Every Startup Weekend event has a theme, and the theme of the very first Startup Weekend Education Pittsburgh is “Access.” We believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity to access our event, regardless of class, gender, social background, or disability. An open, inviting experience: that is what the organizing team brings to the Pittsburgh community, and today we have great news.
Thanks to the overwhelming support from our generous sponsors, we have significantly lowered the cost of attending this event. A huge win for the SWeduPGH team, but most importantly for YOU, the Pittsburgh community!
Ticket prices are as follows:
$30 standard entries: Developer, Designer, Educator & Non-Technical/Business (formerly $99)
$24 for early-bird entries (with promo code EARLYBIRD – ends on Feb. 1st)
$15 for students with valid ID (use the promo code STUDENT)
$5 for Friday pitch attendance ONLY
$5 for Sunday pitch attendance ONLY
SWeduPGH is open to anyone who is curious about education, technology, design, and/or entrepreneurship. The only differences from the standard Startup Weekend Pittsburgh is that educators get to vote first, and at least 25% of attendees must be educators.
Don’t miss out on the first ever SWeduPGH, and get your tickets here today!
New sponsors: Expii, Saul Ewing, The Sprout Fund and TechShop Pittsburgh
Our Signature Sponsor for this event is Expii, led by Co-Founder and CEO Dr. Po-Shen Loh. Expii is a global learning platform that works like a community-built textbook, where instructors and students collaborate on interactive, dynamic, and validated material.
Continuing their support in the startup community, Saul Ewing contributes at the Platinum level. Saul Ewing provides legal services to businesses, nonprofit entities and public institutions, including general corporate counseling and commercial litigation.
At the Gold Level, The Sprout Fund supports innovative ideas that catalyze change in Pittsburgh– making our community a better place to live, work, play, and raise a family.
A huge thank you to all of our sponsors!
“70% who showed up this weekend didn’t know each other. Now you’re pitching startups.”- Kit Muller, co-organizer of Startup Weekend Pittsburgh.
From strangers to movers and shakers, congratulations to all the teams who pitched their companies at Startup Weekend Pittsburgh #6! We couldn’t have asked for a better group of attendees, mentors, sponsors and volunteers. A special thank you to @AlphaLabGear & @ThrillMillPgh for accommodating the 130+ crazed attendees.
Without further ado, here are your #SWPgh6 winners:
Second Place Team: Jumpit
“JumpIt is the Uber for emergency car assistance, seamlessly connecting those in need with local and available assistance.”
Third Place Team: 360Showings
“360 showings improves how realtors show properties by taking the blinds off: let buyers look around inside 360 videos.”
Thank you all for joining us on this 54-hour journey. #SWPgh6 participant Will Gibbons said it best: “It’s hectic, challenging, inspiring, exhausting and exhilarating.” For many of us, it was our first experience with Startup Weekend Pittsburgh. Aside from a lot of tweeting and blogging, I did not know what to expect. I embarked on the #swpgh journey with a nice mix of nerves and excitement, and am happy to say I ended up with unforgettable memories. I got to experience first hand, individuals coming together to create something bigger than themselves. Not just potential companies, but a community of entrepreneurs. My biggest takeaway from the weekend is the relationships I forged while working alongside the participants, volunteers and organizers. Competing to win is important, but enjoying the journey takes precedence. Startup Weekend is a sprint. Entrepreneurship is a marathon.
Congrats again to all of the attendees for participating and pitching your ideas. More importantly, pat yourselves on the back for putting yourself in a new setting and stepping out of your comfort zones. You are now graduates of Startup Weekend Pittsburgh!
Welcome to the community that builds Pittsburgh’s tomorrow.
Our keynote speaker Don Charleton, Founder and CEO of The Resumator, said it best. “You have to be freaking crazy to want to do this.” Day 3 of Startup Weekend Pittsburgh is well on its way and our teams have shown that they are, freaking crazy.
