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What can we do with Data? How civic pains can be eased with open data?
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NEW MAN’S BUSINESS ACCELERATOR е македонско-американска компанија со мисија преку високоспецијализирани програми да им овозможи на сите што се дел од него да го реализираат својот максимален потенцијал. Компанијата има свои канцеларии во Скопје и Лос Анџелес.
Во рамки на Акцелераторот функционираат:
• Career Center – Кариерниот центар ја предводи комуникацијата со студентите, компаниите и инвеститорите и дава активен придонес во дизајнирање на програмите;
• Cloud Academy – Обезбедува професионална интердисциплинарна едукација и менторство, со комбинирана настава во живо и на далечина преку користење на најсовремена опрема, во областите: Computer Science and Technology, Arts and Creative Technologies, Computer Networks and Cyber-security;
• Smart-up Center – Овозможува бизнис менторство на млади претприемачи и целосна поддршка од креирање на демо верзија на производ/услуга, изработка на бизнис план, до обезбедување на ресурси, основање и водење на компанија;
• Open R&D Lab – Работи сврзани со изнаоѓање на нови техники и методи на учење.
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For the first time in my life, I will be traveling to Recife, Brazil. As is the typical reaction whenever you tell someone you are headed to Brazil, most of my friends envision me headed on a tropical vacation filled with beautiful beaches, delicious food, and lively cultural experiences. Although those are all things I definitely hope to get the chance to engage in while I am there (if you see a picture like this pop up in your news feed, then you know that hope was realized), that is not the purpose of my trip. I am actually headed to Recife with one intention and one intention only: to collaborate with local leaders to foster a community that’s empowered to utilize entrepreneurship to solve Recife’s, and perhaps even all of Brazil’s, biggest education problems.
But why Recife? And why now? Good questions! Those are the same ones I posed to the Organizers as they set out on their journey to launch the second Startup Weekend Education to ever take place in all of South America. Meet this incredible group of guys, and find out why they’re so passionate about fostering education entrepreneurship in the city they grew up in.
Gerson Ribeiro is an emboldened entrepreneur and consultant. He is the founder of Gymbo, an educational startup for high school students. Previously, Gerson taught Math, Chemistry and Physics, and now he teachers Digital Marketing for tech entrepreneurs.
Hiro Miyakawa is a seasoned developer, and is heavily involved in the entrepreneurial community of Recife, organizing events such as TEDxRecife, TEDxRecifeAntigo, and TEDxUFPE. He is passionate about teaching his native language, Japanese, to Brazilians.
Luiz Fernando Gomes is a mathematician who taught students ages 11-17 for 5 years. During his time as a teacher, he pioneered many technology integration initiatives at his school. Now, he is responsible for the operations in Lotebox, a startup that he launched at Startup Weekend Recife, which took place earlier this year.
What do you think are some of the biggest problems in education in Recife (or Brazil, in general)?
Brazil performs below the average in mathematics, reading, and science among the 65 countries and economies that participated in the 2012 PISA assessment of 15-year-olds. This situation is even more drastic in the Northeast area of Brazil, which is where Recife resides. These low academic rates are often times attributed to political interests, poorly designed educational plans, and misuse of public resources. However, Recife, which is the state capital, is one of the leading cities that is heading towards improving its educational system.
What impact are you hoping Startup Weekend Education Recife will have on solving these problems?
Lately, the career opportunities for educators in Recife have been dwindling, and because of this, more educators are entering the local entrepreneurial community. As a result, new possibilities are emerging for how we go about solving educational problems, and new resources are being provided to help people transform their ideas into sustainable businesses.
Recife has a lot of potential to create technology innovations due to new public benefits that are given to “creative economy” businesses. Educators, however, are not yet inserted and connected in this network. Bringing technologists, entrepreneurs, and educators together via Startup Weekend Education is our goal, which we think will have a huge impact in developing our edtech community.
Why is this the right time for Recife to have a Startup Weekend Education?
We’re living in a very important time in Brazil where everybody is talking about developing students’ skills and abilities. Our country has received terrible ratings in education reports, so increasingly more people here are recognizing that our education system needs to be fixed, and it’s about time people stop talking and actually start the revolution!
