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

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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.








UP Global is Acquired by Techstars and What This Means for Education Entrepreneurs

General AnnouncementToday, it was announced that UP Global has been acquired by Techstars, a global leader in startup accelerator programs and funding. This marks an exciting new chapter for UP Global’s team, programs (Startup Weekend, Startup Digest, Startup Next, and Startup Week), and global community of volunteers, so be sure to check out the official announcement.

In 2013, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided UP Global with a grant to operate Education Entrepreneurs. Due to UP Global’s acquisition by Techstars and its transition to a for-profit entity, UP Global is no longer eligible to operate the Gates grant. Despite this, UP Global is still committed to advancing education entrepreneurship and supporting the Education Entrepreneurs Community. They are currently working closely with the Education Entrepreneurs Team and the Gates Foundation to ensure Education Entrepreneurs is set up for a successful next chapter.

Under Techstars, UP Global will continue to operate Startup Weekend, which include themed editions such as Startup Weekend Education. Therefore, if you are planning to attend an upcoming Startup Weekend Education event or apply to organize one in your community, you can still feel comfortable moving forward; there is no interruption in the support provided by UP Global Regional Managers.

Again, UP Global, the Education Entrepreneurs Team, and the Gates Foundation are all committed to making sure the future of Education Entrepreneurs is bright and that people around the world continue to feel empowered to use entrepreneurship to improve education. Updates will be announced as they become available, and if you have any questions or feedback, feel free to email EducationEntrepreneurs@Up.co.

 

More about Education Entrepreneurs

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Education Entrepreneurs Community Leader Spotlight: Josh Murdock

20141129-DSC_5927One-line Bio: Edtech evangelist with a passion for all things geeky.

Twitter Handle: @ProfessorJosh

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What I Do for Work: 

I’m an Instructional Designer & Associate Professor of Education and Social Networking at Valencia College. I’m also the founder of ProfessorJosh.com, which is a blogging, consulting, and training company. Other roles I play include being the CTEO of GottaGetBlogging, producing a featured segment on The Blogger’s Lab on BlogTalkTV, organizing the Edtech Orlando Meetup, and being an active Orlando EdTech Community Leader. In a nutshell, I’m a Teacher of Teachers, Troubleshooter of Problems, and Designer of Learning.

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy going to theme parks with my family, participating in geeky activities around Orlando, exploring the outdoors of Central Florida, surfing some waves, building Legos with my son, and being a foodie with my wife.

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

C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien were both Oxford professors around the same time. Wouldn’t that make for some interesting coursework in mythology?

How did you discover Education Entrepreneurs?

I was on the Organizing Team of the very first Startup Weekend held in Orlando. Our team also helped launch the first Startup Weekend Education (SWEDU) in August 2012, which I believe was the first of its kind in the Southeast region of the United States.

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

I’ve been a Mentor at eight Startup Weekends/SWEDUs, Organizer of two (including the first SWEDU: College Edition at Valencia College), and a Facilitator of Workshops that covered the topics of Business Models in Education and Prototyping for Non-Designers. I have also attended both the global UP Summit and regional UP America Summit where I got the opportunity to meet other incredible Community Leaders from around the world.

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

The hardest thing is to get people, especially educators, to give up their weekend to learn about what it’s like to become an entrepreneur. Many educators haven’t had an experience like this and don’t understand the impact of the weekend, until they actually go through it.

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

I love knowing that you could have changed someone’s path in life. You could have helped them have an impact in education that they would have never dreamed about, until they got the push to make it happen. I’ve never had anyone tell me they wasted their time by attending Startup Weekend.

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

No matter the size, big or small, building a community is needed to truly affect change. Great discussion can result from involving a variety of stakeholders in education (e.g. educators, administrators, entrepreneurs, or just those interested in education in their community). It’s amazing to see how rich the conversation can be when you bring together 20 to 30 people with different viewpoints and experiences.

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

Get out there and talk with real people, including educators, students, parents, and administrators – all people who have a stake in your edtech product or service. Watch and understand how they utilize your product or service. Bring an educator on board with your team, or develop a great group of advisors who are in the trenches everyday to help make your product the best it can be.

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

I want to impact individuals who will make a difference in education and are willing to think in a different way about how education can work in our society. Impacting current teachers, future teachers, students, and communities can have a vast ripple effect on changing lives one at a time.

