February 6, 2020

Slow Pitch: An EdTech Design ThinkTank

Are You Ready to Slow Down the Pitch?

We are seeking edtech startups to participate in Slow Pitch!


About the event​

Join an interactive thinktank and pitch session where startups, mentors and the audience will dialogue and hone startups’ products so that they will transform learning and penetrate K-12 school markets. Selected edtech startups will provide demos, evidence of real/potential impact, and marketing/monetization plans for the mentors prior to the event. During the thinktank, we’ll cultivate a focused, generative dialogue between the startups, the educator, research, and business mentors, and the audience during demos, roundtables, and pitch style Q&A. Audience participation will be curated throughout with twitter, polls, and open-mic opps. This design thinktank will help emerging edtech advance and innovate.

Check out the recent research that examined the impact of SlowPitch on educators and startups.


6 February, 2020


Capitol Factory, ACL Room

701 Brazos St, Austin Texas

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Open and free to the public. 

EdTech Startups

Call for Participation

EdTech Startups can apply NOW through January 13th, 2020, 11:59PM PST for participation in SlowPitch. Criteria for inclusion will require:

  • an innovation idea or product for the PK-12 market
  • an innovation that targets processes involved in learning or teaching in schools subjects

We will group applicants into three categories of (a) emerging idea, (b) beta product, or (c) tested product. Emerging edtech startups have an idea but have not produced demos or mock-ups. Beta products have functioning products but have not been tested with users. Tested products are functioning and have some user testing completed or perhaps pilot tests conducted. We will randomly choose the edtech startups to invite – ensuring that we have at least one edtech startup in each of the three categories, with the two other selections to be from any of the three categories.


Apply To Participate

Applications Due January 13th, 2020!


About the event organizer​

Joan E. Hughes

Organizer, Associate Professor of Learning Technologies, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Joan E. Hughes is an Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research examines how teachers and K-12 students use technologies in-and-outside the classroom for subject area learning, how school leaders support classroom technology integration, and how teacher education programs prepare new teachers to integrate technology. She began her educational technology career as an elementary and middle school computer teacher in Silicon Valley in 1993.



About the event co-organizer​

Grace (Eunhye) Ko

Learning Technologies Ph.D. Student

Grace (Eunhye) Ko - Grace is a Ph.D. student studying Learning Technologies at the University of Texas at Austin. She has been a high school English teacher in Korea for seven years and has participated in multiple projects involving technology integration in learning. She has worked as a research teacher at the Seoul Future School and developed mobile application WikiTalki to facilitate language learning in public schools. In each of these roles, she has witnessed the transformative power of technology integration in learning. She believes that when technology is embedded in teaching and learning with appropriate pedagogy, it can empower students to be the pioneers of their own learning.


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