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Christine Ortiz

Christine Ortiz is the Executive Director of a preparatory school for Gifted & Talented students in Florida and a Startup Weekend EDU organizer.

We love her because:

  • She founded The Knowledge Laboratory – a project that focuses on motivating teenagers by making learning fun.
  • Ortiz and all of her organizations have been featured in various publications including the M.I.T. Newsletter, Success Magazine, Alpha Phi Quarterly, USA Today, Seminole Voice, the Orlando Sentinel, and Entrepreneur Magazine.
  • Christine has also been a keynote speaker at state and national conferences on topics of youth empowerment and social change.

Christine on SWEDU:

“The red-tape of the teaching profession has led to this group of folks who are passionate about teaching — but who are treated like robots, given scripts to read in class, who have to teach tests and spend half their time filling out papers. Things like Startup Weekend Edu provide the catalyst they need to walk into those classrooms and take control back.” 

 “Startup Weekend EDU does two things: it promotes the start of more viable companies in the area, and being an Edu vertical … we’re hoping to bring the educational community together in Orlando.”


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