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Education: Change is on its Way

Startup Weekend Education brings together thought leaders, developers and marketers to grow ideas that will change the way our children are taught.

January 22nd 2013, London. Startup Weekend Education is a not-for-profit organisation, famous for its 54 hour events that bring together developers, designers, and marketers to form teams, build products and go on to launch innovative startups. The 54 hour event is coming back to London on Friday 25th January with a focus on innovations in the education sector, an industry in the midst of huge disruption.

Over sixty entrepreneurs and twenty five educators will come together from a variety of backgrounds and areas of the UK to collaborate on products that may change the way we and future generations will learn. Following the exciting pitch finale on the Sunday evening, the winning team will claim a variety of prizes, which will help to get their new business started.

Winners from last years’ event, Night Zookeeper, are organising the event. Night Zookeeper was brought to life at Startup Weekend in November 2011, after Norwich University friends Joshua Davidson and Paul Hutson met computer scientist Mathieu Triay. Mathieu believed in their idea and worked on their first app prototype over a single weekend. Since then, the team has worked day and night to refine the app, introduce it to the market, and attract investment from global telecoms giant Telefonica. Since its launch in February 2012, the free Night Zookeeper teaching resources have been downloaded over 10,000 times by teachers and parents, engaging with over 250,000 children, predominantly in the UK, US, and Australasia. The free Night Zookeeper app launched in November 2012, with 2,235 downloads to date.

Paul Hutson a former primary school teacher turned entrepreneur, says: “Startup Weekend has already had a huge impact on my life, so it’s great to be hosting it this year. The event provides an excellent opportunity for educators and entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into working prototypes with the help of developers and designers over the course of a weekend.”

Startup Weekend Education will run over the course of the weekend from 25th – 27th of January 2013. Google Entrepreneurs are the global sponsors, providing the venue for the event, at Google Campus on Bonhill Street,London. The event is also supported by the Technology Strategy Board, OCR, Macmillan New Ventures, Macmillan Digital Science and Macmillan Digital Education.

Deborah Rippol, European Coordinator for Startup Weekend says: “We understand that the market for educational products and services has huge potential for long term commercial gains. Further, the UK’s first class reputation for high quality education around the world means that innovations from Startup Weekend have the potential to succeed not just in our schools and Universities but also on a global scale.”

Co-organiser and computer scientist Mathieu Triay, now Night Zookeeper’s CTO, says: “There is always a real buzz of excitement at Startup Weekend as people collaborate, share ideas and build cool stuff together.”

You can find more information about Startup Weekend Education here: http://londonedu.startupweekend.org/.

 

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Media Contacts: Shelley Doyle, shelley@presentpr.com, 07764 497362

Paul Hutson, paul@nightzookeeper.com, 07736 314175

 

Notes to Editors:

 

About Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend is a US not-for-profit organisation that creates 54-hour weekend events during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more, pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo or presentation by Sunday evening. In the past three years Startup Weekend has grown into an organisation with a global presence, having organised over 300 events spanning 150 cities and 90 countries. Startup Weekend’s stated mission is to be the most valuable and influential organisation in fostering startup communities around the world. In September 2010, Startup Weekend received a grant from The Kauffman Foundation, the largest foundation for entrepreneurship in the world.

 

For more information, visit www.startupweekend.org.

 

About Night Zookeeper

Night Zookeeper is a website and mobile app based on the fantastical adventures of a Night Zookeeper and the magical animals he meets on his daily rounds.

 

The website invites children to invent their own magical animals and to use illustrations and stories to bring them to life. Children are also invited to complete a variety of creative missions, which are sent to them by either their parents, teachers or the Night Zookeeper himself. Night Zookeeper utilises a ‘freemium’ model. It will offer many free resources to teachers and parents

whilst saving more stories, games and an expanding list of features, including a full feature mobile app, for those who wish to upgrade their accounts.

 

For more information, visit http://www.nightzookeeper.com/ourpromise/

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