Startup Weekend EDU Dallas

    Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend EDU Dallas

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014
Event starts at 6:30 pm

The Dallas Entrepreneur Center 311 N Market St Dallas, TX 75202
311 N Market St
Dallas, TX 75202

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Innovate to Educate: Dallas Launches First Startup Weekend EDU

The need for innovation in education is hard to ignore, which is why it is one of the industries currently being transformed by the efforts of entrepreneurs. This is the time for Dallas to bring together many of the amazing education, technology, and leadership resources. Startup Weekend Education is the place to refine ideas, and launch something that matters! 

Building the intersection of education and innovation 54 hours at a time. REGISTER TODAY!

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Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend


Friday November 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 November 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 November 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!


Maggie Rieth

Maggie is a former teacher and a performer at the Dallas Comedy House. As Dallas gets wintery cold, Maggie is going to get us warmed up for a weekend full of innovation. 

Event Judges

Arman Rupani
Angel Investor, Founder, Angels of Texas

Arman is the co-founder of Angels of Texas Investments, a seed stage angel investing firm. Arman draws on his experiences as a CEO and CFO of startups, bringing his expertise to the companies in which AOT invests. Having a hand in the founding of several companies, he oversees the management of AOT, identifying opportunities for growth and business development.
Arman serves on multiple community boards, including the DFW World Affairs Council, City Of Dallas Sports Arena TIF, and the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce. He is a managing partner at Rupani & Mathew Group LLC and Chief Financial Officer at Texas Prince Properties. He manages and owns over 500,000 square feet in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Binu Thayamkery
Co-Founder, Nepris

Binu Thayamkery is a seasoned technologist who is passionate about ed-tech, entrepreneurship and agile/lean practices. Prior to co-founding Nepris, he held software architecture and management positions at several medium to large enterprises. A believer of life long learning, and Agile/Lean way of building software products, he has a proven track record of building high performance software development teams. Binu has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science & Engineering from India and a Masters in Computer Science from Colorado State University.

Anthone Campbell
Founder and Managing Partner of The Younity Group

Anthone is known for his creativity, unique blend of business acumen, sales leadership, and technical skill set as well as strategic vision to achieve business goals. Anthone held various leadership positions within Sprint Nextel, Corrigo and AT&T, and was President & CMO of a Dallas based Mobile Application Development Company. He built the business from $388k in annual revenue to $3.2 million in less than 12 months.

Coaches and Mentors

Ben Mackey
Principal, Dallas ISD School for the Talented and Gifted

Ben Mackey was born and raised in Orlando, Florida, and earned bachelor’s degrees in finance and history from the University of Florida. Ben earned his teaching certification through Teach For America and taught mathematics at West Bolivar High School in Rosedale, MS, where he served as the math department chair. During his tenure, he grew the district’s Algebra I state test scores by over 25%, founded the first successful AP Calculus program in district history, and was awarded distinction as West Bolivar’s Teacher of the Year in 2012. Ben was a regional winner and national nominee for the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award and earned Teacher of the Year distinction from the Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce. Ben earned his master’s degree in school leadership from Harvard University in 2013 and served as the School Director for West Bolivar’s summer school program before moving to Dallas to begin serving as the principal of the TAG Magnet high school at Townview. In his first year as principal, Ben oversaw TAG Magnet’s overall AP passing rate increase from 73% to 78.6% and TAG be ranked as the #1 public high school in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Dave Saba
President and Director, Sibling Group Holdings

Dave Saba has worked tirelessly over the last fourteen years to improve educational outcomes for students through improved programs, processes and technology. He currently serves as President and Director of Sibling Group Holdings. Sibling’s mission is to discover, develop and deliver resources to expand and improve lifelong learning opportunities and achievement. Sibling is actively acquiring and growing companies with high quality products in the education sector. 