We’re not saying that we have the formula for Startup Weekend perfected, but if you want to get pretty close, it starts with: 135 attendees, 30+ pitches, 16 involved sponsors, 13 teams competing, three food trucks, an amazing volunteer team, a magician, a 3D printer and the Pittsburgh community. The result: an unforgettable Startup Weekend.
Let’s recap this weekend’s highlights:
Friday night networking between our 100+ attendees. The “calm” before the storm.
Zeke’s in the Burgh kept the entire crowd caffeinated all weekend long. Not to mention their awesome apple cheddar scones.
After our Saturday pow-pow teams shared their progress and their company needs. It resulted into teams working as a community, lending a helping hand wherever they could. Startup Weekend Pittsburgh is more than a 54 hour competition, it’s about building a community.
Work hard, play hard. #SWPgh brought in professional magician @LeeTerbosic for a much deserved mental break.
We had 10+ mentors, representing various industries, giving advice to our teams as they progressed throughout the weekend. @BrazenKitchen giving food industry advice to one of our teams.
@TechShopPGH made an appearance on Sunday, 3D printing our attendees. Plastic never looked so good.
We are minutes away from Sunday’s final pitches! Our panel of judges are:
Jose Amayo – Mind Over Media
Denise Desimone – C-Leveled
Debra Lam – City of Pittsburgh
Tara Ronel – SnapRetail
Eric Silver – WebKite
Follow our twitter feed for live updates @startupwkndpgh!
Companies in the Making: Startup Weekend Pittsburgh Teams Have Formed
Over 30 pitches were delivered Friday night and 13 teams have formed to represent #SWPgh6. Meet the teams:
“We are creating a web/app for Money, Life, & Death Organizer. Helping people find a simple way to prepare for wills and assets.”
Members: Heather Broman, Paige Sabedra, Jonathan Shaffer, Kyle Szives, Nina Patel, Garrett Buyan
@LODOMOlife #finance #legal
Team GI Culprit
“We are the next version of food journals using data analytics to identify culprit or trigger foods for IBS and Crohns Disease.”
Members: Bridget Deasy, Alani Grant, Tom Kierzkowski, Walt Grata, Phil Goetz, William Lutz, Tess Bailie, Bill Holmes, William Hardy, Nicole Flasco
“Harmonic is an app that lets any student take their boring educational notes that they are studying and convert them into a unique song.”
Members: Brooke Bango, Jacob Howell, Zach Shefska, Ajay Krishna, Teja Kavuri, Josh Brown
“We help kids learn how to run their business and track their business so they can kill it in their neighborhood while they rake leaves, shovel snow, babysit, etc.”
Members: Dan Delanis, Allison Howard, Rob Simpson, Phil Ciarrocchi, Evan McIntyre, Stone Swiess
Team Tap Yapa
“We are rethinking the way you gift. Gifting made fun.”
Members: Tom Jones, Arash Danaie, Bruce McElroy, Katherine Marino
“We provide educators a platform for adding multimedia content to traditional instruction using augmented reality and hypermedia.”
Members: Anna Belak, Juan Corzo, John DeGore, Jason Azares, Thidanun Saensuksopa, Saba Kazi, Elizabeth Wagstaff, Michael Richardson, Landon Paik
“We minimize the amount of time to deliver proven medical research to bedside practice through educational application.”
Members: Andrew Mortimer, Dennis Paskorz, Anastasia Lanz, Haohan Wang
Team Metal Sense
“Fast, accurate, and inexpensive field portable heavy metal testing for water, soil, food, and human health.”
Members: Nicholas Nuar, Stephen House,Emma Casehart, Ashok Chandrasekaran
“Meetings That [Actually] Work – “AGENDAFY” It!”
Members: Robb Myer, Courtney Francis, Karen Tang, Ryan Richardson, Ben Alderoty, Corey Keller, Tyler Matteo, Savannah Butler, Michele Petruccell, Bob LaVella
Members: Meera, Ebby, Mario.