General Assembly Will Help Startup Weekend DC "Flip the Ratio"

Last year, Startup Weekend DC organized its first ever Flip the Ratio event. Our goal was to proactively increase the female-to-male ratio in a tech industry where event attendees (and employees) are overwhelmingly male.

Most tech events have a male-female attendee ratio of 70-30. So, our goal for Flip the Ratio was to have a female-male attendee ratio of 70-30. We didn’t achieve it — instead, we hit a 90-10 female-male ratio.

This confirmed our belief that diversity in tech is not an academic abstract — it is a real need with proven demand.

Flip the Ratio 2014 saw great success in terms of attendance and team solutions. It was also a great learning experience for SW DC. We realized that we can — and should — provide ongoing education for attendees.

Startup Weekend is the best way for those interested in tech roles to learn more about the industry. It’s an awesome training ground for everyone who attends. But it is also only the beginning. Startup Weekend’s real success shows when ideas become businesses and attendees keep learning.

That’s why Flip the Ratio 2015 is offering all attendees discounts to study at the world’s most innovative education startup.

General Assembly’s DC campus has joined SW DC as an official sponsor. They want all Flip the Ratio attendees to keep building their skill sets once the judges’ final ballots have been entered.

So, they are offering the following prizes:

  • All attendees will receive 10% off GA DC’s one-time workshops. Attendees can use this discount towards any workshop of their choice. This discount is valid for an entire calendar year;
  • All members of the winning team will receive $200 off GA DC’s part-time courses. This discount is valid for 3 months following Flip the Ratio.

Not sure which courses suit your interests? Attend GA DC’s Back to School Night on Friday, October 2. This free event will help you decide which courses will expand on Flip the Ratio.

GA DC is also hosting its Women in Tech breakfast this Thursday, September 17, from 9:15 – 11:15 am. SW DC’s own Lilibeth Gangas — an Open Innovation/Crowdsourcing Strategist at Booz Allen Hamilton — will speak on the panel and network with attendees.

We hope you’ll join us at GA DC this fall, and at Flip the Ratio from September 25-27. Register here to buy tickets!

 








9 Razões para participar do Startup Weekend Viçosa

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Para participar do Startup Weekend Viçosa você não precisa ter uma ideia de startup, basta apenas se inscrever e entrar em uma das equipes.
O Startup Weekend Viçosa é um evento que está na agenda de  empreendedorismo global. É a primeira vez que o evento, mantido pela Techstars em parceria com a Google, acontece em Viçosa entre os dias 25 a 27 de setembro no CenTev.

Com a proposta de popularizar o empreendedorismo e a inovação para fomentar o desenvolvimento da região onde acontece, cada edição do Startup Weekend é realizada em diferentes cidades simultaneamente. Os participantes farão 54 horas de imersão para, com o auxílio de profissionais especializados, criarem um modelo de negócios de sucesso. Este fenômeno global que tem atraído e encorajado uma nova geração de empreendedores.
9 razões porque não posso ficar de fora do Startup Weekend Viçosa:

Disciplina.

O evento só dura 54 horas hora, com hora para começar e acabar. Todas as atividades desenvolvidas precisam acontecer dentro do horário estipulado. Não tem jeitinho brasileiro nem pra galera da área de criação, todo mundo tem que cumprir as regras. Disciplina e a palavra chave.

Conhecimento.

Você vai ter um aprendizado a jato em um programa de imersão . Não se trata apenas de ouvir a teoria, você vai construir a sua própria estratégia e testá-la. É como um MBA num fim de semana. Os mentores não participam do evento por acaso, eles sabem quais caminhos seguir (e principalmente não seguir) e direcionam as equipes para transformar uma ideia em um negócio viável.

Networking.

No Startup Weekend Viçosa estarão as melhores mentes empreendedoras concentradas. Durante estes três dias você vai construir relações e, possivelmente, sair do evento com um trabalho ou um investidor. Não se trata apenas de uma ideia, mas de pessoas. Em um Startup Weekend você vai aprender a juntar uma equipe. A formação da equipe com os perfis de empreendedor, desenvolvedor e designer não é por acaso. Todo mundo tem um papel importante em uma startup para melhor exerce-lo para ajuda sua equipe. Uma equipe vencedora sabe delegar funções.

