Startup Weekend Education - San Diego

    Friday, March 18 - 20, 2016

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Education - San Diego

Friday, March 18 - 20, 2016

Friday, March 18 - 20, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

High Tech Middle
2359 Truxtun Rd
San Diego, CA 92106

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Be a catalyst for improving education!

Startup Weekend Education (SW-EDU)

Have you ever had an idea for improving education? Here's your opportunity to transform your education ideas into action in 54 hours. Find the right people with complimentary skills & the passion to work with and learn along the way. No tech skills required! Test your idea with potential customers. Join a community ready to help you take your education concept to the next level!

We're looking for passionate educators, designers, developers, 
parents, students, and business/non-profit professionals who want to make a difference in education now. Come learn the basics of founding & launching a successful education or edtech venture, while solving real problems in education. You can participate just for the experience -- serious creative thinking, inspired work, and a lot of fun!

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 or edtech ventures.

Startup Weekend Education 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 validating their idea by talking to users, designing/building prototypes and building a business plan with the help of experienced coaches from the education market. On Sunday, teams present and demo their education products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges. 

Here are some of the things you get from attending:
  • 7 meals of food & snacks for the entire weekend
  • A unique opportunity to be mentored and coached by edtech and educator leaders
  • A network of new local developer, designer, educator, student & entrepreneur friends that are also excited about improving education 
  • A free .co domain name 
  • An awesome portfolio piece
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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, Tiny Fellowship and Community Catalyst programs.

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 the competition. 

All teams will be considered for this special prize and the winning team will receive up to 3 tickets to the SXSWedu Conference in Austin, TX.

View the eligibility rules and judging criteria here.

The Winning Team will receive:
Guaranteed interview for EdTech Startup Incubator, 4.0 Schools' Tiny Fellowship program.
+ Workshop session with Marissa Di Pasquale, CEO of Cashtivity, the NASDAQ EdTech company award winner for 2015 

+ 3 Months (up to 5 people) at local Coworking Accelerator
 Collective 1939
World Nativ providing individuals on the winning team 1 free spot at a World Nativ workshop featuring a guest expert in business or digital marketing.
+ More prizes to come!

Runner-ups will receive:
+ Opportunity to Apply for EdTech Startup Incubator, 4.0 Schools' Essentials program.

+ Prizes raffled off for attendees to the event! 

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!

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Friday March 18th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:20 pm
Keynote Speaker
Keynote Speaker - Mr. Larry Rosenstock Founder & CEO of High Tech High

7:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:15 pm
Begin Work
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
Day Ends

Saturday March 19th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Saturday Kick-Off!

10:00 am
Define the Problem
Work on your problem statement.

11:40 am
Mentor Hours (1140am-7pm)
Make appointments with mentors.

12:30 pm
Working lunch

3:00 pm
Get out and validate!
Talk to potential users and customers to validate your problem and/or prototype.

6:00 pm
Working Dinner
Grab your food and get back to work!

10:00 pm
Venue Closes
You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here.

Sunday March 20th

9:00 am
Working Breakfast
Grab food and get to work!

10:00 am
Mentor Sessions (10am-1pm)
Last mentor appointments.

12:30 pm
Working Lunch

1:30 pm
Pitch Practice
Pitch rehearsals and feedback

3:30 pm
Tech Check
Test your devices with the projector

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Larry Rosenstock
Founder & CEO - High Tech High Schools

Larry Rosenstock is the founder and CEO of High Tech High, a network of public charter schools focused on project-based learning.

Larry taught carpentry in urban high schools for eleven years before working as staff attorney at the Harvard Center for Law and Education. Returning to public schools, he served as Director of the Rindge School of Technical Arts and then Principal of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.

Mr. Rosenstock directed the New Urban High School Project of the U.S. Department of Education. He has served as a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Visiting Associate Professor at UC Berkeley School of Education.

Larry is the recipient of the Ashoka Fellowship and the McGraw Prize in Education, and serves as an advisor to numerous commissions and boards nationally and internationally. He holds a JD from Boston University Law School, an M.Ed from Cambridge College, a BA from Brandeis University and a Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa from Cambridge College.