Recife has always been a place of opportunity and a welcome home to those who want to change things. This time is no different. Constantly there are new opportunities for what education can be. The only problem is, that there’s a disconnection between educators and technology.
What type of experience and knowledge are your Speakers, Coaches, and Judges bringing to the event?
The people we have chosen to contribute their expertise to this event meet the following requirements:
- They must have experience in education, either as Educators or Developers of solutions in education.
- They must understand technological opportunities in the market
- They must have the entrepreneurial spirit
The experts, the environment, and the opportunities – we are expecting that these three things coupled together will inspire our participants to want to change the world through education innovation!
The Time is Now!
After several months of planning, Startup Weekend Education Recife is finally right around the corner! Debuting this Friday, April 11th, the Organizing Team has already invested countless hours in creating a space for the people of Recife to question the status quo, generate creative solutions, and work as united teams to push the education system forward. For me, personally, I am absolutely honored to be a part of it, and I cannot wait to see what ripple effect this event has throughout the entire country of Brazil. We’ll be posting updates and pictures from the event all weekend, so be sure to Like the Facebook Page, and follow the Twitter handle, so that you can stay updated on everything #SWEDURecife!
This post was written by Catherine Uong, Co-Founder of Doozey Game, Operations Intern at DevBootcamp, and Program Coordinator of USC Stevens Center for Innovation.
On April 11, Startup Weekend Education Mountain View will be turning the spotlight on the people who know most about schools – the kids! New York City launched this youth-centered format earlier this year, but for the first time, the Bay Area will be creating a space for both middle school kids and adults to collaborate and bring kid-centric ideas about education to life!
Curious as to why it’s important to involve kids in the education innovation process, I went ahead and interviewed Chris Chiang, the Lead Organizer for the event, a history teacher and technologist at Sacred Heart Middle School, and a School Board Trustee for the Mountain View Whisman School District.
Why is it important to give middle school kids the opportunity to play a leading role in the 54-hour event?
After my experience at participating in Startup Weekend Education, I wanted students to get involved too. Students often find startups and technology intimidating. So I felt it was the right time to get kids introduced to the space. Many kids have lived around these tech companies their whole lives but have no idea how they work. By letting them participate in a Startup Weekend Education, we can give kids a window into this world.
I think it’s important to have youth at the center of this event, because the student-teacher relationship is a reciprocal relationship. We can help introduce kids to STEM and entrepreneurship, but also help introduce adults to what kids know about schools.
Also, it’s more clear than ever that kids want to do something like this. For our event, we capped our student tickets at 60, but we sold out of those tickets in less than 48 hours. It’s a sign that kids want to get actively involved in building solutions for education!
In startups, we often talk about the user and user validation. Who knows schools better than students? I think the tech community can really benefit from having the student voice present to answer the question: “What would kids do?” By having the kids create the educational solutions that they would use, I think it will be a meaningful learning experience for everyone involved.
How were middle schoolers recruited for the event? And why middle schoolers, instead of high schoolers?
Many of our principals and educators reached out to kids at their schools to participate in the event. We wanted to get the kids that didn’t put limits on themselves yet. High schoolers often times have pre-existing notions, as many adults do, that may inhibit how “out-of-the-box” they’re willing to think. So we decided to reach out to middle schoolers, an age group we thought would be more apt to really thinking creatively.
What is your vision for how your event will impact the greater Startup Weekend Education community?
A model has not yet been created for getting kids involved at Startup Weekend Education, so we would like to test things out and see what works for both kids and adults. Eventually, I would love to see the educational community outside of Mountain View utilize this model that we create.
Find Out How It Goes
You can get play-by-play updates on Chris’s kid-focused Startup Weekend Education event taking place this weekend by following the action on Twitter.
This post was written by Mabel Zhuang, Curriculum Developer at LaMeire College Consulting and Masters Student at Teachers College at Columbia University.
I first stumbled upon the startup world of education technology (edtech) at a demo night in San Francisco that a friend of mine had an extra ticket for. As I was recently admitted into an education graduate Master’s program, I went simply interested in learning more about education. What I got was not just an introduction to the exciting possibilities of technology within education, but that night, I caught the startup bug.
