Startup Weekend San Jose Inclusive Education (InclusivEd) 2019

    Friday, June 7 - 9, 2019

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Startup Weekend San Jose Inclusive Education (InclusivEd) 2019

Friday, June 7 - 9, 2019

Friday, June 7 - 9, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT)
1355 Ridder Park Drive
San Jose, CA 95131

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Do you want to develop a solution to make education more inclusive for ALL learners?

We bring together a diverse group of people passionate about making a positive impact on Inclusive Education.  In 54 hours, participants share ideas, form teams, and turn ideas into realities. Startup Weekend EDU begins with open-mic 60-second pitches on 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.

Come with an idea for an inclusive program, school, tech tool, afterschool program, learning space or change to part of an existing school model that will support learners with special needs. Your thought doesn’t have to be fully developed—what matters is your belief in its potential and your desire to make it work. Over the weekend, you'll form a team and build a prototype to bring your idea to life and test it out.

If you don’t have an idea, we still need your voice! All attendees will be able to join the teams working on different projects. Everyone’s participation matters and everyone will bring their own unique expertise.

What do you need to bring?
Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve must support inclusion. Over the course of the weekend, you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.
No previous experience is required!

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend-long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of educators, students, designers, developers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to improve education.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
  • Membership to the Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT)
  • As part of our partnership with .CO, each participant can register a free domain name
  • Google Cloud Platform is offering participants $3,000 in credit to build their web or mobile apps.
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"My experience that weekend really showed me the possibilities, especially in education and my four walls, to rethink my obstacles and connect with other professionals of all fields to bring my students the equitable education they deserve."
- Nina Portugal, OUSD English Language Development Teacher

"I could not have asked for a more perfect entrance into the world of EdTech than SWEDU. SWEDU offers an opportunity to problem solve for educational equity and has created a community of passionate individuals with diverse skill sets to bring solutions to life. I entered as a classroom teacher and felt valued, understood, by folks I would have never otherwise been able to meet or work with. It's surreal to be sitting in our company's office space--in the same building I first pitched the idea, first learned what a wireframe was, recruited my first team--now, as a founder of an award-winning EdTech venture."
- Xiaohoa Michelle Ching, OUSD teacher, founder of Literator, a Startup Weekend Education winner

"Startup Weekend EDU was a life-changing experience for me. Not only was I able to connect with really awesome and talented people; I also gained a wealth of knowledge and skills that I've used to advance my professional life and my passion project. Startup Weekend hosts a magical and welcoming community of creative and innovative folks who are enthusiastically looking to connect and build on great ideas. I would highly recommend the experience to anyone who is even remotely interested in tech entrepreneurship. It's guaranteed to take you to the next level."
- Tamyra Walker, Director of Recruitment and Retention, #YesWeCode


Do I need to pitch an idea to participate?
No. You can come to be a participant instead even if you don’t have your own idea. In this case, you’ll join someone else's team that you're inspired by instead of leading your own.

Can I work on an existing project?
If you've already started building or prototyping your project, you will not be eligible to participate with that idea. Our goal is to have every team start their project from scratch over the weekend. We do encourage you to spent lots of time researching and thinking about your idea before you arrive—just not building it out yet.

What are examples of past projects?

Here are some examples of technology tools. This event will also be open to school site innovations and learning space design.
  • Literator - providing real-time insights into student reading performance
  • Emote - helping school communities work together to meet students' emotional needs
  • TalkingPoints - connecting teachers with families in multiple languages
  • Juicebox - engaging teens around sexual health
  • Vidcode - teaching programming through video art
How does this work if I’m creating a project within my existing school (i.e. not an idea for a new school or program)?
Existing schools are invited to come and reimagine an aspect of their school. This might be a new schedule, new staffing roles, new classroom routines or courses. It could also center on new inclusive school models and technologies, educational designs, and more!

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Friday June 7th

6:00 pm
Registration, Dinner & Networking
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Eat Italian food, share startup ideas, practice 1-minute pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Organizers will review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optional: Line up to give your 1-minute pitch for Inclusion Ed Startup

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches that they're willing to work on over the weekend. The top 10 pitches will move on to become realized.

9:00 pm
Select Your Team
Speed dating round! Choose one of Top 10 ideas to support. If an idea didn't get chosen for Top 10, attendees can form a team with a minimum of 3 people to move on.

9:30 pm
Finalize Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas. Exchange contact information. 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.

