Startup Weekend EDU Oakland

    Friday, September 12, 2014

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Startup Weekend EDU Oakland

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mills College- Lorry I Lokey Graduate School of Business

Oakland, CA

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Event Judges

Sam Chaudhary
CEO @ ClassDojo

Sam is the co-founder and CEO of ClassDojo. Sam holds a Double First-class degree in economics from the University of Cambridge, and taught high school after graduating, instead of doing a PhD. He subsequently worked in the education arm of consultancy firm McKinsey & Co in London. Sam and his co-founder Liam founded ClassDojo in 2011 to help teachers, parents and students improve classroom behavior and build positive learning habits and character strengths. Since then, ClassDojo has become one of the world’s fastest-growing education technology companies, currently being used by millions of teachers and students in more than 30 countries. 

Leah Jensen
Instructional Technologist, Oakland Unified School District

I am an Instructional Technologist in Oakland Unified School District. What does that mean? Well, it means I get to push folks to collaborate and think about what schools need, not about technology in itself, but transformative teaching and learning. Last year, our cross collaborative team rolled out 10,000 chromebooks district wide. We also assembled 150 Instructional Tech Teacher Leaders who are the wildest, most fun group of teachers I’ve ever met. I learned and continue to learn that transformative teaching and learning starts with excited and passionate teachers, and they don’t necessarily need to be super tech savvy! I started teaching in Oakland in 1998 at Piedmont Avenue Elementary. It was my first job out of college and I’ve been here ever since. In a way, it’s been my second ‘growing up.’ I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. Learning is social and emotional, it’s who we are and how we experience life. Technology is a tool that can extend that experience if modeled wisely. My mission is to push the system to use this tool to create civic minded, sophisticated consumers and creators of content.

Greg Klein
Director of Blended Learning at Rogers Family Foundation

Greg joined the Rogers Family Foundation in June 2012. He is on the ground, supporting principals, teachers and students at eight Oakland public schools as they make their transitions to blended classrooms. Prior to RFF, Greg helped launch Downtown College Prep's new Alum Rock campus, developing an innovative Learning Lab at the middle school level. While at DCP he managed large groups of students, let the computers do everything that they do well, and focused his attention on teaching. Greg began his career in education reform as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Oakland Unified School District for seven years, including building his own mini-lab in his classroom as a first-year teacher. Self-proclaimed tech geek, Greg is dad to two adorable daughters and lives with wife Mariah in Oakland.

Johanna Paraiso
Teacher, Fremont High School

A “bona fide tech junkie”, Jo has taught in Oakland Unified for the past 10 years, supporting her Fremont High School juniors and seniors to become what she terms “Digi-Literatis.” These budding Digi-Literatis use technology to conduct research, to connect with communities beyond their classrooms and even their city, and to engage civically through blogging, and community-focused senior projects. They are learning how to conduct research using online tools and maybe most importantly the ways learning happens beyond the classroom – with peers and community members in virtual spaces. A mother of two teenagers and a 6-year-old, Jo negotiates constantly with the “rules” for responsible social media use, and she is currently experimenting on whether her kindergartner can code and create that million dollar app. 

Shauntel Poulson
General Partner, Reach Capital

Shauntel Poulson is a Co-Founder and General Partner at Reach Capital, a $53M leading education technology fund, where she invests in early stage technology startups focused on issues of access and opportunity in education. Prior to Reach, Shauntel was a Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund and invested in over 40 early stage K-12 edtech companies through the NewSchools Seed Fund. Shauntel was previously a Senior Engineer at Procter and Gamble for the global laundry business. She received her BS in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and her MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University

Coaches and Mentors

Mike Adams
Entrepreneur and Software Engineer

I'm an entrepreneur and software engineer (co-founder of EdTech company Degreed, former engineer at OpenTable), currently I work and teach at a programming school called Hack Reactor, building out the school's alumni program

Delip Andra
Founder & CEO, Legend

Delip Andra is the Founder & CEO of Legend. Legend’s mission is to make education enchanting. Legend is developing a tool that’ll enable educators to create enchanting visual stories on educational topics and share them with the world. 

