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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

First ever Startup Weekend for high school students to launch in Little Rock

The first ever High School Startup Weekend will launch on April 4th at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Exclusively geared for high school students, the 54-hour event will begin Friday evening, April 4th, and will conclude with final pitches to an esteemed panel of judges on Sunday evening, April 6th. A total of 15 High School teams from across the state will converge to take part in the 54-hour frenzy that serves as a catalyst for entrepreneurship.

Considered to be the world’s starting point for entrepreneurship, Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. This specific event well be the first high school focused event that Startup Weekend has sanctioned, welcoming Arkansas High School students from around the state.

As a real world educational initiative, the students will be challenged to identify an issue, formulate an idea for a solution, and work through a process that will ultimately end in a final pitch to an esteemed panel of judges. Throughout the weekend, they will have access to serial entrepreneurs, mentors, and facilitators that will provide professional guidance. They will also be validating their idea through customer feedback by creating essential questions and/or surveys that will inform the teams of their proposed solution.

One month prior to the event, each student team will be given a startup toolkit that will help guide their approach to the entire process, which will include methods and frameworks used by leading entrepreneurs around the country. The final evening, teams will perform final pitches and different categories of awards will be handed out, to include a Citizen Impact award from the Clinton School of Public Service.

Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Startup Weekend is a non-profit organization that has now partnered with Startup America Partnership to form Up Global.

The idea to launch in Little Rock was in direct relation to a group of high school students that participated in Northwest Arkansas Startup Weekend this past November. Here are some quotes from the students:

About what they learned…

Savannah

“I learned how to work with a team. I learned what I was good at and what I wasn’t really good at but what I could still try to do. I learned how to appeal to other people and also what appeals to other people.”

Sydney

“I think for me it was listening, especially working with a team of a lot of different personalities. We all have a tendency to shut everyone else’s ideas off and I think that I had to step back a lot of the times and just listen, hear it out, and see how to incorporate it. When I listened, they were ideas that were monumental in forming our mission. I listened and watched ideas come out…I definitely learned a lot from that.”

About the idea…

Savannah

“We were worried about the money making aspect of it, but once we kind of pushed that aside we were actually able to find a way to make money while doing something good to better the community.”

Schedule

Friday

Apr 4
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome
  • Pitches Start
  • Dinner & Attendees vote for crowd favorite
  • Teams move ideas into action
  • Formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday

Apr 5
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Customer Validation Discussion
  • Lunch & Teamwork Begins
  • Mentoring sessions begin
  • Mentoring sessions end
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Apr 6
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Final Pitch Discussion
  • Mentoring sessions begin. Start prepping for final presentations.
  • Lunch & Mentoring sessions End
  • Finals Presentations Due
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Reflection & Survey
  • Awards
  • Dinner & Dismissal
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Educational Partners
High Schools
Judges

Erica Swallow

Founder-Deliverish   |  

Erica Swallow is the founder of peer-to-peer delivery app Deliverish, a student partner at Rough Draft Ventures, and a current MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Passionate about collaborative consumption and the sharing economy, Erica is also a technology journalist and international speaker, having spoke about her work at conferences and events across the world, including WOMMA Summit in Las Vegas, Social Marketers Summit in Prague, Social Media Brasil in São Paulo, and SXSW in Austin. Erica’s work has been published in a number of esteemed outlets, including Mashable, CNN, Forbes, Entrepreneur, USA Today, Business Insider, and The Huffington Post.

Erica previously served as the director of community for tech startup Contently, where she managed online and offline community building. She also previously managed the highly successful supported content program for tech news site Mashable and assisted in developing and implementing the social media marketing strategy for The New York Times. Erica also has experience working on a number of inspiring projects with amazing people at TechStars, WeHostels, Saatchi & Saatchi, and New York University.

Erica is a graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Marketing.

Greg Scruggs

Defensive End-Seattle Seahawks   |  

Greg Scruggs was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where he spent most of his life in the Winton Terrace housing project. At the age of 11, he was presented the opportunity to be a member of the Boys Hope Girls Hope program which provides at-risk youth and academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college. Through this program, he was able to attend St. Xavier High School where he became a member of the marching band.

