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Welcome to the (first ever) Los Angeles Startup Weekend EDU!

Unlike traditional Startup Weekend events, we have created a fourth crucial participant category: EDUCATOR. It is our goal to listen to the real problems teachers and other school leaders face in order to cultivate the best educational innovations.

This isn’t a mere hackathon. Hackathons produce products or features; Startup Weekend EDUs cultivate new ventures. This 54 hour event is designed to bring together 120 of the most innovative and influential educators, entrepreneurs, designers and developers.

So what does the weekend look like?

Friday night is all about networking and pitching. Those with an idea who are brave enough will stand in front of 120 strangers and give a 1-minute elevator 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 our premiere panel of judges comes in. Seasoned startup veterans will scrutinize MVPs to evaluate your chances of real world success, 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 can only help you start your dream. It’s up to you to live it out.

Announcement: A special prize will be awarded by our Platinum Sponsor, the Kapor Center for Social Impact, to the top team that builds an application designed to teach low income, minority students about tech career opportunities. The first place winner will receive up to $2500 in team development (e.g. conferences, trainings, etc.) and a pitch training session with Kapor Capital, its in-house venture capital group. Runners-up will receive a pitch training session with Kapor Capital. For more information on the Kapor Center for Social Impact Challenge, please check here:

We hope you join us!

Mark your calendars, the first ever Startup Weekend EDU is coming to Los Angeles the weekend of January 24th (1/24 to 1/26).

Location: UCLA Anderson School of Management



Jan 24
  • 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. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Jan 25
  • Arrive, 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
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Jan 26
  • Arrive, 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
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Founding Sponsors
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors

Howard Marks

Co-Chair of Start Engine and CEO of Gamzee   |  

Howard is a 20-year industry veteran, having co-founded juggernaut Activision as well as Acclaim Games. After its acquisition by Playdom, he was most recently head of the Acclaim studio and Sr. VP, Strategic Planning at Disney Interactive Media Group. Howard is currently the CEO of Gamzee, a social games company that makes game that play everywhere written in HTML5.

Mike McGalliard

Executive Director of Imagination Foundation   |  

Mike has a 20-year history as an educator and social entrepreneur in Los Angeles. Beginning his career as an English teacher, Mike launched and led successful startups in the education sector for two decades, including LA’s Promise, a nonprofit he co-founded in 2003 to redesign schools and dramatically improve the quality of education in the nation’s second largest school district. His work was featured on Emmy-nominated Season 2 of “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.”

Tommy Chang

LAUSD Instructional Superintendent: Intensive Support and Innovation Center

Tommy is charged with managing LAUSD’s best thinking and resources in schools doing the most challenging and innovative work. Under his supervision are 145 schools, including the lowest-performing schools and the most innovative schools, serving more than 100,000 students.

Before coming to LAUSD, he was the founding principal of Animo Venice Charter High School, a charter high school in Los Angeles. He entered education as a 1997 Teach for America corps member and taught six years in Compton Unified School District.

Vinit Sukhija

Teach For America Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation   |   LinkedIn

After teaching Algebra I and II in the South Central and South Gate communities of Los Angeles, Vinit Sukhija now leads Teach For America’s Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Team, engaging Teach For America corps members and alumni to develop, sustain, and grow their own game-changing social ventures that contribute towards ending educational inequity. He manages Teach For America’s Social Innovation Award, which annually invests $150,000 in transformative early-stage corps member and alumni-led social ventures. Additionally, he manages social innovation programming in Teach For America’s regions and coaches several entrepreneurs in the team’s pipeline.


Julie Bai

Pearson, API Evangelist, Developer Relations

A Pearson Leadership Development Associate currently working as an API Evangelist, Julie started her career as a middle school teacher at Valley View Elementary with specific learning disabilities and a 2009 Teach for America Phoenix corps member. Julie has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois and M.E. in Special Education from Arizona State University.

Geremie Camara

CEO & Founder   |  

CEO and co-founder of TicTokLabs, the parent of JamTok, a language learning application, integrating popular music with learning curriculum. Previously, Geremie served in a variety of VP level positions in digital media, business development and interactive marketing for Paramount Pictures.

