Startup Weekend Education: Why Participate?
This post originally appeared on blog.up.co
Startup Weekend Education is an fun innovative, community-building event that brings together innovators & doers of all backgrounds including educators, parents, students, designers, software developers, marketers, and other enthusiasts to start companies (or launch ideas) that solve real problems in education in just 54 hours. The participants that attend have 60 seconds to make a pitch (optional), the pitches are whittled down to the top ideas, and then teams form around the ideas to come out with several developed companies or projects. Finally, the weekend culminates with demonstrations in front of an audience of judges and potential investors.
Here are the top eleven, starting with EDUCATION specifically:
Education in the U.S. (and many places in the world) may be one of the human rights issues of our time. Kids deserve access to an excellent education. Education as an entrepreneurial space has recently gained much traction and interest, including interest and backing from the venture and incubator community, but there’s still much work to be done with not enough bright spots of success. We believe that if we bring you — our educators, students, designers, developers, business people – together and help facilitate your collaboration in new and innovative ways, we can help contribute to the growing movement to close the achievement gap.
Startup Weekend Educations are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.
Build your network:
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend Education attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable products that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or a even an investor.
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend Education is hands down the best way to to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.
Learn a new skill:
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are prefect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.
Actually launch a business:
Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. There are so many companies that have come out of Startup Weekend Education and are still thriving today.
Get face time with thought leaders:
Local education, tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekend Educations as mentors and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.
We cover what you need for the weekend (and it can pay off for long after):
Your ticket covers seven meals, snacks, access to exclusive resources, possible swag, all the coffee you can drink, and more.
Join a global community:
Join over 193,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.
Who you’ll meet at Startup Weekend EDU
Startup Weekend EDU’s mix is roughly 25% educator/education space, 25% developers and coders, 25% designers, and 25% business/marketing. Everyone wants to make a difference in the lives of learners. Some participants attend an event to network, more to learn a new skill, others attend to develop/build a product, and some attend to learn how to create a new venture. Many attendees plan on continuing to work on their product after the weekend.
If you’re ready to take your next step… It's time to register now for our latest Techstars Startup Weekend Education San Francisco event on October 19-21.
This article was revised from a previous article published in 2011 on the SF SWEDU blog.