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Have you ever had an idea for improving education? Here’s your opportunity to transform your education ideas into action in 54 hours. Find the right people with complementary skills & the passion to build an education product in one weekend. Design for learning, conduct user tests, receive coaching from experienced education designers & industry professionals and win prizes that will help take your idea to the next level!

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Friday night: 60-second pitches that result in the formation of small teams around the best, most viable education concepts.  Educators validate ideas, then all attendees vote.  We hope you’ll pitch, but definitely not required!

Saturday and Sunday: Work days! Teams focus on user research, customer development, validating their ideas and building prototypes with the help of experienced coaches from the education and entrepreneurial world.  You’re welcome to stay and work as long as the venue will allow!

Sunday evening: Teams demo their education products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges.  Winning teams take home a grab bag of great tools to help launch their company!

Here’s some examples of startups that have come out of Startup Weekend EDU:

+ ImagiLabs’s Challenge Box- Educational adventure games for kids age 8-12 and seek to inspire them to explore real challenges until they find their moment of triumph

+ Qeyno is a career exploration game that helps inform students about possible STEM career options & offers guidance on how to achieve them

+ Kidfit Academy- A nonprofit running interactive physical & health education curriculum that empowers students to take control of their health & wellness with fun technology

Here’s some of the things you get from attending

  • + Delicious & healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner for the whole weekend
  • + A free .co domain name
  • + $2,000 of credit on Google App Engine
  • + $100 of AWS credit for hosting
  • + 50 free moo.com business cards
  • + Event t-shirt
  • + Awesome coaching by education startup industry leaders
  • + Fun swag from Google, .Co and more!
  • + A network of 120 new developer, designer & entrepreneur friends that are also excited about improving education

The Winning Teams will receive some cool prizes!

All of the pitches on Friday and companies demoed on Sunday will be educator approved and designed to solve problems in the education space, broadly defined (not restricted to K-12 or other “formal” education).

We hope you join us!

Schedule

Friday

Jul 25
  • At Google Montréal Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. Form your team before going home!

Saturday

Jul 26
  • At Concordia University --, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Finished for the day.

Sunday

Jul 27
  • At Concordia University -- simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Let's all go to Mckibbins to celebrate an AWESOME weekend! (1426 Bishop Street)
Premier Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Judges

Christine Renaud

CEO E-180   |   LinkedIn

Dominique Olivier

Vice-President of the International Council for Adult and Youth Education (ICAE)   |   LinkedIn

Mike Silagadze

CEO Top Hat   |   LinkedIn

Raff Paquin

LinkedIn

LP Maurice

CEO Busbud   |   LinkedIn

Silver Sponsors
Coaches

Christian Lavoie

LinkedIn

Christian is an ex-Googler, having worked on projects involving big data machine learning, structured search, the largest mysql installation on the planet and cars driving every road on the planet.

Since his return to Montreal, he's been doing technical due diligence for VCs, mentoring startups, running various events and overall just causing lots of trouble.

You can find him at http://www.sandreckoning.com/ and he strongly welcomes grabbing coffee with interesting people, especially in either the startup or technology scene in Montreal and Canada.

Antoine Azar

CEO Mobilogie   |   LinkedIn

"I'm the CEO of Mobilogie, a mobile strategy & development firm. We've helped numerous clients (startups to multinationals) design and build their mobile strategies and products.

But I only wear suits when I have to - I'm also the CTO of Thirdshelf, an innovative mobile platform for the retail industry. I love getting my hands in the code, and designing beautiful software architectures that scale.

I am an invited speaker at multiple worldwide conferences, including DX3, Digital Signage Expo, Infopresse, AdTech, Action IT & Retail Technology Exchange, and judge in startup and industry competitions such as the Boomerang Awards and Startup Weekend.
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Roxanne Desforges

LinkedIn

Roxanne Desforges has a solid foundation in educational practice, having taught at the high school and university levels. She is currently completing her PhD in Education at McGill University, conducting research on how youth are using internet technologies for political purposes. She was an edtech consultant for two years before joining the Learning Bird team as their Head of Academic Relations. In this capacity, she uses her practical experience and theoretical expertise to weigh in on both the business and the technical aspects of the company. Learning Bird's CEO calls Roxanne their "swiss army knife"– every startup needs a solid subject expert that can do everything from product development and implementations to marketing and business development, to speaking at conferences. Most importantly, Roxanne does it all with equal rigour and passion for the cause of providing the best and most relevant educational solutions to kids everywhere.