Delip founded two venture backed startups, Minekey and Euclid, that raised over $40 million from leading Silicon Valley venture capital firms. Minekey leveraged social collaboration and personalization technologies to create a discussion network that connected several million users based on their topics of interest. Euclid pioneered cloud services during late nineties. Delip previously worked with Philips in Europe and India where he commercialized several innovations developed at Philips Labs.

Delip is a founding advisor at Mercury Startups and an advisory board member at Evergent.

Delip earned a Bachelor of Technology degree with Honors from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India.

Diedra Barber
Founder and CEO of Filament Consulting Group

Diedra Barber is Founder and CEO of Filament Consulting Group offering urban and rural small and medium sized start-ups business leadership & development coaching in strategy, social media and human capital management. Diedra is also a Managing Partner and Chief Innovation Officer with Scheier+Group non-profit consulting firm specializing in streamlining decision-making. 

She has worked in both non-profit and for-profit education equity enterprises discovering that the incorporation of compassion, authenticity, transparency and high expectations in the management of people allows for goals and outcomes to not only be reached, but surpassed and executed with more efficiency, innovation and a deeper, more positive impact for clients/partners and the team as a whole.

Diedra graduated from Dominican University of California with a BA in International Relations and has an MBA from Mills College in Oakland. She is a recipient of the Goldman Sachs Business Leadership Award. And is also a 2013 Bay Area Education Pioneers Fellow.

Matt Duffy
Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Milpitas Unified School District

Matt Duffy currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for the Milpitas Unified School District. In this role, he leads the district work around teaching and learning, Professional Development, technology, school leadership, family/community engagement and much more. Prior to joining the Milpitas team, Matt spent nearly ten years in the Oakland Unified School District. In Oakland, Matt served as a Network Executive Officer, managing a portfolio of secondary schools. He also designed and founded Elmhurst Community Prep, a small middle school in East Oakland where he served as Principal. In each of these roles, Matt has worked to create both equitable opportunities and transformational results for all students.

Originally from New York City, Matt also worked as a teacher and an Assistant Principal in the South Bronx and Harlem respectively. Matt holds two Masters Degrees in Education, one from Harvard University and the other from CUNY. He attended Wesleyan University and was an early member of Teach For America. Matt lives in Oakland with his two boys and wife Tamara who is also an educator.

Jacob Gelfand
Manager of Small Business Services, San Francisco LGBT Community Center

As Manager of Small Business Services at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, Jacob empowers businesses at every stage, from pre-launch to expansion. He provides one-on-one technical assistance to local entrepreneurs, manages the credit-building Lending Circles microloan program, facilitates the Center’s weekly B-Lab incubator sessions and helps clients secure Kiva Zip loans and other sources of capital.

In addition to his role at the Center, Jacob works as a consultant and executive coach for private clients under the banner of Inclusiva Strategies and serves on the Board Advisors for the travel startup Glamping Hub, an online portal for unique accommodations around the world. He also volunteers as a Senior Advisor for underserved entrepreneurs at Centro Community Partners in Oakland.

Jacob holds a B.S. in Political Communication from Emerson College, an M.B.A. from University of San Francisco School of Management and a J.D. from University of San Francisco School of Law.

Daniel Healy
Manager of Entrepreneur Readiness Program, Centro Community Partners

Daniel is the manager of Centro Community Partner's Entrepreneur Readiness Program. His primary responsibilities include managing Centro's entrepreneurship development programs and training entrepreneurs. Daniel has also been leading Centro's efforts to innovate its educational content by designing interactive learning activities that develop entrepreneurs' business competencies, analytical abilities and creative thinking skills. 

Daniel has more than eight years of experience in education and economic development. Before joining Centro, he worked as Peace Corps, Business English teacher, professional trainer, business advisor and social entrepreneur. He has a BA in International Affairs from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the Peter F. Drucker School of Management.

John Krull
Information Technology Officer at Oakland Unified School District

John is currently the Information Technology Officer at Oakland Unified School District. As a cabinet member, he works closely with the Superintendent along with deputy and associate superintendents to set and implement strategies to make all Oakland students college, career, and community ready.

John was previously the Chief Technology Officer at Fremont Unified School District (FUSD), a K-12 public school district with 4500 employees and 33,000 students. Before FUSD, John was the Vice President for Technology at Envision Education, a Bay Area charter management organization and consultancy. 

