at VCU.
Rick Kulow, MBA
Senior Entrepreneur in Residence, i.Lab, University of Virginia
Professional Highlights: Ernst and Young Award for Entrepreneur of theYear for Agriculture and Food, Canadian Prarie Region; Canadian National Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Citation for Innovative Product Development; Provincial Award for Outstanding New Venture; Provincial Award for Business of theYear; Harvard Business School case on Bioriginal written and used in classes at HBS; Judge for UVa Entrepreneurial competitions, including first UVA-wide competition; Mentor to more than a score of entrepreneurs from a middle school student with $30K+ in revenue through 60+ year old seasoned executives.
Education: Harvard Business School, MBA; Duke University, BA, Political Science; Doctoral Candidate at Boston University’s School of Managment until business travel made continuing no longer feasable.
In addition to her work on the DHS Big Data Initiative, Dr. Lee serves on the interagency team for the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative, and is the lead for the Ideation Community of Practice, a network Federal innovators from more than 25 agencies. She is the Founding Co-Chair of the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows Big Data Affinity Group, and was a ‘Maker Maestro’ (co-producer) of the first-ever DC Mini Maker Faire.
Dr. Lee completed her Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, focusing on opto-electronics and “Lab on a Chip” medical diagnostics. As a postdoctoral researcher, she developed miniature sensors for real-time, continuous monitoring of blood with the Canary Center for Cancer Early Detection and Stanford Hospital. Dr. Lee previously worked on satellite communication systems at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, microprocessors at Intel, materials science at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, and lasers at Agilent Laboratories.
She has taught Design and Innovation Methodology for Stanford’s Civil and Environmental Engineering, Center for Health Policy, and Engineers for a Sustainable World programs. Dr. Lee leads interagency and public/private sector workshops on topics such as Open Data, Social Media, Predictive Analytics, User-Centered Design and Crowdsourcing Ideation in Government. She recently organized a Civic Hardware Hackathon co-hosted by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), The Feast, Intel, and IDEO. She is an alumna of the Stanford d.school (Hasso Plattner Institute of Design) and tweets @mmlee.
Michael is experienced in prototyping mechatronics systems: embedded software, electrical systems, mechanical design, and manufacturing, including traditional manufacturing and direct digital manufacturing (3D printing, laser cutting, water jet, etc.). He is a graduate of the University of Virginia's School of Engineering.
Also active in the entrepreneurial community, Ratliff has been profiled as one of the top leaders under the age of 40 in both the Blue Ridge Business Journal and C-ville Weekly; served as Startup Weekend coach and organizer, and was a facilitator for the High School of the Future Startup event at the Governor’s 2013 STEM Summit. He also developed and teaches courses in entrepreneurship at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville.
He is a Virginia Board of Education appointee to the State Advisory Committee for Career and Technical Education; is Vice President of the Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association and Board Chair of the Virginia Career Education Foundation, a nonprofit established by then-Governor Mark Warner.
Chad earned his Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Virginia and his MBA from Virginia Tech. He is also an alumnus of the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business Executive Educators Leadership Insitute.
Gaines Johnson, MBA, M.Ed.
Former KIPPster; MBA / M.Ed. in Innovation and Reform, Darden School of Business; Consultant, The Parthenon Group
A second year student at the University of Virginia, Keaton is pursuing a broad range of interests, from design thinking to entrepreneurship to literature and more. He savors life most when he looks out at the stars from his family's small cabin, his personal Walden, in rural Tennessee.
Scheivert has led the division’s commitment to eliminate the digital divide in the county at a time when technology resources and access have become increasingly important to student learning. In one of the first programs of its kind in the country, he directed a school division program to install fiber optic cable connecting school and local government facilities and eventually families to high speed Internet service in historically underserved geographic areas of the county. Scheivert also shepherded the successful rollout of the division’s one-to-one technology initiative through a comprehensive training program for teachers and students focused on the utility of individual student computers as learning instruments.
Three years ago Albemarle County Public Schools was one of the first school divisions in the nation to offer a computer coding programs known as Codedojos, pairing the school division with local businesses to offer programs that transformed students from being consumers of technology to becoming creators of technology. Students learn computer coding, program design and robotics. The program has expanded every year.
Since joining the school division in 2010, Scheivert has improved service response times by the Department of Accountability, Research and Technology, reduced the cost of computers to the division, instituted a new student assessment and data analysis system that reduced costs and increased ease of use and began a technology internship program for students.
In addition to serving as the school division’s (CIO), Scheivert is a member of the Superintendent’s Cabinet, a member of the board of directors for the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council and a member of the Albemarle County task force to expand community access to high speed Internet service.
Prior to joining Albemarle County Public Schools, Scheivert led school division technology implementation programs in Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia. He is a graduate of Temple University and earned his master’s degree from George Washington University.
Adam Hastings, Ed.D.
Dean of Business, Mathematics, & Technologies at Piedmont Virginia Community College
Dr. Hastings earned his doctorate in educational administration and supervision from the University of Virginia, and master’s degree in teaching from the University of North Carolina and Chapel Hill, and a bachelor’s degree in world literature from North Carolina State University. While at the Curry School of Education, Dr. Hastings studied leadership, policy, and implementation of online learning programs within the Commonwealth and throughout the United States.
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