7 Irish Startups to Make Education and Learning Better

Thanks to everyone who made this event a success! Here’s a snapshot of the event with the winners announced.

1st Place: Hello Coder

An application teaching girls to code by creating fashion.

Hello Coder team

2nd Place: NextFuture

A platform for second and third level students to work on real life projects and make better career decisions.

Next Future Team
Next Future Team

3rd Place:  Play Academy

Playful games for companies to improve team dynamics and create high performing teams.

Play Academy Team
Play Academy Team


Kids EduPro is a platform where parents can find expert advice and resources about alternative education.

Learning Mat is a multi sensory interactive collaborative learning for all age groups and subject areas.

Propeller is a platform that gives students a real world experience and companies – an affordable labour.

Learn Log is a solution for keeping track of child’s well-being and creating an interactive dialogue with parents and teachers.


Quality of Ideas

As organisers we were impressed by the quality and a variety of ideas, from lifelong learning, school education to professional development – teams at Startup Weekend Education tackled all problems!

Global Startup Battle

Dublin Startup Weekend Education made it to the top 20 at Global Startup Battle, a competition of 102 startup weekends from all around the world competing during November 13-15.

Join our Community

Startup Weekend Education was the first hackathon for education and learning technology in Ireland, and as organisers we hope it will spark a community of edupreneurs! Join our new meetup group Learning Technology Ireland to continue working on ideas that change the way we learn.

Learning Technology Ireland is a community of technologists, designers, educators and entrepreneurs who come together to share knowledge. We’re creating an open space to discuss problems in learning and education, and brainstorm ideas for possible solutions. Send a message to Ruta, Amy or David if you want to organise a meetup together.

Website: http://www.meetup.com/Learning-Technology-Ireland


Educators and Entrepreneurs Come Together to Build Technology


Dublin Startup Weekend Education

Dublin, Ireland, October 25, 2015 — Dublin Startup Weekend Education brings together educators, developers, designers and entrepreneurs who are passionate about making a positive impact in education to build game-changing technology products in 54 hours. Over a course of three days teams develop viable concepts that address the needs of teachers, students and parents, as well as college professors, corporate trainers and everyone concerned with lifelong learning. The teams are supported by experts in education, technology, design and business.

“No matter what your role is, education impacts your present and future. The more you know, the better opportunities you have in life. Education is a complex system, but learning belongs to everyone. To make learning better we need collaboration between various groups of people, especially those with background in education and professional development, and technology makers,” said lead organizer Ruta Danyte. “Good ideas come from diversity. By bringing people from such different backgrounds together, Dublin Startup Weekend Education creates a springboard to create technology we all want to use to acquire new skills.”

The format of the event is focused on bringing people with skills and people with ideas together. On Friday night, participants get a chance to present their technology ideas to the group in 60 seconds. After teams form, the rest of the weekend is spent working on the most popular ideas with the help of experienced entrepreneurs and mentors. On Sunday, teams present their ideas in front of a panel of thought leaders from education and technology industry in Ireland, including Martyn Farrows (Learnovate Centre), Stephen Moran (Bank of Ireland), Dr Claire O’Connell (The Irish Times) and Vicky Godolphin (Accenture Ireland), who will award teams based on business model and customer validation.

“I participated in Startup Weekend a few months before joining the organising team. The vibrant experience of the event was invaluable, it allowed me to validate the need for my idea and turn it into an actual product,” said Nana Adeniyi, the founder of The Alpha Project. “Technology is the most effective way of  informatively improving all aspects of education. I’m glad Startup Weekend allows for opportunities to do that.”

Dublin Startup Weekend Education is part of an international entrepreneurship competition Global Startup Battle which offer prizes such as trip to Amsterdam, the membership at Founder Institute and other resources to help build a technology company. Global Startup Battle unites hundreds of Startup Weekend events hosted around the world where winning teams from each event move forward to compete with one another during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

“Bank of Ireland is delighted to be backing the next generation of great ideas that will be worked on during Startup Weekend Education at Grand Canal Square this November 13th – 15th. With a range of supports already in place through the Startup community including our workbench program in Galway and Dublin to get entrepreneurs started as well as our newly released StartLab incubator program also in Galway we are looking forward to how teams progress over this exciting 54 hour challenge at the Startup Weekend Education edition this November,” said Gene Murphy, E.I.R. at Bank of Ireland.

Dublin Startup Weekend Education is proudly sponsored by Bank of Ireland, Versari Partners, IrishStartupTV and Suppliesbox.

About: Startup Weekend Education events are 54-hour events designed to provide superior entrepreneurship education for people with diverse skills. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, Startup Weekend Education events culminate in Sunday night presentations. Participants create working education startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from experienced entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

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