Sair fora de sua zona de conforto.

Você definitivamente vai sair fora de sua zona de conforto. Com um fim de semana exclusivo para deixar que a sua criatividade flua, o evento é uma oportunidade perfeita para trabalhar numa nova plataforma, aprender uma nova linguagem de programação ou apenas tentar algo diferente.

Dar e receber

Ninguém e melhor do que ninguém! E sua ideia pode não ser a escolhida. Ao participar de um evento como esse aprendemos que todo mundo tem uma ideia que vai mudar o mundo e às vezes algumas delas mudam mesmo, mas isso não acontecer com sua ideia, relaxe e aprenda a receber. Outra ideia que não a nossa pode ser a chance de realizar seu sonho de uma maneira melhor do que imaginou.

Aprender a se comunicar

O “pitch” (O pitch é uma apresentação sumária de 3 a 5 minutos com objetivo de conquistar o interesse da outra parte (investidor ou cliente) pelo seu negócio.) é o maior desafio do evento. Você vai ter que ter medo de falar em publico. O “pitch” não é obrigatório, mas se você tiver uma ideia que quer colocar em prática vai ter que convencer algumas pessoas. Um excelente lugar para começar a treinar essa habilidade é no Startup Weekend, principalmente para ganhar um feedback sincero sobre seu desempenho dos participantes, mentores e jurados.

Aprender a dar soluções

Produtos são criados porque resolvem problemas do dia a dia. Se coloque na posição do outro, descubra quais são seus problemas e encontre soluções em que as pessoas topariam pagar para não ter mais esses problema. Entre na pele de outras pessoas, veja o mundo com os olhos dos outros.

Começar seu negócio.

Mais de 36% das startups que saíram de um Startup Weekend continuam a crescer depois dos três meses. Cerca de 80% dos participantes continuam a trabalhar com a sua equipe formada no startup weekend depois do evento.

Estar cara a cara com outros líderes.

Os líderes locais e nacionais tecnológicos participam nos Startup Weekends como mentores, palestrantes e juízes. Com estes eventos poderá você vai estar frente a frente com os agitadores da sua comunidade. Aqueles que fazem acontecer no meio das startups.
Agora já tem várias razões para sair de onde você está acomodado e dar vida a suas ideias e sonhos.

Adquira já o seu ingresso e nos vemos lá!

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E-mail: swvicosa@gmail.com

 








5 startups que estão revolucionando a Educação no mundo

Recentemente, tive a oportunidade de fazer parte de uma equipe que pesquisou 50 startups brasileiras que tentam solucionar algum problema da Educação [tema pelo qual sou apaixonado!] no país.

A pesquisa tinha como objetivo descobrir as dores e delícias de se empreender nesse setor e os resultados [que estarão disponíveis a partir do dia 26 de agosto] foram incríveis!

Mas, pra mim, o mais incrível não foram os resultados, mas como existem empreendedores preocupados em resolver os problemas da Educação, algo como uma causa mesmo. Era lindo ver na cara de todos os que conversei a garra e vontade em transformar positivamente a vida de escolas, alunos, pais de alunos e demais envolvidos no processo.

Pelo que percebi, se você quer empreender na Educação por empreender, sem uma causa [leia-se “garra de resolver algum problema real e relevante”], dificilmente terá êxito!

Por quê? Primeiro porque eu acredito que a causa é o que te movimenta, que te faz virar noites e se dedicar a fazer o negócio acontecer. Segundo, porque é um setor muito difícil, cheio de armadilhas. Se você não tiver causa, vai desistir nos primeiros obstáculos.

Como falei no início deste artigo, sou extremamente apaixonado por essa área. Hoje, invisto em 4 startups educacionais e, quando aparece algum projeto da área na aceleradora, eu tomo logo a frente na reunião.

Dito isto, a pedido do Startup Weekend Education Fortaleza, fiz uma lista de [apenas] 5 startups que eu acredito que estão fazendo a diferença em suas áreas de atuação. Pra ser bem sincero, eu acho que várias outras também estão fazendo a diferença! Mas, vou deixar pra falar de todas elas no meu próximo livro!

Vamos às startups?

