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Last week, the Startup Weekend Education team infiltrated the home of Versari Partners, with the help of Amy Keith, our newest member. This was our final chance to meet before the event kicks off next month. With less than three weeks to go, things were picking up speed and there was much to do, such as make coffee and take selfies.

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Selfie at Versari Partners: (R-L) Nubi, Daniel, Amy, Nana, Ruta and David.

Selfies aside, we have a lot to share with you. Irish graphic designer, Tamara Stone (@TamaraMarieDSGN), has created our new logo for the event and designed the banner featuring the impressive Samuel Beckett bridge. We have also taken control of the Dublin Startup Weekend Twitter account (@SWDub), so make sure to follow us to keep updated.

Startup Weekend Logo
Startup Weekend Education Logo
Startup Weekend Banner
Startup Weekend Education Banner

We are delighted to announce that Bank of Ireland, Versari Partners, Irish Startup.TV and SuppliesBox.com have kindly sponsored our event. Dublin-based The T-Shirt Company printed our hoodies so keep your eyes peeled for us wandering around Dublin. Don’t be afraid to stop us and say hi!

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Not only do Irish companies sponsor us; we will be joined by a host of influential Irish-based change-makers, such as guest speaker Gary Leyden (Director at NDRC LaunchPad) and facilitator Jessica Falkenthal (EdTech Marketing Strategist & Startup Coach). Judging the final pitches will be Martyn Farrows (Director at Learnovate Centre), Dr Claire O’Connell (Science Writer and Journalist), Vicky Godolphin (Head of Digital at Accenture Ireland) and Stephen Moran (Innovation Manager at Bank of Ireland).

No pressure then.

Thankfully, you will have the opportunity to work with inspiring mentors and coaches who are leading the way in their respective fields: Gene Murphy (E.I.R. at Bank of Ireland), Cristina Luminea (CEO at Thoughtbox), Conor O’Sullivan (CEO at Adaptemy), Maggie Green (Founder at The School Door), Kathryn Parkes (Director of UX & Design at Swrve), Kareem Mostafa (Marketing Professional), Nicholas Hynes (CEO at SprintFire) and Olivia Lavelle (Education Psychologist).

Find out more about who you will meet at Startup Weekend Education: http://www.up.co/communities/ireland/dublin/startup-weekend/7134.

Tickets are selling fast. As I type we have only a small number of early-bird tickets available for educators. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. As Ireland’s first Startup Weekend that focuses entirely on education, each one of us has the responsibility of sharing our educational experiences, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Be the change you want to see: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-weekend-dublin-edu-tickets-18153039229.

David R. Pollard