Final Teams Form at Chicago StartupWeekend EDU
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As the first night of Chicago StartupWeekend EDU comes to a close, our 7 final teams are furiously whiteboarding and business model canvasing. A list of those teams and all 25 ideas pitched during PitchFire follows (final teams markets in bold and with an asterix):
- *Eternity Engine: an online globe with a slidebar overlay for more interactive world history lessons
- Math and Logic: math tutoring and...I missed this
- Pedagoji: an online learning hub with gamification for engagement
- Lingua: an ESL tool, not a lot of detail beyond that
- *Games for Jocks from Educelerant Dennis Glen, offering remedial tutoring through serious games and other aspects appealing to collegiate atheles
- Eduko from another Educelerant Erika Kot offering an occupation focused social website to support career exploration / entrance
- *Coachable, cloud hosted short class recordings for teacher professional development from recently retired teachers. Made it to the finals, but subsequently disbanded
- *WatchmeWork, web portal with online streams of experts hard at work for consultation / reference. Made it to the finals.
- Seeking Mentorship, a website for mentorship, I think
- *Learning Buddies, from Dr. Jane Hornickle, a peer to peer tutoring in special education, which made it into the finals!
- Codeable Bracelets, a cool idea from Makeda Ricketts for programmable bracelets to teach and popularize coding to girls (still bummed this did not get through to the finals!)
- Math Media, from Michael Adamson of Atlanta, one of our farthest travelling participants, injecting pop culture video into math lessons
- Summer Plans, for tracking children's plans for summer
- IdiomOcean, from Natalia from Indiana (though only recently having moved there from Colombia) a marketplace connecting language learners with native speakers for improved fluency and contacts
- Pi Master from Educelerant and 2013 SWEDU alumna Deeann Dorman
- *Whipping Post, an online disciplinary write-ups app which made it to the finals!
- Perfolio from Jeremy Peters who only days ago told me he was done with Education and Start-ups...glad to see him back in the fold
- *Tutor Train, an online tutoring feedback app jointly pitched by Tash and Stenio (looks like they already have a team), which made it into the finals!
- *FantasyFinance bringing fantasy stock portfolios into the classroom to teach math, which advanced into the finals (too bad Eric Nelson isn't here to help coach)!
- Mentors for Minority Success, a social site connecting incoming minority freshman with older peer students for mentorship and support
- And our last two pitches responding to our facilitator's personal appeal, Student Studio, and MyMoney, a math app based on real world math skill needs