Education is certainly a hot topic in the Australian startup ecosystem right now. It’s an area full of opportunity for both enhancement and disruption. So it comes as no surprise that on June 27th through to June 29th the first ever Startup Weekend “Education” in Sydney is being held.
For those unfamiliar with the process and construction of a Startup Weekend (gasp!) here is how things roll:
Friday night is all about networking and the pitches – Those with an idea who are brave or passionate enough will stand in front of 120 strangers and give a 1-minute pitch to the crowd.
Teams form organically around the most compelling pitches, and then spend the next 48 hours (minus sleep and our delicious catered food) hacking away on your product and business plan.
Saturday and Sunday are work days – you and your team validate the problem, market, and customer, ideate and iterate relentlessly, and prototype your team’s solution.
Mentors will be on hand throughout the time to help you your idea from a fledgling concept into a working company with huge potential in less than two days. While a small web app or other interactive deliverable is ideal, example final products include promotional websites, mock-ups, or anything else that would convince an audience that your product is viable, compelling, and worth developing further.
Sunday night is where the jury panel comes in – Seasoned educators and startup veterans will evaluate your by now well developed pitch and the most promising product will win its team a grab bag of great tools to launch your company. From there? Well, it’s all up to you. Startup Weekend EDU is a launchpad for your idea, and you can take it wherever you want to go.
Prizes & Giveaways:
- Every Participant gets a free 3 month access to GA Online Courses
- The Winning team gets $1000 off a Web App Developer course from Coder Factory
- The runner up team gets 2 free places in a Beginner Coder Weekend Workshop (worth $395 each) from Coder Factory
- A special prize for a SWEDU team that creates a social venture from Social Ventures Australia
- Free meals on all days including mouth watering gourmet food for the final demo day
The event will be taking place at Muru-D in Paddington, Sydney. The list of mentors and coaches for the day includes many of the Muru-D alumni and prominent figures in the innovative education space. In addition to Muru-D, tier one sponsors of the event include the Sydney EduTech Group.