Dave previously served as Chief Operating Officer for the National Math + Science Initiative focused on transforming teaching in America’s schools. Dave also previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) which was created to help more career changers move into education. Before joining ABCTE, Dave served as the Mid Atlantic Regional Director for Kaplan Test Prep.

Dave is a Naval Academy graduate who served as a helicopter pilot in the Navy for 8 years and was awarded both the Battle E and Navy Achievement Medals. He completed his master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of South Florida. He lives in Texas with his wife and serves on the nPower regional board to assist Veterans in their transition into civilian careers. Their two daughters work in education and non-profits as well.

Quia Querisma
Founder, The Tomorrow Techies

Quia Querisma is the founder of The Tomorrow Techies, a startup dedicated to teaching children in grades 6 – 12 the fundamentals of coding and media technology. She decided to launch the company after volunteering as the PR/social media lead for a non-profit coding workshop in Dallas. The event was a success but it left the community in search of the next learning opportunity for their children. Channeling the resources acquired during her decade-long digital marketing and publishing career, Quia tapped her network of tech professionals and formed a curriculum that would introduce students to the fundamentals of coding and digital publishing. The Tomorrow Techies partnered with Richland College for its inaugural season, offering workshops at a price point that is accessible for the whole community.

Prior to launching The Tomorrow Techies, Quia participated in many activities to broaden her involvement within the tech and creative community. She volunteered at major festivals and academic panels focused on careers or education in creative writing, journalism and digital marketing. She was also a speaker at the 2014 Women In Travel Summit, where her blog monetization workshop was one of the most popular sessions.

Quia has worked for several global corporations including Expedia, Inc., Bombardier, and McAfee. Currently, she is the Manager, College Web Communications at North Lake College. She is also a regular contributor for the Huffington Post where she writes about travel and other lifestyle topics. While she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Southern Methodist University, Quia is self-taught in all things tech.

Sheryl Campbell
Creative Design & Consulting, Studio C

Sheryl Campbell is a creative, branding and marketing communications professional with over 20 years of experience in NYC and Texas. Education clients have been her focus for the last 8 years, developing online, print, transit and branding solutions. As a creative director for Academic Partnerships in Dallas, Sheryl managed a team of designers, writers, and front end developers to create a proprietary LMS as well as online/print marketing for 25 universities. Currently, as lead creative for her company, Studio C, Sheryl consults with 6 unique education startups as well as clients in financial and entertainment industries. Her tennis game is improving and she is trying to kick her CandyCrush habit.

Byron Sanders

Byron Sanders is the Executive Director of the Dallas Education Foundation, a non-profit charitable and educational organization that benefits Dallas Independent School District. Founded in 2006, the Foundation’s goal is to rally philanthropic, corporate, and community support for initiatives and programs benefitting the students of the 2nd largest public school district in Texas. Since joining the Foundation in 2012, Sanders has led his board through a strategic restructuring that brought new vitality to its efforts. For the first time in its history, the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees approved an affiliation agreement ordaining the Dallas Education Foundation as the primary fundraising entity for Dallas ISD. In its new iteration, with a revitalized board, and a focused strategic alignment with district priorities, Sanders’ efforts helped usher in a new era for the Foundation, positioning it as the channel through which “champions for education” can engage the most important initiatives for Dallas ISD students.

Previously, Sanders served as Vice President of Group Excellence, a mentoring and tutoring organization that engaged the energy and passion of college students and young professionals that’s helped more than 50,000 youth from at-risk environments unlock their academic potential since 2004. With the help of Sanders’s leadership, Group Excellence was recently named the country’s #5 fastest growing education company in Inc. Magazine's Inc. 500 List. 

Sanders served as Chair of the Young Leaders in Education, an education service and fundraising organization affiliated with the Southern Methodist University Simmons School of Education. A member of the Dallas Assembly, a Leadership Dallas ’13 alum, Leadership DISD, the Alumni Mayor Star Council, and Greenhill Alumni Board, and several other service organizations, Sanders is a relentless advocate for education in his community. Recently, he was also recognized in both the Dallas Business Journal’s 2012 Top Forty Under 40 and Minority Business Leaders 2014 list. He graduated with a BSBA in Marketing from the University of Tulsa and his greatest joy is spending time with his family, a wife and two young children.

