Startup Weekend EDU San Francisco
Friday, February 6 - 8, 2015
Friday, February 6 - 8, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm
44 Tehama Street
Edtech to Innovate the Classroom
- Literator: Literator is an intuitive, balanced literacy app designed for teachers by one of their own. By removing the guess work, the data collection, and the paperwork, Literator allows teachers to focus on what they do best: support their students. With this app, instructors can create standards-compliant reading reports in less than 5 minutes. They can share student reading goals based on data with parents immediately via email or text. Literator seamlessly aggregates this class data for teachers. Teachers can then share, collaborate, and plan based on clear evidence of student needs. School-wide data can be combined, providing in-depth information for literacy development based on levels and skills of all students. To see the fully functional MVP: http://literator.meteor.com/
- Emote: every day schools see student distress lead to consequences ranging from under-performance to violence. As an educator, mentor, administrator and school co-founder, I have seen the progression of small, overlooked events that result in these more severe outcomes. Emote is looking to change that. Our team of educational, data and interaction experts have developed an application that will reduce behavior-related incidents such as truancy and violence while improving student performance and emotional health. By instantly and easily connecting parents, teachers and even the students themselves, we will get the most critical emotional information into the hands of those that can help at the moment its needed most
- Hookup: Hookup is a mobile friendly web app that provides an edgy and entertaining place for teens to anonymously learn about sex and sexuality from trusted sources.
- Mindfull: Description TBA
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, and turn ideas into realities. 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 focusing on customer development, validating their ideas and building prototypes with the help of experienced coaches. On Sunday, teams demo their education products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges.
For a few additional ideas, we are working with The Google for Education Think Tank which has helped to identify three core challenges that the K-12 education space is currently experiencing.
To set a bit of context, the Google for Education Think Tank charters strategic university and K-12 customers to further education technology through thought leadership and collaborating with Google and each other on new solutions. The mission of the Google in Education Think Tank is to inspire innovative approaches to learning, identify and share insights on learning models, and determine how technology can support them. Over the course of 2014, the think tank has engaged with 30 customers in the Think Tank representing a mix of CIOs, Curriculum Managers, and Educators from schools across the U.S. In the past 2 meetings held these customers have drawn on their experiences, challenges, and best practices implementing technology touching tens of thousands of students and educators. Through this process, Google Education identified three core challenges that the K-12 education space is currently experiencing and would love your feedback the weekend in hacking.
Challenge 1: Learning Analytics Dashboard
Develop a user-friendly system that collects real-time assessment or feedback data that translates into actionable and personalized information for both educators and students: teachers and students currently do not have quick and easy access to tools that guide their own teaching and learning. While we have data on student achievement or performance, such as annual test scores, more immediate, real-time data and tools are also needed to inform instruction and is the missing arc in our feedback loop. For example, after a lesson in class educators might need to collect instant feedback from students to confirm their understanding of the material. Then, after collecting this feedback a teacher might want to have a dashboard recommend next steps or insights for future lessons or activities. Is there a way we can design dashboards that are meaningful to the teachers and the students to allow for better instructional strategies and guidance in learning within the classroom?
Challenge 2: Educator Professional Development
Solve for new teacher training with technological integration and changing what it means to be a teacher: the need for programs and support for teachers to become lifelong learners (not just students) is becoming increasingly important. Is there a way to develop a new model for training for the new generations of teachers that would change the culture of teaching and learning through virtual simulation for training, facilitate closer training ties between HE and K12, creating learner profiles of strengths and weaknesses, designing future classrooms, and enabling anytime anywhere learning. How can we create a model of teacher training that inspires educators to be curious, passionate, energetic, humble, resourceful, and curators.
Challenge 3: Facilitating Personalization and Choice in Student Learning
Develop a learning model that maximizes student choice to demonstrate learning on their terms: Is there a way we can create a platform that consists of learner (student or teacher) created modules to accommodate a variety of learning formats and pacing, that connects to the real world, and operates on a structure of learning through play, passion, and purpose. Learners can collaborate with fellow students and teachers to guide and evaluate learning, where standards will be focused on skills and knowledge acquired that maps to learner’s talents and interests.
We are looking for:
Youth Innovators: 9-12 grade bay area students interested in hacking, UX/UI design, business, social justice and collaborating on an unique solution to a challenge they’re facing
Teachers: Instructional leaders in the classroom working in schools- this category is essential to a successful SWEDU! This event cannot succeed unless we have people like you there!
