Startup Weekend EDU St. Louis
Friday, March 6 - 8, 2015
Friday, March 6 - 8, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm
CIC @ 4240
4240 Duncan Ave. 2nd Fl.
Be part of the change.
Startup Weekend Education welcomes all potential solutions and gives those invested in education an opportunity to go beyond talking to DOING. The format of SWEDU brings together a diverse population of educators, designers, developers, innovators and more to put ideas into action. By expanding who participates in education conversations we can take steps toward change.
Here's your opportunity to transform your education ideas into action in 54 hours. Find the right people with complementary skills, passion and dedication to build something of value together. Test your idea with real users, receive coaching from experienced educators, entrepreneurs and industry professionals.
We are looking for: Teachers, Educators, Parents, Students, Designers, Developers, Philanthropists, Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Thinkers. Be part of the change.
Friday March 6th
Saturday March 7th
Sunday March 8th
Director of Government Relations, The Gate Way Group
“Give kids the tools, and get out of their way.”Charmaine Smith moved to Saint Louis in 1987 from Wichita, Kansas to open a satellite office for the International Association of Machinists Center for Administering Rehabilitation and Employment Services (IAM CARES), a National social service agency. In 2003, she left IAM CARES to start Discovering Options, a local non-profit dedicated to delivering high quality after school programs to at-risk children. Charmaine believes, “We have an obligation to all children to provide them the access to the tools they will need to use in order to bring innovation to the way we work, play, learn and are transported in the future.”Charmaine has served on the board of the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund since 2010. She joined Innovative Technology Education Fund on July 7, 2014 and is looking forward to advancing innovation in technology by funding school-based projects in the Greater Saint Louis Metropolitan area.
Director, Missouri Office of Community Engagement
Coaches and Mentors
Client Partner - Education Division at Franklin Covey
Most recently, he has traded in the security of being a full-time college professor for the responsibility of being a full-time social entrepreneur. He doesn't consider his business, What If...? 360 to be a startup business rather, a startup movement.
The What If…? 360 global community pulls on the strength and power of community to co-create a better way of doing things. The goal is to transform the two words, "what if" from a question into an action.
Endlessly curious in and fascinated by the spectacular diversity of people and places that make up this planet, his greatest fear isn't failure, it's becoming stagnant. He refuses to accept the current models of education and entrepreneurship and works to engage and connect people who share a similar commitment to collaborate in evolving both--by melding them together.
What If...? may be his passion, but it's not his property: it's a catalyst for conversation, collaboration, and action. Ask, share, do, repeat.
He's taught for over a decade across five countries and three continents. He's a returned Peace Corps volunteer who has written seven books that have gone on to sell over 250,000 copies. He blogs regularly about "what if...?" issues on the Huffington Post, Medium, and LInkedIN. His TEDx talk, "What If Your Socks Didn't Match" has over 85,000 views on YouTube.
Matt spent the past five years teaching English Literature, Writing, and Entrepreneurship at Westminster College. Today, he's a social entrepreneur and "edupreneur" working full-time as the Executive Director and Chief Curiosity Curator for What If...? 360.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend EDU St. Louis team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Techstars Startup Weekend St. Louis is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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taught middle school at C.A. Franklin and Alta Vista Charter School, and was an instructional coach at Alta Vista. She is working on completing her Education Specialist degree in Education Leadership. Katie is interested in making education better for all kids in Kansas City, while also leveraging Kansas City's three best assets--creativity, entrepreneurship, and the hospitality of BBQ.
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