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EdTech innovation is student collaboration.

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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.

Participating in the program will help you:

  1. Transform your EdTech product ideas, from concept to reality.
  2. Expand your network through work with researchers, mentors, and peers.
  3. Learn new skills and develop your understanding of EdTech through interdisciplinary collaboration.
  4. Gain recognition and exposure from industry leaders.
  5. Create a substantive body of work that leads toward future academic and career opportunities.

Prizes currently include:

  1. Up to $3,000 from Amazon Web Services credits
  2. Connections to industry leaders
  3. Press coverage

Who owns my ideas and/or products?

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.

How do I participate?

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.

How can I find a team?

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.

What if I have an idea but I’m not sure if it’s ready?

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.

What if my domain isn’t technology based?

See next question.

What if I don’t have technical skills (e.g. programming, high-tech)?

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.

Commitment and Support

What kind of commitment is expected?

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.

What kind of support will I receive?

TC EdTech will offer a series of free, regularly scheduled workshops, speakers, and mentoring sessions throughout the Fall 2017 term.

Sounds exciting! What can I do to prepare?

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.

Suggested Readings

  1. Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  2. The Bootcamp Bootleg by Stanford D.School and Thomas Both
  3. The Elements of User Experience by Jesse James Garrett

How can I get more information about the program?

Sign-up for the initial info session and fill out the form here.

Timeline and Program overview

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.

Key Dates Location Event
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.

How do I sign up?

See Get Involved.