Startup Weekend EDU New York

    Friday, June 9 - 11, 2017

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Startup Weekend EDU New York

Friday, June 9 - 11, 2017

Friday, June 9 - 11, 2017
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Hostos Community College - Bldg D/Savoy Manor
120 E. 149th St 2nd Floor
Bronx, New York 10451

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Taking ideas from concept to creation!

SCHOLARSHIPS are available for TEACHERS & DESIGNERS - apply here!! The final drawing will be Thursday, June 8!

As the landscape of education continues to evolve, the innovation of tech vastly outpaces it. To this, Startup Weekend Edu seeks to bring together the best and brightest of New York City to Hostos Community College in the Bronx on June 9th - 11th. If you’re interested in education or technology or EdTech overall, this is the perfect event for you! Over 50 hours with students, educators, industry leaders, and technologists coming together to come up with new solutions to problems being faced firsthand by teachers, administrators, and educational leaders.

What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to put your idea into action within a matter of days! Whether you are looking to:
  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship
  • learn the process for going from concept to creation
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in NYC
  • join or build an all-star team
  • make meaningful connections and become part of a global community
  • learn and practice new skills to take back to your job or beef up your resume
To get a feel for the event, check out our awesome wrap-up video from Startup Weekend Music Tech edition! Many thanks to our amazing sponsor, Sony Music, for putting this together for us!
Who is Startup Weekend For?

It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event for everyone from high students through professionals, and it's a program that brings all sorts of people together including:
  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs
  • developers and other tech-related professionals
  • designers of all types
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.)
  • students from universities and even high schools
  • professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills
  • and passionate visionaries

Your ticket includes:
  • Access to the full weekend-long event
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the Education and EdTech worlds and the tech startup community
  • Meals all weekend
  • Collaboration with awesome Education professionals from throughout NYC
  • All-star judge's panel lead by startup and Education leaders
  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni)
  • A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days

Do I need to come with an idea?

If you have an idea for a startup, then great! We hope you pitch for the weekend. If you don't have an idea, that's quite alright! Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched, and see if something piques your interest! The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process and learning from each other. If you have more questions, check out the Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ!

Join us for a very special weekend!

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Friday June 9th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:20 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

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 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 June 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Saturday Kickoff
Learn all you need to know about making Saturday a success

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Prototyping Workshop
Provided by Francesco Bertocci

2:00 pm
Status reports, call for help!

2:15 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 June 11th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Sunday Kickoff
Learn all you need to know about how to make Sunday a success

10:00 am
How to Pitch Workshop
Overall presentation on pitching followed up 1-on-1 time with each team

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

1:00 pm
Final opportunity to 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
Demo Day Setup
Wrap up all work and get ready for Demo Day!

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


David Gomez

Dr. David Gómez is currently the President of Hostos Community College.  He had been Hostos’ Interim President since July 2014.  Before serving as Interim President at Hostos, Dr. Gómez was a longtime senior administrator at Kingsborough Community College, serving as Dean of Instructional Services, Vice President for Academic Administration, Program Planning and Development and Interim Provost.  Also a faculty member at Kingsborough, Dr. Gómez held the rank of Professor in the Department of Behavior and Social Sciences.

Event Judges

Nate Cooper

Nate Cooper is a writer and consultant in New York City. He is founder of Reboot a school that uses design thinking to help you learn to code. Nate has provided corporate training seminars to TIME Inc, NBC Universal and GAP Inc. He is an organizer/advisor for StartupBus North America. 

Becca Garrison
Instructional Technology Coach

Becca has been supporting teachers with integrating technology in pedagogically sound ways for four years, and her passion is finding the right tools to redefine each teacher's unique style instruction. Her favorite digital tools are those that teachers can start using after one prep period, and build levels of sophistication for themselves and students over time.

Chike Ukaegbu
Lead Executive

Chike is the founder and Lead Executive of Startup52, the first diversity focused tech accelerator in NYC. Startup52 aims to create better access to resources and capital for founders from untapped communities - women, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQIA, veterans, disabled, seniors, etc

Amanda Huza

Amanda Huza has been the Middle School Principal of Equality Charter School for the past three years. She resides in the Bronx, where she was born and raised, with her husband, who is also an educator and their two children.

Joe Carrano
CTO / Co-Founder

Joe Carrano is a self taught developer and entrepreneur based in the Bronx. He is the Co-Founder of The Knowledge House a non profit that teaches low income young adults digital product development / entrepreneurship for free, as well as founder of 718 Digital - a technical consulting and MVP development firm.

