April 7, 2013
Startup Weekend EDU had five teams working together with technology, education and the future in mind.
The teams pitched their next big idea to a panel of judges on Sunday night after having just 56 hours to work with teammates, whom they've never met, on how to make that idea a reality.
With help from business and design mentors along the way, they were able to learn, grow and sculpt their dreams into ones that will have an impact.
"It's really nice to hear from other people who have been there and have done it successfully," said Brendan Younger, a former science teacher who says he wants to share class experiments with more and more kids using technology. "Just to know that it's possible and that you don't have to become the next Facebook to be successful at all that's always a big morale booster and motivation."
Many participants are entrepreneurs, web designers and teachers. All working together to bring technology and teaching together for a better future in Albemarle County.
Organizers said there have been thousands of Startup Weekends all around the world but only a few years ago Startup Weekend EDU began.
They say some of the participants will quit their current job on Monday because they're so inspired and determined after the weekend is over that they know now their idea could actually work.