#sydswedu 2014 Sponsor Spotlight – Elance-oDesk


Sponsors play a big role in supporting the local EdTech ecosystem in Sydney. For the  first Startup Weekend EDU 2014 in Australia we are lucky to have great sponsors on our side who have helped make everything possible.

Today we shine the spotlight on one of our sponsors – Elance-oDesk.

Kelly Tagalan from Elance will be a mentor for Sydney SWEDU 2014.

Elance-oDesk have generously offered  a $50 credit to ALL participants of Sydney SWEDU 2014. In addition to this they have sponsored a prize of $200 in Elance-oDesk credit for the winning team and $100 in Elance-oDesk credit for the runners up team at Sydney SWEDU 2014.

Read on…

Kelly, tell us about Elance-oDesk?

Elance oDesk is where startups go to find, hire, collaborate with and pay leading freelancers from more than 180 countries. With a community of over 3 million freelancers and 1 million businesses, on Elance it’s easy to hire a top freelancer. Find a developer, freelance designers or other talented freelancers with the most in-demand skills. Scale up and scale down with your needs as you pivot and grow.

What is your area of expertise?

I have a non profit and education background, but work in the startup community now, in community management, coworking and social media. I see the link between startups and non profit education, as they are both essentially working with the innovative mindset to make changes for good. 

Why did you decide to sponsor Sydney Startup Weekend Education 2014?

I am personally very passionate about innovation in education, and Elance-oDesk is committed to helping startups get their ideas off of paper napkins and into the hands of customers. We love startups, and Edutech has some great programs getting EdTech startups up and running.  

What are your expectations from the SWEDU event?

I am eager to hear the pitches, and see what the next big ideas in education look like. I love the collaboration that this program will develop, and I am eager to see these startups get some momentum. 

What do you think schools/colleges would look like in 5 years?

Personally, I am passionate about access. I believe that education should be accessible and inclusive. If we can influence education to include more teaching of the innovative mindset, then we will create a fearlessness and empowerment in all young learners that will (hopefully) create life-long learners that will continue to change the world! 

What are the trends/challenges that you see for education in the future?

I mentioned access before. As we get more technological as a society, I fear that the gap of access for certain traditionally disenfranchised groups will widen. If we can work design thinking into education, and innovate to bridge that gap, then that will be a success. At Elance-oDesk, we know that the future of work is working online, and as we develop technology in the startup community, we can look for ways to invite all children to be technology fluent, and thus empower them to be a part of the ever evolving online world.

What are some ways to keep updated about Edtech news/events in Sydney?

There is so much on in Sydney. I like SydEdutech meetups and events as they are always attended by movers and shakers, and I always have quality conversations with the SydEduTech folks. In addition to having a great group, and the events are always very well organized. 


About #sydswedu 2014

When: 27th June 2014 – 29th June 2014
Where: Muru-D Campus, 363 Oxford St., Paddington, NSW Australia.
Event Website: http://sydneyedu.startupweekend.org/
Tickets: Please purchase your tickets at the Eventbrite page