Startup Weekend EDU Makes Its Way Back to Boston Next Month

This year, Startup Weekend EDU is coming back to Boston. The 3-day hack-a-thon for edtech solutions will take place November 10-12 at Pearson’s offices in Copley Square, and will bring together educators, entrepreneurs, students, and others interested in transforming education with technology.

Participants will spend Friday evening pitching and voting on the best ideas, come back Saturday and Sunday to hack out all the details, and pitch the first iteration of a brand new edtech product on Sunday evening.

The winning team will take home a number of prizes that may include free subscriptions to software, gift certificates, edtech conference tickets, and more.

The event, now affiliated with Techstars, is known for bringing together the edtech community in each city it visits, connecting potential co-founders, employees, employers, and business partners. A few have even taken the brand new ideas pitched opening night and turned them into companies. One notable example would be LeanGap, a startup accelerator for high school students pitched by a high school student at the last Boston Startup Weekend EDU.

In addition to connecting those interested in education technology, the event also serves to give potential entrepreneurs a chance to get feedback on their nascent ideas from some of the top education decision-makers in Boston: the judges of the final pitch contest.

This year, the judging panel includes Mark Racine, CTO of Boston Public Schools; Christine Ortiz, startup founder, MIT Professor, and former MIT dean; Jean Hammond, cofounder & partner of LearnLaunch; Aaron Feuer, CEO of Panorama Education; and Curtiss Barnes, Managing Director of Global Product Management & Design at Pearson.

For those hoping to make a difference, Startup Weekend EDU may be a good event to give edtech entrepreneurship a test drive, or to develop skills and connections for future projects.