Startup Weekend EDU Washington

    Friday, July 25 - 27, 2014


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Startup Weekend EDU Washington

Friday, July 25 - 27, 2014



Friday, July 25 - 27, 2014
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Union Market
1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

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Have you ever had an idea for improving education?

Here’s your opportunity to transform your education ideas into action in 54 hours. Find the right people with complementary skills & the passion to build an education product in one weekend. Design for learning, conduct user tests, receive coaching from experienced education designers & industry professionals and win prizes that will help take your idea to the next level!

Friday night: 60-second pitches that result in the formation of small teams around the best, most viable education concepts. Educators validate ideas, then all attendees vote. We hope you’ll pitch, but definitely not required! 

Saturday and Sunday: Work days! Teams focus on user research, customer development, validating their ideas and building prototypes with the help of experienced coaches from the education and entrepreneurial world. You’re welcome to stay and work as long as the venue will allow!

Sunday evening: Teams demo their education products and receive valuable  feedback from a panel of expert judges. Winning teams take home a grab bag of great tools to help launch their company!

Here’s some examples of startups that have come out of Startup Weekend EDU:
  • Qeyno is a career exploration game that helps inform students about possible STEM career options & offers guidance on how to achieve them
  • Kidfit Academy- A nonprofit running interactive physical & health education  curriculum that empowers students to take control of their health & wellness with fun technology

Here’s some of the things you get from attending 
  • Delicious & healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner for the whole weekend
  • A free .co domain name
  • $2,000 of credit on Google App Engine
  • $100 of AWS credit for hosting
  • Awesome coaching by education startup industry leaders
  • A network of 100+ new educator, developer, designer & entrepreneur friends that are also excited about improving education
All of the pitches on Friday and companies demoed on Sunday will be educator approved and designed to solve problems in the education space, broadly defined (not restricted to K-12 or other “formal” education).

We hope you join us!

For more information about Startup Weekend Education events, check out the Startup Education website.





EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday July 25th


6:30 pm
Registration
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
Voting
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 July 26th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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!


6:30 pm
Dinner


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


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

Sunday July 27th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


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


4:00 pm
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Fahad Hassan
CEO - Always Prepped

Fahad Hassan is the Founder and CEO of Always Prepped. Fahad is an education entrepreneur focused on building technology companies to improve educational outcomes. Mr. Hassan's first venture backed company, Daylert, which he founded in 2006 was an online provider of social calendaring and text messaging services to college students. Daylert was acquired in 2008 by Intelliworks. At Intelliworks Mr. Hassan served as the V.P. of Business Development helping the Higher Education focused CRM provider form strategic partnerships in an emerging cloud computing market. Intelliworks has raised $28 million in venture funding and is currently a leading provider of CRM services within the Higher Education community. Mr. Hassan also volunteers with several non-profit organizations in the Washington D.C. area such as NFTE (National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship) where he tutors middle and high school students in math, reading, and science. He also helps mentor young entrepreneurs, judges regional business plan competitions, and speaks regularly at schools across the country about entrepreneurship and leadership. Some of these institutions include include Virginia Tech, Johns Hopkins University, Harvard, Georgetown, University of Pennsylvania, and Fordham University among others. He also regularly speaks at conferences in education, technology, and entrepreneurship on the following topics: business ethics, education, web technologies, and leadership development.


Richard Culatta
Director, Office of Educational Technology

Richard Culatta is a leader in the field of educational innovation. He has experience in K-12, higher education, and workplace learning environments. As the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education his work focuses on leveraging technology to create personalized learning experiences for all students and promoting increased connectivity to improve access to education and make college more affordable. Prior to joining the Department of Education, he served as an education policy advisor to U.S. Senator Patty Murray.

