[ LAUNCH founder Jason Calacanis's fireside chat with entrepreneur/investor Mitch Kapor before a packed house. Photo by Philip Szeto. ]
We were awed and inspired by the 500+ educators, entrepreneurs and developers who joined us for our 2nd annual LAUNCH Education & Kids event at Microsoft's Mountain View campus June 26-27.
You'll find the startup demos and investor panels on our YouTube channel here.
[ Fireside chats with entrepreneur/investor Mitch Kapor, Lynda Weinman of lynda.com and Daphne Koller of Coursera coming this summer as episodes of "This Week in Startups." ]
All 20 companies (with contact info) are in this spreadsheet. The 2013 agenda is here.
@Jason announced that the new LAUNCH Fund will seek to invest in three startups from this event (pending due diligence): LocoMotive Labs, STEAM Carnival & Kidaptive.
The 2013 LAUNCH Education & Kids Winners:
- Best in Show (Overall Winner): Kidaptive (entertaining and adaptive content that helps children learn)
- Most Impactful: CK-12 Foundation (free, high-quality open content in the STEM subjects)
- Best Presentation: STEAM Carnival (re-imagining the carnival with robots, fire and lasers)
- Best Hardware [ tie ]: Roominate (wired dollhouse building kit for girls ages 6+) and Linkbots (modular robotic, brings project from idea to working prototype)
- Best Technology: Ovelin, developer of GuitarBots (online guitar learning) and GuitarTuna (guitar tuner app on Android and iOS).
- Best Design: LocoMotive Labs (apps to empower kids with special needs)
- Audience Favorite: STEAM Carnival
Big thanks to this year's LAUNCH Education & Kids lead sponsor Pearson as well as sponsors Mandrill, StudyMode, LittleBits and UCSF.
Some photo highlights below; all official photos will be on Flickr.
Best Presentation & Audience Favorite STEAM Carnival's Brent Bushnell & Eric Gradman:
Best Hardware winners Graham Ryland of LinkBots and Alice Brooks & Bettina Chen of Roominate:
Best Technology winner Chris Thur of GuitarBots:
Mitch Kapor's fireside chat kicked off this year's event:
Jacob Klein demos Motion Math's new iPad game Questimate with the help of 7-year-old Benny:
Arye Barnehama demos the Melon headband and app, which tracks and helps you improve your focus: