Are you going to be at SXSWedu or SXSW Interactive, two of the biggest and most influential education and technology conferences, this year? If so, we hope to cross paths — Noble Impact co-founder Chad Williamson and VP of Product Erica Swallow will be out and about, seeking out the best new ways to transform education and build Noble Impact’s culture, curriculum, and digital portfolio tool. Here’s where you’ll be able to find us!
Speaking about Education Innovation
For all of the would-be technology entrepreneurs or innovators out there, please join Noble Impact product lead Erica Swallow at SXSW Interactive, where she’ll be speaking on a panel called “No CTO, No Problem: Building A Non-technical MVP” — this marks Erica’s fourth year speaking at SXSW Interactive. This year, she’ll share the story of how Noble Impact tested a concept for a student digital portfolio platform without writing a line of code.
A quick panel overview: Non-technical entrepreneurs often hold themselves back once they’ve got an idea, because they feel like recruiting a CTO to build the proof of concept is essential. This session, though, will debunk the myth that tech startups must start with a technical product. Erica will tell the story of Noble Impact’s own “non-technical MVP” and will be joined by Finnish entrepreneur Fernando Leon, venture capitalist Stephanie Weiner, storyteller John Hazard, all of whom will contribute to a conversation centered around three key questions:
- What are the benefits and drawbacks of building a non-technical MVP to validate or invalidate my business idea?
- What tools, resources, and approaches can I use to build and test my non-technical MVP as quickly as possible?
- Is it possible to raise capital with a non-technical MVP? If so, what are some examples of startups that have raised VC rounds without a tech product?
Join us to get inspired about starting your own venture, regardless of industry, business type (private, public, non-profit), or where your product currently stands!
Geeking Out at Panels
At SXSWedu (March 7-10), a four-day education summit focused on innovation in learning, our Noble duo will be focused on culture building, entrepreneurship education, student privacy, and student voice. Some of the panels and events we’ll be attending include:
- Protecting Student Privacy in the Digital World
- Flipping the Classroom with YouTube’s Top Teachers
- K12 Social Innovation: Design 4 Impact
- Creating Viral-Worthy Creative Classroom Content
- Driving Student Voice in Educational Design
- How Teacherpreneurs are Shaking Up Classrooms
- How to Think (and Learn) Like a Futurist
- Design Thinking the Whole School
- Teaching Women Entrepreneurs: Tips from WIN Lab
- Learning Through Virtual Reality Experiences
- Solve Design Challenges in PD and Teacher Ed
- You Matter! Creating a Student Advisory Board
- Making Better Teacher Data Dashboards
At SXSW Interactive (March 11-15), a five-day conference focused around cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, we are focused on following education technology trends and furthering our mission to build a digital portfolio platform that enables students to write and tell their personal narratives. Some sessions that have us particularly intrigued include:
- Meet the Next Generation of Public Media Producers
- Oculus Story Studio University
- The Emerging Millennial Consensus on Tech Policy
- Southern Entrepreneurship Takes Root
- Cracking the Codes: Why Black and Latino Boys Matter
- Putting the Public back into Public Policy
- What I Learned from Publishing a Book on Instagram
- Brand Stories on Periscope and Meerkat
- The New Model for Talent Development
- Shared Future: STEM and P3s
- Student Startup Madness: Finals and Championship
- No CTO, No Problem: Building A Non-Technical MVP (Obviously! Erica’s speaking on it!)
Are We Missing Anything?
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We look forward to seeing you at SXSW to collaborate on the future of education!