There’s still room for more entrepreneurs, however, the Dept. of Ed believes--particularly if they adhere to some good practices.
In early April, the Dept of Ed launched its Edtech Developer’s Guide to support budding entrepreneurs. But it didn’t take long for Culatta and his team to realize that the mere act of publishing a guide wasn’t enough. One solution: connecting with developers in person.
“We’ve actually done this before, with an earlier effort called ‘DC to VC’ [back in 2013], but with venture capitalists,” Culatta told EdSurge. “With this developer community now, we have two purposes for leading this tour: To share the guide with them and to listen to what’s challenging and difficult for them.”
Each event will feature an in-depth discussion of the Edtech Developer’s Guide, and be hosted by a local incubator or edtech organization, such as the Highlander Institute in Providence and LearnLaunch in Boston. Ideal attendees, Culatta says, are either developers who “have a lot of these great ideas but have gotten rejected” from incubators and the like, or developers who are very excited about building apps, but might not yet understand the space. “We want to channel that energy,” Culatta says.
This isn’t the first time this academic year that the Office of Educational Technology has announced a nationwide tour; in November, Culatta’s department launched Future Ready Summits, designed for superintendents to meet regionally and discuss innovation in their districts. And so comes EdSurge’s lingering question--was this developer tour inspired by Future Ready, and will it really be all that different?
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