Education Entrepreneurs Community Leader Spotlight: Lida Tsene of Athens, Greece

43CB7BFA-8673-46FD-8144-C09281B64EAAName: Lida Tsene

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?

161e6ada3df18a34a9f9e1834d364049Professor 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.

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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?:

Anything else you’d like to share?

Keep calm and continue to innovate and disrupt education!

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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.




Editions Month 2015: The Wrap-Up

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This May we set out to do something new in our communities around the world. We wanted to discover more of what Organizers were already doing – creating new editions of Startup Weekend focusing on industries, themes, and audiences.

The inaugural Editions Month in May was created to empower Community Leaders to shine a spotlight on what made their community special, discover an industry ripe for innovation, or give new audiences access to entrepreneurship. Organizers took Startup Weekend to new heights of collaboration and innovation, all around the world!

Along the way, Organziers gave light to new industries, opened new doors for new ages, and helped budding entrepreneurs explore a new range of ideas. Their efforts reached over 60 cities and 28 countries all within the month of May! Check out the snapshot below and view the entire Editions Month 2015 Wrap-Up here.

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Education Entrepreneurs Community Leader Spotlight: Aurelio Jiménez Romero

foto_aurelioOne-line bio: I’m an engineer with experience in entrepreneurship and social development. For me, education is the answer.  2+2= 4. That’s why I’m in education entrepreneurship

Find me in…Madrid, Spain

Find me on…Twitter @ajimenezromero

Favorite Twitter Hashtag: #edtech

What’s your day job?

Director of Development at INCYDE Foundation and Partner at Klass Data. I do my best to help entrepreneurs and the Spanish entrepreneurial community.

What do you like to do for fun?

Open air activities, shared with my wife, daughters, or friends, if possible.

If you could have any teacher (dead or alive, real or fictional) who would it be and why?

My grandfather was a teacher in a rural area, with boys of all ages in the only classroom they have. He died many years before I was born, but I was told he was a great vocational teacher.

How did you discover Education Entrepreneurs?

I had previous experience working with Startup Weekend. One day somebody told me about organizing one in Madrid specific for education.

What’s been your involvement in Education Entrepreneurs to date?

I’m the Lead Organizer of Startup Weekend Education Madrid, and in a few weeks I’ll Facilitate the first SWEDU in Somiedo, Spain. (Join us!) I’m also curator at Startup Digest Education.

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What’s the most challenging thing about being an Organizer?

You have the pressure to generate the atmosphere that unchains the participants’ creativity

What’s the most rewarding thing about being an Organizer?

The increasing energy and good vibes you feel during the 54 hours.

What’s the biggest piece of advice you’d give to those trying to build an education innovation community?

Work slow but steady, be inclusive and open and share as much as you can.

What’s the biggest piece of advice you’d give to people trying to create edtech products?

Edtech products must serve teachers and students — not the other way around. Solve a real problem as easily as possible, don’t look for the “wow!”

What’s the legacy you’d like to leave in education?

I just want to do my bit to help the education innovation community growth.

What’s your favorite edtech company and/or innovative school, and why?

I’ve been thinking about this question for a while, but I’ve been unable to choose one single company or school, honestly. There are so many people doing good things!

Finish the sentence: In my dream world, education would ____

…be free and affordable to every child.

What are the books, events, videos, etc. that you think anyone interested in innovating in education and/or building community should check out?

Edupreneurs and innovators in education are organizing meetups that really worth it. Obviously, Startup Weekend Education is a must.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Many edtech startups come out of the American or European education system. However, the developing world has the greatest unmet need. With large school-age populations, innovation should focus on making education accessible to every child.


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.





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