Felice Nudelman to Advise Education Startups at LaunchEDU® Educators Insights Session and Competition at SXSWedu

Antioch University Chancellor to offer suggestions to bridge the disconnect between educators and entrepreneurs

Yellow Springs, Ohio & Austin, Texas – Antioch University’s Chancellor Felice Nudelman has been selected to advise education-focused entrepreneurs at this year’s SXSWedu, a conference and festival that fosters innovation and learning by bringing together people with wide backgrounds in education. The education-focused component of the internationally-renowned South by Southwest (SXSW) family of festivals, the SXSWedu conference and affiliated LAUNCHedu® session and startup competition will be held March 9 to 12 in Austin, Texas.

Driven by the mashup of education stakeholders at SXSWedu, LAUNCHedu® previews what’s next and new in learning. The fourth annual LAUNCHedu® startup competition, hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, invites early-stage startups seeking feedback, investment, strategic partnerships and exposure to present their business concepts before a judging panel of industry experts, early adopters and educators, as well as a live audience at SXSWedu.

“An entrepreneurial mindset coupled with a passion for education is a very powerful combination that can evoke change and help future generations learn in more innovative ways,” Nudelman said. “Participating in LAUNCHedu®’s Educators Insights panel is an opportunity for me to apply years of business and academic experience to new theories and approaches and help inspire the next wave of teaching methods, tools and products.”

Nudelman’s involvement in higher education is deep and diverse; it includes developing The New York Times Knowledge Network while serving as executive director of education for the New York Times Company. In 2007, this was a new business model in e-Learning that included collaboration with colleges and universities to create and deliver online courses, including courses created and taught by New York Times journalists. In 2010 she led the Times Company’s collaboration with the Texas Education Agency to launch Project Share, a statewide initiative for 400,000 teachers and four million K-12 students.

Nudelman also helped launch and is co-director of the American Democracy Project (ADP), a collaboration with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, to foster student civic engagement. The project includes over 250 universities representing over 1.7 million students. In 2012, she was honored with the organization’s Spirit of Democracy Award. As Chancellor at Antioch University since 2012, her unique approaches to adult education and flexible options for students across multiple areas of study echo many of the themes on SXSWedu’s agenda.

The widespread intersection of education stakeholders – including teachers, administrators, university professors, and business and policy leaders – presents unique context and challenges for entrepreneurs. Nudelman’s insights and reactions to the 10 education startups competing in LAUNCHedu® will serve as a catalyst for this discussion.

This year’s ten contest finalists include companies from across the globe, including Santiago, Chile-based Sterio.me, a homework application that reinforces concepts using text and voice messaging and Tel Aviv-based CodeMonkey Studios, which is an online game that teaches children ages 9-16 how to write code.

About Antioch University
Antioch University is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education serving adult students around the world and across the country, online and from its five campuses in four states in addition to its University-wide international and doctoral programs. The University lives by its mission every day helping students realize their potential and succeed in their educational goals through an innovative learning environment that is rigorous and responsive to their needs. Antioch University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1927.

About SXSWedu
The SXSWedu Conference & Festival fosters innovation in learning by hosting a diverse and energetic community of stakeholders across a variety of backgrounds in education. The four-day event affords registrants open access to engaging sessions, interactive workshops, hands on learning experiences, film screenings, early stage startups and a host of networking opportunities.
By providing a platform for collaboration, SXSWedu works to promote creativity and social change.

SXSWedu is a component of the South by Southwest family of conferences and festivals that includes SXSW Music, Film and Interactive; SXSW Eco and SXSW V2V. Internationally recognized as the convergence gathering for the creative arts, SXSWedu extends SXSW’s support for the art of engagement beyond musicians, filmmakers and new media innovators to include society’s true rock stars: educators.

For more information, please visit sxswedu.com.


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