High Tech High Learning now comprises twelve K-12 schools, a teacher-credentialing program, and a graduate school of education.

Event Judges

Gabriela Dow
Partner, Plug and Play San Diego and Director, NV5 Inc.

Over 20 years of experience growing startups and delivering communications strategy and community relations programs with a focus on eGovernment and sustainability. Spanning work with Fortune 500 global corporations to national firms, to tech startups and government agencies, Gabriela's focus is on improving communities through cutting-edge, next-generation projects and tech solutions .

Specialties: Strategic Planning & Implementation, Public Affairs & Community Relations, Business Development, Media Relations and Marketing for technology innovators and public agencies. A pioneer in the eGovernment field with proven expertise building nascent businesses into industry leaders.

George Schwartz
Chairman and Co-Founder of Learn2Earn, Inc. and Visual Classrooms, Inc.

Broad range of industry experience involving young and mature companies. In acquisitions played a key or lead role include divestitures from numerous Fortune 500 companies, including Westinghouse, GTECH, Viad Corp. and Merrill Lynch. Served as the financier and chairman/CEO/board member of these acquisitions. The company size has ranged from $1-$200 million and also been involved in all aspects of startup financing. Responsibilities have also included restructuring distressed companies, raising the capital necessary to close the acquisitions and to secure the capital to build the businesses going forward. Experience  with all aspects of businesses, ranging from negotiating with unions to instituting successful incentive pay systems for minimum wage workers, to frontlining a global roadshow for a $100 million bond offering. 

Specialties: Biotechnology, Internet, Health Care, Education, Mature Industries, Venture Capital, Private Equity. I also have a passionate interest in the art of Monhegan Island, Maine.

David Fuhriman
CFO at Educational Enrichment Systems

David Fuhriman is CFO of Educational Enrichment Systems a non-profit child development agency. He is a licensed and active CPA in California. 

Previously David was CFO of Mission Edge San Diego, a nonprofit dedicated to building strong infrastructure and program measurement to other non-profits. Prior to Mission Edge, David started Bern Medical, a medical imaging data analytics company. He also worked with Remec Broadband, a telecom product manufacturer that during his 5 year tenure annualized revenue grew from $20M to over $160M. David has also acquired, operated, and exited an Internet Service Provider and a commercial/residential cleaning business in addition to several other tech startup project profiled in New York Times, Tech Crunch, and listed in The TIME 100 Most Influential Things in the World 2011.

Coaches and Mentors

Jeremiah Gardner
Author of The Lean Brand

Jeremiah Gardner is an author, speaker, lean brand practitioner, and bulldog lover. He helps startups, entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 organizations reframe the way they think about brand innovation, culture, and leadership. He is the author of The Lean Brand, the first book to apply lean principles to branding, is a sought after speaker, and has been featured in several media outlets including Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Lifehacker, The Guardian, Branding Magazine, and SayDaily.

Mark Lovett
Organizer at TEDxSanDiego

Over twenty-five years experience in executive positions relating to operations, information systems and corporate management within the high-tech electronics industry, from start up to over $100 million in revenue. Currently organizing TEDxSanDiego.

Andrew Motiwalla
Chairman of Terra Education, Inc.

Andrew Motiwalla is the Chairman and Founder of Terra Education and also serves as the Managing Director of Discover Corps, a leading educational travel program.

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.

Andrea Yoder Clark
CEO at LiveGoode

Dr. Yoder Clark has been honored throughout her career with accolades for her scholarly work on the topics of social justice, educational change and service-learning. Dr. Yoder Clark has worked with companies like UCSD, Biocom, Billabong, Social Venture Partners, The Monarch School, San Diego Workforce Partnership, The Honor Foundation and more. In 2007 and 2008 Dr. Yoder Clark was named a National Emerging Leader and Emerging Scholar in the Service-Learning Field by the Corporation for National and Community Service for her non-profit work.   In 2009, Dr. Yoder Clark finished her PhD studies and started her company YourBecause.Is to help others build and study high quality social good programs. In mid-2014, YourBecause.Is launched a mobile app LiveGoode to provide social good organizations an inexpensive, easy-to-use, mobile data collection tool. In September 2014, LiveGoode became its own corporation and merged with Full House Analytics. 