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#01 Dragon Box

Aprender matemática nos modos tradicionais é um saco! Mas, aprender jogando, é muito mais divertido! E é exatamente isso que a Dragon Box faz: tornar o ensino da matemática em algo interessante para os alunos, em algo mais eficiente.

Basicamente, eles criaram um jogo no qual o aluno nem percebe que está aprendendo operações de fração, por exemplo, mas está. Confesso que fiquei muito chocado quando vi o que essa startup faz! A metodologia por trás disso tudo deve ser muito robusta.

 
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#02 Teachers Pay Teachers

Montar aula é algo muito trabalhoso para um professor! Ele já dá 120981093 horas de aula por semana, às vezes de matérias diferentes, corrige prova, e ainda tem que montar todas as aulas [com o advento da tecnologia, é cada vez mais comum os professores utilizarem apresentação de slides em sala de aula]. Se o professor não tiver aptidão para fazer uma apresentação em PowerPoint, por exemplo, perderá muito tempo nessa tarefa.

Esse é problema que o Teachers Pay Teachers resolve!

Nele, o professor pode comprar, por um preço bem acessível, aulas já prontas de professores que possuem habilidade em montar essas aulas. Agora, o professor pode se preocupar mais em como lecionar do que em montar uma apresentação em PowerPoint. E o professor que gastou tempo montando a apresentação, recebe uma remuneração por isso. Simples assim.

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#03 Elevate

O Elevate é um aplicativo que te ajuda a treinar o cérebro em vários aspectos: compreensão, memória, foco, spelling, contexto, síntese e muito mais.

A princípio, nem parece muito com uma startup educacional, mas imagine um aplicativo que ensina uma pessoa que não sabe matemática a calcular um troco que deveria receber em uma compra, por exemplo. Está fora da escola, mas é educação!

E se você considerar a quantidade de idosos que perdem algumas habilidades e, agora, podem exercitar seus cérebros para manter boa parte delas, você começa a enxergar o impacto positivo que esse projeto pode ter.

 
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#04 Jail Education Solutions

Milhões de pessoas nas cadeias americanas, gerando um custo absurdo para o Governo, que, quando saem, acabam cometendo mais crimes [já que não possuem oportunidades de trabalho] e voltam para as cadeias mais uma vez. Isso acontece nos Estados Unidos, mas podemos facilmente relacionar isso à realidade brasileira.

Pois bem, os fundadores do Jail Education Solutions buscam oferecer aulas através de sua plataforma, Edovo, para que esses presidiários possam aprender coisas mais avançadas, para terem mais oportunidades de emprego ao sair da prisão. Fantástico!

Ou seja, sua startup educacional também pode ter um cunho de negócio social [que não é ONG e lucra como qualquer outro negócio, mas tem um impacto social atrelado], como a Jail Education Solutions.

 
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#05 Welvu

Um dos principais problemas da área de saúde é a falta de informação por parte dos pacientes. Ainda hoje, por exemplo, vejo pessoas que não “sabem” que deixar água parada em pneus ou jarros pode ajudar a criar um surto de dengue no bairro onde mora.

A Welvu ajuda a resolver esse problema disponibilizando uma plataforma na qual o médico pode educar seus pacientes sobre as mais variadas doenças. Isso não ajuda apenas no tratamento [o que já seria uma grande coisa!], mas também na prevenção de novas doenças.

Pode ter certeza que essa educação diminuirá a quantidade de pessoas com determinadas doenças, o que trará um impacto extremamente positivo à saúde de vários países.

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Não sei se deu pra notar, mas eu utilizei exemplos que atuam com públicos diferentes. Isso foi proposital, pra mostrar a você que a educação não é só aluno e escola, mas também existem muitas oportunidades “fora da caixa”.

Também ficou notório que utilizei apenas exemplos gringos. Mas, no Brasil, nós também temos muitas startups que estão transformando a educação no país, como a Geekie [plataforma de ensino adaptativo], o Agenda Kids [plataforma de comunicação entre pais, filhos e escolas], a QEdu [plataforma de dados educacionais] e muitas outras [Qranio, WPensar, JoyStreet, Escribo, LearnHub, EduK, Descomplica, Edools etc.].

Prometo que meu próximo artigo vai ser apenas sobre as startups brazucas. Combinado?

