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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.


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!



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.

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Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Mandela Schumacher-Hodge
(@MandelaSH) A former public school teacher, education policy researcher, and PhD candidate, Mandela Schumacher-Hodge co-founded Tioki, the “The LinkedIn for Educators,” in 2011. Funded by Kapor Capital, 500 Startups, and Imagine K12