Startup Weekend EDU St. Louis

    Friday, March 6 - 8, 2015

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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.
St. Louis, MO 63110

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Be part of the change.

What is your idea for improving education in the St. Louis region? 

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.

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Friday March 6th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

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

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 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 as late as the venue will allow

Saturday March 7th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

11:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for 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 March 8th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

11:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

12:00 pm

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm
Dinner @ Atomic Cowboy
4140 Manchester Ave.

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards
Held at Atomic Cowboy 4140 Manchester Ave.

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Kate Casas
Director of Government Relations, The Gate Way Group

Charmaine Smith
Executive Director, Innovative Technology Education Fund

“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.

Jill McGuire
Executive Director, Regional Arts Commission

McGuire founded and has led the Regional Arts Commission (RAC), the St. Louis region's largest arts agency, for the last 29 years.  She has been recognized for her leadership, arts advocacy and creative approaches to grant making, having distributed more than 6500 grants, totaling over $87 million.    McGuire’s leadership in the arts extends beyond the St. Louis region and the state of Missouri.  McGuire has been a long-time advocate for greater public support for the arts.  She currently serves on the Missouri Citizens for the Arts board, an advocacy organization for the state arts council.  McGuire has also served as board member and past vice president of Americans for the Arts; president of the United States Urban Arts Federation, an alliance of executive directors of the local arts agencies in the nation's fifty largest cities; and committee member for the National Association of Counties, Arts and Culture Committee.  By invitation, she has attended the Executive Leadership Institutes at the Aspen Institute and Sundance Lodge.

Robbyn Wahby
Deputy Chief of Staff City of St. Louis

Maida Coleman
Director, Missouri Office of Community Engagement

Former State Senator Maida Coleman serves as the director of the Office of Community Engagement. Coleman most recently served as the executive director of the Missouri Workforce Investment Board at the Department of Economic Development and was previously in a leadership role at the Missouri Department of Labor. From 2001 to 2009, Coleman served as a state representative and state senator from St. Louis and became the first African American woman in state history to serve as Senate Minority Leader. She was also awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from Harris-Stowe State University in 2008.

Paul Brockmeyer
Founder, City Parents League of Saint Louis/

Coaches and Mentors

Dr. Robyn Wiens
Founding Principal, Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls

Dustin Odham
Client Partner - Education Division at Franklin Covey

Antionette Carroll
Executive Director & Founder, Creative Reaction Lab

Antionette D. Carroll is the Executive Director & Founder of Creative Reaction Lab, an intensive social impact design collaborative. The mission of the Creative Reaction Lab is to challenge and inspire multi-disciplinary designers to develop solutions and approaches in response to community- and society-wide human rights and social justice issues.

Additionally, Antionette is a freelance social impact design strategist/consultant through her design studio CHAx365 Design. She exclusively works with non-profit organizations, arts and cultural institutions, social enterprises, corporate social responsibility initiatives, and diversity and inclusion departments to CHALLENGE standards, make CHANGE, and CHAMPION solutions resulting in foundational and community impact.

Aimee Dunn

Aimee believes in the power of good storytelling.Whether you're making a career change, pitching a startup venture or chatting to a neighbor at the grocery store, the story you tell is how you'll be remembered. Aimee has over a decade of experience leading corporate marketing, communication and operations initiatives on the West coast.  When life brought her to the Midwest, she discovered a love for community engagement, economic development, entrepreneurs and the scrappy city of St Louis.  Now she helps individuals and ventures prioritize their needs and tell their stories so that others can help them connect to the resources they need to grow.

Gregory Davenport
Associate Exec Director of YMCA

Matthew Murrie
Chief Curiosity Curator for What If...? 360

Matt Murrie works to live in a world where people prefer finding solutions to complaining about problems, where people seek answers through questions, and curiosity is treated like the natural resource it is. 
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.

Ed Reggi

Ed Reggi is a lifelong storyteller who has the stories to prove it.  Growing up in the Big Apple, Ed honed his acting by sneaking into the NBC studios located across the street from his Brooklyn home. He later moved to St. Louis, finished his BFA at Fontbonne University and moved to Chicago where he studied at The Second City.  He was fascinated with the pedagogy behind Viola Spolin's Improvisational Theater Games and eventually studied directly with Paul Sills, founder of The Second City and Spolin's son.  Reggi spent years teaching Spolin's Theater Games around the United States.  Today, you can watch him teach Viola's Theater Games on Oprah’s nationally syndicated reality show WELCOME TO SWEETIE PIE’S.  He's an adjunct instructor at Saint Louis University, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Washington University and COCA in University City.  Young Audiences of Saint Louis named him Artist of Year and St. Louis Magazine hailed Ed Reggi as the "Improv King."  When not performing on stage, he has managed to start a few St. Louis cultural events including: 48-Hour Film Project, the St. Louis Improv and Fringe Festivals. In 2013, Reggi co-created STAY TUNED an Emmy™ nominated weekly TV program for the St. Louis PBS affiliate.  

Alex Madinger
Co-Founder, Health I.Q.

Alex believes that creating something great is not enough if it cannot get to the people who need it. This is especially true for inventors and product developers who can easily, and understandably, fall in love with the idea of the product itself.  No one will beat a path to your door. A mechanical engineer, ​Alex takes a systematic approach to entrepreneurship, treating it as an experiment to find a repeatable business model in areas of extreme uncertainty. Having taken the dive into entrepreneurship ​two years ago, Alex currently serves as co-founder for Health I.Q., a healthcare hardware and software startup. Alex is happy to help with identifying a startup's core hypotheses, getting feedback from potential customers, what an MVP is (more importantly what it is not), prototyping, and presenting. 

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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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend St. Louis is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Katie Boody
CEO, The Lean Lab

Katie Boody has worked in public education in KCMO for the last six years. She
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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