Startup Weekend Seattle 2018: Our Winners Are…

Startup Weekend Education Seattle wrapped up with a bang in 54 hours with 42 pitches, 13 teams, 5 winners, & 1 awesome weekend! Check out our winning teams and their impactful ideas that will change the landscape of learning.

 

Grand PrizeCome UnityMatching students to high quality and personalized volunteer opportunities w/ non-profits. Our Grand Prize Team won $3,000 in google cloud credit, 1:1 mentoring with Google, 1:1 mentoring with a school leader, 1:1 meeting with a brand consultant, Android developers device, & 1-year license to Mason America.

 

Education Impact – Pacifier in a Backpack: A platform to help teen moms get postpartum, education, and professional support.

 

Business Model – Find Opportunities: Connecting non-profits to students for volunteering opportunities.

 


Excellence in Design & Audience’s Choice – Don’t Be Broke: Helping college students learn financial literacy…and don’t go broke!

 


Excellence in Execution – Owl: Master learning using questions, answers, and annotations through a real-time browser extension.

 

 

Thank you to our 70 participants, volunteers, Ambassadors, food vendors, organizing team, Grow with Google, and the Seattle Public Library for making this year’s event a huge success! See you next year!

 

Questions? Contact seattleedu@startupweekend.org.








SWEDUSEA: Kickstart your ideas with these resources

Have an idea, need inspiration, or simply want to get a headstart? Check out these tools for educational entrepreneurs.

Lean Canvas

As an entrepreneur one of the most important tasks you can perform is getting your idea(s) out from your head into a tangible format so that you can communicate that with others. The Lean Canvas quickly formulates possible business models, product launches, campaigns and variations of, so you can communicate this with your stakeholders. Check out this template to start thinking about your business model, which you’ll be judged on.

Tools for Educational Entrepreneurs

A starting place where one might find ideas, identify trends, or discover statistics to help assess the viability of an education business idea. Brought to you by the Seattle Public Library!








A SWEDU Story: Domonique Meeks – Bringing Education to Underrepresented Communities

Taking his passion for providing educational opportunities for underserved communities, Domonique Meeks joined SWEDU to find ways to provide technology education opportunities for black and brown students.

In 2016, his team won first place for Idle Seattle, a platform connecting students in Southeast and Southwest after-school programs with existing STEM programs.

Hear his story.








A SWEDUSEA Story: Vinny Pasceri – Finding Your Why and Enabling Your Team

Vinny Pasceri and his team won the 2014 SWEDU Seattle event with Lighthouse, a solution to keep kids safe.

Vinny has participated in SWEDU multiple years (his second project in 2017, Tell Me About a Time, won 2nd place) and shares his experience of the personal story that triggered Lighthouse, discovering the power of defining your WHY and empowering your team.

Hear his story.








Judges and Mentors Lineup for Startup Weekend Seattle: Data Science

With just 9 days away, we’re full steam ahead for our event and rallied several experts in the fields of entrepreneurship, data science, and software development. Behold!

Judges

 

Daniela Braga

Co-Founder, President, Chief Scientist

DefinedCrowd

 

Sean Green

Data Research Analyst

City of Seattle

 

Taylor Winters

Strategy Director, Co-Founder

WINTR

 

Carole McCluskey

Chief Technology Officer

MOD Pizza

 

Ryan Orban

Executive Vice President of Strategy

Galvanize

 

Mentors

 

Allen Chen

CEO and Co-Founder

DataBlade

 

Jeremy Foster

Developer Platform Evangelist

Microsoft

 

Caitlin Goetze

Cohort Director

9 Mile Labs

 

Trent Hauck

Consultant

Data Engineering and Science

 

Joachim Hill-Grannec

Partner

LIFFFT

 

Saranya Karuppusamy

City Director

Women Who Code

 

Thibaut Labarre

Lead Software Development Engineer

Amazon

 

Claire Lyles

Co-Founder, Front-End Developer

MyStride

 

Sean Ottey

Technical Evangelist

Rightside

 

Sandra Persing

Co-Executive Director

Women Who Code

 

Mehar Pratap Singh

CEO and Co-Founder

ProCogia

 

Vetri Vellore

CEO and Co-Founder

Chronus

 

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to support this event!

Tickets are selling out soon! Go here to RSVP: swseads2016.eventbrite.com

Interested in sponsoring? Contact Lee Ngo at lee.ngo@galvanize.com.








One Month Away to SW Seattle: Data Science! Claim Your Sponsored Discounted Tickets by 4/30!

Hello, there! Startup Weekend Seattle: Data Science is moving right along!
With half of our tickets sold and a month left until May 20th, we’re projecting to sell out!

 

Promotional codes still available!

