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Startup Education needs your help to get to the biggest edtech conference in the world! We submitted 3 panel proposals to SXSWedu, which offers a huge opportunity for us to showcase our mission and impact. 30% of the selection process is from community voting, so we need your help to vote for all 3 sessions below and share on your social media networks.

Here’s What You Need to Do

  1. Visit http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/
  2. Create an account
  3. Search for our talk, Closing Achievement Gaps Through Games
  4. Vote by clicking on the thumbs up
  5. Voting closes on September 6

Here’s our 3 panels!

Growing an Education Innovation Community

Is there more to education innovation than edtech startups and accelerators? This panel is actively building community of innovators solving challenges in education within their respective parts of the world. No matter where you live, learn how to launch your own education innovation community to bring together individuals creating change in education. Hear about their triumphs and failures along the way and take away some tactics and ideas you can use in your own backyard.
Featuring Jessica Falkenthal- Marketing Coordinator of Startup Education and Gerson Riberio- Startup Weekend Education Recife Brazil Organizer
Vote to support Jess!

Redesigning School As We Know It

Why does school mean four walls, one teacher, and 20 students? Ever had an idea for how to reinvent a school from the ground up? This panel will discuss how to design schools of the future that create opportunities for students and teachers to thrive. What are the frameworks for thinking about what is needed in a new school model? If you’re interested in designing personalized learning and competency-based education, then this panel is for you.
Featuring Mandela Schumacher-Hodge- Director of Startup Education and Christine Ortiz, Startup Weekend Education Orlando Organizer & Global Facilitator
Vote to support Mandela!

Understanding and Empathizing with Education Users

How well do you think you know your users? Whether you’re a teacher trying to understand the needs of students in your classroom or an entrepreneur trying to understand the needs of teachers and students who use your product, empathy and understanding is the secret weapon of successful entrepreneurs. In this workshop, you will discover and practice techniques for understanding your user’s needs.
Featuring John Baldo, Program Manager of Startup Education
Vote to support John!


Panels by Our Community

We also have some amazing panels submitted by members of our community. We’d love for everyone to help support them too!

Getting even more ‘ED’ into ‘EDtech development’
Last year, we focused on the big hurdles in getting educators more involved in the development of edtech tools and programs in the classroom . Through moderated group discussion, we will construct solutions to the challenges facing educators and edtech developers with an eye to implementing these solutions in our members’ respective localities. We’ll look to teacher experts and successful startups for solutions that can be implemented in incubators, meetup communities and beyond.
This panel features Sean Duffy, Startup Weekend Education Austin Lead Organizer
Vote for Sean’s panel at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/39679

SchoolAsAService: Supporting Student Success@Scale
Over the past few years, institutions of higher education have increasingly sought to move and expand their degree programs online as well as to integrate more new technology and methodologies into their student services. Most attendees will be familiar with large turnkey partnership models like 2U and Pearson (Embanet/eCollege), but this panel will cover the range of more targeted partners with specific focus around student recruiting and retention services, all available “as a service”.
This panel features Chris Nyren- Startup Weekend Education Organizer for Startup Weekend Education Chicago , SWEDU LA , SWEDU Phoenix  and SWEDU Twin Cities .
Vote for Chris’s panel at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/31870

Redefining EdTech Innovation: NYC as Case Study
With over a million kids in NYC schools, educators are piloting new prototypes, bootcamps are teaching new skills, and maker spaces are igniting new builders. How might this wave of innovation in NYC (with strong district participation and for-/non-profit startup partnership) impact the U.S. edtech ecosystem? Is it time to redefine edtech to include unusual suspects? This panel discusses how creatives of all types are collaborating to accelerate the pace of innovation in & out of our classrooms.
This panel features David Fu, Startup Weekend Education NYC Organizer
Vote for David’s panel at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/41517

12 Superb Tools to Add to Your EdTech Utility Belt
Various multimedia tools to engage, excite, and educate students on a budget!
This panel features Josh Murdock, Startup Weekend Education Orlando Organizer
Vote for Josh’s panel at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/35248

Teacher to Techie: Tackling the Transition
Anyone working at an edtech company full-time cannot know what’s happening in the classroom first-hand. Therefore, all edtech companies need strategies for engaging continuously with current classroom teachers, even though teachers are busy, have other priorities, & work in difficult-to-understand contexts. Come to this panel to learn how teachers & companies can work together successfully, inside & outside the classroom, from four people who’ve tackled the transition from teacher to techie.
This panel features Deborah Chang, Startup Weekend Education NYC Organizer
Vote for Deborah’s panel at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/33035

EdTech: Classrooms in Start-up Mode
EdTech: Classrooms in Start-up Mode Tech allows for an opportunity to move beyond the traditional classroom and towards a more dynamic experience. This chaotic shift couldn’t come at a better time. The needs are great and the solutions are experimental. This panel will convene practitioners, experts and entrepreneurs to explore innovative technologies and ways to foster a more open educational landscape.
This panel features Sean Duffy, Startup Weekend Education Austin Lead Organizer
Vote for Sean’s panel at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/35351

Building an Edtech Bill of Rights
Educators and entrepreneurs seeking to partner together in piloting new products and technologies face several challenges, including different industry cultures, business processes, and expectations. In this session we’ll share our experiences with successful educator/edtech entrepreneur partnerships in different regions, sharing lessons learned and best practices for collaboration success.
This panel features Katrina Stevens, Startup Weekend Education Global Facilitator
Vote for Katrina’s panel at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/38260

After Studying Education Innovation for 6000 Hours
From launching thirty companies across ten Launch cohorts, we’ve gleaned some good insight on what the future of school in the U.S. may look like. Join this Future15 to get expert insight into the top trends and opportunities in education innovation in the U.S.
This Panel features Katie Beck, organizer of Startup Weekend Education New School Models SF and Startup Weekend Education NYC Teens
Vote for Katie’s panel at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/41984

In Touch: Tactile Learning for Chemistry
My (organic) chemistry games will be teaching the concepts of bond-making and breaking events, acidity, and molecular manipulation with data-based user interaction of mobile games. Incorporating tactile learning into chemistry education could reach students who may not have succeeded or had difficulty with the subject in the past. Our beautiful puzzle games also make learning chemistry intuitive and fun, so more youngsters may be inspired to continue with the study of chemistry and other STEM subjects.
This panel features Julia Winter, Startup Weekend Education Twin Cities Participant & Founder of OChemPrep
Vote for Julia’s panel at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/36432