Startup Weekend Education Nairobi – The One and Only in East Africa

A dire need to revolutionize education drives Startup Weekend Education Nairobi – the one and only in East Africa

Startup Weekend Education Nairobi 2016, Kenya, was a startup event unlike any other in the world today. As an organizer, I was overwhelmed by the tenacity, passion and empowerment I experienced. The event saw 15-year-olds, students from Africa’s largest urban slum, as well as public and private school graduates compete. It is the only Startup Weekend in East Africa, and the only other Startup event in the whole of Africa.

It’s providing a hand up, not a hand out.

Carlton Mungai, a 15-year-old, summed it up with his gung-ho, can-do attitude, “Just do it, and you will succeed”. His team, Busta Nerve, consisted of fellow schoolboys from Nova Academies who gave it their best shot and persevered through the 40 hours, competing against others up to 15 years older than them. Indeed, the team was the first up in front of the panel of judges with their idea of making learning more interactive and introducing much needed life skills for children who simply don’t have the same educational opportunities that we have. They presented with a confidence and eloquence that was quite remarkable given they had never done anything like this in their whole lives.

Another stand-out example was from Africa’s largest urban slum, one of the biggest in the world. Patrick from Tunapanda Institute in Kibera, drew on his experience, “What scares me most is chaos of setting up a business. It’s more of an art than a science, you can never be sure of anything really. You have to be really flexible as your ideas mutate.” Tunapanda was set up by two American brothers to give young people from marginalized communities a chance to express themselves. It exists to spread dignity, respect and freedom through learning for creative problem solving and builds skills in digital technology.

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These groups astounded me. I had a privileged education in England, and a mother who was a primary school teacher, receiving opportunities that these young people will never have. Yet, I was blown away by this group of young people: their hope, intelligence, creativity, passion and tenacity to see it through. I don’t think I could have done any better.

Melissa Mathu, a confident, perky female spokesperson, and her team, perceptively raised the challenge of educating corporates and communities about protecting the environment as Africa becomes the next target for major development. While sustainable development has become a key political debate in most developed countries, it is not yet considered important in African countries who want the riches the West has already experienced. “We’ve learned to come up with something doable. You have to do a lot of work, market research and speak to a lot of people! I expected a challenge! I got it! All part of the fun and learning.”

The ultimate winner was ‘The Guardian’, a platform that is able to display progress for students in schools. Many parents don’t have enough time to monitor their kids’ performance. It plans to be an easy and convenient communication tool between students, teachers and parents. It won because it demonstrated a real need for the community, combined with a solid business model and a genuine impact on education.

Gender Equality, Not a Given

Another reason this event was remarkable was the number of girls and women involved. Gender equality is one of the world’s big Sustainable Development Goals. It might be a given in Europe and North America that just as many girls would attend Startup Weekends. However, in Kenya, girls still don’t get the chances that their male counterparts do to go to school or build meaningful careers. Most drop out of school at an early age to raise children or get married. With this in mind, the numbers were incredible:

  • Female judge (2 of 4)
  • Female facilitator
  • 3 out of 4 SWEDU organizers were female (75%)
  • 26 of 65 participants were women (40%)
  • Female coaches: 7 of 18 (39%)
  • Sponsor promoting female entrepreneurship: SHE by Spark, an accelerator program for women entrepreneurs, will choose 3 promising female team leaders and provide them with entrance to the accelerator, mentorship for 1 year, and a possibility to pitch for up to $25,000USD post-accelerator.
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Why is Africa, and Nairobi In Particular, Such a Hub For Passionate and Vibrant Entrepreneurs?

Africa is the next growth hub of the world. It’s a continent that is developing hard and fast. According to the African Development Bank, Africa’s fast-emerging middle class is now comprised of over 300 million people. And, within East Africa, Nairobi is Africa’s next powerhouse – a business hub and headquarters for many international NGOs.

Startup Weekend Education Nairobi enables local businesses and communities to create inclusive and financially sustainable solutions to pressing education issues. A recent World Bank study found that only 35% of public school teachers in Kenya demonstrated basic knowledge of the curriculum they teach. Access to and quality of education are very low; 15 – 25% of school kids are still not enrolled in primary schools.

Kenya does not yet provide youth with sufficient transferable skills to succeed in the 21st century job market where innovation, teamwork, flexibility and communication are valued. Startup Weekend Education provides aspiring entrepreneurs with experiential learning opportunities and entrepreneurship skills that enable them to create businesses, as well as enhance their employability. Social entrepreneurship is an effective and sustainable alternative to the highly criticised concept of aid.

