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Sep 20
  • Doors Open: Registration and Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches start over dinner
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Sep 21
  • 3 hour HTML/CSS Bootcamp - hosted by The Starter League
  • Arrival for those not attending the Bootcamp and setting up of workspaces
  • Call for needs and skills
  • Lunch with teams (and coaches)
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Sep 22
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Pizza the tomato sauce
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrap-up and depart

Jack Larson

Education Entrepreneur

Jack has been an innovator in private post-secondary education for over 30 years, having started his career at DeVry Education and National Education Corp. He is the founder of Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ: CECO), one of the world’s largest providers of private, for-profit post-secondary education. Under his leadership as President, CEO and a Board member from its inception in 1994 through 2006, CECO acquired renowned brands, including Le Cordon Bleu Schools North America, and pioneered its unique virtual campus used in several highly successful, fully online platforms. Currently, Jack is focused on the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts and its world-first Escoffier Online International Culinary Academy. Jack is a founding board member of 2U, an advisor and investor in education companies in Malaysia and India, and Chairman of an Asian education holding company. Jack was one of Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneurs of the Year” in 2000 and was inducted into the “Haas Hall of Fame,” at the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, where he currently serves on the advisory board. He holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley.

Gold Sponsors

Dr. Alan Drimmer, PhD

Chief Academic Officer, Apollo Group   |  

Alan is the Chief Academic Officer at the Apollo Group focusing on academic innovation and educational research initiatives. Prior to joining Apollo, Alan served as CEO of American InterContinental University (Career Education Corp.) and began his experience in university operations over ten years ago at UNext/Cardean University, a pioneering online business school based in Chicago. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph. D. from the University of Chicago, an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and was appointed as a Fellow at Harvard University’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies and received Harvard College’s Derek Bok Teaching Award for distinction in undergraduate instruction.

Andrew S. Morrison

Education Entrepreneur

Andy serves as SVP, Strategy & Corporate Development for Cambium Learning Group, and also serves as president of Cambium's He is an entrepreneurial, visionary business executive with a unique background in education, technology, business, investment banking and law. He has an unblemished track record of success leading and growing companies, pioneering products in the education market, as well as serving as a valued consultant to a variety of education companies in diverse market segments including student information systems, student assessment, credit recovery/drop-out prevention, online tutoring, 1:1 computing, online homework and test preparation. Andy received his MBA in Finance from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.

Jeffrey Moss

VP, Specialized Education Services

Jeffrey works in strategy and operations for SESI, an organization that partners with public school districts to help educate students with special needs. Prior to SESI, he served as Chief of Enterprise Growth for Educational Testing Service. Previously, Jeffrey was a principal at Sterling Partners, the education focused private-equity firm where he also served as CEO of Active Day. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. degree in finance and accounting from Indiana University.

Ashish Rangnekar

Co-Founder, BenchPrep   |  

BenchPrep co-founder Ashish directs business development, public relations and operations. Before BenchPrep, Ashish ripened his analytical skills as a strategy consultant with Capital One. He also has an insider perspective in education.

Neal Sales-Griffin

CEO and Co-Founder, The Starter League   |  

Neal is the co-founder and CEO of The Starter League (formerly Code Academy), his sworn purpose is to solve meaningful problems through technology, and empower everyone he can. Learn more about Neal directly by reaching out to him through twitter...@nealsales.

Silver Sponsors

Eric Bjerstedt

Education technology evangelist and product manager

Eric likes to create products that address big problems. In 2006, he joined Chicago-based startup PrepMe and led the development of the first adaptive learning platform resulting in a successful acquisition by Ascend Learning in 2011. Currently, Eric is VP of Product for an early-stage EdTech startup where he draws on his background in linguistics, art, and tutoring to lead a talented product team. He has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Chicago.

Danielle Chutinthranond

Education Technology Lead UI/UX Engineer   |  

Danielle is currently the Lead UI/UX Engineer at a Chicago-based education startup. Danielle previously served as a UX Designer/Developer at onPeak and as a web and software developer at McMaster-Carr. Danielle received her bachelors from the University of Chicago with subsequent studies at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Matt Duch

CTO, Learnmetrics   |  

Matt started programming at the age of 5. He's worked for organizations like UIUC and Motorola and he's currently the cofounder and CTO of Learnmetrics, a platform integrating big data, machine learning and human capital to increase the capacity and opportunities for student success. Matt is also a Ph.D Candidate at Northwestern University.

