Last night I attended the first parent-focused #SharkTankEDU event (there is no URL associated) hosted by Innovate NYC & the DOE. It was an intimate evening of demos and discussion with a segment of the ed population (parents) that doesn't usually have an adequate voice in the edtech conversation. Please see my my thoughts & takeaways in Twitter format embedded below. Overall, it was an interesting forum for close discussion between both presenting company's (who included Alex Weinberg, the subject of one of my first #GroundBREAKERS interviews & his new co. Upraised Math - see below) and the parent panel.
The parent panel (this follows on the tails of a student panel event), was an innovative approach, picking parents to share their concerns and needs with presenting company's who are seeking DOE contracts, however, I would have liked to see more audience members. Next time, I am sure the event will draw more spectators! However, on the flip-side the space at ThoughtWorks was really inviting, fun to explore and their hospitality and food was a step above most edtech events! Overall, I am better for having attended and look-forward to sharing key leads with the NewLearningTimes.com editorial team!