Participants in last years StartUP Weekend Education event. This year's event is Friday-Sunday. Register at http://bit.ly/swedumiami
By Wifredo Fernandez
Want to know what it’s like to launch a company in a weekend? Do you have ideas for new educational tools, school models or learning spaces? Are you passionate about creating change in the education sector? Then join us this weekend, May 19-21!
Teach For America, StartUP FIU, FIU Office of Engagement and FIU School of Computing & Information Sciences have teamed up to host Startup Weekend EDU, a 54-hour event that takes you from pitch to prototype. We are looking for educators, technologists, designers, students and parents to develop new ideas that will impact the education system. The event is made possible by the generous support of Knight Foundation.
This year's theme will be "Creating solutions to improve equity in education." SWEDU Miami is a unique opportunity to experiment with all the necessary stakeholders in the South Florida education landscape. Join us to explore how innovation can disrupt inequities in education.
Friday night, individuals pitch their ideas, which are voted on and teams are formed. Saturday, expert mentors will be on site to coach teams through their prototyping and business modeling. Sunday, teams will pitch their solutions to an all-star panel of entrepreneurs, investors and education leaders. Registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner during scheduled programming, free SWEDU swag, access to industry leaders and mentors, and a suite of free trials and discounts from our Google Network Partners.
The event is free for students and parents. To register, head to http://bit.ly/swedumiami. With the support of the Knight Foundation we can provide Assistance Grants via ticketing that is available on a first come - first serve basis. If additional financial assistance is needed to support registration cost, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mentors and Coaches:
Brian Brackeen, Founder & CEO - Kairos
Matt Mawhinney, Company Relations Manager - Launchcode
Juan Lopez Salaberry, Founder, MentorDay
Giselle Latorre, Community Outreach, StartUP FIU
Daniela Cadena, Social Innovation Manager, StartUP FIU
Willie Avendano, Co-Founder - Zero1 & Wynwood Maker Camp
Dr. Kenneth Furton, Provost of Florida International University
Dr. Lupe Diaz, Executive Director, Department of Career and Technical Education - Miami Dade County Public Schools
Diana Santangelo, Director of Education, United Way of Miami-Dade
Maxeme Tuchman, CEO of Caribu