Christian Dieckmann

Strategy & Operations Leader, Corinthian Colleges

Christian has fulfilled a number of strategic and operational leadership roles at Corinthian Colleges including Student Outcomes, Default Prevention Operations, and Operational Analysis. Christian was previously a consultant at Bain & Co. and a financial analyst at GE Capital. He has an MBA from the Wharton School as well as an MA in International Studies from its Lauder Institute.

Drew Foster

Strategic Planning & Insights at Corinthian Colleges

Senior Director of Strategic Planning & Insights at Corinthian Colleges, after previously serving in product management. Drew formerly worked in strategic partnership s and product management at Ticketmaster. He has an MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.

Fabian Geyrhalter

Founder and Principal, FINIEN   |  

The Founder and Principal of FINIEN, a consultancy specialized in launching brands for entrepreneurs.
For 12 years he has been running the highly successful branding and graphic design agency Geyrhalter & Co, working for clients such as The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Goodwill, Brandman University, W Hotels, CO-OP Financial Services, USC, Evolution Juice, The City of Los Angeles and John Varvatos.

Grace Kim

Senior Director of Marketing, Corinthian Colleges

Senior Director of Marketing at Corinthian Colleges, Grace is a well-rounded marketing professional with experience building exceptional brands in the Tech, Consumer Products, and Education space. Grace has more than 15 years of leadership and marketing experience while at Yahoo!, Allergan, ConAgra Foods, and now at CCi. Grace has a B.A. in Economics from Harvard and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Sieva Kozinsky

CEO, StudySoup   |  

The founder and CEO of StudySoup, a browser based, interactive course material platform built for the world of education. Sieva graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Cynthia Lieberman


Cynthia Lieberman, has an M.A. in Media Psychology and Social Change and is Co-Founder of the website (“No Grownup Left Behind”), and an online learning program designed for anyone who wants to learn how to safely and confidently use social and digital media in the workplace or at home.


Engineering Leadership Team

We have mastered the art of building robust enterprise-grade solutions at startup speed. Our recipe is the combination of adaptable software architectures that are optimized for ongoing change with effective development practices like agile, lean, and test-driven development as well as efficient modern software technologies that give our products and developers a competitive edge. Our engineers are amongst the best in the industry, and the rich background and experience of our technical leadership team sets every software project up for success.

Steve Pomerantz

Enrepreneur In Residence, Launchpad

Steve co-founded, an online product dedicated to helping student loan borrowers organize, optimize and pay their student loans, currently helping borrowers manage over $1 Billion in student debt. Previously, he worked as a management consultant and media executive (L.E.K. Consulting, Media Rights Capital, Media Link, Maker Studios), and as an independent strategy and business development consultant to over a dozen early stage companies. Steve graduated from Northwestern in 2005 with a degree in Philosophy.

Ryan Sweeney

Business Development, cielo24

Senior Manager, Business Development and Head of Operations at cielo24. Ryan has studied in the Global Studies, Documentary Filmmaking and Technology Management Program at UC Santa Barbara.

Mike Weaver

Chief Product Development Officer, cielo24

The Chief Product Development Officer of cielo24, a provider of high quality, searchable metadata including indexes, transcripts and captions, including for all of the leading online education companies. Mike was formerly a Senior Manager of CRM Systems for Citrix Online and VP of Operations at Celerus Diagnostics. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara

Anupama Vaid

Founder and CEO, Parent Square   |  

The visionary who created ParentSquare when she recognized a need for better communication at her children’s school, Anu drives ParentSquare’s overall strategic vision while overseeing all facets of the company’s operations. Prior to starting ParentSquare in Santa Barbara, Anu spent fifteen years successfully leading engineering, design, and product teams in building innovative software

Daniel Wong

The Senior Director of Product Management at Corinthian Colleges, Daniel previously worked as a senior product manager at Targus. He attended UCLA, where he was a Riordan Fellow.

Victor Young

CEO, Flinja   |  

The Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Flinja, Inc., the nation's largest exclusive college-centric marketplace where students and alumni can hire and get hired by the hour, day, week, or longer. Flinja is the Uber for Work. Previously, Victor was the Founder and Chief Architect of online insurance CRM Enet.

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