E se você chegou até aqui, parabéns! Espero que tenha tido vários insights pra criar ou melhorar sua startup educacional.

Olha, a Educação no Brasil tem muitos problemas, mas com os empreendedores dessa área que estão criando soluções por aí, é questão de tempo até termos uma educação com muito mais qualidade. Anote o que estou falando!

A educação pode salvar o mundo! E nós precisamos de heróis para ajudar nessa empreitada. Preparado para vestir sua capa e entrar nessa saga empreendedora?

Um abraço!








Education Entrepreneurs Community Leader Spotlight: Lida Tsene of Athens, Greece

43CB7BFA-8673-46FD-8144-C09281B64EAAName: Lida Tsene

Location: Athens, Greece

Role in Education Entrepreneurs: Organizer and Facilitator of Startup Weekend Education

How would you describe yourself in one sentence?

I like to create and share stories, organize interesting events, and participate in impactful communities.

Twitter Handle: @lidatsene

Favorite person or hashtag to follow on Twitter : @brainpicker

What do you do for work? 

I’m the Director of Communications, Arts, & Educational Programs, and the Founder of Comicdom Press at Athens Comics Library. Essentially, I am a communications specialist, applying my science to different fields (academia, events, entrepreneurship, education, arts, etc). You can learn more here.

What do you like to do for fun? 

I read comics, practice ballet, and experiment with creating things with my hands.

If you could have any teacher (dead or alive, real or fictional) who would it be and why?

161e6ada3df18a34a9f9e1834d364049Professor X from X-Men. He is a true leader that guides his students, respects their different personalities, and inspires and motivates them to explore and seek knowledge through various paths.

How did you discover Education Entrepreneurs?

Being a member of the Startup Weekend community, I read about it on UP Global’s webpage.

What’s been your involvement in Education Entrepreneurs to date?

I  co-organized the first Startup Weekend Education event in Greece in 2014, and I am a Global Facilitator.

What’s the most challenging thing about being an Organizer and Facilitator?Sometimes it’s challenging to convince teams – especially educators- to have faith in their ideas and not give up during the weekend.

What’s the most rewarding thing about being an Organizer and Facilitator?

Seeing complete strangers not only transform into your co-workers over the weekend, but also become long-time partners and friends.

What’s the biggest piece of advice you’d give to those trying to build an education innovation community?

Try to work as much as you can with educators, as they are the key to unlock innovation inside and outside of classrooms. Provide them with as many resources as possible, listen to their needs, and build networks to foster collaboration between them and other creative people.

What’s the biggest piece of advice you’d give to people trying to create edtech products?

Understand the needs of students and educators, use crowdsourcing for new ideas, validate your product, and hack education as we know it today.

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What’s the legacy you’d like to leave in education?

Long-term, I’d like to contribute to making the learning process an open, innovative, and collaborative adventure. Short-term, I’d like to teach others how they can use comics as an educational tool in every classroom and library.

What’s your favorite edtech company and/or innovative school, and why?

I will go with a classic choice: Khan Academy. It was a brilliant idea that gave everyone access to knowledge. It’s technology in the service of education, and it’s a company that truly lives by its motto, “You can learn anything!”

Finish the sentence: In my dream world, education would be…

…as creative as a comic book story.

What are the resources that you think anyone interested in innovating in education and/or building community should check out?:

Anything else you’d like to share?

Keep calm and continue to innovate and disrupt education!

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More about Education Entrepreneurs

Education Entrepreneurs is the largest initiative in the world focused on helping people use entrepreneurship to improve education. Its suite of offerings include Startup Weekend Education, Startup Digest Education, Workshops, online resources, and a global network of Community Leaders. Spanning six continents, Education Entrepreneurs has created an unprecedented opportunity for anyone, anywhere to shape the future of education.








New Education Entrepreneurs Workshops: 2 Hours to Learn How You Can Improve Education

Since 2010, Startup Weekend Education has been helping people who are hungry for innovation in education wet their appetites. From Friday-Sunday, anywhere from 60-120 people come together to pitch their ideas, recruit teammates, and with the support of local experts, spend the next 54 hours building minimal viable products (MVPs showcase the most basic functionality of your solution).

