Twin Cities Startup Weekend Education (#TCSWEDU)

    Friday, February 26 - 28, 2016

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Twin Cities Startup Weekend Education (#TCSWEDU)

Friday, February 26 - 28, 2016

Friday, February 26 - 28, 2016
Event starts at 5:30 pm

251 N 1st Ave
Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN 55401

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Twin Cities Startup Weekend Education (TCSWEDU) brings together people of all skillsets and experience to collaboratively launch startups that seek to solve the education industry’s most pressing problems. It’s EduHacking!

Everyone is welcome (educators, marketers, strategists, creatives, entrepreneurs, designers, developers, makers, hustlers and beyond!) and no previous entrepreneurial experience is required!

Just bring an open mindset, get-it-done attitude, and the desire to make a positive impact on the world.

Friday Night:
Anyone with any idea or problem broadly related to education has 60 seconds to pitch it to the whole group. After pitches, participants vote and form teams around the ideas they want to work on. After that, it’s all about action!

Saturday and Sunday are work days where teams will:
  • Validate their ideas by interviewing customers
  • Receive expert mentorship
  • Develop a business strategy
  • Build a prototype 
Sunday Night:
SWEDU culminates with Shark Tank-style 5 minute final presentations & prototype demos.

This year, TC SWEDU participants could win SXSWEdu tickets via the NBCUniversal Open Possibilities Challenge!

For this OPTIONAL challenge, all teams that address the challenge statement below will be considered for a special prize: 3 tickets to the SXSWEdu in Austin, TX.

“How might we prepare students for the 21st century workforce and/or to lead 21st century communities?”

Click here for eligibility rules and judging criteria.

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 EssentialsLaunch and Community Catalyst programs.

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Friday February 26th

5:30 pm
Venue Opens, Registration, & Dinner
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Programming Begins
Review agenda, introduce speakers, 60-second pitches, and team Formation

7:30 pm
Worktime Begins
Enough talk! Time to start getting stuff done!

11:00 pm
Venue Closes
Feel free to continue working at home or other locations!

Saturday February 27th

8:00 am
Venue Opens & Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Mentors Begin Arriving
This is your opportunity to receive feedback and connect with local startup and education experts! A list and schedule of mentor availability will be posted at the event.

12:00 pm

6:00 pm

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

11:00 pm
Venue Closes!
Feel free to continue working at home or other locations!

Sunday February 28th

8:00 am
Venue Opens & Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:15 am
Mentors Begin Arriving
This is your opportunity to receive feedback and connect with local startup and education experts! A list and schedule of mentor availability will be posted at the event.

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Presentation Rehearsals Begin (Dry Run)
Your opportunity to practice your presentation in front of mentors who have been there, done that. Receive feedback and make final tweeks!

2:00 pm
Tech Check Begins
This is NOT a dry run! Tech check allows each team to familiarize themselves with the presentation space and setup. Bring your computer, run your slide deck, try your demo, etc. Everything does not need to be 100% done now, but you should at least know what your setup for final presentations will be.

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations Begin
Get your game face on!

8:30 pm
Winners Announced & Wrap Up
Celebrate your accomplishments with your friends and family!

Event Judges

Charlie Miller
Co-Founder, Chief Design, Vidku

Dave Hawn

AJ Meyer
Co-Founder, GoKart Labs

Jeff Ronneberg,Ed.D.
Superintendent, Spring Lake Park Schools

Terri Barreiro
Social Entrepreneur; Bd. Chair--Minnesota Social Impact Center

Social entrepreneurship consultant, lecturer & author.  Board Chair, Minnesota Social Impact Center; Owner & Principal Terri Barreiro Consulting; Adjunct Faculty--Humphrey Institute, U of MN

Coaches and Mentors

Marty Wetherall
Director of Innovation at Fallon Worldwide; Founding Partner of FanChatter (Y-Combinator Alumnus)

Interactive and Integrated marketing; digital strategy; Entrepreneur

Dug Nichols
CEO of Kidizen

Dug is the CEO of Kidizen, a mobile marketplace to buy and sell pre-loved kidstuff.

Jenna Pederson
Software Developer, Founder of 612 Software Foundry & Co-founder of Hack the Gap

Jenna is a Software Developer focused on helping small businesses and startups with tech strategy and implementation.

Richard Anderson
iOS Developer & Founder of Tassel

Richard is an iOS Developer and the Founder of Tassel, the reimagined student planner.

Kate Ryan Reiling
Entrepreneur in Residence at Macalester; Founder of Morphology Games

Kate is Entrepreneur in Residence at Macalester College,  the founder of Morphology Games and most recently the former Director of Product at Inbox Dollars.

Karin Hogen
Co-Founder, Insert Learning (formerly DocentEDU)

M.A., M.S.Ed. Cofounder @DocentEDU and @BarCampEDU.

Eric Nelson
Founder, Fantasy GeoPolitics

Founder FANSchool's #fantasygeopolitics, former Teacher @NLAschool, alum @4pt0schools, @EdEntrepreneurs, @top20training, @UMN_CEHD, @UWMadison

Kristen Murray
Program Developer at CURA

Kristen Womack
Product + Technology Consultant, & Co-founder of Hack the Gap

Kristen Womack is an independent consultant and is the Co-Founder of Hack the Gap MN, Board Member of Mpls MadWomen and Co-Organizer of Product Tank Twin Cities.

Casey Helbling
Founder - Software For Good

Casey is a social venture entrepreneur and community catalyst. He's the founder of Software for Good, and on the nonprofit boards of Minnestar, MNvest and Metro IBA

Laura Andersen
Vice President, Strategy--Bluespire Marketing

I help businesses and organization realize their opportunities by facilitating the inclusion of Service Design principles and practices into their development processes. Encouraging a broad range of stakeholders to creatively consider, prototype, test and reconsider their and others' roles in a service delivery ecosystem results in ideas and solutions that could not be discovered without their participation.

Matt Hardy
Co-founder Kidblog

Edtech Entrepreneur; Co-Founder of Kidblog, world's largest education blogging platform; former grade school teacher.

Julia Winter
Founder, Alchemie Games

Julia, an organic chemistry teacher at Detroit County Day School, is the founder of Alchemie Games--which develops mobile games to make learning organic chemistry fun.

Dean Kephart
Minnesota Executive Director, Distinctive Schools

Ben Pederson
CTO, Insert Learning

CTO of DocentEDU, a SWEDU alumnus company. 

Matt Nupen
Founder, CEO InsertLearning (formerly DocentEDU)

Co-founder InsertLearning, STEM Specialist at STEP Academy

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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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