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

I’m involved with so many edtech companies and have seen several that are making an awesome impact on education, so it’s hard to name just one. It’s amazing to see the passion and dedication many companies have to innovate beyond just profit. 4.0 Schools is just one of those that is a non-profit who is striving to make a huge impact by educating educators to become entrepreneurs. It’s been amazing to see the experiments and ventures that are formed when educators get a bug to try something different to help learners succeed.

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

…be test-free!

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

Attend or Organize a Startup Weekend Education or Edtech Meetup. Watch a TedTalk at least weekly to remind yourself that one individual can have amazing ideas.

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Anything else you’d like to share?

The hardest thing about building any community is to have people understand it’s worth it to give up their time to be a part of that community. Make sure you are spreading the word to colleagues, friends, educators, administrators, and companies to become a part of your edtech community. It’s important to have voices from all sides in the room working together to make an impact on 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.








Education Entrepreneurs Community Leader Spotlight: AmirReza Mohammadi

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Twitter Handle: @AmirR3zaM

Favorite Twitter Hashtag: #Iran

Work title and company

Currently, I’m working on my own startup. It’s called GeFi’s (dʒi:faɪ) and focuses on empowering people by sharing their WiFi connection. I’m also a PR and Content Manager at Takhfifan, an e-commerce service in Iran.

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy photography, as well as sharing things with people, especially the meals I cook from scratch. The next items on my hobby list include studying startups and entrepreneurship programs.

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

My first grade school teacher, Mr Hosseini. He was so passionate about teaching all of his students to read and write.

What’s been your involvement in EE to date?

My organizing team and I launched Education Entrepreneurs in the Middle East. We organized an Education Entrepreneurs Workshop in February 2015, as well as a Startup Weekend Education event in March 2015. Education Entrepreneurs is greatly needed in Iran. Many people disagree with the old-fashioned educational system that’s still operating here. We hosted a Workshop and SWEDU, because we wanted to help young people try to start new things in education.

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What’s the most challenging and/or rewarding thing about being an Organizer?

My main goal is to make a difference in education. I want to create a space where people learn something new, engage in a new community, and form a new network. I believe that “new” is good, and I love seeing the happiness on participants’ faces.

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

Ask yourself these questions: Is there an important reason to build this app? Do people really need this product? Is this product something really important for people? If the answer is yes, then start working on bringing that product to life.

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

My vision is to build an Education Startup School in Iran that will help people develop their ideas.

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

…help people develop faster, and be accessible to everyone, no matter if they have money or not.

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

I think people should watch the movie Freedom Writers, because it’s a great story about responsibility and commitment, two qualities that are needed if you want to make a great impact in anything.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I want to give special thanks to my organizing team and all the volunteers and mentors that are a part of this community.

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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.








New Education Entrepreneurs Workshops: 2 Hours to Learn How You Can Improve Education

Since 2010, Startup Weekend Education has been helping people who are hungry for innovation in education wet their appetites. From Friday-Sunday, anywhere from 60-120 people come together to pitch their ideas, recruit teammates, and with the support of local experts, spend the next 54 hours building minimal viable products (MVPs showcase the most basic functionality of your solution).

Five years and thousands of solutions later, Education Entrepreneurs is excited to announce the launch of a new program called Education Entrepreneurs Workshops. Originally debuted in June 2014 in Austin, TX, nearly 30 Education Entrepreneurs Workshops have taken place to-date, and their locations span four continents! Always trying to “eat our own dog food,” we’ve listened to user feedback over the past year and made great improvements to the original content and structure. If you have not experienced an Education Entrepreneurs Workshop for yourself yet, here’s a few reasons why you may want to consider it.

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What is a Workshop?

An Education Entrepreneurs Workshop:

  • Is for people who want to use entrepreneurship to improve education

  • Teaches people a specific set of skills they’ll need to effectively innovate in education

  • Includes both hands-on group activities and lively discussion

  • Involves 30-50 participants

  • Is led by a trained Facilitator

  • Lasts about 2 hours (including networking)

  • Is typically held on a weeknight

  • Features a Q&A session with an experienced entrepreneur in education

What topics are currently available?

  • Business Models in Education

  • Customer Discovery and Empathy in Education

  • More coming soon, but feel free to suggest or contribute ideas by emailing EducationEntrepreneurs@up.co

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Why should I attend?