Raquel Vincent
Community Manager + Creative Coach, Tech and Health Wildcatters

Raquel is a creative coach and marketing consultant currently working with healthcare startup accelerator, Health Wildcatters. Previously, Raquel worked with Tech Wildcatters and helped drive marketing and social media efforts for the Tech Wildcatters brand while also providing creative coaching to the startups in the class. Prior to her work in the startup scene, Raquel was the Marketing Manager for KIPP Dallas-
Fort Worth (KIPP DFW), a system of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory, public charter schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. 
KIPP DFW is part of the national KIPP network, the largest network of charter schools in the nation. Before moving to Dallas to join KIPP DFW, Raquel worked in development and communications for Good Samaritan Community Services, a nonprofit which runs educational after-school and summer programs for at-risk youth. 

Raquel earned her BA in Communications from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is passionate about education and believes innovation and technology has the power to improve the way we approach systems of education.

Andyshea Saberioon

Andyshea Saberioon is the CEO/Co-Founder of PledgeCents, or Bake Sale 2.0. PledgeCents allows anyone to help raise funds for any school or classroom need through an easier, faster, and more efficient fundraising process. So far, nearly $120,000 has been put back into classrooms in over 27 states, and this has directly impacted over 26,000 students with more opportunities. Andy is excited to see PledgeCents grow to where it will help every student around the world receive the educational opportunities that they deserve. Andy’s passion is to provide every student with the same, if not better, educational opportunities than he had growing up.
Previous to PledgeCents, Andy worked in the hospitality industry for over 8 years for Fortune 500 hotel management companies. Andy attended Rhodes College where he received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration as well as playing basketball for the 4 years. Afterwards, Andy received his masters from the Conrad Hilton College for Hotel & Restaurant Mgmt. at the University of Houston.

Ricky Johnson
Co-Founder, CFO at Pledgecents

Ricky Johnson is the co-founder and chief financial officer of PledgeCents, or Bake Sale 2.0. PledgeCents allows anyone to help raise funds for any school or classroom need through an easier, faster, and more efficient fundraising process. So far, nearly $120,000 has been put back into classrooms in over 27 states, and this has directly impacted over 26,000 students with more opportunities. Ricky hopes that PledgeCents can help bring awareness to classroom needs through the connectivity of the internet and improve the quality of education by bringing improved resources and educational experiences to the classroom.

Previous to PledgeCents, Ricky worked as an Associate at The Royal Bank of Scotland in Houston for the Energy Finance Group where he helped to advise and structure financing solutions for the bank's Energy clients.  Ricky attended the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated with honors with a BBA in Finance and a minor in Accounting and Spanish.

Paul Abumov
Director, ScribeSense

Paul is a full-stack developer with background in scientific computing. A DoubleClick alum, he has started working on web applications before the word "cloud" came into prominence and knows a variety of languages. For the last few years his focus has been front-end web development with emphasis on product design. Paul recently moved to Texas from California and now calls Dallas his home. His interests include AI, education and tinkering with minimalist design. Currently Paul is heading product development for a local education technology company. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend EDU Dallas team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Signature Sponsors

The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (the DEC) serves entrepreneurs in the Dallas area, providing a location where they can receive training, education, mentorship, promotion and access to capital in order to encourage and equip the entrepreneurial community to start, build and grow their businesses.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Dallas is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Sean Duffy
Senior Partnership Manager

Sean Duffy is the Senior Partnerships Manager at Capital Factory helping bridge the gap between startups and corporate innovators through strategic programming and community events. As a former classroom teacher, Sean is a passionate education and technology evangelist, community organizer and founder of EdTech Austin.

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