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It’s not often a teacher gets to realise their ideas but this weekend I may well get to do it.

I’m heading off to Startup Weekend Education in London.

It’s a cross between Dragons Den & Why Don’t You. The weekend starts with people pitching tech ideas that they feel would benefit education. Ideas are voted on,teams formed & then the rest of the weekend is spent turning the vision into reality.

It really is a busman’s holiday with most days lasting way into the night, in an attempt to complete the projects in time for the Sunday close.

Along the way you have plenty of help from ‘coaches’ with a variety of backgrounds-Oliver Quinlan being one of a list of big names.

On Sunday each of the projects is judged, this years panel contains the brilliant Dawn Hallybone
The winner is given financial & business advice to turn the idea into reality.

Last years winner was the incredibly successful Night Zookeeper Paul Hudson one of the creators of NZK is one of this years organisers.

Last year I contributed some ideas from afar but they couldn’t be taken on board as I wasn’t there but this year the organising committee have sponsored some teachers from the north to attend.

I am being sponsored by MediaTaylor (Richard Taylor). He has invested in Night Zookeeper and has helped with the org of the event. Who has paid for my ticket & my accommodation.
If it wasn’t for the sponsorship I wouldn’t be able to attend-let’s hope I can payback their generosity with a wining idea.

Look out for more Startup Weekend posts over the next few days.

Written by Julian S Wood - www.ideasfactory.me/about/"rel="author"
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