DC Tech Meetup #6: Educational Technology Edition

[7:00]  Intro by  Peter Corbett, CEO,  iStrategyLabs

[7:03]  Agenda brief by DJ Saul, VP of New Ventures, iStrategyLabs 

[7:05]  1:1 Interview with DC Public School's Teacher (Amy Reno, 3rd Grade teacher)

[7:20]  Demos

1. Skillshare (Amanda Moore & Brandon Anderson)

2. MindGrub's ' Edualizer' (Todd Marks)

3. TalkChalk (Daniel Doll)

4. Always Prepped (Fahad Hassan) 

5. EverFi (Kara Hedges)    

6. Campus Splash (Allen Gannett)  

7. Rosetta Stone (Maxim Leyzerovich & Alexie Harper)

[8:00]   Latest DC Tech News (  Justin Thorp, Director of Publisher Happiness,  Clearspring)

[8:05]  Panel (moderated by Peter Corbett)
* Blackboard (Rebecca Kilduff)  

* Interfolio ( Steve Goldenberg)    
* EdTech Investor (Bill Bavin)
* American U. Professor ( Scott Talan)
[8:35]  Open Mic
[8:50]  Bar Location Reveal

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  • David M.

    Good panel, the companies were relevant, good crowd of quality people.

    August 3, 2011

  • Cynthia

    I thought the panel discussion was a little hostile. I'm more interested in what positive things are going on in the space than criticizing others. What have you got that's better than what's out there? Are you bringing it to market? Understand that businesses should operate within the current regulatory framework - what can be done to change laws that overburden innovation in education?

    August 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was one of the best DC Tech Meetups that I've attended. No technical problems; strong panel, really interesting presentations, and noticably more women in the audience. The bar has definitely been raised.

    August 3, 2011

  • Danielle G.

    Great people doing great things, sharing great information. I learned about new thought processes around education and the incredible concepts being developed for new ways of teaching and learning.

    August 3, 2011

  • Sean P.

    Education is near and dear to me like many of the folks at this meetup. The companies showcased were spot on for the education sector. I am excited for Skillshare. I was not too impressed with the Rosetta Stone presentation despite loving their products. This was a good meetup and worth attending.

    August 3, 2011

  • T. M.

    Great event!

    August 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got some good ideas and interesting discussion of the new products.

    August 3, 2011

  • Jon F.

    Really great to see the intersection between technology and real needs that affect the daily lives of such and important segment of our culture - today's students will be tomorrows leaders... based on what I saw last night, great changes are looming on the horizon!

    August 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    As much as I enjoyed the presentations, it might be better to scale back the number of presenters and allow for Q&A.

    August 3, 2011

  • Ken A.

    Excellent turnout and group interaction. Good insight into some of the directions that entrepreneurs and investors alike have on their radar, as well as gaps and opportunities across the EdTech market.

    Great job Peter and Co.!

    August 3, 2011

  • Christopher K.

    Lots of info quick.

    August 3, 2011

  • Jacquie

    The demos were great, and it was super to feel the energy & interest in the room. The panel moderator asked great questions.

    August 3, 2011

  • Laurence R.

    One suggestion: how about having the open mike call-outs between demos and panel...too much chaos at the end of the panel which made it difficult to hear and focus

    August 3, 2011

  • Jason S.

    Smart and well thought out Meetup. I am not in Education but learned a plethora of knowledge just sitting on the sidelines.

    August 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great event. It really enjoyed seeing the demos from companies and generally learning about an industry I'm not involved with.

    August 3, 2011

  • Steve G.

    This was an excellent topic - DC has what it takes to be the national leader in ed tech.

    August 3, 2011

  • Kevin G.

    My first time in attendance at a DC Tech meeting was really enjoyable - I gained new prospective on some ideas that I have had for some time.

    August 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was my first meet up and I thought it was stupendous, thanks for putting it on everyone!

    August 3, 2011

  • Sushant M.

    Demo's were less demo - more powerpoint or video. My suggestion is we should have policy that 1) must demo actual software/app/product (unless physically not possible for some technical reasons - i cannot think of any..), 2) of the total 5 min, not more than X should be powerpoint presentation, video etc 50%/50% min..

    August 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was one of my favorite DCTMs so far, if not my favorite overall. Great presentations, great interview, and a pretty good panel as well. I would have liked to see/hear more from Blackboard (maybe even their own 1 on 1 interview) since they are so prevalent in that space. Aside from the scripted presentation (raw is better for DCTM) the Rosetta Stone inclusion struck me as a little weird. I found it strange that an established company like Rosetta Stone would get a slot if there were 50+ applications from startups.

    It's good you didn't give @talan his own microphone. I think he would have hijacked that whole panel ;)

    August 3, 2011

  • Sean Moore G.

    The startups were great, Rosetta Stone was a little shallow; the panel was ok, perhaps attendee questions could be gathered beforehand.

    August 3, 2011

  • Gabe G.

    Great event, great curating companies presenting, great beginning interview and great ending panel. And great clock management! My only wish would be for pre-meeting opportunity to network -- and I understand that happens at bar afterward, but I couldn't linger.

    August 3, 2011

  • Boris S.

    This was an excellent meetup. I especially enjoyed the mix between technology speakers and teachers. I thought it was great to hear from a teacher first hand experience with technology in educational system.

    August 3, 2011

  • Ellen M.

    Excellent! I am a green entrepreneur but also a writer and an educator who produces a fair amount of content. It was great hearing about these new platforms to deliver the curricula I have developed and to learn of these great start ups looking for content, like mine! See one of my www sites, sustainland.com for an example of the material I produce. Excellent resource, well run meeting. Great experience, overall.

    August 3, 2011

  • Shahid M.

    Would be highly interested in meeting / learning from those who could help point out new ways to spread education through effective use of Information Technology in remote rural areas in South Asia.

    July 28, 2011

  • Peter C.

    PLEASE DON'T COMMENT ON THIS WALL. IT SPAMS ALL RSVP'S AND WE CAN'T TURN IT OFF. Sorry for the all-caps. Thanks!

    July 28, 2011

  • David M.

    @Zak - Would you call a job search training program accredited by a top 10 university and a current training provider for the state of VA, being developed for an e-learning platform compelling?

    July 27, 2011

  • Zak

    Aside from the companies our esteemed guests represent, what are some of the current standout, most compelling edutech companies? Do they have to be social?

    Thinking KhanAcademy, LessonTrack, Mytonomy, Any others?

    -z

    July 26, 2011

  • Paul Y.

    I could do a demonstration of my product if you still need to fill a tbd.

    July 26, 2011

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