  • Often times, as a first-time entrepreneur, “you don’t know what you don’t know.” We help you discover the key steps you’ll need to take in order to successfully innovate in education.

  • You’ll get to learn directly from someone in the industry who’s already built their own education venture.

  • This unique environment will help you connect with other entrepreneurs in your area, and perhaps even find the talent you need to bring to your team.

  • We ignite more education entrepreneurs than any other organization in the world. As such, we have a lot of experience learning what works and what doesn’t when it comes to innovating in education, and we’re excited to share those things with you.

  • Checkout the full list of upcoming Workshops

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Why should I organize a Workshop?

Everyone is welcome to apply to organize an Education Entrepreneurs Workshop in their community. Apply here, and continue reading to find out why this may be a good option for you.

If you’re already hosting a Startup Weekend Education event, use a Workshop to:

  • Generate buzz about your event

  • Give participants an opportunity to learn key foundational skills before your weekend event kicks off

  • After your Startup Weekend Education ends, host a Workshop to keep the momentum going

If you’re not hosting a Startup Weekend Education event, use a Workshop to:

  • Establish your organization or event space as a hub for education entrepreneurs

  • See who in your community is interested in education entrepreneurship

  • Fill a gap in your Edtech Meetup programming

  • Apply to Organize a Workshop in your community

 

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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6,000 emprendedores: El impacto de Education Entrepreneurs

¿Qué pasa con los cerca de 400 líderes de comunidad y los 1000 expertos de industria de 63 ciudades de alrededor del mundo que voluntariamente dan su tiempo a enseñar a otras personas cómo utilizar el emprendimiento para mejorar la educación?

¡Nace un movimiento internacional y la industria educativa se mueve como nunca antes!

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Gracias al soporte de la Fundación de Bill & Melinda Gates, Education Entrepreneurs ha sido capaz no solo de mejorar y escalar su evento de Startup Weekend Edición Educación, sino que también se ha expandido para ofrecer Startup Digest Education, Workshops, Summits, recursos en línea a comunidades y más. Gracias a alianzas estratégicas con Edsurge,Imagine K12, y 4.0 Schools, Education Entrepreneurs también ha podido asegurar a los participantes el soporte en su progreso a través del camino emprendedor para traer soluciones a su mercado.

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Han sido 22 meses llenos de aprendizaje y el programa de Education Entrepreneurs se enorgullece de compartir su primer Reporte de Impacto. Como siempre será, este reporte esta dedicado a nuestros líderes de comunidad quienes contribuyen una cantidad enorme de trabajo, compromiso y pasión para desarrollar y sostener el emprendimiento educativo en sus propios lugares. Ellos son la espina dorsal del movimiento de Education Entrepreneurs. Le dan a otras personas la oportunidad de innovar y mejorar uno de los sectores más importantes que influencian nuestra prosperidad: La educación.  Es a ellos a quienes debemos el agradecimiento de nuestro impacto, pues han creado espacios abiertos con acceso y oportunidades, y son ellos a quienes el mundo debe ver como agentes de cambio en la educación.

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Para acceder al reporte haz click aquí: Education Entrepreneurs Impact Report: The Past 22 Months

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Education Entrepreneurs es la iniciativa más grande del mundo enfocada en ayudar a las personas a usar el emprendimiento para mejorar la educación. Ofrece Startup Weekend Education, Startup Digest Education, Workshops, recursos en línea y una red global de líderes de comunidad. A través de seis continentes, Education Entrepreneurs ha creado oportunidades sin precedente para que todos, en cualquier parter, puedan moldear el futuro de la educación.








6,000 Entrepreneurs Across 6 Continents: The Impact of Education Entrepreneurs

What happens when nearly 400 Community Leaders and 1000 industry experts from 63 cities around the world volunteer their time to teach people how to use entrepreneurship to improve education? An international movement is birthed and an education industry is rocked like never before!

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Thanks to the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Education Entrepreneurs has been able to not only improve and scale its popular Startup Weekend Education event, but also expand its offerings to include Startup Digest Education, Workshops, Summits, online resources and communities, and more. Because of wonderful partnerships with Edsurge, Imagine K12, and 4.0 Schools, Education Entrepreneurs has also been able to ensure participants feel supported as they progress in their entrepreneurial journey and bring their solutions to market.

