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Capital Factory

ATX: it's so hot right now. Both literally and figuratively, Austin is one of the hottest cities in the country for new startups. It's also quickly becoming the place to be for education technology development. Boasting a top-five meetup community for edtech, Austin is bursting at its seams for educator and developer collaboration, creating some of the best education startups in the country. Startup Weekend for Education is our community's opportunity to capture all of this energy and passion and create newer, better solutions to education's greatest challenges. Join us in Austin on July 25th!



Jul 25
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to 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


Jul 26
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • 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


Jul 27
  • 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
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Tier 1 Sponsors

Brian Lukoff

Program Director, Learning Catalytics

Brian Lukoff is Program Director for Learning Catalytics at Pearson Education. He was previously Postdoctoral Fellow in Technology and Education at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University and co-founder and CEO of Learning Catalytics, which Pearson acquired in 2013. He has also taught mathematics at Harvard University and Boston University. He received a Ph.D. from the Stanford University School of Education where he studied educational measurement and technology. He also holds an M.S. in statistics from Stanford University and a B.A. in mathematics from Cornell University.

Gavin Gillas

Co-Founder, Chief Executive, The Magazine Channel   |   LinkedIn

Gavin has a background in international licensing and intellectual property. He has been a volunteer for Startup Weekend/Up Global for the past three years and is a former Startup Weekend Portland winner. Gavin is the CEO of The Magazine Channel, a digital magazine aggregator and volunteers as a Spanish instructor for Leander ISD. We are excited for Gavin to be our facilitator for Austin's first Startup Weekend Education!

Tier 2 Sponsors

Clifford K. Chiu

Clifford Chiu is a public company director as well as committee or board appointee to government bodies and non-governmental organizations in financial services, healthcare, education, social welfare and the arts located in the United States and Hong Kong.

Effective April 2014, Mr. Chiu, 55, retired as a partner of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) which he joined in 2007 to found and lead capital raising and investor relations in Asia. He is a government appointee to the Financial Services Development Council research committee in Hong Kong. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Chiu was a Managing Director of J.P. Morgan Asset Management, based in Hong Kong, where he led the institutional and global liquidity businesses on the buy-side in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to that, Mr. Chiu was at Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup, where he was head of Hong Kong investment banking and beforehand co-head of Japan investment banking, in Tokyo. Mr. Chiu holds a B.S. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, where he serves on Chicago Booth’s global advisory board. Mr. Chiu is an investment committee member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, as well as a director of the St. James Settlement, the Hospital Authority’s Tseung Kwan O Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania’s Weingarten Learning Resources Center.

Catherine Greenlaw

Vice President, Porter Novelli

Catherine Greenlaw is a vice president in Porter Novelli’s Austin office and brings 20 years of communications experience in PR and journalism to clients, with a strong background in high-tech corporate PR. Greenlaw joined Porter Novelli in August 2011. Previously, Greenlaw held multiple communications roles with Advanced Micro Devices, and worked as a reporter for The Chicago Tribune. She currently leads account teams and provides support for clients in the education, consumer technology and non-profit sectors. Greenlaw holds a B.A. in Communications from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX.

Nancy Giordano

Founder & Brand Futurist (big idea evangelist)   |  

With an abundance of energy and passion, Nancy has spent her career building, shaping and reviving many of the country’s most prestigious brands. She is a brand futurist and global speaker with a drive to help iconic organizations and bold leaders transform to meet what’s ahead. Sitting at the intersection of cultural, demographic and values trends, she naturally weaves ideas and strategies together to inspire others to create and contribute to the biggest, brightest path forward. Founding TEDxAustin and working with brands as diverse as Nestlé, Acumen, Sprint and Energizer, Nancy is excited to be leading the expansion strategy for HATCH with Yarrow Kraner. Nancy lives in Austin with her three energetic and fast-growing children.