Five years and thousands of solutions later, Education Entrepreneurs is excited to announce the launch of a new program called Education Entrepreneurs Workshops. Originally debuted in June 2014 in Austin, TX, nearly 30 Education Entrepreneurs Workshops have taken place to-date, and their locations span four continents! Always trying to “eat our own dog food,” we’ve listened to user feedback over the past year and made great improvements to the original content and structure. If you have not experienced an Education Entrepreneurs Workshop for yourself yet, here’s a few reasons why you may want to consider it.

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What is a Workshop?

An Education Entrepreneurs Workshop:

  • Is for people who want to use entrepreneurship to improve education

  • Teaches people a specific set of skills they’ll need to effectively innovate in education

  • Includes both hands-on group activities and lively discussion

  • Involves 30-50 participants

  • Is led by a trained Facilitator

  • Lasts about 2 hours (including networking)

  • Is typically held on a weeknight

  • Features a Q&A session with an experienced entrepreneur in education

What topics are currently available?

  • Business Models in Education

  • Customer Discovery and Empathy in Education

  • More coming soon, but feel free to suggest or contribute ideas by emailing EducationEntrepreneurs@up.co

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Why should I attend?

  • Often times, as a first-time entrepreneur, “you don’t know what you don’t know.” We help you discover the key steps you’ll need to take in order to successfully innovate in education.

  • You’ll get to learn directly from someone in the industry who’s already built their own education venture.

  • This unique environment will help you connect with other entrepreneurs in your area, and perhaps even find the talent you need to bring to your team.

  • We ignite more education entrepreneurs than any other organization in the world. As such, we have a lot of experience learning what works and what doesn’t when it comes to innovating in education, and we’re excited to share those things with you.

  • Checkout the full list of upcoming Workshops

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Why should I organize a Workshop?

Everyone is welcome to apply to organize an Education Entrepreneurs Workshop in their community. Apply here, and continue reading to find out why this may be a good option for you.

If you’re already hosting a Startup Weekend Education event, use a Workshop to:

  • Generate buzz about your event

  • Give participants an opportunity to learn key foundational skills before your weekend event kicks off

  • After your Startup Weekend Education ends, host a Workshop to keep the momentum going

If you’re not hosting a Startup Weekend Education event, use a Workshop to:

  • Establish your organization or event space as a hub for education entrepreneurs

  • See who in your community is interested in education entrepreneurship

  • Fill a gap in your Edtech Meetup programming

  • Apply to Organize a Workshop in your community

 

More about Education Entrepreneurs

Education Entrepreneurs is the largest initiative in the world focused on helping people use entrepreneurship to improve education. Its suite of offerings include Startup Weekend Education, Startup Digest Education, Workshops, online resources, and a global network of Community Leaders. Spanning six continents, Education Entrepreneurs has created an unprecedented opportunity for anyone, anywhere to shape the future of education.

Photos Courtesy of Sean Duffy and Edtech Austin

 








SWcambodia 2014

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This video shows some of the highlights of Startup Weekend Phnom Penh in November 2014.

Registrations still open for Startup Weekend Siem Reap in less than 2 weeks! Get tickets at http://bit.ly/SWsiemreap








6,000 Entrepreneurs Across 6 Continents: The Impact of Education Entrepreneurs

What happens when nearly 400 Community Leaders and 1000 industry experts from 63 cities around the world volunteer their time to teach people how to use entrepreneurship to improve education? An international movement is birthed and an education industry is rocked like never before!

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Thanks to the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Education Entrepreneurs has been able to not only improve and scale its popular Startup Weekend Education event, but also expand its offerings to include Startup Digest Education, Workshops, Summits, online resources and communities, and more. Because of wonderful partnerships with Edsurge, Imagine K12, and 4.0 Schools, Education Entrepreneurs has also been able to ensure participants feel supported as they progress in their entrepreneurial journey and bring their solutions to market.

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It’s truly been a groundbreaking 22 months, and Education Entrepreneurs is excited to share its first ever Impact Report. As it always will be, this report is dedicated to the volunteer Community Leaders who’ve contributed a tremendous amount of work, commitment, and passion to develop and sustain education entrepreneurship in their own backyards. Community Leaders are the backbone of the Education Entrepreneurs movement. They have given people from all walks of life the opportunity to innovate and improve one of the most important sectors influencing our future prosperity: Education. It is the Community Leaders we have to thank for the impact we have been able to make, it is the Community Leaders who created welcoming spaces of access and opportunity, and it is the Community Leaders the world can look to as true changemakers in education.