After playing the drums in the band for three years, he reluctantly obliged to go out for the football team and as a result, received full-scholarships to over 50 Division One institutions and eventually committed to the University of Louisville to play Defensive Line. After graduating in three years with a degree in Sociology, Greg went on to be selected in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks and was a member of the 2014 Super Bowl Champion team.

Greg continues to be a role model on and off of the field by actively participating in anti-bullying campaigns, promoting underprivileged youth and further education, as well as using his story to speak nationally about Choices, Opportunities, and his continuing journey towards success. His interest in High School Startup Weekend is his belief in the power of students and their abilities to think, create, present, and solve. He believes that every NFL Player embodies and uses skills of an entrepreneur, both on and off the field on a daily basis. Lastly, he loves the Seattle connection, where Startup Weekend is headquartered.

Shaila Ittycheria

Co-CEO & Co-Founder-Enstitute   |  

Shaila Ittycheria made a decision at 18 that changed her life. Frustrated with the lack of business focused opportunities, coupled with the exorbitant tuition costs, she dropped out of the elite Middlebury college and enrolled at Arizona State University. She pursued as many experiential learning opportunities she could get her hands on, including writing her thesis in collaboration with Intel. That experience landed her a job at Microsoft, first in a finance leadership development program to then running her own M&A deals. After receiving an MBA from Harvard Business School, Shaila worked to establish herself in the NYC startup scene. Interestingly, it wasn't the degree that opened up doors, but rather her experience working at recently launched BirchBox, which led her to LocalResponse, where she ran the half of the company focused on small business solutions.

For Shaila, Enstitute is a solution that provides opportunities she wished she had when she was younger, coupled with the problems that she witnessed first hand as a hiring manager: graduates lack the critical thinking, problem solving, and reasoning skills they need to be successful in the workplace and they do not have any substantial experience that illustrates their potential. Rather than letting the name of an academic institution define someone's worth, Shaila hopes to build a system that maximizes human capital potential by focusing on skill based knowledge, developed competencies, and proven work experience.

Shaila has been named a 2013 Echoing Green Fellow and a 2012 Francis Hesselbein Institute NEXT Leader of the Future. She speaks often on education, learning by doing, and workforce development and has also been featured in The New York Times, PBS, Forbes Magazine, CNN, The Huffington Post, and Fast Company.

Mentors

Emily Reeves

Director of Digital Innovation-Stone Ward   |  

As the agency’s digital champion, Emily Reeves proves that Stone Ward has the offerings, expertise and alliances to bring sound, measurable digital innovation to our clients’ marketing efforts. A seasoned communications strategist with a passion for all things digital, Emily has distinguished herself as an avid blogger, social media speaker, industry observer and moderator.

In her role as digital thought leader for Stone Ward, Emily collaborates with our team of agency leaders in creative, brand management, public relations, media, digital technology and video production to create relevant ways to tell our clients’ stories in the digital space and to provide meaningful measurement and analytics as a tool for calculating our efforts.Emily’s focus on measurement extends to her duties as the agency’s research leader, where she works with Stone Ward clients to develop and execute research plans that inform integrated client marketing efforts. A veteran of the agency business, Emily has worked as project manager, brand strategist, research director and as director of brand management and research for Stone Ward.She works with almost every client on the Stone Ward roster, including multi-national brands, national franchises, state government, non-profits and entrepreneurial start-ups.Emily describes her strength as the ability to create order from chaos -- a high value proposition for clients struggling to navigate the ever-changing digital landscape.

Joel Gordon

Director-The Launch Pad: Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub   |  

Introducing one of the most creative scientific guys we know, Joel Gordon.

Joel's background makes him a perfect fit for this role as director of The Launch Pad, which, by the way, he says fulfills a long-time dream. After all, he is a multi-disciplined artist/technician and has been involved in the Maker Movement for 18 years.
His experience in theater and film has taken him across America and around the world. Joel worked as a scenic artist/designer and special effects technician for numerous production companies. And, as a scenic lead for Chicago Scenic Studios, he managed crews and developed and designed projects for multi-million dollar projects.
But Joel's first love has always been education. He has lectured and held workshops on the importance of tinkering and the pedagogy of hands-on education. After returning to Arkansas, he became Director of Exhibits and Director of Visitor Experience at the Museum of Discovery, where he worked from 2005-2013.
His regular appearances on statewide television have earned him the unofficial nickname of "The Science Guy" for Arkansas.
Joel is excited to see The Launch Pad and the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub developing and encouraging new careers and industry right here at home.