Previous to his career in education technology management, John worked for almost 10 years in technology management at Microsoft, Virage, and Autonomy. John began his career as an educator holding various teaching and technology leadership positions. 

Quim Sabrià
Co-founder & CEO, EDpuzzle

Quim is the co-founder and CEO of EDpuzzle, a video platform that empowers teachers to make any video their lesson. Quim holds a degree in Business Administration, a Master in Finances and Strategy and a Master in Mathematics & Education. Considered by Teach for All as one of the Alumni Leaders in Education and Technology.

At 22 he began his career as a Math teacher in a small school in Barcelona as part of Teach for Spain first cohort. After two years in the classroom, he co-founded EDpuzzle in 2013 as part of ImagineK12 last cohort. The vision of EDpuzzle is that by 2020 every student in the world will be just a click away of receiving an excellent education online. EDpuzzle is considered one of the 10 most promising EdTech startups for 2014 by the Global EdTech Startup Awards.

Kate Whiting
CEO @ Educents

Kate is the co-founder and CEO of Educents, the first and only deal marketplace for affordable, high quality educational resources. Although she began her career in education marketing 10 years ago, her entrepreneurial spirit eventually led her to co-found Educents in 2013. The mission behind Educents is to provide teachers, parents and homeschoolers with access to affordable, high quality educational resources. In just one year, Educents has saved educators over $13 million and is used in over 73 different countries (and growing). Educents is part of the ImagineK12 accelerator, and has received an undisclosed amount of funding to help reach more educators with their platform.

Jeremy Young
Educator & Ninja

Jeremy has had the honor of being a teacher in the Bay Area for the past five years. He is passionate about everything science, which is evident in the range of courses he has taught including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and AP Computer Science. In school, you might have found Jeremy leading science meetings, sponsoring the Maker Faire Club, or blowing stuff up. As an avid member of the Startup Weekend community, Jeremy has been featured as March's Educator of the Month and has spoken at a students only Startup Weekend event. He is currently taking a year off to travel the world and create the next big edtech startup!

Nidya Baez
Community School Manager at Fremont High School

"With great power comes great responsibility."

Nidya Báez was born in Mexicali, Mexico and immigrated to East Oakland at the age of 3. As a child she enjoyed painting, drawing and sewing with her mother. She went to Whittier Elementary (now Greenleaf Elem.), attended Oakland Charter, and graduated from Fremont High School. Nidya decided to become an educator because she wants more people of color and from the community to be leaders and teachers in Oakland schools. Her biggest inspiration were her parents: Luis Báez, an ice cream truck driver and a night custodian, and her mother, Carmen, a homemaker, then a cook and a janitor. Her parents always encouraged her to seek higher education and the conditions in which Nidya’s family lived in inspired her to go to college, especially after her father fell victim of a bullet and lost his kidneys. She entered UC Berkeley with a full scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Latin American Studies and learned Portuguese. Nidya pursued a teaching credential in Spanish from CSU East Bay and taught at Youth Empowerment School for three years, a school she helped design in 2002 as a high school student. She choose Spanish to teach Latinos their language and history, while seeing it as an opportunity to support African American students to better understand Latino culture through the language, with a vision of inspiring Black and Brown unity. She is currently the Community School Manager and the Student Leadership teacher at Fremont High. She lives in Oakland with her husband Mikel.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend EDU Oakland team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Oakland is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Evan
  • Danielle
  • Ciji
  • Laura
  • Mikel


Jessica Falkenthal
Education Community & Growth Marketing Strategist

Jessica Falkenthal leads growth marketing, community building and experience design for education startups, schools and nonprofits. She serves on the SXSW EDU Launch Advisory Board and CUE SF Board.
Jessica loves creating engaging education experiences and  previously managed a dozen online learning communities, coached early-stage education entrepreneurs, grew the Startup Weekend Education program worldwide, founded her own education startup, led professional development workshops for hundreds of educators, and designed and taught technology classes for the Boys and Girls Club and 4-H Youth Development programs. She is also a community organizer for the SF Edtech Happy Hour, 4-H, Startup Weekend Education, and Education Startup Digest.

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