Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.
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
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:
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.)
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!
Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?
The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the successes?
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs, with events in over 100 countries and 580 cities around the world.
The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend Organizers and Facilitators can be found on every corner of the globe. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!
Sam is the co-founder and CEO of ClassDojo. Sam holds a Double First-class degree in economics from the University of Cambridge, and taught high school after graduating. He subsequently worked in the education arm of McKinsey & Company in London. Sam co-founded ClassDojo in 2011 to help teachers, parents and students improve classroom behavior and build positive learning habits and character strengths. ClassDojo is known as one of the world’s fastest-growing education technology companies, with over 2 million teachers signed up across 180 countries.
Senior Director, Innovation and Learning, Rogers Family Foundation
Greg joined the Rogers Family Foundation in June 2012. He is on the ground, supporting principals, teachers and students at eight Oakland public schools as they make their transitions to blended classrooms. Prior to RFF, Greg helped launch Downtown College Prep's new Alum Rock campus, developing an innovative Learning Lab at the middle school level. While at DCP he managed large groups of students, let the computers do everything that they do well, and focused his attention on teaching. Greg began his career in education reform as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Oakland Unified School District for seven years, including building his own mini-lab in his classroom as a first-year teacher. Greg graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004 with a BA in History. Self-proclaimed tech geek, Greg is dad to two adorable daughters and lives with wife Mariah in Oakland.
Principal, NewSchools Venture Fund
Shauntel Poulson is a Principal at the NewSchools Venture Fund where she focuses on investment strategy, due diligence, and management assistance for the Seed Fund. The Seed Fund makes investments in early-stage education technology companies that have the potential to transform K-12 teaching and learning. Shauntel was previously a Senior Engineer at Procter and Gamble and an Education Pioneers Fellow at Wireless Generation. She received her BS in Chemical Engineering from M.I.T. and her MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University.
Founder and CEO of Filaments Consulting Group
Diedra Barber is Founder and CEO of Filaments Consulting Group offering urban and rural small and medium sized start-ups business leadership & development coaching in strategy, social media and human capital management. Diedra is also a Managing Partner and Chief Innovation Officer with Scheier+Group non-profit consulting firm specializing in streamlining decision-making.
She has worked in both non-profit and for-profit education equity enterprises discovering that the incorporation of compassion, authenticity, transparency and high expectations in the management of people allows for goals and outcomes to not only be reached, but surpassed and executed with more efficiency, innovation and a deeper, more positive impact for clients/partners and the team as a whole.
Diedra graduated from Dominican University of California with a BA in International Relations and has an MBA from Mills College in Oakland. She is a recipient of the Goldman Sachs Business Leadership Award. And is also a 2013 Bay Area Education Pioneers Fellow.
Information Technology Officer at Oakland Unified School District
John is currently the Information Technology Officer at Oakland Unified School District. As a cabinet member, he works closely with the Superintendent along with deputy and associate superintendents to set and implement strategies to make all Oakland students college, career, and community ready.
John was previously the Chief Technology Officer at Fremont Unified School District (FUSD), a K-12 public school district with 4500 employees and 33,000 students. Before FUSD, John was the Vice President for Technology at Envision Education, a Bay Area charter management organization and consultancy.
Previous to his career in education technology management, John worked for almost 10 years in technology management at Microsoft, Virage, and Autonomy. John began his career as an educator holding various teaching and technology leadership positions.
Teacher, Fremont High School
A “bona fide tech junkie”, Jo has taught in Oakland Unified for the past 10 years, supporting her Fremont High School juniors and seniors to become what she terms “Digi-Literatis.” These budding Digi-Literatis use technology to conduct research, to connect with communities beyond their classrooms and even their city, and to engage civically through blogging, and community-focused senior projects. They are learning how to conduct research using online tools and maybe most importantly the ways learning happens beyond the classroom – with peers and community members in virtual spaces. A mother of two teenagers and a 6-year-old, Jo negotiates constantly with the “rules” for responsible social media use, and she is currently experimenting on whether her kindergartner can code and create that million dollar app.
With over 10 years of experience, Danielle has worked and led in the education sector in a variety of capacities- teaching, coordinating after school programs and facilitating financial planning with educational programs. Danielle is a MBA/MA in Educational Leadership Candidate at Mills College where she is exploring the intersection of education and business, with a particular focus on ensuring teacher, student and family voice are at the center of innovation and programming. Alongside her brother, she is one of the first members in her family to graduate from college. Experiencing how transformational education can be, Danielle is committed to empowering students to pursue their goals and passions.
Laura Buckner is a youth advocate and former violence prevention educator. After watching her students struggle for years to define and find success in their lives, she began to ask the question: Why, despite all of the heroic efforts taking place in schools, are students still being failed by the traditional education system? Inspired to find some answers, she joined the MBA/MA in Education Leadership program at Mills College and is working towards discovering and creating systems-level solutions to improving education. Her interests include hiking, dancing, and attending live music events.
Mikel Calderon was born and raised in Morelia Michoacan, Mexico until the age of 8. He continued his childhood in San Francisco California. In 2001, he moved once again to the gritty streets of East Oakland. While attending high school he participated in a small business competition which opened to him the doors to the world. Despite his love for technology and computers, he went on to receive a Bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of California, Berkeley. His last job was as a full time Substitute Teacher in the Oakland Unified School District. He currently is seeking employment and is finally fulfilling his passion of becoming a computer scientist partaking in various courses online.
Evan is an on the ground process oriented, results driven professional with extensive experience implementing program goals through researching and leveraging existing and new resources across organizations by connecting stakeholder groups. Pushing the boundaries on traditional formats and seeking the unique solutions. He has a demonstrated breadth of experiences with successful results in College and Career Readiness, Workforce Readiness, Work Based Learning, Career Academies, Dual/Concurrent Enrollment, Career Technical Education and Teacher Professional Development. As results driven manager and facilitator Evan is dedicated to working with students, families, teachers, administrators, community members, CBO's, City and County Departments and connecting education with real world experience and opportunity. Evan is deeply committed to the success of students meeting their lifetime goals. While assisting employers, service providers prepare curriculum to meet projected employment and higher education needs of the Greater Bay Area.
Ciji began her career at a Bay Area non-profit, helping to manage their volunteer led afterschool programs. In this role she became curious about organizational design and wanted to learn about the components that make-up healthy ecosystems and allow individuals, leaders and teams to thrive and have the greatest impact. Ciji transitioned to a position on the talent and organizational development team at Lucasfilm where she spent six years driving strategic planning, programmatic design and professional development projects. Alongside this work, Ciji developed leadership programs for young emerging leaders at various non-profits including Future Women Leaders and C.E.O Women. In these cross-sector roles Ciji started to believe in the idea of collective impact to solve pressing issues in Education. She is currently in the MBA/MA Educational Leadership program at Mills College and is excited to leverage these multiple perspectives in the planning of Startup Weekend Edu.
Ciji resides in San Francisco with her husband and enjoys traveling, trying new culinary experiences, and adding to her growing succulent plant collection.