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muru-D: Level 6, 363 Oxford Street Paddington NSW 2021

Have you ever had an idea for improving education?

Here’s your opportunity to transform your education ideas into action in 54 exciting hours. Work with other passionate educators, designers, technologists & entrepreneurs to build real solutions and real products to education problems in one weekend. Beyond an amazing experience there are prizes up for grabs to help the teams make their product a success.

The first Australian Startup Weekend Education is being held in Sydney, Australia on the 27th - 29th of June.

Join a diverse group of people passionate about making a positive impact on education. Anyone is welcome to pitch their idea. Even if you don't want to pitch come along and join a team and make a difference in education.

Whether you start a new company, meet someone new or learn some new skills outside the usual register now for the best weekend of your life!

How it works:
Friday night is all about networking and the pitches - Those with an idea who are brave or passionate enough will stand in front of 120 strangers and give a 1-minute pitch to the crowd. Teams form organically around the most compelling pitches, and then spend the next 48 hours (minus sleep and our delicous 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 the jury panel comes in – Seasoned educators and startup veterans will evaluate your by now well developed pitch 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 is a launchpad for your idea, and you can take it wherever you want to go.

Giveaways For All Participants:
  • Every Participant gets a free 3 month access to GA Online Courses
  • Every Participant gets a $50 credit from Elance-oDesk
  • Free meals on all days including mouth watering gourmet food for the final demo day
Prizes for the Winning Team
  • $1000 off a Web App Developer course from Coder Factory
  • $200 credit from Elance-oDesk
  • A special prize sponsored by Openlearning
  • Prizes for the Runner-up Team
  • 2 free places in a Beginner Coder Weekend Workshop (worth $395 each) from Coder Factory
  • $100 credit from Elance-oDesk
  • Special Prizes
  • A special prize for a SWEDU team that creates the best social venture sponsored by Social Ventures Australia
  • A special prize for a SWEDU team that creates the best vocational education venture sponsored by Intersective

  • We look forward to seeing you at the event!
    Please email with any questions.

    Startup Weekend Education (SWEDU) was founded on the belief that entrepreneurship is the most powerful force to positively impact education outcomes. We are a global initiative that brings people together over the course of 54 hours to launch startups that have the ability to drastically improve the educational experience for various types of learners. Only two years old, SWEDU has already expanded to 16 cities across the world, and we are excited to give everyone an unprecedented opportunity to play a role in creating the future of education. SWEDU is part of the wider Startup Weekend global initative.

    Supported By:
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    Jun 27
    • 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


    Jun 28
    • Arrive
    • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
    • Checkin
    • Elance Clinic on hiring online talent
    • Business Model Canvas & Customer Interview Clinic
    • Lunch
    • Checkin
    • 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


    Jun 29
    • Arrive
    • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
    • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
    • Pitch Clinic
    • Lunch
    • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS and pitch prep
    • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
    • Dinner
    • Judging & awards
    • Wrapup
    Tier 1 Sponsors

    Steve Sammartino

    Steve Sammartino had his first business before the age of 10 running an organic egg farm before the words organic or startup had been invented. The first phase of his ‘adult’ career was in Marketing working his way into senior executive roles in global consumer goods companies and advertising agencies. He escaped his cubicle for the first time in 2005 and founded – a peer to peer renting portal. After exiting more than 4 years ago he has embarked on a number of crazy projects including putting a Lego space shuttle into actual orbit, building a jet powered bicycle, and crowd funding to build a full size Lego car with an engine made of lego, which runs on air.
    Steve now travels the world helping companies transition from industrial era thinking into the digital age. He is about to release his first book with publisher Wiley on the technology revolution called ‘The Great Fragmentation’. He is a board member of multiple companies including Tomcar Australia (Australia’s first car startup in over 50 years) he Guest lectures in Marketing at Melbourne University, writes for the ABC on business & technology issues and his blog has over 30,000 readers a month. He is about to release his first book.

    Tier 2 Sponsors

    Nik Dawson

    Social Ventures Australia, Project Officer

    Nik works in the Education Team of Social Ventures Australia. SVA is a national venture philanthropy and impact investing non-profit dedicated to improving education and employment outcomes for Australians in disadvantaged communities. Nik’s role requires origination of social venture opportunities, due diligence and research, and relationship management of investments. Nik specialises in school education within SVA. Prior to SVA, Nik worked in Indigenous education in the Tiwi Islands, sustainability consulting, and asset management. Nik is an avid surfer, loves South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Swans, and is passionate about innovative start-ups.

    Annabel Astbury

    Head of Digital Education, ABC Innovation

    Annabel Astbury is Head, Digital Education at the ABC and is working with a great team to deliver ABC Splash. She used to be a classroom teacher and has worked closely with students, teachers, government and cultural institutions over the past years promoting history education and learning with ‘digital’ technologies in her role as Executive Director at the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria. ABC Splash has developed and added an extensive range of digital products to the education space from which Annabel continues to learn much about what makes a killer edu product in this ever expanding marketplace.

    Annie Parker

    Co-Founder Muru-d

    Co-founder of muru-D, previously Head of operations for Wayra in Europe. Head of Code Club Australia.