In return for the support from the following entities, we’re offering promo codes at 50% off for up to 10 people:

 

Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA)

The WTIA has graciously written a post about our efforts! Read more here:

Claim the WTIA discount with “WTIA” or go here:
http://swseads2016.eventbrite.com?discount=WTIA

New Tech Northwest

Long-time friends of the Puget Sound community, New Tech is supporting our promotional efforts as well.

Claim the New Tech Northwest discount with “NEWTECHNW” or go here:
http://swseads2016.eventbrite.com?discount=NewTechNW

GeekWire

Our local news source for all things startup and technology, GeekWire has graciously promoted us on their active website.

Claim the GeekWire discount with “GeekWire” or go here:
http://swseads2016.eventbrite.com?discount=GeekWire

This and many other promotions currently available will expire in less than one week by April 30! Claim your tickets soon and join the fun!

 

New Bronze Sponsor: Algorithmia!

We’re grateful to add another sponsor to the mix! For the uninitiated, Algorithmia is an open marketplace for algorithms, to help data scientists and developers monetize their brilliant creations.

Thank you, Algorithmia! For more questions about our event, email us at seattledata@startupweekend.org.

Don’t forget to register! Follow this link or sign up below: swseads2016.eventbrite.com

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Lee Ngo
Lead Organizer
Startup Weekend Seattle: Data Science








Time to Upgrade: Our Data Science Experiment on Startup Weekend Seattle

After attending 15 Startup Weekends over the course of four years (wow, that’s both impressive and embarrassing), I’ve noticed a pattern in the ideas worked on during the 54-hour worldwide phenomenon of a startup competition:

Everyone thinks they know how to work in big data, but few people know how to actually do it.

 

Paramount Pictures. Source. How we usually do Startup Weekend.

 

Many startups begin their companies based on what they know (stop me if you haven’t heard one of these at a Startup Weekend before):

  • User-driven advertising campaigns (i.e. the Facebook model)
  • Freemium-premium subscription models (i.e. the Pandora model)
  • Commission-based transactions on demand (i.e. the Uber model)
  • Software-as-a-service directly to enterprises (i.e. the B2B model)
Sony Pictures Television. Source. This is how I react on the inside.

 

What Startup Weekend newbies fail to realize is that there is a fruitful underlying approach to modeling their technology, even among startups: tapping into the enormous collection of data collected by all of these apps. This data can be re-structured in ways to create meaningful, valuable insights for some particularly interested entities.

However, what is the difference between meaningful and non-meaningful data, and how can that be commercialized within the confines of a weekend competition? Enter the data scientist.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Source. Science.

 

Data science is the hottest field in software technology right now. Even the companies listed above are applying themselves more in the data science sectors, improving upon their predictive analytics and machine learning algorithms. Whenever technology hits the news, it’s due to some experimentation in artificial intelligence or improved automation: all of which extend from the field of data science.

Universal Pictures. Source. Brought to you in part by data science.

 

Thus, I have been inspired for a while to do a data science-themed event, one that creates an entire category specifically for data scientists to participate and work with the standard developers, designers, and non-technical entrepreneurs.

I want the broader startup community to discover the direction the high tech industry is taking while exposing data scientists to the fun and excitement of entrepreneurship.

NBC Studios. Source. Teamwork is everything.

 

Perhaps it’s time for Startup Weekenders to focus less on what’s already been done and more on what everyone wants them to do: innovating in the space of big data.

On May 20th at Galvanize Seattle in Pioneer Square, we will launch the first-ever data science-themed Startup Weekend. Tickets are available at swseads2016.eventbrite.com.

In just a few weeks, we already have the support of the following groups:

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Galvanize is an education company providing support for developers, data scientists, and entrepreneurs at several campuses throughout the U.S.

 

LIFFFT is a product development acceleration service that help customer-focused organizations learn more, build faster, and experiment at lower risk.

 

ProCogia is a technology firm that takes out the ambiguity from decision making by providing timely actionable insights from analysis of your data.

 

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New Tech Northwest is one of the largest community-driven technological resources in the Pacific Northwest area, hosting monthly meetups and engaging content.

Washington Technology Industry Association is the state’s ‘fixed point’ for the technology community, mobilizing industry, education and government to make the region the leading technology community in the world.

We are still looking for support to keep costs low and encourage others from underrepresented communities to participate. Email me at lee.ngo@galvanize.com if you’d like to help.

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Join us in this grand experiment of taking Startup Weekend into the future with data science.

Lee Ngo
Co-Organizer
Startup Weekend Seattle: Data Science








Startup Weekend GIRLS Set To Inspire Seattle’s Entrepreneurs-In-The-Making

Seattle, WA – March 3, 2015 – On May 15, 16, and 17, entrepreneurs and creative minds will be taking over Lake Washington Girls Middle School – Seattle’s first middle school for girls.  – for a Startup Weekend like no other: one specifically designed for fifth through tenth grade GIRLS. Organizers and volunteers of Startup Weekend GIRLS have been working to ensure that this event provides not only inspiration, but also the resources required for building and launching a viable, scalable company. There has never been a Startup Weekend designed specifically for girls; it feels only natural that it happens first here in Seattle, and at a school for girls that was a startup in its own right.