Coaches and Mentors

Daniel Ingvarson

Been in Edtech since 1987, just started my third venture helping kids to read more

Craig DiFolco
The Pitch Doctor

Craig, The Pitch Doctor, is a public speaking and media coach dedicated to the art of narrative, film & video, and communication. Since receiving his MFA from Columbia University, he has served as a presentation coach for over ten years, as well as a producer for Sunnyside Films.

Erica Greene
Engineering Manager

I manage the team of software engineers that maintains the commenting and comment moderation systems for The New York Times.

Minki Jung

Ash Kaluarachchi
Managing Director

Miranda Meyerson
EdTech Coordinator

Miranda Meyerson is the first EdTech Coordinator at Teachers College. Prior to this, Miranda taught middle school and high-school History for 10 years and then spent three years working in the EdTech industry. She earned her bachelor's degree with honors from University of California, Berkeley and her master's in Education from Columbia Teachers College. 

Allison Hoyle
Program Manager

Prior to joining Reading Partners, Alli taught third grade and first grade with Teach For America and was a middle school literacy coach in Miami, FL. Most recently, Alli completed a master's degree in public administration and social work at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH while working for the State Department of Education in the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness. Alli graduated from The University of Florida with a bachelor's in psychology and english literature. Originally from south Florida, Alli is happy to be living near a coast again and to be back in classrooms!

Tristan Thoma

Tristan is the Founder of Impera Strategy, a consulting firm that specializes in Blockchain & Cryptocurrency applications.  He has worked with corporations like General Electric and SwissRe on international Blockchain projects, as well as many ICO’s on entity structuring, technical architecture, and business growth. He is also a founding member of a social-impact cryptocurrency project, recently presented at The World Bank Annual Conference in DC. Tristan's focus on Systems Development stems from his dynamic work background in IT Management and Personal Development Coaching, together with his formal education in Organizational Psychology.

Charlie Oliver
Founder / CEO

Founder and CEO of Served Fresh Media (digital media marketing company) and Tech 2025 (facilitating learning events about emerging technologies).

Kirill Satanovsky
Event Logistics

Kirill runs Event Logistics at Make School. If you have a Hackathon/Tech Event coming up or are looking to host one at Make School's HQ in San Francisco - he's the guy to talk to! Ever since co-founding HackingEDU in 2014, he's been very active in the Hackathon community and has helped plan & execute many events. In his (limited) spare time, he is an avid snowboarder and loves live music. Also kittens.

Ula Mikus

Apart from being consultant for BMW North America, Ula has held strategic roles in Human Resources working for Fortune 500 companies like ZARA US and FedEx. She designed and implemented a number of training and development programs to increase stress resiliency and success at workplace.

Sharat Alankar
Associate - Innovation & Incubation

I currently work for Store No 8, the incubation and innovation arm for Walmart, with a focus on artificial intelligence. Prior to this, I had a varied background on the analytics team at, starting at a fintech startup in London, and a stint on the trading floor at JP Morgan. I love working with startups and entrepreneurs, and I'm especially excited to see what sort of innovation is possible in education, which has always been near and dear to my heart.

Errol Olton
Director of Adult Education

Through collaborative community partnerships, nonprofit leadership, and an Adult Education program which has served over 500 Bronx, NY, community members, I seek to maximize social impact. Highlights of my skill set include: branding, community partnerships, program development, strategic planning, and organizational development.

Ray Shah

Instructor, business analyst, developer, technical lead, architect, and designer. Clients include Pfizer, NYPL, CUNY, the Met and BBC. He recently joined the Reboot team as a senior instructor, and also teaches at FIT.

Pete Harrison
CEO / Co-founder

CEO/Co-founder of homeBody, adjunct at Baruch College, co-founder of Brightbox

Natasha Mann
n.k.mann consulting - founder

I have a unique background in human development and psychology, research, academic writing, career coaching, and recruitment. Unifying the skills I have accrued throughout almost a decade of academic and work experience, I founded n.k.mann consulting, a career and educational coaching service dedicated to helping clients attain their academic and career goals. I have worked with a range satisfied clients, including undergraduates looking for guidance on resume and cover letter writing for job applications, seasoned professionals seeking a resume face lift, and doctoral students who need their CV and dissertation edited. As a problem-solver, my goal is to work in partnership with my clients to help them achieve the results they want quickly.

John McLaughlin
New Dorp High School teacher

12 years teaching math, economics & entrepreneurship. Worked as a trader in the securities markets during the 1980's and 1990's.