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Access the Report here: Education Entrepreneurs Impact Report: The Past 22 Months

More about Education Entrepreneurs

Education Entrepreneurs is the largest initiative in the world focused on helping people use entrepreneurship to improve education. Its suite of offerings include Startup Weekend Education, Startup Digest Education, Workshops, online resources, and a global network of Community Leaders. Spanning six continents, Education Entrepreneurs has created an unprecedented opportunity for anyone, anywhere to shape the future of education.








Education Entrepreneurs Community Leader Spotlight: Shimira Williams

shimirawms_1380489557_07One-line bio: I’m a catalyst to implement technology in underserved communities.

Find me in…Pittsburgh, PA

Find me on…Twitter @tekstart and @productivityllc

Favorite Twitter Hashtag: #ecetech

What’s your day job? 

I’m an Integration Specialist for TekStart and Productivity, LLC. I develop digital citizens.

What do you like to do for fun?

Travel and attend concerts

If you could have any teacher (dead or alive, real or fictional) who would it be and why?

Mildred Davison (my paternal grandmother), because she lives and works in the same community, allowing her to build in-depth relationships with her students and their families. She’s known for the high expectations she holds for her students, as well as proactively working with their parents to make sure they succeed. Now retired and living in the same community, whenever Mildred runs into a former student, they often times reminisce on the lessons she taught them or how she built up their confidence.

How did you discover Education Entrepreneurs?

The Startup Weekend newsletter and social media.

What’s been your involvement in Education Entrepreneurs to date?

I was on the Organizing Team for the first Startup Weekend Education Pittsburgh event in February 2015. (Follow @SWEDUPgh to find out when the next one will be).

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What’s the most challenging thing about being an Organizer?

One of the most challenging things is coordinating the meals: trying to cater to everyone’s dietary restrictions, be cost-effective, as well as offer a variety. We have to keep our participants well-nourished because they’re working around-the-clock to create great new innovations.

What’s the most rewarding thing about being an Organizer?

The most rewarding thing is when I run into participants and they are talking about their projects. Also, when I read news about our teams, it makes me proud.

What’s the biggest piece of advice you’d give to those trying to build an education innovation community?

Collaborate to optimize your competitive advantage and harness your social capital.

What’s the biggest piece of advice you’d give to people trying to create edtech products?

Spend time with your intended end users to fully understand their lifestyle and culture.

What’s the legacy you’d like to leave in education?

Developing a blueprint to engage underserved communities in S.T.E.M. education by harnessing the economic development in the area.

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What’s your favorite edtech company and/or innovative school, and why?

My favorite edtech company is Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), because they keep reinventing how to deliver educational content to children and their families. Their adaptability to new media, while still maintaining their mission and quality, is inspiring. It’s classic and cutting edge, a true marker of innovation and sustainability.

Finish the sentence: In my dream world, education would be free of barriers to entry. Education would be equitable, not equal.

What are the books, events, videos, etc. that you think anyone interested in innovating in education and/or building community should check out? The Fred Forward Conference, Startup Weekend (any edition), We the Geeks a Google Hangout on Air via the White House. A must read is Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World. Also, here’s my book list for the year; it’s innovation-inspired.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Be passionate and resilient.

 

More about Education Entrepreneurs

Education Entrepreneurs is the largest initiative in the world focused on helping people use entrepreneurship to improve education. Its suite of offerings include Startup Weekend Education, Startup Digest Education, Workshops, online resources, and a global network of Community Leaders. Spanning six continents, Education Entrepreneurs has created an unprecedented opportunity for anyone, anywhere to shape the future of education.








Why should you join Startup Weekend Siem Reap?

We’re glad you asked!

In a nutshell, Startup Weekend is an opportunity for anyone anywhere to workshop ideas, from small business ventures to innovative apps, and turn them into reality. If you want a refresher on what a Startup Weekend entails, check out our previous post, What is a “Startup Weekend anyway?” and take a look at the Startup Weekend Siem Reap About page.