Startup Weekends are about learning through the act of creating. Participants don’t just listen to theory; they present their own ideas, build their own products, and put them to test while collaborating with like-minded, passionate individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and points of view. On top of that, Startup Weekenders receive invaluable one-on-one time with the movers and shakers within the community, as local tech and startup leaders take part in Startup Weekends as mentors/coaches and judges. Some of the people we have lined up for this year include Rebecca Lovell (Startup Liaison, City of Seattle), Monica Guzman (GeekWire), Casi Schwisow (Girls Who Code), T.A. McCann (RivalIQ), Stacey Kinked (Rivet & Cuff), Bryan Lhuillier (Shiftboard), and Zach Smith (Substantial).

Startup Weekend GIRLS Edition is specially designed for the next generation’s entrepreneurs-in-the-making, fifth through tenth  grade girls. Our team of highly innovative and connected mentors and judges will create an atmosphere of exercises and experiences that will teach girls how to come up with business ideas, conduct market research, prototype, work in teams, and “pitch” their ideas to a room full of people. Our goal is to give girls the confidence to innovate and create they will need to succeed in all aspects of life.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model – which will massaged a little bit to fit the needs of our aspiring entrepreneurs: participants pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote), and then it’s a frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. Everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

If you’d like to get involved with Startup Weekend GIRLS, let us know here, or at lwgms.org/su-weekend-girls. If you are a girl in fifth through tenth grade and would like to attend, get your tickets soon…we only have 35-40 spots!

We hope to see you there!

For Additional Information Please Contact:
Contact: Shannon Blaisdell
Phone: (206) 709-3800
Email: swgirls@startupweekend.org
Twitter: @StartupWGirls
Website: Startup Weekend Girls
Tickets: Eventbrite

About Startup Weekend
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014. The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

 








Lighthouse: SWEDUsea 1st prize and public favorite wins Global Startup Battle 2014 Education Track

 Team Lighthouse and judges at SWEDUsea 2014

Team Lighthouse and judges at SWEDUsea 2014

Team Lighthouse won 1st prize and public favorite at Startup Weekend Seattle EDU on November 23rd. The startup went on to be selected as the winner of the Global Startup Battle Education, Empowered Track sponsored by General Assembly.

Lighthouse

Watch the video pitch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoezOLaJrc0

Lighthouse is a smart solution for special needs students and teachers. It provides confidence students are where they are supposed to be and alerts you when they’re not.

A small device is attached to the student, uniquely identifying them to the teacher. The teacher uses the Lighthouse app to keep track of their students while they are on school grounds, during school hours. If a student wanders off or is with the wrong person, an alert is sent to their teacher. When a teacher requires assistance to bring a student back to class, they can notify all faculty with information about the student.








Sam Woodard: math teacher turned startup founder at SWEDUsea 2013

Winner of Startup Weekend Education 2013

It was pretty late on a Friday evening of November 2013. Sam Woodard, a math teacher at the Cleveland High School in Seattle, was watching the Startup Weekend Education pitches from his seat in the University of Washington Paccar Hall Auditorium.  He did not know anyone at all and was initially planning on joining a team and seeing what the event was like for his first Startup Weekend. But as he heard more and more 60 minute pitches he felt that he could present his own idea. A nudge from another teacher seated next to him was enough to get Sam to stand up and wait in line for his time to share his idea: MyWorksheets, an iPad app to capture worksheets and make it possible for students to fill them in digitally.

Sam recruited a multi disciplinary team of developers, designers and business people and they built the app that ended up winning the first prize of Startup Weekend Seattle EDU 2013. Using the prizes that they won, the team ended up pushing the project further with a video for the Global Startup Battle and the winning pitch for the Northwest battle pitch competition in December.

mathchatIn another serendipitous event, Software Engineer Kostub Deshmukh, Sam’s current co-founder and CTO, discovered the MyWorksheets video on the Global Startup Battle website and decided to join forces with him. Based on the feedback they got during customer validation sessions, they decided to pivot and work on MathChat instead. MathChat is an iOS app that makes it easy for students to help each other to solve math problems over chat. Sam and his co-founder are now going through the Imagine K12 incubator in San Francisco and getting more and more users for their app!

Why should you go to Startup Weekend EDU? In Sam’s own words “You don’t know what’s going to happen but this may be the event that sparks an idea that ends up being your startup!”

It’s your turn. Sign up for Startup Weekend Education Seattle.

Not in Seattle? Find a Startup Weekend Education near you!