10:00 pm
Leave Venue
Continue getting to know your team somewhere else, or go to sleep and set a time to meet back up tomorrow morning!

Saturday June 8th

8:15 am
Arrive, yogurt and bagel bar breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Facilitator Welcome
Facilitator will review expectations and agenda for the day

9:10 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend. Establish goals and idea validation.

12:00 pm
Fancy sandwiches! Oh la la!

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports. Sign-up for your coaching session!

1:10 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one.

2:30 pm
Business Model & Change Strategy
Optional workshop run by coaches

3:00 pm
Floating Coaching Sessions
Coaches leave. Check-in with organizers for floating coaching sessions.

5:30 pm
Salad/Taco/Burrito Bar

6:30 pm
Pitch Workshop
Learn how to do a successful 5-minute pitch

8:30 pm
Mindfulness Workshop
This is an invitation. Come stretch and relax.

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. Tomorrow is pitch day! Get rest, please.

Sunday June 9th

8:15 am
Arrive, breakfast burritos & coffee

9:00 am
Facilitator Welcome
Facilitator will review the expectations and agenda for the day.

9:30 am
Execution & Design Workshop
How to establish your Minimal Viable Product (MVP)

10:00 am
Coaches Check-in
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions. Sign up for mandatory practice with coaches that will be held after lunch.

12:00 pm
Make your own sandwich bar

1:00 pm
Mandatory Pitch Practice
Practice your 5-minute pitch with a pair of coaches

3:15 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
Judges Arrive
Judges arrive and review Judge's Rubric. Demo Day guests check in with an Organizer

4:20 pm
Final Presentations
5-minutes per team. 'Nuff said!

5:30 pm
Dinner and Deliberation
Attendees are relieved! Enjoy an Asian-inspired dinner while the Judges deliberate.

6:30 pm
Awards and Celebrations
Judges reveal Top 3 teams and prizes. Laugh, cry, network to stay in touch.

8:00 pm
Clean-Up and Go Home
Help clean-up and go home! It's a regular work week.


Dr. Matthew Love
Assistant Professor

Matt Love is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at San Jose State University. He has worked with students with disabilities in K-12 settings and at the university level. This experience has shaped his desire to have research provide guidance to teachers, designers, and developers work in creating learning materials for diverse learners.

Event Judges

Enyi Okebugwu
VC/Impact Investor

Enyi is an analyst at Omidyar Network where he sources and evaluates for-profit and nonprofit investments for the Education initiative.Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Enyi worked on the investment team at Village Capital, where he was responsible for operationalizing a highly granular investor and mentor database to support the firm’s portfolio companies across the globe.Before Village Capital, he worked as an MBA consultant for The Art of Applying, a boutique admissions consulting company serving policy school, business school, and law school applicants. While in business school, Enyi served as the co-chair for the Yale Africa Business Practicum and as the admissions chair on the Yale SOM Student Government. He also spent a summer as an Impact Fellow with Bridge International Academies, where he drove the development process for Bridge’s first cohort of primary schools in Nigeria. Enyi began his career by founding a social enterprise, Legendary Tutors, focused on providing high-quality test prep and college admissions consulting to underserved high school students in the south side of Chicago.Enyi received his MBA from the Yale School of Management and a B.A. in Neurobiology from Harvard University.

Lili Gangas
Chief Technology Community Officer at Kapor Center for Social Impact

Lili Gangas is the Chief Technology Community Officer. In this role, Lili helps catalyze Oakland’s emergence as a social impact hub of tech done right – where tech, diverse talent, and action driven partnerships can tackle pressing social and economic inequities of our communities head-on. Before coming to the Kapor Center, Lili was an Associate Principal at Accenture Technology Lab’s Open Innovation team, building bridges between startups and Global 2000 commercial clients through cross sector collaboration. She was also a founding member of the team at Booz Allen specializing in crowdsourcing, prize challenges, and open data solutions for the public sector. Before that, Lili could be found in the lab working on firmware solutions for the aerospace industry as a Senior Multi-Disciplined Software Engineer at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. Lili holds an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and Systems Engineering Certification from UCLA Extension. In addition to her day jobs, Lili was an active TechStars Startup Weekend DC organizer, a judge of the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s Startup in a Day Challenge, an open data innovation panelist at the White House Council of Women and Girls session, and advisor to and Outside of work, Lili enjoys getting to know cities via distance races – she’ a 5-time half marathoner and last year completed her first full marathon.