Mike Funk

Better Click Media

Michael is the CEO of Better Click Media, a niche, vertical market focused education lead generation business. Previously, Michael was VP of Strategy for Apollo Group, Inc. where he had a particular focus on online marketing and education technology. He additionally led corporate development activities for the publicly traded lead generation company Aptimus (subsequently acquired by Apollo Group in 2007) and has held business development positions with Covigo and Excite@Home. Michael received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University and his AB from Stanford University.

Karan Goel

Education Entrepreneur

Karan was the CEO and co-founder of PrepMe, the first adaptive learning platform and a leader in the college readiness space. PrepMe's adaptive learning platform was acquired by Providence Equity's Ascend in July 2011 and its college readiness business was acquired by Hobson's/Naviance in February 2012. He is now at work on a new education technology startup that's improving student outcomes in the higher education market. Karan also participated (and won!) the 2012 StartupWeekend EDU in India.

Ryan Hoch

Co-founder, Overgrad   |  

With a background in both technology and education, Ryan spends his time at Overgrad building relationships with universities and high schools around the country. Prior to his current role, Ryan was a high school math teacher in St. Louis with Teach For America and a technology consultant with Deloitte. Ryan is a graduate from the University of Illinois where he studied General Engineering.

Jin-Soo Huh

Director of Technology, KIPP Chicago   |  

Jin-Soo moved to Chicago to become the director of technology for KIPP Chicago and is an alum of the 4.0 Schools program, a past winner of Orlando StartupWeekend EDU and a Teach for America director of residential operations as well as high school (and grade school) math teacher.

Danny Levi

Co-Founder and GM, GetaFive   |  

Danny co-founded the online video-based AP test prep and class support startup GetaFive out of his work as a Founder in Residence at Sandbox Industries. He started his career as an analyst in feasibility and development finance at Hyatt and has a B.A. in History from Yale.

Julian Miller

CEO, Learnmetrics   |  

Julian Miller is a former high school teacher / department head turned technologist. After leaving the classroom, he spent a few years as a teaching artist/ curriculum consultant before going to work for companies like the SunTimes Group and HP as a UI/UX developer. He is currently the cofounder and CEO of Learnmetrics, a platform integrating big data, machine learning and human capital to increase the capacity and opportunities for student success.

Eileen Murphy Buckley

Founder and CEO, ThinkCERCA   |  

Eileen is the founder of ThinkCERCA, a set of curriculum and tools teaching the critical thinking and literacy skills based upon her book "360 Degrees of Text" (NCTE, 2011) and her work as Director of Curriculum and Instruction for over 100 CPS schools, where she worked closely with principals and district leaders. ThinkCERCA was a member of Impact Engine's inaugural class and works out of 1871.

Andrea Pascarella

Director of Curriculum Products, Encyclopedia Britannica

Andi is the director of Curriculum Products at Encyclopedia Britannica. Previously, Andi directed the development of the adaptive learning platform LearnSmart at McGraw Hill. She also served as a Product and Content Manager at Pearson, which she joined through their acquisition of the MIT-affiliated start-up Effective Educational Technologies. Andi has a B.S. in Physics from Saint John Fisher College and a Ph.D in Physics from University of Colorado at Boulder.

Nickolay Schwarz

Senior Software Engineer, Benchprep   |  

Nickolay is Lead Product engineer at Benchprep. He works with ruby, javascript and related technology stacks to build web apps that drive higher engagement and better learning outcomes. Previously, he worked as a software engineer at Centro, the largest advertising technology company on the 2013 Inc 5000. Nickolay graduated summa cum laude with Computer Science degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Vishal Shah

Co-Founder, VP Strategy, VLinks Media   |  

With several years of technology-focused investment banking experience in Silicon Valley, Vishal leads the vision and growth of VLinks Media. Vishal is also a co-founder of the start-up collaborative work space Catapult Chicago. Outside of work Vishal is a 5-handicap on the golf course and an avid fan of the University of Michigan.

Luke Shepard

CTO, eSpark Learning

Luke is a hacker and learner. He joined the eSpark team as CTO because he has a passion for understanding how elementary schoolchildren's learning can be dramatically personalized with technology. Previously, he managed the Mobile Platform team at Facebook, which provides distribution, payments, and tools to developers on iOS and Android devices. He also helped build Facebook Connect and the initial version of the OAuth 2.0 protocol. Luke holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Chicago.

Kyle Shea

EVP, All Campus   |  

Kyle oversees the management of sales, technology and business analytics to drive the growth of All Campus. He leads sales initiatives of All Campus’s university partnerships, focusing on performance metrics of the digital marketing and technology enhancements made by All Campus to successfully grow new student enrollments. Previously, he served as Sales Manager at, successfully building their consumer advertising business from its initial launch. Kyle graduated from Bridgewater State University with a B.S. in Accounting and Finance.

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