Since then, I’ve been heavily involved with the edtech startup scene in both coasts, and a comment I often hear is, “Where are the educators?” We are in a space where ideas and innovations are constantly generated, but a large majority of these ideas and innovations are coming from everyone but educators. Why aren’t more people collaborating with the individuals who are directly working with students on a daily basis to truly understand the problems and needs within today’s education system to build solutions that actually make sense? Why aren’t more educators jumping into the game and starting their own edtech ventures? Why aren’t there more educators becoming entrepreneurs?
When it comes to understanding what the problems and needs are in our current education system, it’s the teachers. Teachers know what they are lacking, what they need, and what works when it comes to instruction and learning because it is something they encounter every day. However, when it comes to building a product and launching it into the market successfully, the individuals who know best are the developers and businessmen. There is a wealth of expertise and resources that is often underutilized, and if educators are simply able to tap into this wealth, we can see amazing results.
An Educator Taking the Lead
Eric Nelson did just that. As a 9th grade social studies teacher in Forest Lake, MN, he found his students were bored and disengaged with world events. How could he get his students excited and interested in the news? He found the answer in fantasy football. That may sound odd at first, but here’s how he fused fantasy football with geopolitics. Nelson did not have his class create fantasy leagues and participate in the draft, but he used the same mechanics that appeal to him and masses of other people who play fantasy football and created a game called Fantasy Geopolitics. In the game, students create teams of countries and score points based on how often those countries appeared in the news. He found that by enlisting this “Fantasy Football” format, his students were having a ton of fun, while simultaneously learning about the complex relationships that arise from interactions among geography, politics, and the economy!
This was last year. Fast forward to today. Nelson’s Fantasy Geopolitics will be the first Startup Weekend Education-sponsored company at this year’s EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit in Nashville. Though Nelson came from a teaching background, he was able to utilize the knowledge, resources, and people power he acquired at Startup Weekend Education Chicago and 4.0 Schools to build a real company out of this incredible game so that social studies teachers everywhere can sign up and play the game with their students.
My hope is that there will be an increase in Edupreneurs such as Eric Nelson, teachers who are able to see their ideas to better education come to fruition. The resources are out there so let’s start sharing and collaborating!
Oh, and be sure to check out this awesome short video I made about Startup Weekend Education and Eric Nelson!
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Last month, I had the privilege of speaking on Teach for America Oklahoma’s Social Innovation Panel. The advice that my fellow panelists shared in that conference hall was so powerful that I immediately thought others interested in making the transition from educator to entrepreneur, or passionate about being more “entrepreneurial” in their current role as educators, would benefit from receiving this information. The following is a summary of the three biggest pieces of advice each panelist, and former Teach for America Corps Member, shared with current classroom educators interested in learning more about entrepreneurship:
In photo from left to right: Andre Feigler, Vinit Sukhija, Carlisha Williams, and Mandela Schumacher-Hodge
Andre Feigler is the Founder of Youth Run NOLA and and Founder and CEO of Enriched Schools, which makes it easy to find the perfect substitute teacher, guest speaker or flexible staff for your school.
Be truthful with yourself about your passion and honest about why you’re doing what you’re doing. If you’re going to head down this path, build something that sets you on fire and that you have some unexplainable desire to pursue. If after reflection you realize you have no choice but to honor your idea or charge at your vision — give it all you’ve got. Be fearless, relentless and bold in the face of inevitable failures and have the conviction that it will work.
Along the way, find mentors and surround yourself with people that are good, and great — those that can help you learn to fail faster and forward, stay grounded and live with compassion, and become wiser and more focused with your drive — and learn from and listen to them.
We need you, the teachers. You know and experience most of the critical, urgent and real problems in today’s education system, and thus, are experts in creating solutions that improve learning and life outcomes for kids. I would challenge folks to think boldly about how we might “redesign” education to inspire, challenge, and support students for the future — questioning structural and pedagogical assumptions — and not merely settle with small change or minor improvements for schools of yesterday.
