Startup Weekend Education Pittsburgh’s sponsors drive down ticket prices by 70%

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.

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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

Thanks to the support of our sponsors, we have been able to make the SWeduPGH “Access” theme a reality.


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.


At the Silver level, we have 2014’s Best of the Burgh for Tech Tinkering. TechShop is a community-based workshop and prototyping studio on a mission to democratize access to the tools of innovation.

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors!

Want to learn more about SWeduPGH? Join us at AlphaLab Gear on January 27th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for our info session. Click here to sign up for our meetup.

Questions? Tweet @swedupgh, leave us a comment on Facebook or email us at


Agendafy Wins Startup Weekend Pittsburgh #6

“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:

First Place Team: Agendafy
“Meetings suck. Agendafy helps make them suck less. We’re changing the way companies conduct meetings.”

Second Place Team: Jumpit
“JumpIt is the Uber for emergency car assistance, seamlessly connecting those in need with local and available assistance.”

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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.



The Inside Scoop on Startup Weekend Pittsburgh

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

Friday night networking between our 100+ attendees. The “calm” before the storm.

First pitch of the night

The first pitch of the night led by Jim and Ilana from @AlphaLabGear @alphalab #SWPgh6 had over 30 pitches, which ended up forming into 13 teams.

Zeke's coffee


Zeke’s in the Burgh kept the entire crowd caffeinated all weekend long. Not to mention their awesome apple cheddar scones.

The big board of team needs. Teams helping each other out

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.

Magician Lee Terbosic
Magician Lee Terbosic

Work hard, play hard. #SWPgh brought in professional magician @LeeTerbosic for a much deserved mental break.


Street Foods #foodtruck heaven

If you needed another reason to join the #SWPgh movement, the abundance of gourmet grub should be it. We had food catered from @streetfoodspgh, @PghTacoTruck, @LomitoTruck and @jimmyjohns.


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.

.@Tech_shop 3D printing our attendees

@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!




The Big Board of #SWPgh6 Needs

At our 2 p.m. pow-wow each team updated the #SWPgh crowd on their company’s status and needs. What’s a Startup Weekend without a couple roadblocks, right?
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Get the inside scoop on how our teams are progressing and what you can do to help them get ready for Sunday pitches. Tweet @startupwkndpgh if you can help any of our teams out. Much appreciated!
Team @harmonicsapp is working on app that helps auditory learners. Pretty rad. They need help getting their survey taken by the masses!
Got Crohns disease? Team @giculprit is working on using data analytics to identify culprit or trigger foods for IBS and Crohns Disease. They need to get in contact with a GI doctor or anyone with Crohns Disease.
Have you prepared your will? Yea, me neither. @LoDoMoLife is helping people find a simple way to prepare for wills and assets. They are looking to connect with HR/EAP contacts, professionals with sales experience and their survey!
Last, but not least, @Chefmeclasses needs help with….yup, their survey.
Halfway through #SWPgh6 and our teams are making moves. Thanks to all our mentors and sponsors making this event possible. Stay tuned for more updates!

Startup Weekend Pittsburgh 6 Teams are on the Grid

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:

opening pitches


“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

@GICulprit #health

Team Harmonics

“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

@HarmonicsApp #education

Team KidBizTools

“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

@kidbiztools #businessdev

Team Tap Yapa

“We are rethinking the way you gift. Gifting made fun.”

Members: Tom Jones, Arash Danaie, Bruce McElroy, Katherine Marino

@TapYapa #retail

Team Vurika

“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

@Vurika_App #techmed

Team NexGenDoc

“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

@nexgendocapp #techmed

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

@Metal_Sense #environmental

Team Agendafy

“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

@agendafyit #productivity

Team 360showings
“360 showings improves how realtors show properties by taking the blinds off: let buyers look around inside 360 videos.”
Members: Brian Woodard, Will Gibbons, Mike Hill, Jeff Bennett, Vanessa Li, Hongqiao Lu, Troy Demmer
@360showings #production
Team ChefMe
“We are a “restaurant in a home” dining experience.  We are looking to help facilitate mini businesses for those cooks who love to cook and love to teach.”

Members: Meera, Ebby, Mario.

@ChefMe #entertainment

Team Stepladder
“Scaling the “Can you meet for coffee?” portion of the job search/recruiting pipeline.”
Members: Cassandra Buncie, Dillan DiNardo, Mohamad Koueifi, Cheng Peng, Sergey Tulyakov
@StepladderTech #networking
Team JumpIt!
“JumpIt is the Uber for emergency car assistance. By seamlessly connecting those in need with local and available assistance, JumpIt will eliminate long phone calls, reduces waiting time for help to arrive, accurately pinpoints when they will get there, and is cheaper than an annual subscription to an auto club.”
Members: Tim Delaney, Matthew DeSantis, Yiru Yao, Hans Neilsen, Mario Brown, Bill Moran
@JumpitApp #service
Winning teams
The weekend is still young and teams are diligently working to get their companies ready for Sunday night pitches. Stay tuned for more updates from #SWPgh6.