Why does Kenya display such a thirst for social entrepreneurship? According to Allice Hocking, one of the authors of Social Enterprise in a Global Context: the role of Higher Education Institutions, all higher education institutes in the Kenyan report are working with social enterprises in some way. It’s seen as essential curriculum for everyone.

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The last words: people and technology

Wes Chege, co-­founder and growth­ hacker at OkHi, is extremely affable and driven. OkHi is building the next generation address system that will enable inclusion and access to services for the four billion people without a physical address globally. He’s passionate about two things that he believes will transform Africa; people and technology. “I want to be at the intersection of those two things by driving innovative technology that improves lives and helping develop people skills”.

His personal guiding mantra is “No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up”. That’s what 65 entrepreneurs, 18 coaches, 8 volunteers, 4 organizers, 3 investors and 4 judges did during a moving and unforgettable Startup Weekend Education Nairobi 2016.

 

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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.

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Play Academy Team

Teams

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.

Visit our website to get your ticket and follow us for updates:

Website: http://www.up.co/communities/ireland/dublin/startup-weekend/7134

Twitter: https://twitter.com/swdub

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SWDub

Emaildublinedu@startupweekend.org

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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.








Education Entrepreneurs Community Leader Spotlight: AmirReza Mohammadi

385903_10200161712418352_2142244057_nOne-liner describing yourself: I am a person who loves doing innovative things and making a difference.

Twitter Handle: @AmirR3zaM

Favorite Twitter Hashtag: #Iran

Work title and company

Currently, I’m working on my own startup. It’s called GeFi’s (dʒi:faɪ) and focuses on empowering people by sharing their WiFi connection. I’m also a PR and Content Manager at Takhfifan, an e-commerce service in Iran.

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy photography, as well as sharing things with people, especially the meals I cook from scratch. The next items on my hobby list include studying startups and entrepreneurship programs.

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

My first grade school teacher, Mr Hosseini. He was so passionate about teaching all of his students to read and write.

What’s been your involvement in EE to date?

My organizing team and I launched Education Entrepreneurs in the Middle East. We organized an Education Entrepreneurs Workshop in February 2015, as well as a Startup Weekend Education event in March 2015. Education Entrepreneurs is greatly needed in Iran. Many people disagree with the old-fashioned educational system that’s still operating here. We hosted a Workshop and SWEDU, because we wanted to help young people try to start new things in education.

First Startup Weekend Education of Tehran from AmirReza Mohammadi on Vimeo.

What’s the most challenging and/or rewarding thing about being an Organizer?

My main goal is to make a difference in education. I want to create a space where people learn something new, engage in a new community, and form a new network. I believe that “new” is good, and I love seeing the happiness on participants’ faces.

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

Ask yourself these questions: Is there an important reason to build this app? Do people really need this product? Is this product something really important for people? If the answer is yes, then start working on bringing that product to life.

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

My vision is to build an Education Startup School in Iran that will help people develop their ideas.

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

…help people develop faster, and be accessible to everyone, no matter if they have money or not.

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

I think people should watch the movie Freedom Writers, because it’s a great story about responsibility and commitment, two qualities that are needed if you want to make a great impact in anything.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I want to give special thanks to my organizing team and all the volunteers and mentors that are a part of this community.

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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.








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 Heats Up Startup Editions Month

This May, UP Global is celebrating the first ever Editions Month – an initiative created in response to the growing organic demand from the community to bring the magic of Startup Weekend to new industries and audiences. Startup Weekend Edition events run just like any other Startup Weekend, but are focused on a certain theme, industry or audience. These type of events increase the diversity of the community by pulling in new attendees, Organizers, stakeholders, and sponsors with new areas of expertise.

During the entire month of May, Startup Weekend Organizers all around the world will be hosting over 100 events, highlighting more than 50 different editions! The three most popular Startup Weekend editions are University (i.e. the event is hosted on a university campus, and most of the participants are students and faculty), Women (i.e. at least 70% of the participants are women), and Education (i.e. participants are focused on building products and services that improve education outcomes).

The Education Entrepreneurs team is excited to shed a light on the 6 Startup Weekend Education events that will participating in Startup Editions Month.

