I am going to add short recordings of the different groups below over the day, so check back to get the latest updates.
Team Achieve wants to build a platform that keeps track of your learning and related achievements in order to make informal learning or learning with MOOCs more valuable for both job seekers and employers.
Team Reading Readiness wants to create apps for children to help them develop core skills like reading even before they enter school.
Team Treeach is tackling the language learning market building an online platform for language teachers and students from around the world for face to face and online classes.
Team Elimu (Swahili for education) wants to tackle youth unemployment in the UK by building a Kickstarter like platform where students can upload a video CV to promote themselves to potential employers.
Team Eduudle wants to create an Expedia for online courses to help students to find the best course based on personal preferences like price, credentials etc.
Short interview with the guys from Nightzookeper, the winners of last year’s Startup Weekend EDU London who are also the organizers of this year’s event.
Short interview with a fellow mentor and co-creator of Minecraft EDU.
In episode 96 of EDUKWEST my guest is Farbood Nivi, founder of test prep company Grockit and now founder of Learnist.
Having worked as a teacher for a decade, Farbood explains why the field of social learning has always fascinated him and how he built his companies around the huge amounts of knowledge freely available on the Internet and the different aspects of social learning as centerpieces.
This weekend starting from today, the first Education Hack Day Baltimore dedicated to public education will take place.
The organisation of the event follows the idea of a startup weekend, so tonight we’ll see the pitches of the individual projects each evaluated by teaching professionals, then the classic next 48h are dedicated to building the products. On Sunday, Nov 13 we’ll see the presentation of the projects which will also be live streamed.
I asked the founder of StartupBaltimore.org and organizer of the Education Hack Day Mike Brenner why he initiated a hackathon for education, how they differentiate from Startup Weekend EDU, their general hopes and objectives for the event and what part the business aspect of the individual projects is going to play.
For those of you located on the East Coast and interested in education, this might we an interesting event to attend and some tickets are still available.
EDUKWEST is proud to sponsor the Education Hackday Baltimore and you’ll get to see interviews with the three winners in case you can neither go nor watch the live stream.
I already wrote about the Startup Weekend EDU in Seattle end of August. Now, this date is coming upon us, and thus I sat down with one of its leaders Dave Schapell of TeachStreet to have a talk about what it’s going to be like.
If you’re familiar with how Startup Weekends usually work, the EDU vertical is not much different. The first 6h are dedicated to teambuilding (Friday evening, Sep 30th), so that the team then have the full next 48h to work on the projects.
The organizers have pulled together a list with all APIs available in education, so that the participants really have the widest variety of projects possible to work on, so not only from the startups organizing or participating. Another innovation I very much like is the fact that anyone (including you, the reader of this blog post) can post a problem they see in education and that can be voted on.
Also, taking a look at the list of speakers and mentors it’s exciting to see what high profile people are being passionate about education change for the better with Mitch Kapor holding the keynote. The official site gives you a complete overview of all organizers, speakers and mentors.
Being passionate about education, I believe that this is one of the best things that happen to our industry as Startup Weekend puts together people from various different backgrounds and not only the typical educator. Having said that I think we’re going to see some exciting products coming out of Startup Weekend EDU Seattle, and I already committed to give the three winners a platform here on EDUKWEST and do an interview with them.
TeachStreet is going to lead the Startup Weekend EDU on September 30th to October to 2nd in Seattle. Readers of KirstenWinkler.com might remember the coverage of the Startup Weekend in Indianapolis by George Machlan of the Edupunk Channel back in November.
Startup Weekends take place in a growing number of cities across the globe and the idea is to connect developers, designers and business people who then build a new application, service or sometimes even product within 54 hours.
As you can tell by the title, the weekend in Seattle will be all around education so I expect to see some really great products on October 2nd.
The event takes place in Paccar Hall of the University of Washington and the organizing team is expecting 125 to 150 people to take part in the weekend. Dave Schappell also seems to have convinced a good part of the seasoned Seattle tech and investor community to join the event as mentors which in itself will make attending the event more than worthwhile.
Therefore, if you happen to be in Seattle, tickets are available for $99 or $49 if you are a student. You can register as Developer, Designer or Non-Technical.
You can also post ideas on what you think needs to be built to change education. On the bottom right of the SW EDU Seattle site you will find a green “Join the EDU discussion” tab where you can add your feedback and suggestions.