Irene Katzela

LinkedIn

Benoît Meunier

LinkedInGoogle+

I design for people. That means I drive user experience strategies and vision to help organisations achieve their goals by bringing to life simple, effective and delightful products or services.

I'm a User Experience Designer with over fifteen years of experience.

Sergio Escobar

LinkedIn

Sergio is the Managing Director for Silicon Valley early stage accelerator Founder Institute in Montreal, plus acts as Program Director for the pre-accelerator Startup NEXT designed by Steve Blank in partnership with Google and the Global Accelerator Network. Sergio has launched 3 startups (eCommerce, Mobile Payments) and 2 smb's in the last 5 years with equity investments coming from angel investors and family offices. He is Global Facilitator for Startup Weekend in Latin America and Canada.

Eirene Seiradaki

LinkedIn

I am currently completing a PhD in Classics focusing on ancient economics. I am passionate about meaningful education. I have taught classes at the University of Toronto and at Princeton University. My teaching experience involves a wide range of courses at different levels (from big lecture classes to upper-level seminars and language courses) and a variety of subjects, such as Classical Civilization and Myth, Classical Literature, and Ancient Greek Language.

My method of instruction is a synthetic approach that presents literary and iconographical sources (from ancient to contemporary visual representations). This exercise calls for a critical engagement with prominent themes encountered in Classical culture and allows for the past and present to illuminate and supplement one another.
Ask me about the Greco-Roman world and Hollywood films.

In order to invite students to study the liberal arts curriculum in more depth, we need to lure them to an intellectually stimulating journey. During this journey, my main objective is to equip them not only with knowledge, but also with analytical skills to confront various ideologies, perspectives, and social realities, whether ancient or modern.

Olivier Gagnon-Gordillo

I spend most of my time teaching and coaching young entrepreneurs while always trying to impact people in a positive way. I am a hard working business man and I am very dedicated to every project that I tackle. I also consider myself to be a Jack of all trades and I am always willing to learn something new.​ I currently work at SAJE accompagnateur d'entrepreneurs as an entrepreneurship advisor.

Marie André Roger

LinkedIn

CEO, COO and co-founder of Overture Project, Marie-Andrée is an entrepreneur since she was 19 years old. You could describe her as a facilitator for other entrepreneurs, always on the lookout for new ways to empower her students, partners, colleagues and employees. A strong proponent of Agile and Lean Startup practices, her ‘make it happen’ approach has helped more than 100 entrepreneurs of different backgrounds.

Always willing to share her knowledge and experience, you can find her regularly giving workshops at CatalisMTL (CEFQ). There, business model canvas, empathy maps and roadmapping are just a few of the subjects she addresses and teaches to startup owners.

A certified Scrum Master and Product Owner and an autodidact, she credits her hands-on and ‘learn by doing’ approach for providing the bulk of her education. She also touched multiple fields of interest during her formal training years at Concordia University, studying software engineering but also hand-picking classes in finance, managing, accounting, marketing and human resources.

Jonathan Hiltser

LinkedIn

Jonathan is a Lean Agile Programming mainframe. The system went on-line September 13th,1982 and has maintained 99.999% uptime for 31 years. At 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th it became self-aware.

In recent years it has been adapted to analyze process and recommend flows for developers to refine and focus their development cycles. #FunAtParties

Dimitri Poliderakis

Lead Engineer at OOHLALA Mobile Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Passionate engineer and enthusiast of all things tech, serial entrepreneur, Lead Engineer at OOHLALA, Founder at North45. Adrenaline junkie. Typical startup hipster.

Isaac Souweine

LinkedIn

Isaac is the Head of Product Management at Frank & Oak, the men's fashion and technology company. Before joining F&O, Isaac spent six years in Singapore where he held roles with Pollenizer, a startup incubator, and Yahoo. Isaac began his internet career in New York, first with a dot com startup and later as a producer of games and educational technology at Scholastic. He has an MBA from INSEAD and a BA from Columbia in Religious Studies.

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