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On February 21, Oakland will kick off its first-ever Startup Weekend EDU, bringing together Bay Area entrepreneurs, designers, developers, and educators. In just 54 hours, teams will take innovative ideas from concept to launch.

What makes it an EDU event? All teams are working on ideas that have been “educator-approved”!

Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) will host participants at its Cole Middle School location. Originally a school, Cole now houses OUSD’s Technology Services group. Information Technology Officer John Krull and Venture Capitalist Mitch Kapor, among others, will serve as a judges and provide feedback to competing teams at the end of the weekend. Edtech entrepreneur and former CTO of OUSD Gee Kin Chou, as well as seasoned developers, product design experts, and investors, will be on hand to mentor teams during the weekend.

Cole Middle School Classroom

One special prize will reward a solution most likely to change the face of Oakland education. Oakland Startup Weekend EDU is made possible through support from the Kapor Center for Social Impact, NewSchools Venture Fund, and the Rogers Family Foundation.

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John Baldo