Dispatch from Toby Sims
This February heralded the return of Launch48′s Weekend Accelerator landing at Google Campus in London. Friday night put everything in the pot over pizza and networking as ideas were pitched, voted on, and distilled down to eleven plans. Having mingled and fused with like-minded individuals, the teams solidified over a couple of drinks and headed off to get a good nights sleep before the organised bedlam of Saturday.
Even before people snuck out for the first coffee of Saturday, there was a buzz in the room and everyone was chomping at the bit, held in check by Simon McCann of Launch48 as he explained the schedule and resources available. Then the metaphorical starter’s pistol went and we were live…
I was privileged enough to be mentoring for the day and bounced around the teams with my ‘mentor buddy’ and partner in crime for the day, … Read More
Team MentoRing: Anthony, Saad, Katelyn, Artie, Vibin, Steve, Antoine, Faisal
Story by Tristan Sokol
Earlier this month I had the excellent opportunity to attend Startup Weekend EDU NYC, the fast paced 54 sprint from idea to pitch. What I found there was an diverse group of people, from hedge fund managers to college students each wearing a different colored shirt based on the role they wanted to perform for the weekend: designer, developer, business development. Since this event was education focused there were also teachers, school administrators and other people in the education space to help bring some real education experience and opportunities into the teams.
The most surprising thing for me to see was the sheer quantity of ideas that were pitched in the beginning. Roughly half of the people gave a 1 minute schpeel about a project they had been working on or thought up on the spot. Several … Read More
Last weekend was an incredibly exciting time for Los Angeles. For the first time, Startup Weekend EDU solicited participants from The Big Orange to identify needs in education and ideate on business solutions. Los Angeles Unified School District is the second to largest public school district in the United States, only after New York City. However, they have never brought the community together in a Startup Weekend to help innovate education.
Designers, developers, teachers, and entrepreneurs met on Friday, January 24th, to start identifying high interest ideas. 12 ideas advanced to the next stage where the founder solicited other participants for a 2 day top to bottom business pitch. Startup Weekend is unique as it requires idea generators to consider the business model and market validation, unlike the typical hackathon.
I participated as a coach, providing guidance on my areas of practice, which include education and software development. It … Read More
We’re very excited to take part in Startup Weekend Edu in New York this weekend. The event is being dubbed a MEGA Edu event, featuring two tracks – edtech and the very first Startup Weekend Teen!
Anthony and Tristan will be onsite for the weekend and look forward to meeting you. Be sure to track them down or tweet @PearsonAPI #nycedu if you will be there.
Register now, more information can be found here.
This has been a very special year, and we wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of you for hanging out with us at events, registering for API keys, spreading the word, and for supporting us in general. We celebrated our second anniversary in September, and can’t wait to share our plans for year 3.
We’d also like to take a moment to look back at our highlights in 2013 before winding down for the holidays. What your highlights? Leave us a comment below or tweet us at @PearsonAPI. We wish you a happy holiday season and a very very Happy New Year! For a look back at 2012 posted one year to the date, check out this link.
>> My highlights for 2013:
Anthony: It was a lot of fun being in Austin for SXSW this year with you and Diana, can’t wait to go back … Read More