Katherine Beglin
Development Manager

Katherine Beglin has recently joined the nonprofit world after working in software sales. A native of the California central valley, Katherine attended Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, and moved to the Bay Area in 2015. Seeing the disparity in access for different populations from her work in the university system, tech sector, and now nonprofit has informed her interest in ensuring equity in all forms for various populations. As a nonprofit Development Manager, Katherine enjoys connecting passionate donors and partners to worthy causes with innovative solutions.

Nancy Lue
Co-Founder, Advanced Education Research & Development Programs

Nancy Poon Lue is currently co-leading the exploration of a national Advanced
Education Research & Development initiative, jointly funded by the Chan
Zuckerberg Initiative and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to tackle moonshots
in education based on best practices from DARPA and other exemplar R&D entities. 
Previously, she served as Executive Director at the venture capital firm Global
Silicon Valley (GSV) and was the inaugural General Manager of the EdTech Lab at
GSVlabs. She was also a Partner and Secretary of the Board of Directors of Silicon
Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2). 
Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Nancy served in the Obama Administration as a
Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education where she led the development
of the agency’s five-year strategic plan and the performance management division.
Nancy has served on more than a dozen governing boards, advisory committees, or
appointed commissions in the education sector. She is currently Secretary of the
College Track Board of Directors and a member of the Advisory Boards of the AT&T
Aspire Accelerator and the GreenLight Fund-Bay Area. Nancy has been named a
Presidential Leadership Scholar, Senior Fellow with the American Leadership
Forum-Silicon Valley, and a Silicon Valley Woman of Influence. She earned her B.A.
and Ed.M. from Harvard College and Harvard Graduate School of Education

Coaches and Mentors

Jessi Stein
Lead Learning Specialist

Jessi Stein has been working in Special Education for the last 7 years as a behavior analyst and educational specialist. After completing her preparation for the national boards, she  moved to Oakland where she has worked at Envision Academy High School for the last 4 years. Using a social justice lens, Jessi has worked to increase equitable services and access for students with diverse learning needs into Envision's rigorous PBL Portfolio Defense program. Recently, she has been working with the National Center for Learning Disabilities on re-thinking public education policy to increase access for students with disabilities to 21st century leadership skills and helping them run professional development workshops. She will be continuing her work to build access to equitable education as she joins the Envision Academy Middle Grades founding team for the 2019-2020 school year. She holds a Bachelors in Psychology and child development, a Masters in Education: Applied Behavior Analysis, and a Masters in Urban Education: Policy and Administration. 

Grant Wilson
Global Sales Ops Google

Entrepreneurship is infectious; I love being around innovation and serving as a sounding board.
Ex-consultant, Wharton alum, current Googler with experience in sales operations, analytics, and pricing strategy.  Born and raised in San Francisco Bay area as a die-hard warriors fan, trivia junkie, and board game enthusiast.

Ravishankar Gundlapalli
Chief Executive Officer

Ravi Gundlapalli is the Founder and CEO of MentorCloud, a cloud-based mentoring and employee engagement platform for enterprises and professional associations.

Ravi is a globally recognized thought leader on mentoring and learning. Ravi is the author of "The Art of Mentoring" (foreword by Sammy Lee, Chairman of LKK in Hong Kong). Ravi is frequently invited to speak at global conferences that include, World Woman Summit 2018 in Arkansas, Horasis Asia Meeting in India, Horasis India Meeting in Switzerland, Delivering Change Forum in India, YPO Innovation Week (Guatemala), World Demographic Forum in Switzerland, Global Diaspora Forum in Washington DC (at the invitation of then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton), and National Entrepreneur Week in Mexico. For his work and vision, Ravi has been featured in publications such as Huffington Post, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Forbes India and Knowledge@Wharton, and also in two books, Dealstorming (by Tim Sanders) and Mark of an Eagle (by David McNally).

Prior to founding MentorCloud, Ravi led supply chain solutions for large enterprise clients, such as Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Raytheon and Hitachi Global Storage. Ravi actively mentors entrepreneurs and professionals in US, India and Mexico, and also serves as a mentor at the Founder Institute in Silicon Valley. Ravi’s vision is to catalyze 100 million mentoring conversations by 2022.

One experience that inspires Ravi every day is Srikanth Bolla, a visually challenged student who he has been mentoring since 2008. Under Ravi’s mentorship, Srikanth graduated from MIT Sloan and is now CEO of Bollant Industries, a fast growing green products company in India.