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It’s truly been a groundbreaking 22 months, and Education Entrepreneurs is excited to share its first ever Impact Report. As it always will be, this report is dedicated to the volunteer Community Leaders who’ve contributed a tremendous amount of work, commitment, and passion to develop and sustain education entrepreneurship in their own backyards. Community Leaders are the backbone of the Education Entrepreneurs movement. They have given people from all walks of life the opportunity to innovate and improve one of the most important sectors influencing our future prosperity: Education. It is the Community Leaders we have to thank for the impact we have been able to make, it is the Community Leaders who created welcoming spaces of access and opportunity, and it is the Community Leaders the world can look to as true changemakers in education.

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Access the Report here: Education Entrepreneurs Impact Report: The Past 22 Months

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.








Education Heats Up Startup Editions Month

This May, UP Global is celebrating the first ever Editions Month – an initiative created in response to the growing organic demand from the community to bring the magic of Startup Weekend to new industries and audiences. Startup Weekend Edition events run just like any other Startup Weekend, but are focused on a certain theme, industry or audience. These type of events increase the diversity of the community by pulling in new attendees, Organizers, stakeholders, and sponsors with new areas of expertise.

During the entire month of May, Startup Weekend Organizers all around the world will be hosting over 100 events, highlighting more than 50 different editions! The three most popular Startup Weekend editions are University (i.e. the event is hosted on a university campus, and most of the participants are students and faculty), Women (i.e. at least 70% of the participants are women), and Education (i.e. participants are focused on building products and services that improve education outcomes).

The Education Entrepreneurs team is excited to shed a light on the 6 Startup Weekend Education events that will participating in Startup Editions Month.

May 15th

Recife, Brazil – Follow @SWEDURecife

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Sacramento, California – Follow @SWSac

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Toowoomba, Australia – Follow @StartupTSG

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Somiedo, Spain – Follow @SWESomiedo

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May 22nd

Florianopolis, Brazil – Follow @SWFloripa

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May 29th

Pachuca, Mexico – Follow @SWMexico

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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.

 








Education Entrepreneurs Community Leader Spotlight: Shimira Williams

shimirawms_1380489557_07One-line bio: I’m a catalyst to implement technology in underserved communities.

Find me in…Pittsburgh, PA

Find me on…Twitter @tekstart and @productivityllc

Favorite Twitter Hashtag: #ecetech

What’s your day job? 

I’m an Integration Specialist for TekStart and Productivity, LLC. I develop digital citizens.

What do you like to do for fun?

Travel and attend concerts

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

Mildred Davison (my paternal grandmother), because she lives and works in the same community, allowing her to build in-depth relationships with her students and their families. She’s known for the high expectations she holds for her students, as well as proactively working with their parents to make sure they succeed. Now retired and living in the same community, whenever Mildred runs into a former student, they often times reminisce on the lessons she taught them or how she built up their confidence.

How did you discover Education Entrepreneurs?

The Startup Weekend newsletter and social media.

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

I was on the Organizing Team for the first Startup Weekend Education Pittsburgh event in February 2015. (Follow @SWEDUPgh to find out when the next one will be).

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

One of the most challenging things is coordinating the meals: trying to cater to everyone’s dietary restrictions, be cost-effective, as well as offer a variety. We have to keep our participants well-nourished because they’re working around-the-clock to create great new innovations.

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

The most rewarding thing is when I run into participants and they are talking about their projects. Also, when I read news about our teams, it makes me proud.

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

Collaborate to optimize your competitive advantage and harness your social capital.

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

Spend time with your intended end users to fully understand their lifestyle and culture.

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

Developing a blueprint to engage underserved communities in S.T.E.M. education by harnessing the economic development in the area.

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

My favorite edtech company is Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), because they keep reinventing how to deliver educational content to children and their families. Their adaptability to new media, while still maintaining their mission and quality, is inspiring. It’s classic and cutting edge, a true marker of innovation and sustainability.

Finish the sentence: In my dream world, education would be free of barriers to entry. Education would be equitable, not equal.

What are the books, events, videos, etc. that you think anyone interested in innovating in education and/or building community should check out? The Fred Forward Conference, Startup Weekend (any edition), We the Geeks a Google Hangout on Air via the White House. A must read is Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World. Also, here’s my book list for the year; it’s innovation-inspired.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Be passionate and resilient.

 

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.








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.