What’s Startup Weekend EDU?

This weekend we don’t expect to get much sleep, in fact, if we do then we didn’t do Startup Weekend EDU right. We’re about to produce a new EDU venture!

It’s networking. It’s standing up in front of 120 strangers and pitching your idea for 1 minute. The ideas get voted on and teams form. In less than 48 hours you will deliver a product and a plan. Mentors and educational thought leaders will be on hand to help guide the process and come Sunday night, as you stand up again in front of 120 friends, you share your idea with the group.

Startup Weekend EDU follows the same structure as a regular Startup Weekend except the goal for this weekend is about improving education for everyone by solving real problems or opportunities faced by educators.

Who are Startup Weekenders?

We’re educators, marketing folks, designers, business development pros, legal teams, and all around specialists of startups. We come together for one weekend, with one goal, leave Sunday night with a plan (and a new business?) that will push education in the right direction.

The Schedule:

Friday, March 22, 2013

6:30pm Registration Starts

7:00pm Dinner & Networking

7:20pm Welcome & Speakers

7:30pm Pitches Start

9:00pm Attendees vote for the top ideas

9:15pm Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00pm 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 23, 2013

9:00am Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Call for needs & skills

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

6:30pm Dinner

7:30pm Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help

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

Sunday, March 24, 2013

9:00am Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00am Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)

12:00pm Lunch

12:30pm Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00pm Gut check. Start prepping for presentations

4:00pm Dinner


7:30pm Judging & awards

8:30pm Wrapup

9:00pm Go home!

By Marc Apple