Vinit Sukhija is the Manager of the Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Initiative at Teach for America, which focuses on engaging corps members and alumni to develop, sustain, and grow their own game-changing social ventures that will end educational inequity.
You don’t need to be the founder of a new venture in order to be a social entrepreneur. Launch something new in your classroom, your school, or in your community that solve a problem that really bothers you!
Empower your students to be innovators – never forget to leverage your students’ life experiences and creativity as you lesson plan.
Discover your true passion in education, and run with it. Create a vision for the future of education and work relentlessly – within entrepreneurship or not – to make it a reality.
Carlisha Williams is the Founder and Executive Director of Women Empowering Nations, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of girls and women through self-esteem development, global education, and leadership outreach programs. Also, Carlisha’s documentary, The World They Knew, just debuted!
Start now. I encourage educators to begin being the change they want to see even while still in the classroom. Whether you are impacting two or two hundred in year one, it’s important to take the first step in working towards your dream.
Passion is everything. The greatest asset of any social entrepreneur is a deep passion and love for the work. A great way to stay anchored in that is by writing a vision statement that reminds you of why you are in this work. My vision statement has kept me focused during the ups and downs on the journey of entrepreneurship.
Know what makes your work unique. A great investment of time before starting a venture is researching what other businesses and organizations are doing who work in areas similar to your interest. Use what is already out there to learn from their work, inspire new ideas, and define your target audience.
My Tidbits of Wisdom:
Other people, who are not professional educators, really do care about education too, and should be welcomed in this space as potential collaborators and allies in improving educational experiences for learners. It’s programs like Startup Weekend Education that move dialogue into action, and create a safe space for anyone and everyone to pursue their education ideas and collaborate with like-minded individuals who have complementary skill-sets.
Be selfish in your pursuit of a selfless venture. I know it might seem like a contradictory statement, but what I’m saying is to selfishly choose a venture or initiative that you are truly passionate about. The fact of the matter is, when you are working on something you sincerely care about, you will have the resolve to stick with it, when the going gets tough – and I promise you, it will get tough!
Your business, your leadership and management skills, your relationships…everything will get better when you, as an individual, get better first. Really take ownership in your own personal and professional development and watch how those internal improvements positively impact your external circumstances.
Come join the party! The Baltimore EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit aims to ensure that educator voices are heard by the innovators building educational tools for schools. Educators also want to discover and play with cutting edge tools.
“This will be the first time that companies, teachers, and districts will be in the same space to talk about how we can make purposeful decisions about what the best edtech companies have to offer our instruction and learning for our kids,” says Jenna Shaw, middle school teacher at Patterson Park Public Charter School in Baltimore City.
“We can be hands-on, ask the questions that really matter, and make decisions around innovative instruction and curriculum development,” she adds. “These conversations often happen in silos, and the Summit allows a space for everyone dedicated to making education better to dream big about the future.”
Ellen Craviotto, an elementary teacher from Peabody Charter School, traveled from Santa Barbara to Mountain View to participate in a similar EdSurge Summit in Mountain View last November. “I have been teaching for 24 years and it was the first conference I have gone to that I really felt the spirit of collaboration between the companies and the teachers.”
In the Baltimore area February 22? It’s not too late to register!
DATE: Saturday, February 22
TIME: 9:00 am to 3:30pm (Breakfast, lunch and snacks all provided!)
PLACE: Four Seasons Baltimore Free parking for educators!
WHAT WILL HAPPEN: Meet, talk with entrepreneurs building technology. Try out what they’re building. Give them feedback on what you need in your class
MID-DAY BRAIN BOOST: Only one panel! Get the real scoop on implementing blended learning from the people who really know–students.
EXTRA EXTRA! VIP Keynote: Deputy Director James Shelton will share a few words to kick off the event.
MSDE CREDIT: Teachers can opt to earn MSDE credit for participation. Yes, free MSDE credit!
Can’t make the Baltimore EdSurge Summit? Stay tuned for info on upcoming EdSurge Summits in other cities!
