For the second year in a row, Startup Weekend EDU was held in Charlottesville from Nov. 14-16, calling all those interested in education and technology to form teams, pitch their ideas, and build solutions in just a weekend. The event was organized by a team of dedicated volunteers from the Charlottesville community, with support from Google for Entrepreneurs. Startup Weekend attracted a diverse group of teachers, students, administrators, and designers from across the community. Scroll on for HC Media’s pictures from the event.
The event kicks off at Monticello High School. Attendees had just 54 hours to form teams, actualize their ideas, and execute them to reality.
The crowd listening to an overview of the weekend’s schedule and being introduced to community leaders of the event.
Attendees separated into small groups to exchange ideas, share skill sets, and discuss educational concepts before the official pitches.
One of the small groups talks about the concepts and issues discussed and possible solutions.
Individual pitches were held afterwards, allowing each participant 60 seconds to share an idea.
More than 30 ideas were pitched, addressing a broad range of challenges for both students and teachers.
The attendees then voted for their favorite ideas, narrowing down the pitches that would be presented on Sunday night to thirteen.
Teams formed and the new groups then spent the rest of the night working on their idea.
Participants had the chance to work at Monticello High School’s premiere media center and were coached by experienced administrators in the local education community.
For most of Saturday, teams focused on user research, making possible prototypes of their products, and preparing their final presentations for the following night.
Judges listen closely to the final pitches on Sunday night after a long weekend of work.
One of the pitches, Strikey Sensors, proposed using sensors as a teaching tool for baseball players who want to make more accurate throws.
After an hour and a half of final presentations and deliberation, the judges were ready to award the teams with the best pitches.
Third place honors went to GoGoLoc, a fingerprint scanning tool for easy locker access developed by Lisa Boyce, Eric Lidner, Alex Zorychta, and Danielle Watson.
In second place was Scheducate, a motivational app aimed at improving students’ work ethic. The app was developed by Kathryn Cook, Julia Dyer, Mark “Muggsie” Marini, and Courtney Young-Christiansen.
In first place was Nick Anglin, creator of Strikey Sensors.
Congratulations to all the participants!