We’re interrupting your local announcement to tell you more about what took place this weekend.
Startup Weekend Timisoara #5 started on Friday evening with 16 pitches. All the participants went through organized chaos and figured out that they should be working together within 7 legendary teams: Thumb wars, Money, Trainerz.co, Fitzilla, Movie lingua & Smart ticket. Find them on f6s.com.
We’re all about learning at Startup Weekend and we hope that together we managed to grow. We had two workshops on Saturday that helped increase the know-how level with one talking about Business Model Canvas and the other one making sure your pitch will be out of this world.
On Sunday, the pressure started to appear whilst teams were getting ready for the final presentations. They had only 5 minutes to present how their product was validated, how they built an MVP and how they will be making money. The judges were ready, and the teams delivered their pitches with style.
At the end it all came down to figuring out how did the teams perform in relation with one-another. And thus the judges deliberated [drum roll]
Fitzilla – 3rd place
Movie lingua – 2nd place
.. and the winner of SWTimisoara #5 is…. Smart ticket!
We’re here to support all of the teams in their endeavour and to push them forward into working on their projects, learning and then pivoting some more. Make sure you join our Facebook group in order to be able to reach to anybody within the community.
We’re working on uploading all of the media files from the event and we’re really happy that our viewers were able to be present via on-line streaming. You can already find pictures on SWTimisoara Facebook page, Friday pitches on the Youtube channel here.
Stay tuned for more!
We really appreciate your support and we assure you it got noticed!
The awesome t-shirts and prizes powered by Blue Couch Digital. The participants, mentors and organizers were really proud to be wearing them & of course, the winning teams were really happy about winning the prizes!
Telenav helped us by making sure we have everything we need to run a proper event. They were also the ones who supported us first, and it’s their 2nd time in a row partnering up with us.
We had an amazing array of partners who helped us make a great event and we’d like to thank you all: hackTM, Techsylvania, 150Sec, ABC Accelerator, The Hub, MemoryStudio, Ambasada, Senneviile, Universitatea de Vest, Ctrl-D, AIESEC, ESN & Best Timisoara.
On behalf of the whole community in Timisoara, we’d like to thank you!
Location: Athens, Greece
Role in Education Entrepreneurs: Organizer and Facilitator of Startup Weekend Education
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
I like to create and share stories, organize interesting events, and participate in impactful communities.
Twitter Handle: @lidatsene
Favorite person or hashtag to follow on Twitter : @brainpicker
What do you do for work?
I’m the Director of Communications, Arts, & Educational Programs, and the Founder of Comicdom Press at Athens Comics Library. Essentially, I am a communications specialist, applying my science to different fields (academia, events, entrepreneurship, education, arts, etc). You can learn more here.
What do you like to do for fun?
I read comics, practice ballet, and experiment with creating things with my hands.
If you could have any teacher (dead or alive, real or fictional) who would it be and why?
Professor X from X-Men. He is a true leader that guides his students, respects their different personalities, and inspires and motivates them to explore and seek knowledge through various paths.
How did you discover Education Entrepreneurs?
Being a member of the Startup Weekend community, I read about it on UP Global’s webpage.
What’s been your involvement in Education Entrepreneurs to date?
I co-organized the first Startup Weekend Education event in Greece in 2014, and I am a Global Facilitator.
What’s the most challenging thing about being an Organizer and Facilitator?Sometimes it’s challenging to convince teams – especially educators- to have faith in their ideas and not give up during the weekend.
What’s the most rewarding thing about being an Organizer and Facilitator?
Seeing complete strangers not only transform into your co-workers over the weekend, but also become long-time partners and friends.
What’s the biggest piece of advice you’d give to those trying to build an education innovation community?
Try to work as much as you can with educators, as they are the key to unlock innovation inside and outside of classrooms. Provide them with as many resources as possible, listen to their needs, and build networks to foster collaboration between them and other creative people.
What’s the biggest piece of advice you’d give to people trying to create edtech products?
Understand the needs of students and educators, use crowdsourcing for new ideas, validate your product, and hack education as we know it today.
What’s the legacy you’d like to leave in education?
Long-term, I’d like to contribute to making the learning process an open, innovative, and collaborative adventure. Short-term, I’d like to teach others how they can use comics as an educational tool in every classroom and library.
What’s your favorite edtech company and/or innovative school, and why?
I will go with a classic choice: Khan Academy. It was a brilliant idea that gave everyone access to knowledge. It’s technology in the service of education, and it’s a company that truly lives by its motto, “You can learn anything!”
Finish the sentence: In my dream world, education would be…
…as creative as a comic book story.
What are the resources that you think anyone interested in innovating in education and/or building community should check out?:
- Sir Ken Robinson
- Cooney Center
- Institute of Play
- Lego Education
- Creative Mornings
- ASU&GSV Summit
Anything else you’d like to share?
Keep calm and continue to innovate and disrupt education!
More about Education Entrepreneurs
Education Entrepreneurs is the largest initiative in the world focused on helping people use entrepreneurship to improve education. Its suite of offerings include Startup Weekend Education, Startup Digest Education, Workshops, online resources, and a global network of Community Leaders. Spanning six continents, Education Entrepreneurs has created an unprecedented opportunity for anyone, anywhere to shape the future of education.