Charles Thornburgh

Founder and CEO, Civitas Learning   |  

Charles founded Civitas Learning with a vision of making the most of the world’s learning data. The company partners with forward-thinking colleges and universities, providing a cloud-based predictive analytics platform and engaging applications to measurably improve student learning, persistence and completion. Charles discovered a passion for education while teaching high school students on the weekends during his undergraduate days at Stanford, and upon graduating translated that passion into the founding of multiple education start-ups. These early ventures included, an online safety training company, and, the first rich-media, diagnostic and prescriptive test prep tutoring application online. Kaplan acquired his business in 2002 and retained him as In-House Entrepreneur for the next nine years, during which he launched several educational technology businesses in the K-12 and higher education markets. He is a two-time CODiE Award recipient for excellence in software development and a former director on the Education Board of the Software and Information Industry Association. He is listed on “16 People Changing the Landscape of Online Education Forever” by Find Education Online. He is a frequent speaker at education events around the country. Charles resides in Austin with his wife and two young sons.

David Altounian

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, St. Edwards University

David Altounian is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Bill Munday School of Business at St. Edwards University. He is the founder and former Co-Chairman and CEO of Motion Computing, a leading provider of mobile computing products for vertical markets. Motion was founded in 2001 and now serves customers around the world. He also was a founder of iTaggit Inc., an early web 2.0 company focused on item management.

Mr. Altounian has almost 30 years of management and staff experience in the technology sector. Prior to starting Motion he was an executive with Dell Computer Corporation, where he served in marketing leadership positions for both the notebook computer business and the Precision workstation product business units. He spent two years in the United Kingdom as the General Manager, Workstation Line of Business for Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

In addition to his experience at Dell, Mr. Altounian managed marketing and new business development teams for leading technology companies including Motorola, Compaq Computer Corporation and Ashton-Tate. He is a named inventor on 10 patents and a published author.

Mr. Altounian is a partner at the Capital Factory, a board member of the Texas Association of Business, a board member of the Austin Technology Council, and he sits on a number of corporate advisory boards.

Mr. Altounian earned his MBA at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Oklahoma State University.

Adam Nye

Associate Director of Education, Thinkery Austin

Adam Nye is the associate director of education at the Thinkery, the new Austin Children’s Museum. He oversees educational programming, community initiatives, and exhibit design. Nye holds a Masters of Education from University of Pittsburgh and a B.S. in Education and Public Policy from Pennsylvania State University. Nye previously served as the manager of MAKESHOP, a maker space at Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, and has worked with several other Pittsburgh non-profits. Nye’s academic and professional interests include the role of museums in education reform, connected learning networks, and the role of digital media in informal learning spaces. Nye relocated to Austin, TX from Pittsburgh, PA in June 2013 and has enjoyed exploring his new city.

Scott Kablesh

Senior Vice President and CIO, InfoSnap

InfoSnap®, Inc. is the leading provider of cloud-based registration management solutions, designed specifically for Pre K-12 independent, charter and public schools. InfoSnap was founded in 2000 and serves a growing client base of 650+ Pre K-12 clients around the world.

Scott joined InfoSnap in August of 2000 and serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. He oversees all areas of InfoSnap technology including software development, data integrations, operations, and professional services. Scott is the original architect of InfoSnap’s SmartForm™ technology and innovative data integration strategies. Prior to joining InfoSnap, Scott led numerous consulting engagements for Fortune 100 companies and state government agencies. He has proven experience creating highly-customized solutions that can be adjusted to customer needs quickly and efficiently. Scott holds a degree in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.

Ken Leonard

Chairman and Chief Executive, Sunburst Digital   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Mr. Leonard is a 20 year educational entrepreneur committed to positively transforming education through purposeful uses of technology and digital content in the classroom. Mr. Leonard currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive of Sunburst Digital

Tier 3 Sponsors

Ryan Joy

Developer Evangelist, Microsoft   |  

Ryan Joy has been developing for web and desktop user experiences using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript frontend technologies for more than 14 years. These days he’s a Developer Evangelist @ Microsoft promoting those same technologies to other developers and startups. He's also worked with more than a few backend technologies and frameworks. In addition he is active in the local Austin web tech communities both as organizer (Refresh Austin and the Austin Web Design Meetup) and as frequent attendee. He's an avid photographer and a decent cook. You can usually find him in Austin, TX. You can always find him online at

Jacqueline Hughes

Founder and Organizer, Austin Startup Week

Jacqueline Hughes loves to create extraordinary experiences, meaningful moments and connect people through events. Over the past three and a half years, she's has had the opportunity to work with over 40 organizations to plan and produce dozens of events including company parties, community gatherings, team activities, tech conferences, career fairs, Demo Days, SXSW events, pitch competitions, investor relations events, concerts, benefits and fundraisers. Currently, she's producing her fourth Austin Startup Week and working with the Techstars program in Austin.

