Last November I had the pleasure of winning the very first IE EdTech Challenge hosted by the IE Ed Tech and IE Women in Business club and part of the European EdTech Network. It was a valuable experience that I learnt a lot from: here I share my experiences and takeaways.
The first part of this experience started when I decided to attend the Lego Workshop. The workshop was designed to help students bring ed-tech solutions to life from a new perspective.
At the time, the idea of using Legos to tap into a creative mindset sounded like a I was returning to my childhood. Nevertheless, I was openminded enough to go and I found that walking out of that workshop I had a much more concrete understanding of some of the Ed-tech problems and solutions I had envisioned before the workshop.
My key takeaway from that experience was that creativity can be triggered in many different ways that we might not always expect. For that reason, it’s really up to us sometimes to be openminded enough to try techniques and approaches to find what works best for us.
My Ed-tech idea was to develop an app that helps college students better plan out their college life outside of academics. The workshop helped me see that solution from a different perspective that allowed me to realize what other features introduced into the app that I did not previously think about.
With that clear understanding of my Ed-tech idea and solution, I then prepared myself for the next part of the experience which was pitching the ed-tech idea in competition. I did both primary and secondary research to garner information about the market and industry. I then refined and practised my pitch before presenting it in the EdTech competition where my idea was selected for the next phase which is attending this years European EdTech Network event in Finland.
Overall, it was a great experience! I now look forward to developing a minimum viable product in time for the conference in February to be able to move to the most important stage of the startup which is the testing the product!