Startup Weekend EDU Oakland:
tech + community = endless opportunities
brought to you by Mills College School of Education
The Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business
Startup Weekend EDU Oakland:
tech + community = endless opportunities
SWEDU Oakland hosted by the Mills College School of Education and The Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business seeks to bring youth voices and educator experiences front and center. These groups are in the best position to both name and design the solutions for education’s most critical challenges.
Our event transcends the traditional Startup Weekend style; we will focus on bridging the entrepreneurial startup spirit with youth and educator informed issues. Through design thinking, innovative business strategies, relentless hacking and designing, this weekend will produce new ventures that are poised to create high caliber outcomes for Bay Area students and schools.
Groups will work together over 54 hours to create a tech tool that addresses a concern either in a school or in a student’s community. Ventures can range from a mobile app for students, a gaming console app, to a variety of online learning tools!
We believe that a wide range of diverse perspectives, backgrounds, passion, talents, technical knowledge and skills are needed to create ventures that have the highest potential for lasting impact.
We are looking for:
Students:If you are a college student, please email us with your .edu email and we will send you a 50% discount code to apply to your participant ticket (teacher, educator developer, designer or entrepreneur!)
Our email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Innovators: 9-12 grade bay area students interested in hacking, UX/UI design, business, social justice and collaborating on an unique solution to a challenge they’re facing
Teachers: Instructional leaders in the classroom working in Bay Area Public schools- this category is essential to a successful SWEDU!
Educators: Community Organizers, District Administrators, Education Non-Profit Leaders and Professionals working in the school wrap-around services space
Champions: Individuals who will keep student voice and perspective on the top of their and the group’s mind- this could be a parent/relative, youth development professional or others who work closely with youth and are interested in collaborating with and supporting students on a team
Developers: Mobile App Developers (IOS, IOS SDK, Android) Programmers (JAVA, Objective C, CSS3, etc.) Web developers (front end and back end)
Designers: UX/UI designers (Adobe Suite Applications, Axure, iRise, Omnigraffle, etc.)
Entrepreneurs: Innovators, Thinkers, Business Strategists, Marketers, Finance Gurus, Project Managers, Philanthropists
SWEDU is 54 hours of DOING: pitching ideas Friday night, forming rockstar teams, building a revenue model, coding, designing, conducting market research and polishing that final presentation! This weekend provides a unique experiential learning opportunity for participants to collaborate and iterate their ideas with passionate individuals who have a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. Local movers and shakers working in this unique intersection of education, innovation and business will be on-hand to coach and meet one-on-one with SWEDU teams and participants as well! Because SWEDU attracts smart, dedicated and creative dreamers and do-ers who are committed to innovation in education, participants will establish meaningful relationships and perhaps meet their future co-founder or end the weekend with a job offer!
The 54th hour
What happens when you create a space for technology innovations and community based wisdom to come together for the purpose of solving the pressing issues that exist in our schools? The possibilities are endless!
At SWEDU Oakland’s 54th hour, teams will pitch their ideas for a tech tool that addresses a concern either in a school or in a student’s community. Teams will pitch in front of experienced professionals, with vested interests and proven results in their community and field. Ventures can range from a mobile app, a gaming console app, to online learning tools! Again, with startup weekenders, the ideas and possibilities are infinite!
Refund Policy: No refunds will be granted within 7 days of the event if food and drink have already been ordered. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
About Startup Weekend EDU: We are a global network of passionate educators, students, entrepreneurs, developers, and designers on a mission to revolutionize the education and learning markets. SWEDU brings people together during 54-hour experiential learning events that give them the opportunity to pitch ideas, collaborate with others who have complementary skillsets, and produce startups that solve important education problems. Only two years old, SWEDU has already expanded to every major continent in the world, and we are excited to give everyone an unprecedented opportunity to play a role in creating the future of education.
About Startup Weekend: Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working 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 local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, 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.
Terms of Participation Agreement: It is our job to provide you with an incredible networking and learning opportunity. Our intention is that you meet some amazing people that you might actually start a company with, build relationships with coaches, and learn from your peers. The event is intended to be a collaborative forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun. As such, by registering as a participant, you acknowledge that any ideas shared by you or anyone else over the course of the event are contributions to the overall experience and community. If you as a participant are worried about someone stealing your ideas, please reconsider your participation in the event itself or simply refrain from sharing specifics about your idea.
As a member of your startup community, you agree to to be inclusive of any and all people and their ideas. You agree to act professionally, treat everyone with respect, and treat the event facilities with proper care. You agree that you are responsible for any accidents or damages that you cause. You also agree to not hold Startup Weekend, your local volunteer team, or any of the event supporters liable for any loss, damage, injury, or any other unforeseeable incident.
By Participating at the event, you grant Startup Weekend permission to capture photo/video of the event. You can find the exact legal terms on our FAQ Page but to summarize, we want to share your success with the world.
When & Where
Techstars Startup Programs
Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to live. With dozens of mentorship-driven accelerator programs and thousands of community programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey, from inspiration to IPO. Techstars provides access to tens of thousands of community leaders, founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners, allowing entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace of innovation and do more faster. Techstars supports every stage of the entrepreneurial journey – from early stage grassroots community development to more formal opportunities that provide education, experience, acceleration, funding, and beyond. Techstars Startup Programs include Startup Weekend, Startup Digest, Startup Next, and Startup Week.