Brooks Morgan

Brooks founded GetAccepted to make college admissions guidance accessible to all students. The company connects families with former admissions officers for virtual admissions consulting. Prior to GetAccepted, Brooks was the COO of Uversity, a university enrollment management company. Uversity partnered with over 150 universities, served four million students, and raised ten million in funding from the Founders Fund and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Brooks also held a similar role at Infegy (Social Radar) and worked as a consultant at the Provco Group.

Matthew Abbott

CEO, Wayside Schools

As CEO of Wayside Schools, a high performing college preparatory public charter school serving South/Southeast Austin, Matt works develop and implement strategies to ensure long-term mission aligned academic, financial, and operational excellence. Over the last 2 years Matt has transformed the small single campus 240 student charter school into a multi-campus charter district serving over 1,100 students in South/Southeast Austin. Under Matt’s direction Wayside Schools will continue to grow until it serves 2,500 students providing a comprehensive college preparatory prek-12th grade education program. For Matt this is only the start, because he will not finish until he has done his part to close the achievement gap, and substantially increase the college matriculation rates in the most historically underserved communities in South/Southeast Austin.

Prior to joining Wayside Schools he served as the Director of Training Services for the Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA). At TCSA, he worked to develop, direct, and manage training and technical services programs in the areas of charter school growth, law, business operations, and academic programming. Matt is highly regarded for his depth of knowledge on charter school specific legal and academic compliance issues and school growth and business strategies. He has presented at multiple education related events including the Annual Texas Charter Schools and Texas Association of School Business Officers (TASBO) conferences and the Hispanic Scholarship Consortium.

Patrick Madden

Software Engineer at Kixer, Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Patrick is a full stack engineer focused on data pipelines at scale. His professional interests include functional programming, distributed systems and machine learning. Patrick studied at the University of Texas.

Clayton Chamberlain

Director of Product Management and Strategy, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Clayton Chamberlain is a Director of Product Management and Strategy at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Austin, TX. At HMH, Clayton is responsible for the P&L of all science K-12 products. Clayton’s nearly 20 year career in educational technology has spanned customer training at Motorola, designing learning management systems and courses at KnowledgeNet, managing digital K-12 programs at Pearson (SuccessMaker, NovaNet, KnowledgeBox) and teaching middle and high school science. He holds an M.S. in Educational Technology from Utah State University and an M.S. in Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

D. Keith Casey Jr.

Software Developer   |  

Keith Casey recently served as a Sr Developer Evangelist for Twilio to get good tools to good developers so they can build great things. Previously, he built large-scale PHP systems for orgs ranging from major news companies to small non-profits. In his spare time, he is a core contributor to web2project, works to build & support the Austin PHP community, co-founded the HubAustin coworking space in South Austin, blogs occasionally at and is completely fascinated by monkeys.

Kenneth Lowe

Director of Business Development, Gemalto   |   LinkedIn

Kenneth Lowe is the Director of Business Development for Gemalto’s M2M division, with expertise on the SensorLogic platform. In his role, Ken is responsible for the implementation of SensorLogic’s M2M platform and applications, working with device manufacturers, telecommunication carriers and system integrators to efficiently bring solutions to market from design through to market launch.

Prior to joining Gemalto in 2011, Ken was President of Self Evident Enterprises, a veteran-owned custom software and design and development company. Ken has worked on international software projects as a consultant and began his career with Accenture, working in Washington D.C. in the telecommunications sector. Ken graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

Tom Smith

VP, IDaaS Business Development & Strategy, Gemalto   |   LinkedIn

Tom is a serial entrepreneur with over 30-years of management, sales, marketing, product and strategic execution experience that include founding executive roles at four software and technology businesses.
In his current role as VP, IDaaS Business Development & Strategy for Gemalto, Tom is helping launch “CloudEntr”, a SaaS offering that businesses are using to securely manage and automate all of their Cloud logins. Prior to Gemalto, Tom was the CEO for IronStratus, where he leveraged his experience with early stage companies, mergers & acquisitions, channel strategy, and business operations to accelerate the company’s trajectory of becoming the industry’s dominate vendor of Cloud Identity and Access solutions.
In his prior role as CEO at Countermind, Tom drove the go-to-market strategy and grew the privately funded software company to a leadership position within the mobile logistics space. Prior to that, Tom was a founding executive of @hand Corporation where he managed all sales, marketing and business development.
During his career, Tom has held various leadership positions at cutting edge technology firms including Director of Strategic Initiatives at Dazel Corporation, and various sales, project and marketing roles at Rational Software and Hewlett-Packard.
Tom has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Iowa State University.