Christopher founded Educelerate, a not-for-profit network to foster start-up ventures focused on education technology and innovation. They hold monthly Meetups and Workshops (either free of under $4) involving a membership base of over one thousand Educelerants in Chicago, Los Angeles, Twin Cities and (in the works) Phoenix. Christopher also founded Educated Ventures, and since 2012, has successfully raised and invested nearly $50 million across ten separate client capital raises and direct investments.
What People Are Saying About Christopher?
“Chris has a real presence in and is a true advocate for the Chicago edtech ecosystem. He was able to generate strong sponsor interest in our first-ever Midwestern Startup Weekend Education from his vast network, and at the same time found opportunities to showcase local startups that have been the foundation of Chicago’s edupreneurial community. Chris has a unique mix of corporate and investing experience combined with a love of working with founders – lucky thing that he’s bringing that passion to Startup Weekend Education events across the US in LA, Phoenix, Twin Cities, and back to Chicago this year!” – Vicky Guo, Startup Weekend Education Facilitator, and Chicago and Oakland Organizer
Every month, Startup Weekend Education features an Educator and/or Innovator of the Month! Have someone you’d like to nominate? Email firstname.lastname@example.org his/her information.
Dame cinco!!! Why you ask? Because Startup Weekend Education just had its most successful month to-date, conducting five different events in three brand new cities around the world in a 30-day time period! Spanning three continents, incredible local Community Organizers lead the charge, orchestrating events for over 700 people to come together and build great solutions to some of education’s biggest problems! Check out all the winner’s below, and be sure to visit the event pages, as well, where awesome Organizers and volunteers blogged about the events.
JANUARY 2014 WINNERS
ATHENS, GREECE – January 17-19th – New Startup Weekend Education city!
1st: E-Antibullying – helping to eradicate cyber-bullying
2nd: Museum Challenge – augmented reality/gaming experience for kids at museums
3rd: Culture Loves Autism
Check out the action on Twitter at #AthSWEDU
LOS ANGELES, CA – January 24-26th – New Startup Weekend Education city!
1st: Yokyco.co – Unlock the creative electrical engineer in your classroom
2nd: GoalEd – A Game to help kids with goal-setting
3rd (Tie): OwlLook – Curated list of recommended resources for teachers
3rd (Tie): Seek – Students make connections b/t educator lessons and the real-world by creating treasure hunts utilizing geotagging
Check out the action on Twitter at #LAEdu
SAO PAULO, BRASIL – January 30th-February 1st – New Startup Weekend Education city and first-time in South America!
1st: TV JOCA – The first web communication channel for news geared towards children.
2nd: Good to Go – A system that helps English learners improve their fluency and confidence.
3rd: Curió – A robust resume search
NYC TEENS – January 31st-February 2nd – First ever Startup Weekend Education Teens edition!
1st: Ducky – Keeps students interests afloat
2nd: Passionate Pursuit – Supports the integration of students’ creativity/passion into school work and everyday lives.
3rd: Integration Orientation – Helps end racial segregation at schools.
Check out the action on Twitter at #NYCEduTeens
NYC ADULTS – January 31st-February 2nd – 3rd annual Startup Weekend Education in NYC!
1st: Vid Code – Interactive mobile platform to get teenage girls interested in coding
2nd: The Golden Egg – DonorsChoose for education software development
3rd: SimplifAID – Helping students make sense of their financial aid packet after they receive it.
Check out the action on Twitter at #NYCEdu
Here’s your chance to take part in the action. Pitch your idea or work on a team at any of these upcoming events:
Feb 21st – Oakland, CA
March 28th – St. Bonaventure, NY
March 28th – Toronto, Canada – Library Edition
April 11th – Recife, Brazil
April 18th – Phoenix, AZ
April 25th – Copenhagen, Denmark
May 2nd – Minneapolis
May 16th – Bay Area, CA – Next Gen Edition
May 23rd – Cambridge, UK
May 30th – Abidjan, Ivory Coast
June 27th – Sydney, Australia
July 4th – Montreal, Canada
September 12th – Oakland, CA
Oct 3rd – Mexico City, Mexico
Johannesburg, Ann Arbor, Prishtina, Ibague, DC, Montreal, and Rochester events are also coming in 2014. Sign up to the Startup Weekend Education newsletter to receive notifications for when tickets go on sale!
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