Last year while watching the Winter X Games, I caught a glimpse of where Shaun White was training for the Winter Olympics. He had worked out his own private half-pipe with a huge airbag at the end to perfect some insane trick. This was all happening at a magical place called, "Silverton" (in a whisper voice). I quickly googled the mountain and was instantly convinced that I needed to be there the following winter. Several months went by and I pretty much had forgotten about the epic dream. Then, as the snow started to fall in the Cascades that next fall, it all came back to me.Read More
I had the pleasure of working with my friends over at Startup Weekend earlier this year on a new version of Startup Weekend titled "Rise of the Designer". "Startup Weekends are 54 hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups." Startup Weekend has always had the business side of things down but has also had a history of lacking in the creative departement. Not only that, they wanted to push creatives to do more than just design.Read More
Recently I had the pleasure working with TeachStreet on a promotional video for a Startup Weekend EDU. “Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.” Basically, you come to the event on a Friday night, pitch an idea for a business and launch it on Sunday. Companies like Zaarly, FoodSpotting and Giant Thinkwell were all born at a Startup Weekend. Making this video was an amazing experience. I learned a lot about what’s not working in the education space. Since then, I’ve been talking with friends who are teachers and continuing to learn more. I find it fascinating and also scary where things are at. We need to fix this problem.
When you have all these smart, motivated and talented people in the same room working on the same problem, there’s an opportunity to really shake things up. If you’re anyone who has interest in making the education system a better one, you should definitely come out to this event. There are no requirements to attend. All you have to have is an idea and some motivation. Come dedicate a weekend to change the future.
The event will be held on Friday September 30th-Sunday October 2nd. Go here for more information on the event.Read More