Startup Weekend EDU Seattle

    Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend EDU Seattle

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Seattle Public Library
1000 4th AVE
Seattle, WA 98104

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Startup Weekend Education (SWEDU) brings together people of all skill-sets and experience levels to collaboratively launch tools, schools and learning spaces that re-imagine the future of school and education more broadly. 

Everyone is welcome and no previous entrepreneurial experience is required!

Unlike other Startup Weekend events, Startup Weekend EDU Seattle is FREE to attend for all participants. However, we are crowdfunding the funds we need to make this event a success! If you're able to contribute, please pitch in, and share the link with your friends, family, and advocates.

Click here for the crowdfunding campaign.

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Friday November 17th

6:30 pm
Registration & Dinner
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Take a moment to hear from our speaker and learn more about what will happen over the weekend.

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your 60-second pitch

8:30 pm
Voting & Team Formation
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 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 up to 11:00pm.

Saturday November 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Reconvene with your team, set up your workspace, and get to work!

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:00 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

11:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 19th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

10:00 am
Pitch Practice
Work with coaches to start honing your final pitches!

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

3:00 pm
Final Presentations

5:00 pm
Judging & Awards

6:00 pm

6:00 pm
After Party
Celebrate an amazing weekend with new friends. Location TBD.


Domonique Meeks
Creative Director at Ambassador Stories

Domonique Meeks is a data analyst, content strategist, storyteller and documentary filmmaker. His work focuses on improving the ways we use and visualize data to impact community. Domonique’s current projects include the Soul of Seattle mini-series (Season Two), IDLE Seattle (winner of Startup Weekend EDU Seattle 2016), and an untitled podcast. Domonique holds a Masters in Information Management from the University of Washington School of Information and was a founding organizer of the historic launch of Hack The Central District.

Event Judges

Chelsea Byers
VP of Instruction at Galvanize

Chelsea has built her professional career with experience spanning urban public K-12, secular international schools, and adult career education.    

In her current role at Galvanize, she oversees educational quality and advocates for and supports teachers at centers that prepare adults for careers in the tech industry. Prior to this, her experience in the tech industry includes roles as an education-based Product Manager and as a Director of Instructor Development for education startups. 

Chelsea is also running for the Seattle School board this November 7. 

Kishari Sing
Co-founder, CMO/COO EdCourage, Inc.

Kishari served as a judge for last year’s Startup Weekend EDU, and is thrilled to return to support entrepreneurs who are ready to tackle critical issues in education. She is a strategic marketing and advertising professional with 20 years working with consumer and B2B brands such as Mattel, Cadillac and Nestlé. Her seven years working with K-12 edtech companies has given her hands-on experience in critical components of today’s education ecosystem: learning management systems (LMS), curriculum, virtual schools, language acquisition, project-based learning and standards mastery. Her current startup company, EdCourage, Inc., offers Contemporary K-12 Curriculum Design. Co-founded a year ago with David Hunter, a dynamic former teacher from Bellevue Big Picture Schools and creator of the innovative Zombie-Based Learning geography curriculum, EdCourage is currently a semi-finalist for the SVP Fast Pitch competition here in Seattle and currently in discussions for funding with top edtech VCs in Silicon Valley. Kishari earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of California, San Diego, and is Pragmatic Marketing certified. She lives in Bellevue, and is always on the lookout for fun ethnic restaurant recommendations.

Mark DeLoura
Games & Education Consultant

John Krull
Chief Information Officer @ Seattle Public Schools

Coaches and Mentors

Charles Chang
Founder of and

Charles is an Amazon veteran working on education ventures to bring families together through shared experiences making everyday things.

Ana Redmond
CTO at Infinut

Ana is the Founder and CTO of infinut, an ed-tech company that is on a mission to change what it means to learn math with interactive, fun, engaging games that teach concepts, not rote learning. She architects the data solution, builds the infrastructure for game screens, and provides creative direction. As an entrepreneur, she also handles business development, marketing and fundraising. She previously taught Android and server-side Java programming at University of Washington PCE, and worked as a Software Developer for 15 years. She is the mother of two young daughters and is very interested in seeing more girls and women succeed in STEM.

Jeff Matsushita
Executive Producer at Uber Entertainment, President of the Tesla STEM High School PTSA

Shashank Gupta
Engineering Manager at Facebook

Shashank is an entrepreneur and a technologist. He holds an MS in Computer Engineering from University of Texas at Austin and has over 15 years of experience in leading teams and building products. In his last role as a co-founder of ThoughtSpot, a startup in the Business Analytics space, he built and led the engineering organization and grew the company to over 100 people. Before this, he held engineering leadership roles at Amazon, Yahoo and Cisco. Shashank is also very passionate about the field of Education and has a Masters in Teaching from University of Washington, Seattle. 

Lindsey Own
PS-8 MakerSpace Coordinator, STEM Educator

Sharon McCarthy
Chief Marketing Officer/Fractional CMO

Eric Caldwell
Instructional Technology Manager @ Seattle Public Schools

Harvey Wright
Instructional Technology Specialist

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Seattle is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Melanie
  • Kartik
  • Thibaut
  • Jay
  • Lee
  • Helene
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  • Alison
  • Sanath
  • Kenny

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