Startup Weekend EDU Seattle

    Friday, October 4 - 6, 2019

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Startup Weekend EDU Seattle

Friday, October 4 - 6, 2019

Friday, October 4 - 6, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Central Library - Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104

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Solve BIG problems in EDU in 54 hours

*** UPDATE: Hello SW EDU Seattle community. With much regret, the October 4-6 event has been canceled. Please check back for updates on a reschedule to early next year. Thank you from the Startup Weekend EDU Seattle Organizing Team.

Do you have a passion for kids, learning, and teaching?

Are you interested in a fun, focused, and rewarding weekend experience of starting or joining an EdTech business?

Startup Weekend EDU (SWEDU) Seattle is a world-class learning opportunity for individuals such as yourself. Connect with EdTech startup professionals and others of diverse skill-sets and experience levels. Learn and collaborate in agile teams to tackle hard problems. Build solutions, whether its launching tools, apps, schools, or learning spaces, you have an opportunity to solve challenging problems in education and reimagine the future of learning. Practice pitching to mentors and judges, get feedback, and recognized for your achievement.

Everyone is welcome, and no previous entrepreneurial experience is required! Educators, administrators, students, parents, coaches, counselors, designers, software developers, engineers, sales, marketing, and finance professionals.

We are waiving the attendance fee for this special edition of Startup Weekend. With this opportunity, you will want to commit to participating fully from Friday evening to Sunday evening, setting aside other obligations.

This event is made possible through the efforts of many dedicated volunteers and financial support of sponsors. We're here to connect you with diverse teams and teach startup tools and techniques to tackle big problems in education and the learning field.

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

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 can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. 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.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend-long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday October 4th

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. Introduce coaches and community leaders.

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

8:30 pm
Vote & Form Teams
Attendees vote for the top pitches. Teams start forming and discussing ideas.

9:30 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 October 5th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

10:00 am
Educator and Student Panels
Get feedback from current educator and student focus groups.

12:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

12:30 pm

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

6:30 pm

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

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday October 6th

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

6:30 pm
After Party
Restaurant TBD

8:00 pm

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend EDU Seattle 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 Seattle is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Jay
  • Dylan
  • Yu
  • Yashar
  • Jenefeness
  • Jenny
  • Edwin
  • Cathy
  • Melanie


Julie Williams
Strategic Communications Consultant at Versatile Creative

Julie Williams, MS, APR, is an energetic, award-winning strategic communications consultant with passionate roots in education and journalism, founder of Versatile Creative Consulting and active community organizer. Julie is currently a co-lead organizer of Portland Startup Weekend Education, director-at-large, service for PRSA Portland Chapter, Board Director for Harper’s Playground and an interfaith women’s group leader. Julie’s expertise is providing communications counsel and training to maturing, mission-driven businesses and organizations, such as Nike, Concordia University and Multnomah Education School District.

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