Jacob Luevano

Instructional Technology Specialist, Manor ISD

Jacob Luevano is a Graduate from the University of Texas at El Paso with a degree in Elementary Education. Before becoming an Instructional Technology Specialist at Manor ISD, Jacob taught Social Studies, Video Production, and Emerging Technology at the Middle School level for 11 years. He is now part of the iTeach Team in Manor helping teachers innovate and transform their classroom for the iGeneration.

Matthew Pollard

Consultant, trainer, speaker and now Managing Director at MFBT Pty Ltd   |  

An accomplished sales coach whose work has led him to multiple sales and sales management awards, including Melbourne Business Award's - 2007 Young Achiever Award. Matthew's approach to sales has won him numerous accolades, and he uses this experience to educate others on effective sales methods and nice marketing strategies.

Matthew began an independent telecommunications company that went national in three years, turning over four million dollars per annum. In addition to his success in telecommunications, Matthew created a sales method for the Pollard Institute that saw over 3,000 students enrolled. Some of these clients included Australia’s premier national and state sporting teams, one of Australia’s largest retailers, many large national franchises as well as one of Australia’s largest medical companies and the Law Institute of Victoria. He developed a variety of lectures and presentations that provided guidance to professionals on everything from closing a sale to cold calling potential clients. One of his specialty programs assisted 100’s of business owners grow their businesses, a program that earned him a seat on the training organizations Academic Board. Matthew has also been a paid guest speaker at events across Victoria, including government economic development events, designed to support Victorian business prosperity.

Matthew has a number of media publications and/or appearances to his credit including articles “Getting to a Yes With Sales Scripting in 7 Easy Steps”, Entrepreneur, May 2014 (estimated readership over 1,000,000) and “How To Close That Sale – Why Is Closing A Sale So Scary”, Business West Magazine, June 2011, issue 10, pp. 22 (circulation 5,000 Businesses, estimated readership 13,000). Recent interviews include: “If Sales Can Be Learned”, Liberty Express Radio - School For Start Ups, December 2013 (estimated listenership 75,000) and “Sales Scripting”, Entrepreneur Podcast Network, December 2013, (estimated listenership 40,000).

Scott Lipton

Director, Globaloria   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Scott Lipton is the Director for Globaloria, a web-based, K-12 learning platform where students learn coding and STEM skills through video-game design. Scott developed his passion for education over two decades in a variety of roles across the education spectrum. He began his career in the classroom, teaching high school English and social studies. Early in his teaching career, Scott joined with a founding team of teachers at the The Griffin School, a small high school in Austin focused on academics, creativity, and community. He went on to serve as an assistant principal and academic director at Crockett High School, Director for the Academy of Global Enterprise and IT at Johnston High School, the supervisor of high school curriculum programs for the Austin Independent School District, and principal of LASA High School and Del Valle High School.

Scott has long been an innovator on the forefront of technology integration in education, and he is also the co-founder and CEO of EdTech Action, an education technology incubator at Capital Factory in Austin. As an edtech ambassador, Scott utilizes his unique blend of expertise and awareness of technology and education to work with educators, entrepreneurs, educational institutions and edtech companies, bringing the community together to improve education for students at all levels.

Jessica MacCall

Program Coordinator, SXSWedu   |  

Jessica MacCall works to bring innovators and thought leaders from across all sectors of the education space together at SXSWedu with the goal of driving positive change in learning. As a program coordinator for the LAUNCHedu startup competition she works closely with early stage education startups and the entrepreneurial community. Jessica holds a BFA in Mass Communications, Electronic Media from Texas State University. Follow her on Twitter at

Tier 4 Sponsors
Sean Duffy
Stephanie Cerda
Andy Keil
Ashley Margerison Brooks
Sébastien Gens
Kristine Massey
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