This incubator-like experience is the only EdTech program that incorporates educational research as part of the core program. You will have the freedom to create advances and innovative products that might otherwise never be developed.
Students retain all the intellectual property rights to their project submissions. Be sure to follow all copyright and intellectual property laws during the development of the project.
Participation in the program is team based. All Columbia University students are encouraged to apply. Teams are encouraged to be interdisciplinary and must have at least one currently enrolled Teachers College student. Opportunities will be provided to find teammates.
Faculty members are not eligible to formally participate on a team, but may serve as mentors or advisers.
Start by filling out the following Initial Interest Sign-Up by September 7, 2017 and attend the first info session for details.
See timeline below.
Start talking to your friends and colleagues! Sign up for the initial info session via Initial Interest Sign-up where we will help you to find the right team.
We encourage you to apply. Technology ideas are never “ready.” This program is for nascent ideas. We will help you along with every step in the lean startup process and provide expert mentoring. Email us if you have questions.
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Teams thrive when there is diversity in background, knowledge, and skill on the founding team. Everyone has something to offer. The only skills you need are the ability to work with a team and dogged commitment.
Opportunities will be provided to help you find the right team.
The program will run from the first week of school through December 13th. We will begin the semester with an information session and find a teammate event. Then, we will meet every other week over the semester for relevant workshops, meetings with mentors, and finding faculty advisors. We will also provide expert feedback on your work and hold open office hours regularly.
There will be a good amount of independent work to complete outside these hours. Students are responsible for managing commitments to the program and their team.
TC EdTech will offer a series of free, regularly scheduled workshops, speakers, and mentoring sessions throughout the Fall 2017 term.
We recommend the following: 1) Start talking to people and find teammates, 2) Identify existing research and narrow down the problem space, 3) Learn about the process of turning concepts into testable prototypes. See suggested readings below.
Sign-up for the initial info session and fill out the form here.
The following is an overview of the program timeline across the 2017 Fall term. Note that it is a tentative schedule. Times and topics are subject to change.
|9/15/2017||140 Horace Mann||Find a Founder/Teammate|
|9/29/2017||279 Grace Dodge||Workshop 1|
|10/1/2017||Online||Team Registration Deadline|
|10/6/2017||281 Grace Dodge||Workshop 2|
|10/20/2017||285 Grace Dodge||Workshop 3|
|11/3/2017||285 Grace Dodge||Workshop 4|
|11/17/2017||285 Grace Dodge||Workshop 5|
|11/20/2017||Online||Contest Entry Deadline|
|12/1/2017||285 Grace Dodge||Workshop 6|
|12/8/2017||285 Grace Dodge||Workshop 7|
|12/12/2017||Smith Learning Theater||Dress Rehearsal|
|12/13/2017||Smith Learning Theater||Innovation Award Show and Pitch Event|
The Showcase and Award Ceremony will be held on December 13th, 2017 at Teachers College, Columbia University (525 W 120th St, New York, NY 10027) in the Smith Learning Theater. All other workshops and events will be located on campus.
See Get Involved.