May 15th

Recife, Brazil – Follow @SWEDURecife

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Sacramento, California – Follow @SWSac

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Toowoomba, Australia – Follow @StartupTSG

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Somiedo, Spain – Follow @SWESomiedo

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May 22nd

Florianopolis, Brazil – Follow @SWFloripa

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May 29th

Pachuca, Mexico – Follow @SWMexico

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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.

 








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.








10 Awesome Things I'm Going to Do While Facilitating Startup Weekend Miami Diversity

To close out UP Global’s Editions Month campaign, I’ll be hosting a diversity edition of Startup Weekend in Miami. To be held at VentureHive, one of Miami’s top startup accelerators, this event is lead by Paula Celestino, a previous Startup Weekend Tampa winner who co-founded KlosetKarma from her experience, an app that monetizes your wardrobe.

While this is not my first time in the glorious state of Florida, this is my first time in Miami, which means I’ll be full of regret if I do not accomplish the following.

1. Take a photo of myself wearing pastel colors.

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I prefer to wear darker tones (black, grey, blue, etc.) – and this will not do in sunny south Florida. Fortunately Miami is one of the fashion capitals of the world, so I should be in good hands.

2. Find a proper place to “get jiggy with it.”

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Yes, like to most of you, Will Smith is pretty much the cultural ambassador of Miami to the rest of the country. My goal is to find out exactly what he was talking about in that video so many years ago. Also, I now feel super old.

3. Eat the best Cuban sandwich I can find.

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This is all Jon Favreau’s fault. I had my first Cuban ever… in Seattle. I can only presume that somewhere in Miami will patronize that experience … by welcoming me as their patron… perhaps serving it with some Patron?

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4. Try to look somewhat sexy through salsa dancing.

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Of all the items on this list, I am the most confident in accomplishing this one.

5. Jump sideways while pretending to fire two guns in air.

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The ish is gonna get REAL.

6. Find some Heat merchandise for my brother-in-law.

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For reasons I do not understand, my Filipino brother really likes the Miami Heat. I’ll have to get him a Wade jersey to help him through the tough times.

7. See if I look good walking around South Beach in a speedo.

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Of all the items on this list, this is the one I am least confident in accomplishing.

8. Learn some Spanish. After all, this is America.

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During my brief time in UP Global, I worked with an amazing bilingual team and wish I could communicate with them on their level. I only learned how to laugh. Jajaja.

9. “Seriously, Paula. We’re going dancing, right?”

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I will start a dance party AT the event if I have to. Speaking of which…

10. Inspire a new community of Miamians into the startup life.

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Of course, the greatest thrill of all is to pass on the experiences that I had at Startup Weekend to a new community. I am especially proud to be a part of an event that’s emphasizing diversity and openness – one of the fundamental tenets of UP Global is “radical inclusion,” where everyone should have a chance to experience what’s it like to be an entrepreneur.

Just a few weeks away. I can’t wait to get this show started!

Lee Ngo, Facilitator
Startup Weekend Miami Diversity

Lee Ngo is an UP Global community leader based in Pittsburgh, PA.








Tackling Business Models for EdTech Ventures

What business models work for edtech startups? Great question! Edtech entrepreneurs are on a constant search to identify new business models that work in education. This Monday, Startup Weekend Sacramento, in preparation for our EdTech Edition Startup Weekend May 15-17, is hosting a Business Models in Education workshop that will help you answer this question!

Our workshop will introduce you to current trends in education business models—from K-12 to college to life long learning. You’ll roll up your sleeves and work in a group on a business model canvas and see how innovation impacts all aspects of a business.

You’ll also have the opportunity to see an education entrepreneur’s business on the canvas –our special guest is Janine Yancey, founder and CEO of Emtrain, a successful Sacramento company that focuses on employee education. Janine founded Emtrain to give employees and managers direct access to expert HR and legal guidance and training. Their focus is to help companies develop the workplace skills and ethical decision-making needed to foster an awesome and respectful workplace.

If you’re already registered to attend Startup Weekend EdTech May 15-17 or if you’re just thinking about it, you’ll find this workshop incredibly helpful! The workshop is FREE if you have already registered for Startup Weekend Sacramento EdTech Edition. Check your order confirmation for the promo code or email us. This workshop is open to everyone else for just $3 to cover the printed materials cost. We hope you can join us!

Details:
Business Models in Education
Wednesday April 27 from 6-8 pm
Location: Hacker Lab, 1715 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
Cost: $3, free to Startup Weekend registrants
Register Here

Bonus: US Dept of Education just published the Ed Tech Developer’s Guide– an incredible resource for developers and education entrepreneurs. You can download it here.