    Terry Hilsbert

    EdTech Investor

    Terry Hilsberg became involved in the online education industry in 1998 when he was commissioned by the Australian Government Review of Higher Education Financing and Policy to report upon, amongst other things, the potentially disruptive nature of such education upon the structure of the higher education industry. Subsequently, he began founding, investing in and advising both K-12 and higher education companies. These companies included start-ups such as NextEd, My Internet and Roar Educate. Today he remains an active investor in, and advisor to, a number of online education companies.

    Tier 3 Sponsors

    Anne Foster

    Director, Entrepreneurial Education   |  

    Anne Forster advises on learning design and strategy for the workplace and higher education and has managed several startups. Anne brings an extensive international network and knowledge of independent learning to her mentoring role. She is passionate about the power of innovation and creativity in the design of learning experiences to address key performance, social and individual needs.

    Ken Taggart

    Founder Chatty Kidz

    Ken Taggart is a successful Internet entrepreneur, Crowd Sourcing advocate & EduTech trailblazer.

    Following the sale of his first business in 2007 Ken now runs Chatty Kidz (an innovative EduTech platform).

    Mark Stanley

    Founder Literatu

    Mark Stanley is the founder of Literatu, a cloud delivered application that lets every teacher transform trusted teaching resources into amazing online, interactive activities and assessments.

    Peter Carpenter

    Co-Founder Class Cover

    Peter Carpenter is the co-founder of Class Cover, a platform for schools that makes booking their casual relief teachers incredibly simply, saving time and money.

    Sallyann Williams

    Engineering Community & Outeach Manager, Google

    Is responsible for Google’s relationships with startups & universities across Australia & New Zealand. I oversee Google’s efforts in entrepreneurship & startup engagement, CS & STEM outreach and research collaborations with computer science, engineering, and related departments.

    Vicky Lay

    COO & Co-Founder Zookal

    is a young female entrepreneur who is passionate about business and finding creative ways to solve complex problems.

    Matthew Burley

    Advisor, Startups and Educational Technology, Global Mindset

    is currently organising Education Leadership Conferences for education, industry and startup leaders from Australia and Asia.

    Sean Marshall

    Director of Business Development at VentureCrowd

    Sean is an experienced community builder with education and product management experience.

    Sean is currently the Director of Business Development at VentureCrowd, a new platform for investors to access and invest in Australian startups with high growth potential.

    Dr. Bron Stuckey

    Consultant specialist in game play, gamification, communities of practice and learning communities

    Dr. Bron is a consultant specialist in game play, gamification, communities of practice and learning communities. She has been engaged in educational community and games in learning development for the past 15 years and is now a post doctoral research fellow of the Arizona State University Center for Games & Impact and director of her own educational consultancy.

    Bron has worked to explore virtual worlds, games in learning and how we can cultivate identity, agency, citizenship, leadership, and community for students and teachers. Her role in the global communities of PLANE, Massively Minecraft and Quest Atlantis has lead to some breakthrough understandings about how gaming and digital citizenship need to be treated as a lived curriculum.

    Bron has been invited to speak internationally on issues of games in learning and gamification and will be presenting in early 2014 at the Gamification Summit in San Francisco and the Serious Play Summit in July, speaking on gamification for community cultivation.

    Wes Sonnenreich

    CEO intersective

    Wes has over 18 years of experience leading entrepreneurial companies and intrapreneurial projects. His passion is for improving the way in which we learn. He believes great innovators can be made with great education. Prior to founding Intersective, Wes was national Director of Deloitte’s Innovation program and GM of Science and Technology at Sirius Minerals. A serial intra/entrepreneur, he has founded and led several other Information Technology and consulting companies in Boston and New York. Wes is a graduate of M.I.T. and of Harvard Business School's executive MBA program and is a widely published author, university lecturer and corporate speaker.

    Adam Brimo

    Co-founder & CEO Open Learning

    Adam holds Bachelor of Engineering (Software) and a Bachelor Arts (Politics) degrees from UNSW (University of New South Wales), is the 2011 Choice Magazine Consumer Activist of the Year and is a recipient of the 2011 UNSW Alumni Graduand Award. He previously worked at Macquarie Bank as a Software Engineer / Analyst in the Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities Group and at Westpac Institutional Bank as a Senior Software Engineer.

    Adam led the successful Vodafail consumer activist campaign in 2010-2011, which resulted in nationwide media coverage, an ACMA inquiry and a $1bn network upgrade for Vodafone’s Australian business. In 2012, Adam joined world renowned UNSW A. Prof Richard Buckland to found, a student centred online learning platform. Over 30,000 students have joined courses, including the first massive open online courses from Australia and Malaysia.

    Kelly Tagalan

    Sydney City Manager, Elance-oDesk

    Kelly Tagalan is a start up enthusiast, a coworking advocate, and the Sydney City Manager for Elance-oDesk. As the resident Can Do Girl Extraordinaire she uses her energy and network to connect the startup community with platforms, processes and events that create great businesses out of cool ideas. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Kelly shifted from a career in non profit education to working in Sydney's Silicon Beach. She also loves pugs, tomato juice and fresh white board markers.

    Vito Belgiorno-Zegna

    Founder Sounchub

    Vito Belgiorno-Zegna is the founder of Soundhub, a music delivery platform for the retail and hospitality sectors. Prior to starting Soundhub, Vito was General Manager of SBA Music, one of Australia's leading B2B music distribution platforms.

    Tier 4 Sponsors
    Aidan Nuttall
    Atul Pandey
    Terry Hilsberg
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