Nicholas Daniel-Richards

Multi-faceted Technology/Product/Marketing Leader with over 17 years experience building, leading and inspiring organizations to embrace digital transformation. Uniquely capable of applying the many lessons learned from being a serial entrepreneur, advertising agency leader and transformation leader for various high profile organizations. Knows how to build full digital capabilities from nothing to full fledged global teams.

Francesco Bertocci

I am a well-rounded Italian-born strategic designer, with a passion for people, interactions, ideas and brands, and I am the founder of Free&Willing, a platform to connect talent and companies hiring. I’ve lived and worked in Rome, Milan and I’ve been living in Brooklyn since 2004. I create experiences that keep people and their context in mind, because I believe that people, their feelings, physical needs and goals change everything.

Cris Mercado

As featured in The Wall Street Journal and NBC News, Cris Mercado has helped hundreds of students ascend to college and earn over $1.5 million in scholarships/grants over his career. His roles as junior board member and mentor coach at the professional development non-profit America Needs You inspired his latest project, KeyJargon, a career website to connect individuals to professional associations. As an increasingly sought-after consultant & speaker, Cris has presented/keynoted at UCLA, Teach for America, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on college/career readiness, immigration, & entrepreneurship.

Sean Lynch
Head of School

Sean Lynch began his career as a university researcher and lecturer at Harvard Business School and Sciences Po Paris before becoming a school educator and leader at the Lycée International de St. Germain-en-Laye, the Lycée Français de New York, and beginning in August 2018 at Chinese International School in Hong Kong. A recipient of the French government’s Ordre des Palmes Académiques, the European Council of International Schools’ Award for the Promotion of International Education, and the Columbia University Klingenstein Fellowship for Heads of School, Sean has worked to combine academic excellence with intercultural understanding, collaboration and innovation on four continents.

Denisha Kuhlor

Denisha is the student founder of Plucked A company founded with the mission to improve college access. Their flagship product is Almafind a mobile app designed to crowdsource the college tour.

Sergey Grybniak

I am a serial entrepreneur, business owner and a digital marketing expert. I own several businesses, including a digital marketing agency Clever Solution Inc., and a service-focused marketplace,, among others. . I have been providing digital marketing services for over 10 years and have successfully completed more than 500 projects. I have experience in launching and promoting e-commerce platforms, here and overseas. I hold Google Analytics and Google AdWords certifications.

Bianca Cabrera
Founder and CEO

Over the course of her teaching career, Bianca repeatedly observed her students with special needs being short changed due to few teachers using the best possible accommodations to allow all students to access learning content. Through interviews and market research, she realized this was a systemic problem, exacerbated by a lack of effective technology for addressing the gaps in Special Education. In June of 2016, she won the grand prize at Startup Weekend Education New York for her idea, Goals Genius, and has since worked in collaboration with others to create a functioning Minimum Viable Product. Goals Genius is now a finalist for the TFA Social Innovation Award and will be piloting at several charter and district public schools in the fall. Bianca hopes that Goals Genius will allow for school teachers and leaders to better document and collaborate on instruction for students with disabilities, enabling data driven accommodations for our most marginalized students.

Michael Lapin
Founder & CEO @ Beginex

Michael Lapin is the founder of Beginex, a UX training program based on real projects with real social impact clients. In addition to running the program, Michael is a product and UX consultant, who also organizes user experience events, workshops and hackathons. He spent eight years in technology consulting, primarily in product, business analysis and design roles and started his career in management consulting after graduating from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend EDU New York 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.

Signature Sponsors

Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change, transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities. Hostos serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, and a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional ca

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend New York City is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Eugene
  • Deborah
  • Christopher
  • Ken
  • Prithaj
  • Maria
  • Julio
  • Eugene
  • Aldo


Deborah Chang
Co-Founder @ Nexus Works from New York

Deborah Chang is the founder and executive director of #NYCEDU, New Yorkers working together to equip ALL of New York City's young people with the skills, resources, and community supports they need to flourish as happy, healthy, and impactful citizens of the world.

Her previous careers have spanned teaching 5th grade science to founding an education startup consulting company. She's an expert in community building, design thinking, and education who loves supporting innovators, educators, and young people.

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Roger Osorio
Entrepreneurship Program Leader @ IBM

Entrepreneurship program leader at IBM by day, math coach by night, and Startup Weekend global facilitator by weekend.  I deliver a powerful cocktail made up of education, psychology, neuroscience, leadership, and entrepreneurship.  I facilitate events to maximize the experience and learning for all participants.

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