Startup Weekend Education Oakland hosted by the Mills College School of Education and The Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business seeks to bring youth voices and educator experiences front and center. These groups are in the best position to both name and design the solutions for education’s most critical challenges. Our event transcends the traditional Startup Weekend style; we will focus on bridging the entrepreneurial startup spirit with youth and educator informed issues. Through design thinking, innovative business strategies, relentless hacking and designing, this weekend will produce new ventures that are poised to create high caliber outcomes for Bay Area students and schools. Groups will work together over 54 hours to create a tech tool that addresses a concern either in a school or in a student’s community. Ventures can range from a mobile app for students, a gaming console app, to a variety of online learning tools! We believe that a wide range of diverse perspectives, backgrounds, passion, talents, technical knowledge and skills are needed to create ventures that have the highest potential for lasting impact. We are looking for: Youth Innovators: 9-12 grade bay area students interested in hacking, UX/UI design, business, social justice and collaborating on an unique solution to a challenge they’re facingTeachers: Instructional leaders in the classroom working in Bay Area Public schools- this category is essential to a successful SWEDU!Educators: Community Organizers, District Administrators, Education Non-Profit Leaders and Professionals working in the school wrap-around services spaceChampions: Individuals who will keep student voice and perspective on the top of their and the group’s mind- this could be a parent/relative, youth development professional or others who work closely with youth and are interested in collaborating with and supporting students on a teamDevelopers: Mobile App Developers (IOS, IOS SDK, Android) Programmers (JAVA, Objective C, CSS3, etc.) Web developers (front end and back end)Designers: UX/UI designers (Adobe Suite Applications, Axure, iRise, Omnigraffle, etc.)Entrepreneurs: Innovators, Thinkers, Business Strategists, Marketers, Finance Gurus, Project Managers, PhilanthropistsWhy Startup Weekend Education Oakland?Startup Weekend Education is 54 hours of DOING: pitching ideas Friday night, forming rockstar teams, building a revenue model, coding, designing, conducting market research and polishing that final presentation! This weekend provides a unique experiential learning opportunity for participants to collaborate and iterate their ideas with passionate individuals who have a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. Local movers and shakers working in this unique intersection of education, innovation and business will be on-hand to coach and meet one-on-one with SWEDU teams and participants as well! Because SWEDU attracts smart, dedicated and creative dreamers and do-ers who are committed to innovation in education, participants will establish meaningful relationships and perhaps meet their future co-founder or end the weekend with a job offer!