Startup Weekend Education - Schools and Tools for Oakland
Friday, February 10 - 12, 2017
Friday, February 10 - 12, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm
Kapor Center for Social Impact
What should the future of school look like in Oakland?
We’re calling on students, parents, and community leaders: what should the future of school look like in Oakland? When it comes to Oakland’s needs, our own citizens are the true experts. We’re seeking innovators, changemakers, friends and neighbors to come forward with their ideas for change.
This event is open to all, but designed for the Oakland community to design the future of school in Oakland. All are welcome: parents, students, educators, administrators, business professionals, designers, technical professionals, non-profit, policy makers, and community members.
- 1st Place - Two members of the winning team will get a trip to New Orleans to participate in the 4.0 School Essentials program (if your team’s application is accepted) and take their project to the next level. Coaching will be made available to prepare you to apply and attend.
- Data Prize - The team with the most innovative use of data will win 2 passes to the Schoolzilla Data Champion Summit happening March 7-8 in Berkeley, CA.
Testimonials"My experience that weekend really showed me the possibilities, especially in education and my four walls, to rethink my obstacles and connect with other professionals of all fields to bring my students the equitable education they deserve."
- Nina Portugal, OUSD English Language Development Teacher
"I could not have asked for a more perfect entrance into the world of edtech than SWEDU. SWEDU offers an opportunity to problem solve for educational equity and has created a community of passionate individuals with diverse skill sets to bring solutions to life. I entered as a classroom teacher and felt valued, understood, by folks I would have never otherwise been able to meet or work with. It's surreal to be sitting in our company's office space--in the same building I first pitched the idea, first learned what a wireframe was, recruited my first team--now, as a founder of an award-winning edtech venture."
- Xiaohoa Michelle Ching, OUSD teacher, founder of Literator, a Startup Weekend Education winner (+ host of this event!)
"Startup Weekend EDU was a life changing experience for me. Not only was I able to connect with really awesome and talented people; I also gained a wealth of knowledge and skills that I've used to advance my professional life and my passion project. Startup Weekend hosts a magical and welcoming community of creative and innovative folks who are enthusiastically looking to connect and build on great ideas. I would highly recommend the experience to anyone who is even remotely interested in tech entrepreneurship. It's a guaranteed to take you to the next level."
What happens at Startup Weekend?
On Friday, anyone who’s brought an idea will “pitch” it to the Startup Weekend participants. If you’re pitching, you’ll have 60 seconds to describe your idea, your proposed plans, why it matters to you personally and why it’s important to the Oakland community at large.
On Sunday - finish your prototype, pitch your progress to the community and a panel of judges
Can students participate?
Yes! Students, Oakland’s future rests in your hands! We’ve found our student entrepreneurs are some of the most innovative, creative, and dynamic participants at Startup Weekends, and we’re hoping at least half our teams will be led by young people. The program is best for high school students, but middle school students may participate as well. High school students may register for free on Eventbrite. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask questions about student participation.
Do I need to pitch an idea to participate?
No. You can come to be a participant instead even if you don’t have your own idea. In this case, you’ll join someone else's team that you're inspired by instead of leading your own.
Can I work on an existing project?
If you've already started building or prototyping your project, you will not be eligible to participate with that idea. Our goal is to have every team start their project from scratch over the weekend. We do encourage you to spent lots of time researching and thinking about your idea before you arrive—just not building it out yet.
What are examples of past projects?
Here are some examples of technology tools. This event will also be open to school site innovations and learning space design.
- Literator - providing real-time insights into student reading performance
- Emote - helping school communities work together to meet students' emotional needs
- TalkingPoints - connecting teachers with families in multiple languages
- Juicebox - engaging teens around sexual health
- Vidcode - teaching programming through video art
Yes. We provide free child-care for anyone who needs it. Please indicate that you would like child-care when you register so we can accommodate you.
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Friday February 10th
Saturday February 11th
Sunday February 12th
Engineering Teacher, West Oakland Middle School
Coaches and Mentors
Manager of Educator Community, GO Public Schools
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Education - Schools and Tools for Oakland team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.
Startup Weekend Oakland is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
Partner Success Manager, Goalbook
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