No matter your background; designer, developer, tech guru, or just interested in being a part of something different, Startup Weekend Siem Reap is the perfect place to test your talents and gain valuable entrepreneurial experience. Even if you don’t have a business idea of your own you’ll be able to collaborate with others, sharing your skills to make something great.

Throughout the weekend you’ll get a crash course on how to take an idea and turn it into action. Mentors established in the startup community will provide tips and critiques to help you and your team shape a viable business model, which you will then pitch to a panel of judges. Over the 54-hour workshop you’ll also become a more empowered leader and further develop your creative and innovative thinking abilities, priceless skills in the social entrepreneurship world.

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Need some inspiration?

Check out these awesome ideas that launched from Startup Weekend Phnom Penh:

Joonaak – Delivery Services in Phnom Penh. Take a look at their really nice delivery motorbikes https://www.facebook.com/joonaak2u

Pmap – Stands for Promotion Map, a mobile application that allows you to easily find great promotions nearby https://www.facebook.com/pmap.official

So what are you waiting for? Register now and take advantage of early bird prices!

Startup Weekend Siem Reap 2015 | Friday 29 May 6pm until Sunday 31 May evening

Venue: The 1961 Coworking and Art Space

$22 (early bird, full price is $30) – includes all food and drinks for the weekend, coaching from our professional mentors, startup tools and lots of fun!

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Education Entrepreneurs Community Leader Spotlight: Aurelio Jiménez Romero

foto_aurelioOne-line bio: I’m an engineer with experience in entrepreneurship and social development. For me, education is the answer.  2+2= 4. That’s why I’m in education entrepreneurship

Find me in…Madrid, Spain

Find me on…Twitter @ajimenezromero

Favorite Twitter Hashtag: #edtech

What’s your day job?

Director of Development at INCYDE Foundation and Partner at Klass Data. I do my best to help entrepreneurs and the Spanish entrepreneurial community.

What do you like to do for fun?

Open air activities, shared with my wife, daughters, or friends, if possible.

If you could have any teacher (dead or alive, real or fictional) who would it be and why?

My grandfather was a teacher in a rural area, with boys of all ages in the only classroom they have. He died many years before I was born, but I was told he was a great vocational teacher.

How did you discover Education Entrepreneurs?

I had previous experience working with Startup Weekend. One day somebody told me about organizing one in Madrid specific for education.

What’s been your involvement in Education Entrepreneurs to date?

I’m the Lead Organizer of Startup Weekend Education Madrid, and in a few weeks I’ll Facilitate the first SWEDU in Somiedo, Spain. (Join us!) I’m also curator at Startup Digest Education.

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What’s the most challenging thing about being an Organizer?

You have the pressure to generate the atmosphere that unchains the participants’ creativity

What’s the most rewarding thing about being an Organizer?

The increasing energy and good vibes you feel during the 54 hours.

What’s the biggest piece of advice you’d give to those trying to build an education innovation community?

Work slow but steady, be inclusive and open and share as much as you can.

What’s the biggest piece of advice you’d give to people trying to create edtech products?

Edtech products must serve teachers and students — not the other way around. Solve a real problem as easily as possible, don’t look for the “wow!”

What’s the legacy you’d like to leave in education?

I just want to do my bit to help the education innovation community growth.

What’s your favorite edtech company and/or innovative school, and why?

I’ve been thinking about this question for a while, but I’ve been unable to choose one single company or school, honestly. There are so many people doing good things!

Finish the sentence: In my dream world, education would ____

…be free and affordable to every child.

What are the books, events, videos, etc. that you think anyone interested in innovating in education and/or building community should check out?

Edupreneurs and innovators in education are organizing meetups that really worth it. Obviously, Startup Weekend Education is a must.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Many edtech startups come out of the American or European education system. However, the developing world has the greatest unmet need. With large school-age populations, innovation should focus on making education accessible to every child.


More about Education Entrepreneurs

Education Entrepreneurs is the largest initiative in the world focused on helping people use entrepreneurship to improve education. Its suite of offerings include Startup Weekend Education, Startup Digest Education, Workshops, online resources, and a global network of Community Leaders. Spanning six continents, Education Entrepreneurs has created an unprecedented opportunity for anyone, anywhere to shape the future of education.