Educators: Community Organizers, District Administrators, Education Non-Profit Leaders and Professionals working in the school wrap-around services space
Champions: Individuals who will keep student voice and perspective on the top of their and the group’s mind- this could be a parent/relative, youth development professional or others who work closely with youth and are interested in collaborating with and supporting students on a team
Developers: Mobile App Developers (IOS, IOS SDK, Android) Programmers (JAVA, Objective C, CSS3, etc.) Web developers (front end and back end)
Designers: UX/UI designers (Adobe Suite Applications, Axure, iRise, Omnigraffle, etc.)
Entrepreneurs: Innovators, Thinkers, Business Strategists, Marketers, Finance Gurus, Project Managers, Philanthropists
Here's some of the things you get from attending:
+ A free .co domain name
+ $2,000 of credit on Google App Engine
+ $100 of AWS credit for hosting
+ Awesome coaching by edtech industry leaders
+ Fun swag from Google
+ Lunch and dinner for the whole weekend (coffee, beverages and snacks will be provided during the weekend but please ensure a hearty breakfast!)
+ A network of new developer, designer & entrepreneur friends that are also excited about improving education
+ Guaranteed interview spot for the winning team with Imagine K12!
+ Guaranteed interview spot for top 3 teams with 4.0 Schools Launch Program!
+ 1 month free coworking space at Galvanize!
+ An opportunity to meet with the whole Google Education Team at Google
Friday February 6th
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Sunday February 8th
Matt is the Director of Policy at Rebuild the Dream, where he leads policy advocacy for #cut50, a bipartisan initiative to cut the prison population in half in ten years, and #YesWeCode, an initiative to create a pipeline for 100,000 low opportunity youth to become the best coders, computer engineers and designers in the world.
Matt is an Education Fellow and Adjunct Faculty Member at the Stanford d.school, where he uses design thinking and human centered design to incubate new ideas in education relating to student voice and student engagement.
Matt has a BA from UC Berkeley, an MA from Stanford University School of Education,a JD from Stanford Law School with a focus on education law, and an LLM in Human Rights from National University of Ireland where he was a Senator George Mitchell Scholar.
Matt is a member of the Board of Directors for the Mission Economic Development Agency, Advisory Board for Music Mural and Arts Program, and a member of the Glide Legacy Committee.
Jason’s commitment to contributing to his clients, communities, and book readers is surpassed only by his love for family as a father of two vivacious teenage daughters and husband to his kind and lovely wife. In his leisure, he enjoys celebrating with family and friends, reading, listening to audiobooks, diving into great food, tasting fine wine, staying fit, watching good films and musicals, vacationing with family in exotic places, and blasting hip hop with his teenage kids while driving on Saturday nights!
Raj is currently the VP of Product at AltSchool, where he is working to build out the technology, products, and processes employed by teachers, students, and parents to deliver a personalized education for every student in AltSchool's network of micro-schools.
Previous, Raj spent ~4 years at Zynga in product management roles on two major franchise games and as lead of the Central PM group, which advanced the state of product management by driving the identification and adoption of the top product opportunities across the company.
He holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Mr. Calderon lives in the Bay Area and is deeply engaged in a variety of other civic organizations. He is a University of Michigan graduate and received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Director of Personalized Learning @ Oakland Unified School District
Coaches and Mentors
Carlos was Co-founder and CEO of Floqq (invested by 500Startups), the biggest marketplace for online video courses in Latin America. Carlos oversaw all engineering, design and marketing efforts including branding, product development, demand and supply generation, media and community relations, fundraising and international expansion.
He is a three time company Co-founder, including NetDay, the world's first Open Innovation Platform in Schools and Universities, devoted to inspire and connect young talented people with thought leaders. Fundación Banesto named Carlos as one of the top 10 best young entrepreneurs in Spain in 2010.
Director of Information @ Summit Public Schools
Assessment Systems Manager @ KIPP Foundation
Director of Program Strategy @ Rocketship
Gee Kin has worked in education since 2003 when he co-founded ViKiwi, a consulting firm that applied business best practices to reform education, and has helped more than a dozen large, urban school districts across the US evaluate, purchase and implement technology to improve student achievement and increase organizational efficiency.
Prior to his focus on education, Gee Kin worked for 20 years in the Fortune 500 corporate world in marketing, technology and operations. Gee Kin holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
CEO @ Educents
Director @ Imagine K12
Content Manager @ Goalbook
CEO @ Blendspace
CEO @ TES USA
Event Sponsors, and Partners
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Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Dixon
Kapor Capital Founding Portfolio Services Director | Forbes 30 Under 30 | TEDx Presenter
Experience: Founding Portfolio Services Director at Kapor Capital | Forbes Contributing Author | Global Director of Education Entrepreneurship Organization | Tech Startup Founder | Public Speaker | Blogger | Educator
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