Event Judges


Katya Andresen
CEO at Cricket Media/ePals

Katya is the CEO of the education media company Cricket Media (formerly known as ePals). Cricket Media provides award-winning digital content on a safe and secure global network to connect kids around the world. Katya's background is in organizational strategy and management, marketing and communications, digital and traditional media, technology/SaaS product development, and the philanthropic sector in the United States, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining Cricket Media, Katya was COO and CSO of Network for Good, a technology platform and SaaS enterprise for digital giving and social actions that was founded by AOL, Yahoo!, and Cisco. From 2009-2013, she was also an adjunct professor of strategic communications at the American University Key Executive Leadership Program. Prior to that, Katya was Senior Vice President of Sutton Group, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm. I worked with the Institute for Sustainable Communities in Ukraine and at CARE International in Atlanta, GA. Katya got my career start as a foreign correspondent for Reuters News and Television in Asia as well as for Associated Press and major U.S. newspapers in Africa. Katya wrote the book Robin Hood Marketing: Stealing Corporate Savvy for Just Causes and am a contributor to several books on social causes, marketing, and social media.


Shahed Amanullah
CEO & Co-Founder at LaunchPosse

A serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Shahed Amanullah currently serves as CEO & co-founder of LaunchPosse, a Washington DC-based startup that helps people turn entrepreneurial ideas into reality by leveraging their social networks. Prior to starting LaunchPosse, Shahed served as Senior Advisor for Technology at the US Department of State, where he worked in the bureaus of Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, and was responsible for building the Generation Change and Viral Peace projects. Shahed worked closely with the White House and other agencies on social entrepreneurship, social media policy, combating online extremism, and fostering innovation. Shahed is also the founder of Halalfire, a producer of online content and market research for global Muslim communities. In 1998, he created zabihah.com, the world's largest Halal restaurant guide, with 10 million annual users and 500,000 app downloads. He also created altmuslim.com, an award-winning online magazine with 2.5 million annual unique users, and served as its editor-in-chief for 10 years before its 2011 acquisition by Patheos. Earlier, Shahed served as co-founder and CEO of Relatia, a venture-backed mobile software company that was acquired in 2001. Shahed has been featured in pieces about technology, foreign policy, and media trends in places such as Wired and CNN, has spoken at the Council on Foreign Relations and Center for American Progress, and has published essays in venues such as the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune. He has also served on the boards of several non-profits focused on building stable Muslim-American identities. Shahed has a BS from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Georgetown.


Leslie Jump
CEO, Startup Angels

Leslie Jump has 25 years experience building, advising, and investing in new companies in the US as well as internationally. Her current focus is Startup Angels, a platform to inspire and enable new angel investors across the US and around the world. Previously Leslie was a partner in Sawari Ventures, a Cairo-based venture capital firm investing. She continues to serve as an advisor to Flat6Labs, Sawari Ventures' accelerator for seed-stage investments, as well as on the boards of several startups and nonprofits.


Fahad Hassan
CEO - Always Prepped

Fahad Hassan is the Founder and CEO of Always Prepped. Fahad is an education entrepreneur focused on building technology companies to improve educational outcomes. Mr. Hassan's first venture backed company, Daylert, which he founded in 2006 was an online provider of social calendaring and text messaging services to college students. Daylert was acquired in 2008 by Intelliworks. At Intelliworks Mr. Hassan served as the V.P. of Business Development helping the Higher Education focused CRM provider form strategic partnerships in an emerging cloud computing market. Intelliworks has raised $28 million in venture funding and is currently a leading provider of CRM services within the Higher Education community. Mr. Hassan also volunteers with several non-profit organizations in the Washington D.C. area such as NFTE (National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship) where he tutors middle and high school students in math, reading, and science. He also helps mentor young entrepreneurs, judges regional business plan competitions, and speaks regularly at schools across the country about entrepreneurship and leadership. Some of these institutions include include Virginia Tech, Johns Hopkins University, Harvard, Georgetown, University of Pennsylvania, and Fordham University among others. He also regularly speaks at conferences in education, technology, and entrepreneurship on the following topics: business ethics, education, web technologies, and leadership development.


