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The new year is underway, and so is our official planning for the first Startup Weekend Education in Pittsburgh. With many things to finalize before the big weekend on February 20-22, we’re thrilled to already have more exciting updates to share, including new sponsors, speakers, judges, and more.

 

Informational session: January 27

Startup Weekend Education Pittsburgh info session

Are you in the education space but not sure what Startup Weekends are like? Or are you a serial Startup Weekend participant who’s not sure how to translate your skills to this new venture? Then come to our info session at AlphaLab Gear! We’ll have presentations and discussions, plus, in traditional Ed Tech Meetup fashion, delicious food.

Register now here: http://www.meetup.com/Ed-Tech-PGH/events/219675845/

 

Keynote speaker: Luis von Ahn of Duolingo

Luis von Ahn DuoLingoduolingo icon

One of the more exciting developments in the past few days has been the confirmation of our keynote speaker, Luis von Ahn. Duolingo has continually been recognized as revolutionary tech for learning a language, and we couldn’t be more honored and excited to have one of the co-founders and CEO speak on Friday evening.

 

Sponsors: TurnItIn, Cherin Law Offices, and The Hardware Store

Of course Startup Weekend Education wouldn’t be anywhere without the generosity of the community, so we have many thanks to give to our newest sponsors.

turnitin

At the gold level, TurnItIn is the worldwide leader in originality checking, online grading and peer review for educators, students, and researchers. Having such a pioneer in student learning at our event is a privilege.

duolingo

Also at the gold level is local co-working space and technology services company The Hardware Store, which will also be handling all our digital media needs for the Sunday pitches. Many thanks to founder Josh Lucas for his ongoing support and documentation of startup events.

Cherin Law Offices

Steve Cherin, of Cherin Law Offices, is a frequent supporter of the startup community and we’re glad to have him officially on board as a silver sponsor. He provides legal services for many of Pittsburgh’s startups and is a valuable resource for companies at any stage.

 

First two judges: Lisa Palmieri and Elijah Mayfield

We’ve set a promising precedence with the confirmation of our first two judges, who will be among a panel of five.

lisa palmieri
Source: The Sprout Fund

Lisa Abel-Palmieri, Ph.D, is the Director of Technology and Innovation, the Director of Learning Innovation Institute, and the Head of Computer Science at The Ellis School in Shadyside. Dr. Abel-Palmieri is a prominent and active member of the Pittsburgh ed-tech community, and is involved in several projects, including Remake Learning and TRETC.

Elijah Mayfield
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times

We’ve also confirmed Elijah Mayfield, who is the founder and CEO of LightSide Labs, which was recently purchased by TurnItIn. LightSide Labs provides writing support for students and teachers in grades 6-12, and his insight in the ed-tech scene will be invaluable.

 

We will send out more updates as we confirm more judges, mentors, sponsors, and vendors.

Questions? Email us at pittsburghedu@startupweekend.org.

 

Buy your tickets now for the inaugural Startup Weekend Education Pittsburgh and get 20% off with code EARLYBIRD until February 1, 2015.

If you’re a student, you can get 50% off your ticket with code STUDENT– you’ll be required to show a valid student ID at the event.

 

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