Startup Weekend EDU San Diego
Friday, March 6 - 8, 2015
Friday, March 6 - 8, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm
The Art Institute of CA - San Diego
7650 Mission Valley Road
Friday night: 60-second pitches that result in the formation of small teams around the best, most viable education concepts. Educators validate ideas, then all attendees vote. We hope you’ll pitch, but definitely not required!
Saturday and Sunday: Work days! Teams focus on user research, customer development, validating their ideas and building prototypes with the help of experienced coaches from the education and entrepreneurial world. You’re welcome to stay and work as long as the venue will allow!
Sunday evening: Teams demo their education products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges. Winning teams take home a grab bag of great tools to help launch their company!
Examples of startups founded at Startup Weekend EDU:
+ MathChat is a mobile collaboration tool for students to get instant math homework help from friends.
+ Fantasy GeoPolitics is a fantasy football-like game for social studies and literacy standards.
+ Kidfit Academy- A nonprofit running interactive physical & health education curriculum that empowers students to take control of their health & wellness with fun technology
Perks of attending:
+ Delicious & healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner for the whole weekend
+ A free .co domain name
+ $2,000 of credit on Google App Engine
+ $100 of AWS credit for hosting
+ 50 free moo.com business cards
+ Event t-shirt
+ Awesome coaching by education startup industry leaders
+ A network of 100 new developer, designer & entrepreneur friends that are also excited about improving education
+ Fun swag from Google, .Co and more!
The Winning Team will receive:
+ Guaranteed interview with EdTech Startup Accelerator, Imagine K-12
+ Guaranteed interview for EdTech Startup Incubator, 4.0 Schools' Launch program.
+ $2,000 of DonorsChoose.org credits to donate to classroom projects
+ More prizes to come!
Runner-ups will receive:
+ Opportunity to Apply for EdTech Startup Incubator, 4.0 Schools' Essentials program.
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).
We hope you join us!
Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend
Friday March 6th
Saturday March 7th
Sunday March 8th
Brant travels the globe speaking with entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, debunking the Myth of the Visionary, teaching Lean Startup and Customer Development principles, and empowering employees in order to disrupt current innovation practices.
Brant has also released a new book, Entrepreneur's Guide to The Lean Brand.
From 1985-1995, Neil focused on real estate development, building more than 1.8 million square feet of condo, office and hotel. From 1980-1985, he was an executive in the financial services industry and worked in real estate syndication. Prior to that, he worked in Hollywood as a screen and TV writer.
Neil has taught entrepreneurship at UC San Diego and writes a weekly column on entrepreneurship for the San Diego Union-Tribune. His numerous awards include CONNECT’s Distinguished Contribution Award for Technology Innovation in 2008 and recognition by the U.S. Small Business Administration as “Small Business Journalist of the Year” for 2014 for San Diego and Imperial Counties.
Hidalgo’s background includes more than 15 years of staffing experience. Prior to his role at Qualcomm, he worked as an area manager for Manpower where he was responsible for technical recruiting and site-management operations, contributing to the employment of thousands of workers throughout San Diego County.
Ed is a co-founder of the Manpower High Tech High Academic Internship Program, which created more than 650 internships in more than 200 community businesses and agencies. He also serves on the boards of San Diego Workforce Partnership and San Diego Second Chance Program.
He graduated from the University of Miami in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in communications.
Outside of the classroom, he co-founded USAdelante, an organization that connects Latino college students to a network of mentors.
As founding executive director of Teach For America – San Diego, he will partner with local schools and districts to help ensure that all students have access to an excellent education, including his own nieces and nephews that attend public school across the county.
He currently serves as a board member at Barrio Logan College Institute and is a Steering Committee Member of the Civic Leadership Fund at the San Diego Foundation.
Coaches and Mentors
"Conformity is boring. Be different."
Went through the Y Combinator program in San Fran, raised a couple rounds and moved back to San Diego. While here I have continued to iterate on startup ideas, advise numerous companies, and help build the ecosystem in town by founding Startup San Diego and starting a handful of open programs (Mentor Night, Domain Expert Hours, SD Startup Week...) & helped build the EvoStart accelerator program. Today, I am head of Growth at Rev.com, an amazing startup in SF growing at an exponential pace.
Leslie’s vision for education, evangelism, entrepreneurialism, and empowering women is apparent when you meet her. Leslie prides herself on being “the resource”, and will share everything she knows about bring an entrepreneur, startups, growing your business and tech trends with anyone who asks.
Previously, she was a co-founder of Flywheel (FKA Cabulous), now one of the most widely-used consumer taxi apps and fleet management SaaS platforms. Prior to Flywheel, she led the design and development of web properties for Bon Jovi, The Killers, Linkin Park, and other top artists.
Jeff currently serves as Managing Partner of Fronis Group, LLC. Fronis Group provides content and services to help startup companies finance and monetize their businesses more effectively, develop strategic leverage and position for a financial exit.
As founding producer of Connected Dreamers Productions and CoFounder to Collective 1939 Amber leads a collective of neoteric entrepreneurs & creatives bringing ideas to life to serve humanity.
Productions include Crowdfund-UP, TEDxAmericasFinestCity, SDSW, Convergence, and RECESS.is. Amber has brought her experience to events such as the Tijuana Hackathon for Social Change, Startup Weekends, Geek Girl Tech Con, Maker Faire San Diego, Tijuana Technical University, CIBU, Startup Grind, TEDxSantiagoWomen, National Science Foundation an d many more community driven initiatives. As VP of Projects for Global Shapers San Diego HUB Ambers local focus gains global momentum. A Purdue University graduate Amber is native of Indiana, residing in Southern California.
Mr. Kaji’s professional track record spans 15 years in various executive management positions in investment banking, general management and business development. He has also served on the founding teams of four startup organizations.
Among his prior roles, Kaji served as a Vice President at Walden University where he was responsible for approximately 6,000 students and 225 employees. He was also a mergers and acquisitions professional for Laureate Education where he helped to execute acquisitions domestically and internationally.
Mr. Kaji earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BS in Economics and Finance from New York University.
Specialties: Strategy, General Management, Corporate Development, Business Development
Throughout his career he has combined entrepreneurial passion and social purpose to launch several ventures. Andrew is also involved in the B Corporation movement which seeks to harness the power of business as a force for good.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend EDU San Diego 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 San Diego is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
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