Coaches and Mentors


Hasan Abdullah
Policy Advisor, US Small Business Administration

Policy Advisor, US Small Business Administration Hasan Abdullah's first foray into entrepreneurship was in his hometown of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he started an early-stage venture, WeCycles, to provide bike-sharing to the University and town residents. Facing the tough odds of maintaining his business during the recession, Hasan decided to focus his efforts on improving policy to increase economic opportunities for all small businesses. After completing his Masters in Public Policy at Duke University in 2012, Hasan has been working on pushing forward economic policies, particularly in the field of entrepreneurship, small business, and investment. Hasan's primary goal is getting young people experience in entrepreneurship to help improve not only their professional skills, but also their life skills.


Adam Shapiro
Vice President of Program Operations - ExecOnline

Adam Shapiro has been engaged in education management and education technology for over 20 years. He led North American operations and business development for the largest private education provider in the world, led operations at edtech startups for two of the industry’s most successful entrepreneurs, consulted with numerous founders, accelerators, and investors, and taught and managed services at schools in the U.S. and abroad, where he worked closely with many hundreds of students, parents, teachers, school leaders, and education business owners. Adam currently heads operations for ExecOnline, Inc., the first company to take the online university partnership model to the B2B space and winner of the 2014 Return on Education VenturED Award at the ASU+GSV Education Innovation Summit. Adam also led operations and professional services for Noodle Education, Inc., founded by John Katzman, Founder and former CEO for the pioneering education and technology companies The Princeton Review and 2U. Adam’s 14-year career with Kumon North America, Inc., the largest supplemental education company in the world spanned several key leadership and executive functions.


Milan Vukas
Entrepreneur, Advisor

Milan is a startup mentor and business consultant for early stage startups and a policy advisor, particularly focusing with his work on the promotion of entrepreneurship. Prior to that, Milan was co-founder and CEO of UP-Production, a media production company located in Cologne (Germany), where he was responsible for planning strategic business objectives and implementing new systems within the company. Specialties: - Sales strategy - Early stage customers - Business model generation and modelling


Laura O'Brien
Vice President

Laura O’Brien is Vice President of Worldgate, llc, a technology consulting firm that specializes in services to support the business side of Information Technology with specific focus and successful past performance in direct as well as subcontracting K-12 and Government initiatives. Laura has over 20 years experience as a forward-thinking idea generator with deep financial acuity and a unique background in finance, marketing, sales, service and operations. Laura is skilled at strategic thinking within the enterprise to achieve targeted operational and fiscal goals and is able to maneuver within changing business priorities. She has worked in Executive Leadership roles in a variety of industries including Education, Technology, Energy, and Telecommunications and has been a trusted advisor to many C-level executives in strategic planning and operations.


Luke Spikes
President & Chief Data Alchemist at Zantica

A data industry veteran and serial entrepreneur, Luke has been building data-based decision support businesses from the ground up on both sides of the Atlantic for the better part of 25 years. As the founder and current CEO of both Spikes Cavell & Zantica, Luke is responsible for design and oversight of business strategy, the development of international markets, and the identification and creation of key strategic alliances. He retains an active interest in new product and service development and contributes his unique blend of creative thinking, business acumen, analytics, data management and systems design experience to major customer engagements. Luke by nature is an explorer. He is adventurous, inquisitive and loves to travel (500,000 miles flown in the last 5 years). An inveterate ‘foodie’ he cooks whenever he can and actively seeks out new dining experiences from rats to rotten fish and everything in between. When he’s not flying across the Atlantic, or managing the Federal ‘Bank of Dad’ for his four children, you might find him trying to avoid serious injury on his mountain bike or skis, or knocking out a few chords on his guitar. Favorite saying: “Everything will be alright in the end, if it’s not alright, then it’s not the end”.


Jason Nellis
Founder at Overachiever Media

Jason Nellis is founder and CEO of Overachiever Media, a DC-based content marketing firm with clients that include Monumental Sports, Marriott, DC United, Vimeo, and others. Jason was also an early employee at Hulu, where he helped manage more than 70 content partners for the company (including NBCUniversal, Scripps Network, The Onion, and The White House). In his spare time, you can find him running the DC Lean Startup Circle. (So yeah. He’s got LOTS of free time.)