Ravi has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, U.S.A, M.S. from Florida Atlantic University, U.S.A, and B. Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India.

You can learn more about Ravi and find links to his talks and interviews at

Edith Chao
Product Manager

Edith's spent her career working in both consumer tech at Google and in the education non-profit space, recently as the CEO and Board member of Minds Matter of San Francisco. She married her interests in both ed and tech, and is now a Product Manager at Remind, working to bring Remind's communication tools to K12 districts across the US. 

John Shin
Head of Product Design

John is a husband, father, and designer in San Francisco. Currently, he's the Head of Product Design at Remind. He believes that dedicated individuals can create positive change in the world and he's excited to see the brilliant ideas from the groups at Techstars this weekend. 

Brian Grey
President and Chief Executive Officer

Brian Grey is President and CEO of, the largest network of K-12 teachers, students, parents, and administrators in the U.S. With more than 30 million monthly active users, Remind’s communication platform is rapidly emerging as a vital service that delivers 2-way communication, family engagement, and personalized learning for all stakeholders who share Remind’s vision to give every student an opportunity to succeed. Headquartered in San Francisco, Remind is venture backed by firms including Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers (KPCB), Social Capital, GSV Acceleration. Prior to joining Remind, Brian served as CEO at Bleacher Report, Inc., where he led the strategic direction of Bleacher Report’s next generation sports publishing platform, including raising two rounds of venture funding and leading the successful sale of the company to Time Warner in August 2012. A veteran leader in digital media, Brianpreviously held senior executive positions at Fox Sports, Yahoo!, Shutterfly, and AOL-Netscape. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Paige, and they have two daughters, Zeli and Ava.

Tanya Sheckley
Founder and President

UP Academy was born of my quest to find the best education for my three children. My oldest, intuitive, curious and differently-abled with cerebral palsy, my middle, ambitious, fearless and creative and my youngest, observant, sweet, and athletic and all three of them brilliant (but every parent says that right?)  This school is created as a legacy, in loving memory of Eliza Sheckley so every child, of every ability, can reach their potential.  I hold a BA in Public Health and Dance and an MBA in Entrepreneurship.

Alex Cowley

Experienced Co-Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the mechanical engineering industry. Skilled in iOS Swift, AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, Customer Service, Engineering, and Creo Parametric. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a B.S focused in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State University - Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering.

Rakesh Patwari
Lead UX Designer

Rakesh Patwari is a passionately curious digital product designer, currently a lead designer Salesforce and teaches design at UC Berkeley Ext.

Born to teacher parents in a small town near Hyderabad, South India, Rakesh was on track to be an engineer. However, things changed when he was introduced to Photoshop. It was love at first sight, learning one tool led to the other and soon enough his curiosity coupled with grit made him an autodidact designer and he metamorphosed from a ‘programmer with design chops’ to a ‘Designer who understands tech.’.

In his 18 years long career he worked at product companies, start-ups and consulting organizations alike across diverse and challenging technical problem spaces where he designed and shipped flagship products. Apple, Linkedin, Juniper Networks and Survey Monkey are some of the companies he worked with or consulted for.

His experience, love for design, and his passionate curiosity motivate him to tackle complex challenges and enables him to be effective both at strategic and tactical levels.

Daisy Ozim
Director at Blockchain for Social Justice

Daisy Ozim is the founder of Resilient Wellness, a public health startup designed to reestablish cultural medicine access for marginalized communities. As a board member for the Bay Area Entrepeneurship Alliance, she works to ensure access to resources and support for emerging entrepreneurs. She is a Commissioner for the Alameda Public Health Commission and her work is centered around decolonizing philanthropy, technology and public policy. Daisy also runs the Blockchain for Social Justice collective. A platform designed to promote education and access of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency for marginalized communities.

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The Startup Weekend San Jose Inclusive Education (InclusivEd) 2019 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 San Jose is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Daniel
  • Zuzana
  • Adina
  • Carla
  • Qi
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Kris Riley
Director of Partners

Just another entrepreneur trying to take over the world one idea at a time. 

Kris has 3+ years experience organizing Startup Weekend events. His expertise is in payments, e-commerce, hospitality technology, product strategy, and positioning. He's started 2 businesses and is working on his 3rd currently. 

I love the startup world and mentoring/helping people mold their ideas into MVPs and eventually into validated businesses. The magic is in helping them realize that an idea needs legs to grow. And these legs are built out of involvement, sharing and doing. Let's go! 

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