Starting Up - Turning Design Ideas Into Reality

Learning Tech Labs
Learning Tech Labs
Public group

The Tara Building

Tara Street, Dublin 2 · Dublin

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Given a number of our community are either working within early stage edtech businesses or within the education space and looking to solve real challenges we are presenting a series of topics aimed to help you:

Understand how to get your idea off the ground

Understand scaling pitfalls & how to avoid them

Real world practical execution

So join us for our three event series:

Starting up - August 9th

Scaling up - September 14th

Startup Weekend Education ( September 22nd

In this startup session with Lucy Mc Kenna ( and Jess Hayden ( will bring you through a journey of tuning in to what drives you, identifying problems you want to solve and then creating solutions for them.

In this session we will:

-Explore your individual values and how these can help you to navigate the scary world of starting a new venture/adventure.

-Help you tap into your passions and surface your frustrations which are often fruitful avenues for business creation.

-Take each problem area you're interested in and use tools from psychology and Design Thinking to reframe problems and generate innovative solutions for them.

-Illustrate the importance of feedback and systematic research in developing your ideas and getting prototypes into the hands of your potential users.

Lucy Mc Kenna ( (

Lucy is a Learning design specialist, coach and personal development expert. She has extensive experience in designing and delivering innovative learning programmes that build resilience and support people working in fast paced environments. She has worked with organisations such as Google, Eircom and Aer Lingus, across Learning & Development, Design, Project Management, Marketing and Sales. She now runs Full Aeon (, where the overarching goal is to create happier people, teams and societies. Lucy has an MA in Interactive Media Design, a Degree in Business Studies and is a certified coach. If you want to get her into an animated conversation, bring up The Future of Work!

Jess Hayden ( (

Jess has been working on all aspects of people development for over 12 years. She has spent time consulting on large global people projects in Dublin, London and Sydney, establishing learning programmes for tech startup SoundCloud in Berlin, implementing organisational change projects for NGOs in Ireland and taught entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship in UCD and An Cosan VCC. She now runs her own learning company, Elan Vital Growth & Innovation Ltd ( and works with clients across tech, public sector, NGOs, bio-pharma, research in Germany, the UK and Ireland.

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