Portland Startup Weekend EDU
Friday, April 8 - 10, 2016
Friday, April 8 - 10, 2016
Event starts at 5:00 pm
2811 NE Holman St.
Join Portland's First SWEDU Ever!
We're looking for passionate educators, parents, students, developers, designers and business/non-profit professionals who want to make a difference in education now. Come learn the basics of founding and launching a successful education venture while solving real problems being experienced in Portland today.
The event: We bring together a diverse group of people passionate about making a positive impact on education. In 54 hours, participants share ideas, form teams, build products and launch education ventures. Startup Weekend EDU begins with open-mic, 60-second pitches Friday night that result in the formation of small teams around the best, most viable concepts. Teams spend Saturday and Sunday morning focusing on customer development, validating their ideas and building prototypes with the help of experienced coaches. On Sunday afternoon, teams demo their education solutions and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges. All of the pitches on Friday and companies demoed on Sunday will be educator approved and designed to solve problems in the education space, broadly defined (not restricted to K-12 or other “formal” education).
What you get:
- A free .co domain name
- Awesome coaching by local education and industry leaders
- Healthy, catered meals including dinner on Friday night, breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday
- A custom event T-shirt and other swag from sponsors
- A network of new educator, developer, designer & entrepreneur friends that are also excited about improving education
- Lots of teamwork, though quiet areas too
- Use of laptops, tablets and other technology
- Access to public transportation
- Wifi access on campus
- Free parking on campus
- Time spent indoors and outdoors
- Casual clothing, not business attire
- Opportunities for breaks, such as complimentary Yoga mini-classes
- Schedule flexibility
- New ideas welcome - no existing startups, please!
Discounts Available: In order to introduce more classroom teachers, professors and students to innovative, nimble and creative principles of startup businesses, we are are offering discounts to these individuals. Learn more at our registration page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org from your .edu email address.
Powered By 4.0 Schools
Startup Weekend Education is powered by 4.0 Schools in the USA. 4.0 Schools is a non-profit incubator for education startups and schools. 4.0 is a community of educators, entrepreneurs and families that believe education can be dramatically better for every child. In addition to Startup Weekend Education, 4.0 Schools supports entrepreneurs through its Essentials and Community Catalyst programs.
Hosted by Concordia University
Concordia University is a private, Lutheran, liberal arts university located in northeast Portland, Ore. with a mission of preparing leaders for the transformation of society. Founded in 1905, Concordia University is Oregon’s fastest growing university, now serving more than 7,500 students on its campuses and online. Concordia University, Portland Public Schools’ Faubion School (PK-8) and Trillium Family Services are collaborating on a new national model for education called 3 to PhD® aimed at creating safer, healthier, more educated communities to ensure young people can pursue their highest potential. For more information, visit www.3toPhD.org.
Featuring NBCUniversal Open Possibilities Challenge
This Startup Weekend Education event is participating in the nationwide NBCUniversal Open Possibilities challenge! Participants are encouraged (but not required) to design solutions which prepare students for the 21st century workforce and to lead 21st century communities! All teams will be considered for this special prize and the winning team will receive up to 3 tickets to next year's SXSWedu Conference in Austin, TX. View the eligibility rules and judging criteria here.
The Winning Teams will receive: prizes like free yoga class passes, membership for local entrepreneurship organizations, or professional services.
Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend
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Digital Learning Specialist
Coaches and Mentors
Past and current responsibilities: enter new markets and drive client adoption and success through leadership, guidance and sharing of best practices. I can cover the entire client life cycle from lead qualification, sales demos, pilot system creations, development of license proposals, system requirements conversations, implementation and rollout strategies, training, to ongoing relationship development.
Believer that behind any successful software implementation and adoption, there needs to be a strong process in place with a clear road map, measurable and achievable goals and a dedicated human capital. Few - if any - tools thrive without a process. Consultation services is the oil of the engine.
Conceptual and divergent thinker, problem solver, visual communicator, learner and citizen of the world.
I love working with new markets, learning new business practices, opening new sales territories and building rapport.
Quadrilingual: English, French, Spanish and Catalan. Some German.
Retired Director of Marketing & Strategic Planning
I have over 15 years of experience working with interdisciplinary teams to solve a broad range of engineering problems in software, hardware, systems engineering, and new business development. I have a passion for the beauty and efficiency of design, for cutting-edge technology and for entrepreneurship.
I've been fortunate to wear many hats throughout my career, including hardware and software designer, technology researcher, entrepreneur and visual designer. I work best when I have to jump in the deep end and swim my way out. The possibilities of the unknown are invigorating. Constant study keeps the soul fed and the skills relevant.
Most importantly, I love being a critical part of a successful team.
Throughout his career, Mark has championed the use of strong pedagogical research and educator feedback in the creation and improvement of digital teaching and learning tools. His work has been instrumental in creating successful technology-enriched learning environments that support 21st century skills.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Portland Startup Weekend EDU 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.
Techstars Startup Weekend Portland is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
Julie Williams, MS, APR, is an energetic, award-winning strategic communications consultant with passionate roots in education and journalism, founder of Versatile Creative Consulting and active community organizer. Julie is currently a co-lead organizer of Portland Startup Weekend Education, director-at-large, service for PRSA Portland Chapter, Board Director for Harper’s Playground and an interfaith women’s group leader. Julie’s expertise is providing communications counsel and training to maturing, mission-driven businesses and organizations, such as Nike, Concordia University and Multnomah Education School District.