May EdTech Austin Meetup Wrap-up

My reaction when I see all the amazing folks who are part of the Austin education community!

My reaction when I see all the amazing folks who are part of the Austin education community!

 

It’s been a fantastic May on the edtech scene here in Austin, and June is already shaping up to be just as exciting.  Our May meetup focused on Design Thinking, and Stephanie Cerda and Cynthia Ruiz took us to school to discuss the principles of Design Thinking, modeling it for our group to discuss solutions for the classroom.

 

For our Lightning Round this month, we decided to let folks connect through our EdTech Austin Facebook GROUP, where we can all share good ideas, job postings, and personal connections.  Check it out here, and tell your own story!

Keeping the trend of the workshop model for the next few months, we’re also excited to announce our June meetup event to be presented by John Baldo of Up Global’s Startup Education.  Make sure you RSVP and bring your “A Game” as we workshop “Business Models in Education: Creating a Sustainable Venture.”

Also on tap for you this summer, we’re excited to announce Austin’s first ever Startup Weekend for Education as we finish off the summer with a bang.  This will be your opportunity to network with other like-minded teachers, educators, developers, designers and social entrepreneurs who are looking to make positive changes in education.  This 54 hour weekend event will allow you to take an idea through to a fully-staffed startup with the potential to become the next big thing in edtech and education!  Register here for the Startup Weekend for Education Austin. 

Last, but not least, we’re also crazy-excited to announce our partnership with Capital Factory to launch Austin’s first ever edtech specific incubator program!  We’re looking for the hottest startups inside and outside of Austin to join us at Capital Factory to develop the best new companies in education.  Check it out here and sign up for more information!

On a personal note, I want to give a huge shoutout to the folks at Up Global and Startup Weekend for inviting me to join them in Las Vegas this past weekend, where I tried my best to turn in to a sponge and soak up all the energy and great ideas from my fellow Startup Weekend leaders and organizers.  The whole event was incredibly well-run and well supported by Google for Entrepreneurs, the Kauffman Foundation, Coca-Cola, the Case Foundation and many, many others.  Here are some of the highlights, from my perspective:

We had some awesome parties, including this on the rooftop of the Downtown Grand hotel.

We had some awesome parties, including this on the rooftop of the Downtown Grand hotel.

It was great to see Nirav Amin, a former Austin resident, and current Chicago Startup Weekend rockstar organizer. Come back to Austin whenever you'd like!

It was great to see Nirav Amin, a former Austin resident, and current Chicago Startup Weekend rockstar organizer. Come back to Austin whenever you’d like!

The Startup Education team after an afternoon jam session.

The Startup Education team after an afternoon jam session.

Saurabh from Lincoln, NE.  This guy couldn't stop laughing long enough to take a photo!

Saurabh from Lincoln, NE. This guy couldn’t stop laughing long enough to take a photo!

Really looking forward to the results of the upcoming Startup Weekend Education events around the world!  Fun fact for you:  there were around 10 Startup Weekend Education events worldwide last year.  This year, the organization is on track to do over 70 events, including one in Austin!  The future looks bright for entrepreneurs in education!

If that’s not enough to satisfy your thirst for edtech deliciousness, follow us on Twitter, connect with us on Facebook or register for our next meetup event by visiting us at Meetup.com/edtechaustin!

See ya real soon, y’all!

Best,

Sean Duffy
@dearmrduffy