Amber Brandner
Producer & Creative Consultant

Amber Brandner builds community through creative collaborations, entrepreneurship and discussions for the new economy.

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  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.

Lauren Avenius

Lauren Avenius (BS in Sociology, Bard College) is a lead Operations and Strategy consultant for AERES, where she is focused on go-to-market and execution. An expert on creating opportunities, eliminating inefficiencies and delivering high impact results, she believes that success is determined in the details. Before AERES, Ms. Avenius led strategy and operations for Sony Electronics, where she launched the Top 50 key products into market, including new product platforms such as 4k and Hi Res Audio, and was awarded the COO Award for Excellence five times. She also was the founder of SPIN, the Sony Professional Intrapreneur Network. With her expertise in consumer products and mobility, she brings a keen eye for strong consumer engagement. Ms. Avenius is a member of Global Shapers, a World Economic Forum Initiative, helping to bring forward technologies that help humanity. She also engages with members in South America and Europe, leading innovation workshops for business and government through Innovators Collective, a collaborative venture with Connected Dreamers.

Paul Hong
Director of User Experience at AttackIQ, Inc.

Paul leads user and customer experience at AttackIQ, Inc., a San Diego cybersecurity startup where he defines overall user and customer experience strategy, devises and drives user research and design validation, and leads design to build compelling and effective product. Paul is also president of SDXD (San Diego Experience Design), a local association of over 900 professionals and students working in UX and related disciplines. He is looking forward to helping teams rapidly identify users, understand their goals, map their journey, and prototype and test ideas.

Ruggero Scorcioni
CEO & Founder at brainYno Inc.

Neuroscientist, software engineer & startup CEO. 3 US patents, local and national hackathon champion.

Expertise: prototyping, customer development, electronic & software design.

Dustin Bradley
Co-Founder Startbox

Serial entrepreneur, business development, software/network developer & startup CEO.

Specialties: Graphic design, web design, business development, branding and identity, business startups, website buying and selling, computer networks, UNIX, Windows, system troubleshooting, business sales, business brokering.

Raphael Menko
Co-Founder & CEO Whooo's Reading

Raphael is the co-founder at Whooo's Reading, an ed-tech company that provides K-12 students with an independent reading program. Raphael started Whooo’s Reading after graduating from college and is excited about empowering students to thrive in a world focused on giving them personalized skills and guidance. In just 18 months Whooo’s Reading is now 35,000 classrooms. Whooo’s Reading aims to help students thrive in a dynamic world where their uniqueness and versatility need to be their comparative advantages. Through his work at Whooo’s Reading, he gained a deeper understanding of what teachers are looking for, how to sell within the education space, and where the unaddressed needs in education exist. 

Hansol Hong
CEO at Robolink

Hansol Hong, CEO of Robolink, ran two successful Kickstarter Campaigns (CoDrone, Rokit Smart). Robolink is leading robotics education company which was established in 2012 to develop and provide robot and drone kits and instruction to students. Hansol will share his experience about crowdfunding (launching two successful Kickstarter campaigns) and promoting at CES. 

Kevin Solorio
Instructor/Curriculum Lead at Dev Bootcamp

Mike Durham
Founder and CEO Peachjar

Allan Schougaard
Director, SD Learn Academy

A computer geek to the core - Allan started on a ZX81/TimexSinclair 1000 clone (how many of us can say that)! He has a masters in Computer Science and Education, and an MBA, making him uniquely qualified to teach at SD Learn Academy! Before joining Learn Academy he worked at various tech companies, from start-ups to the Fortune 500.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Education - 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.




Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend San Diego is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Alex
  • Trevor
  • Jayrell
  • Khirsten
  • Jen
  • James
  • Mia
  • Michael
  • Kevin
  • Tyler
  • Mack


Roger Osorio
Entrepreneurship Program Leader @ IBM

Entrepreneurship program leader at IBM by day, math coach by night, and Startup Weekend global facilitator by weekend.  I deliver a powerful cocktail made up of education, psychology, neuroscience, leadership, and entrepreneurship.  I facilitate events to maximize the experience and learning for all participants.

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