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STARTUP LONDON EDU: Brian Greenberg, formerly Chief Academic Officer of Envision Schools and creator of the BlendMyLearning site, served as a judge for last weekend's first ever international Startup Weekend Education event in London. He filed this report: "The sellout crowd of 140 attendees formed into 15 teams for 54 hours of pitches, coding, business creation, and final presentations. Night Zoo Keeper took top prize for a program to develop children's creativity through writing and art. The judges loved the look and feel of the team's design, its freemium model that actually made sense, the products the team members built this weekend, and the early customer validation they completed. Second prize went to EdVents and its online events management idea for teachers doing field trips--think Trip Advisor meets Eventbrite for teachers. Tiny Ears garnered third prize for its iOS app that listens to kids (ages 4-7 years old) read stories and then provides feedback on any errors. The Tiny Ears team is on its way to Startup Chile, an incubation program funded by the Chilean government. The event was a huge success thanks in large part to organizer Ed Baker of Education Games Network and the much-loved Farb Nivi from Grockit who hopped over the pond. There was much buzz about upcoming EdTech events and Meetups in London. (Stay posted!) Amazing to see the similarities across this, my third Startup Weekend, on three different continents. Entrepreneurship, the new global language."

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