Bradley Herrup
Senior Software Developer

Bradley Herrup is a senior software developer at Optoro. Optoro’s mission is to provide the most comprehensive asset recovery solution for the distressed inventory of retailers, manufacturers, and 3rd party providers. Through our cutting-edge technology, online remarketing expertise, and full service fulfillment operation, Optoro offers our clients maximum recovery value with optimal velocity to sale and fully transparent reporting. Bradley’s specialties include Mobile Product Development, UI Development, Graphics, User Tool Development , XML, HTML, C++, Objective-C, C, PHP, CSS, Javascript, Windows Programming, Cocoa Programming, Symbian, Windows Mobile, iOS, Android.


Saleema Vellani

Saleema Vellani has several years of strategy and project implementation experience working with startups and multinational companies worldwide. Saleema provides digital marketing services for early stage startups all the way to well established businesses. She also consults for the Inter-American Development Bank and is the Washington D.C. City Manager for Elance. She has pioneered three startups, all of which experienced successful exits. In her first venture, Saleema launched and led a language school in Rio de Janeiro, Casa do Caminho Language Centre, to financially support rural orphanages in Brazil, which now earns seven figures in annual revenue. She then started up an online translation business in Italy and Canada which hit a six-figure annual cashflow within the first six months and also ran an e-commerce website selling Wordpress themes, both of which she sold in 2012. Saleema holds a Master’s degree in International Economics and International Relations from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Development from McGill University. She has spent most of her professional life between Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Italy and the USA.


Frank Bonsal
Director of Entrepreneurship, Towson University

Frank Bonsal III has twenty-five years experience advancing efficacy, innovation and productivity in and around education and the knowledge economy. As the first Director of Entrepreneurship at Towson University and as co-founder of EdTech Maryland, Frank is currently focused on education innovation at its earliest stages. As an early and growth stage venture capitalist and angel, Frank has invested in over twenty-five edtech companies, eleven of which have been realized. Frank is a board director at Calvert Education and Think Through Learning and has served on numerous national and regional panels and committees on the topics of education innovation, investment and productivity. Early in his career, Frank served for over a decade as teacher, advisor, coach, and administrator to middle and high school students and their families. He is a Board Director of the Center for Education Reform and a Trustee of Gilman School. Frank has a M.Ed. and M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire.


Bart Epstein, J.D.
Founding CEO, Jefferson Education Accelerator

Bart Epstein is the Founding CEO of the Jefferson Education Accelerator – a unique public-private venture powered in part by the University of Virginia Curry School of Education that helps the most promising education companies grow faster by facilitating supervised beta testing as well as academic research intended to investigate the efficacy and pedagogy of their most promising products and services.  Bart also serves as the Managing Director of the Accelerator’s venture fund. Previous to launching the Accelerator, Bart spent ten years building and selling the world’s largest online tutoring company, serving along the way as Tutor.com’s SVP of Corporate Development, Chief Strategy Officer, and General Manager of the Department of Defense’s online tutoring program.  Prior to that he was a venture & technology attorney at Latham & Watkins, where he helped companies negotiate and structure complex commercial joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and licensing arrangements.

Bart serves on the board, or advises the CEO, of multiple growth-stage education and technology companies; has coached startups and founders through the Grubstakes Breakfast; has guest lectured at the Georgetown University MBA program; has participated multiple times in Startup Weekend EDU programs; and co-owns a successful online marketplace outside of the education space.  In his free time, Bart serves as President and Chairman of 
Gifts for the Homeless in Washington, and as a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight.

Bart received his law degree from the University of Virginia and his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton.



Kristian Bouw
Founder at Notion Theory

Kristian is the founder of NotionTheory, a web/mobile design and development consultancy helping companies validate product ideas through clickable prototypes and software prototypes.


Organizing Team

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    Silliman
  • Mary
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