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Startup Weekend EDU London: The Pitches

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I am currently at the Startup Weekend EDU in London as a coach, helping the projects to shape their ideas and work on their product pitches.

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.

Reading Readiness

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.

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EDUKWEST #96 with Farbood Nivi of Grockit and Learnist

EDUKWEST #96 Farbood Nivi Grockit LearnistIn 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.

With Grockit generating constant revenue and it being a finished product, Farbood has concentrated on building Learnist over roughly the past two years. Some have described Learnist is described as the Pinterest of education by some, so we speak about the fascinating and aspects and possibilities Farb saw for education when he first experienced Pinterest.


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Content on Learnist comes from various different sources, Wikipedia, YouTube videos, ShowMe’s just to name a few. You can also watch my interview with ShowMe founder and CEO San Kim if you’re interested in learning more about the product or if you search on EDUKWEST you’ll find various articles on how to integrate ShowMe into your teaching and learning.

Adoption of the product by learners happened quickly, Farb shares that some 10% of users are also creators which is rather significant.

Last December we saw a $20 million investment led by Discovery Communications which led me to explore the role Grockist and primarily Learnist might play in Discovery’s overall strategy. I covered the announcement back in December and already expressed some ideas on why I think it’s a particularly interesting investment.

Looking at what Farb himself will be up to in 2013, he states to always follow the principle of killing two (or several) birds with one stone. As you might now he’s been quite active in Startup Weekend EDU and looking at him constantly being pitched by entrepreneurs, I think it’s safe to say that we’re going to see more in field of mentoring and maybe investing in edtech companies if we add to the picture that he’s also the founder and executive director at Socratic Labs, an educational technology accelerator out of NYC.


EDUKWEST #96 Farbood Nivi Grockit Learnist Marker

The problem in the space right now is that there has been such an effort to turn the teacher into an entrepreneur. I think the effort should have been put in getting these teacher entrepreneurs to partner with business entrepreneurs.

And not because they are incapable of any aspect of the business but there is too much work to do and that an educator entrepreneur should probably be focused on the product and learning aspect of the organization and the partner should be focused on the business aspect of it and the whole organization is more likely to succeed I think in this way. Kind of this founder dating style. I’d like to see a lot more of that.

Additional Links:

Homepage: http://learnist.com
Homepage: http://grockit.com
Farbood Nivi on Twitter: @farbood
Startup Weekend Edu: http://edu.startupweekend.org
LinkedIn: Farbood Nivi
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review:ed #28 A Look Back on 2012 and 2013 Predictions

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In this episode of review:ed Chris and Kirsten talk about the big stories in 2012 and give their predictions on how the edtech space might evolve in 2013.

Of course they talk about MOOCs and anti-MOOCs, Pearson, funding, the edtech bubble, textbooks, the flipped classroom, Khan, crowdfunding and much more.

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EDUKWEST #82 with Mike Brenner of Education Hack Day Baltimore

Mike Brenner
Mike Brenner

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.


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EDUKWEST #82 with Mike Brenner of Education Hack Day Baltimore

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Homepage: http://educationhackday.org
EduHackDay on Twitter: #eduhackday
EduHackDay on Facebook: http://facebook.com/groups/educationhackday
Mike on LinkedIn: Mike Brenner
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After Hours #4 – October 7th 2011

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In this episode of After Hours we take a look at the following stories:

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EDUKWEST #72 Startup Weekend Seattle EDU September 30th to October 2nd

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.

Some tickets are still available for the event taking place from Sep 30 to Oct 2 in Seattle.

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.


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Homepage: http://seattleedu.startupweekend.org
SWSEA edu on Twitter: @SWSEAedu
Submit a problem to solve: EDU Problems
Tickets: http://seattleedu.startupweekend.org/tickets

Startup Weekend EDU Seattle organized by TeachStreet

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.


Website: seattleedu.startupweekend.org 
Twitter: @SWSEAedu

Tickets: seattleedu.startupweekend.org/tickets