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 complimentary skills and the passion & dedication 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!
Startup Weekend EDU NYC will feature two tracks:
– EdTech Track: The edtech track brings together a diverse group of people – educators, technologists, designers, and business professionals – passionate about making a positive impact on education. In 54 hours, participants share ideas, form teams, design products and launch education startups. Startup Weekend EDU begins with open-mic 60-second pitches on Friday night that result in the formation of small teams around the best, most viable education concepts. Teams spend Saturday and Sunday focusing on user research, customer development, validating their ideas and building prototypes with the help of experienced coaches from the education market. On Sunday, teams demo their education products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges. (Hosted by Kaplan + Techstars @ 395 Hudson St, 3rd Floor Cafeteria)
(PLEASE NOTE ADJUSTMENT TO SCHEDULE BELOW; SUNDAY FINAL PRESENTATIONS TO BEGIN AT 2:00 PM AND TO END BY 6:30 PM TO ALLOW PEOPLE TO LEAVE IN TIME TO CATCH THE SUPER BOWL)
– Teen Track: In the first-ever Startup Weekend EDU Teen Event, groups of teens will design both educational products and next generation school models. As the consumers of education, teens are best suited to define key problems that need to be solved, and to build the tools and school models that will allow them to become self-driven, passionate learners. Friday evening, teens will have the opportunity to go through a workshop in order to generate ideas. Saturday morning, the teen event will begin with open-mic 60 second pitches. From there teens will form teams and spend Saturday and Sunday focusing on user research, customer validation and building prototypes, supported by experienced mentors. On Sunday, teams demo their education products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges. (Hosted by NYU in Brooklyn @ 2 MetroTech Center, 8th Floor).
Important! For details about the Teen Track, please see our Startup Weekend EDU NYC Teens Post. For details about the Edtech Track, please continue reading below.
Here’s some examples of startups that have come out of Startup Weekend EDU Edtech Track:
+ ImagiLabs’s Challenge Box- Educational adventure games for kids age 8-12 and seek to inspire them to explore real challenges until they find their moment of triumph
+ 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
The Winning Team for the (Adult) EdTech Track will receive:
+ Free tickets to SXSWEdu
+ Free consultation session with 4.0 Schools Launch Coaches
The (Adult) EdTech Track Teams also have the opportunity to participate in the More Than Coding Challenge sponsored by The Kapor Center. Winning teams for the More Than Coding Challenge receive:
+ Up to $2500 in team development (e.g. conferences, trainings, etc.)
+ A pitch training session with Kapor Capital, the Kapor Center’s in-house venture capital group
A Deep Dive Into The Experience:
Friday night is all about networking and the pitches. Those with an idea who are brave enough will stand in front of 120 strangers and give a 1-minute elevator pitch to the crowd. Teams form organically around the most compelling pitches, and then spend the next 48 hours (minus sleep and our delicous catered food) hacking away on your product and business plan.
*Note that the teen track pitch is on Saturday morning.
Saturday and Sunday are work days – you and your team validate the problem, market, and customer, ideate and iterate relentlessly, and prototype your team’s solution. Mentors will be on hand throughout the time to help you your idea from a fledgling concept into a working company with huge potential in less than two days. While a small web app or other interactive deliverable is ideal, example final products include promotional websites, mock-ups, or anything else that would convince an audience that your product is viable, compelling, and worth developing further.
Sunday night is where the jury panel comes in – Seasoned startup veterans will scrutinize MVPs to evaluate your chances of real world success, and the most promising product will win its team a grab bag of great tools to launch your company. From there? Well, it’s all up to you. Startup Weekend EDU is a launchpad for your idea, and you can take it wherever you want to go.
We look forward to seeing you at the event! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
If you have questions related to the Teen Track or to receive more information about registering your students, please put “STUDENT ORGANIZATION” in the subject line when emailing email@example.com.