Jamie Fugitt

Startup Lawyer   |  

I help entrepreneurs, emerging companies and technology startups. Together we form businesses, raise capital and grow companies. My practice includes business formation and management, contracts, securities, intellectual property, and internet and software. I also represent filmmakers and other creative professionals in with entertainment law needs.

I serve as mentor for the ARK Challenge, a tech-focused startup accelerator in northwest Arkansas, and the Cleantech Open, the world's largest cleantech accelerator. I serve on the board of directors for the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, the Arkansas Fellowship and the Arkansas Motion Picture Institute -- organizations promoting entrepreneurship, innovation, education and film -- and volunteer with Noble Impact institutes.

Ben Kaufman

Social Metrics Director-Southern Bancorp   |  

Ben Kaufman works as Social Metrics Director at Southern Bancorp Community Partners. In his position he is responsible for the comprehensive evaluation of Southern’s placed-based model of community development.

He has developed an evaluation model that measures program performance as well as community level improvement.
The program analyzes the causes of poverty, unemployment, and low educational attainment in target communities and identifies measurable factors. He is responsible for evaluating programming and projects to determine alignment and efficiencies in meeting transformational goals. Prior to his work at Southern, he developed an evaluation and measurement framework for The Timberland Company to determine impact in worker programs throughout their international supply chain. Kaufman also worked with TOMS shoes in Ethiopia, to develop the supply chain for donations and developed a measurement and reporting framework for the local partner organizations. Kaufman has over 6 years of non-profit management experience.

Kaufman holds a Masters degree in Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Warwick Sabin

Executive Director-Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub   |  

Warwick Sabin is the Executive Director of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub. He also currently serves in the Arkansas House of Representatives. Previously he was publisher of the Oxford American magazine, and in 2009 he was named to the FOLIO:40, a list of the 40 most influential people in the national magazine industry. His additional professional experience includes serving as Director of Development for the Clinton Foundation, as well as working on Capitol Hill, at the White House, and at Foreign Affairs magazine. He is a Marshall Scholar and a Truman Scholar, and he holds an M.A. (Oxon) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a B.A. (summa cum laude) in Political Science from University of Arkansas, where he graduated as valedictorian and was president of the student body. He received the University of Arkansas Young Alumni Award in 2005 and was named to the Arkansas Business "40 Under 40" in 2003, and he has volunteered and served on the boards of directors for numerous community and nonprofit organizations and projects in Central Arkansas.

Calvin Bramlett Jr.

Designer & Front End Developer-EAST Initiative   |  

Calvin is a Designer & Front-end Developer focusing on clean visuals and strong user experiences. He has been freelancing for several years designing and developing brand experiences for many small business and startups. Calvin has experience and education in different types of multimedia including film, web development and design which he acquired during his time at Southern Arkansas University Tech. While earning his degree in Graphic Design and Web Development Calvin was contracted by Lockheed Martin as an assistant to the Multimedia Production Artist. Currently, he works as a Graphic & Web Designer for the EAST Initiative, a national educational non-profit focusing on project based education. He has participated in two Arkansas Startup Weekends and has won 2nd place and Best UI.

Falguni Vyas

Senior Communications Specialist-Heifer International   |  

Falguni Vyas is from Atlanta, Georgia. She works as a communications specialist and considers writing, brand strategy and copywriting to be “all in a day’s work”. Prior to her time at Heifer, she served as the Global Programs Administrator at New York University College of Dentistry, working in experiential dental education by coordinating outreach trips for dental students. She also worked at Habitat for Humanity International, where, for four years, she worked in brand strategy and special initiatives.

Falguni received her Master's degree at Istituto Marangoni in Milan, Italy, and her bachelor's degree in International Communications at Franklin College Switzerland in Lugano, Switzerland. In addition to her native tongues, English and Gujarati, she also speaks French and Italian.

Jeremy Boeh

Assistant Director-The Space: Wofford College   |  

Jeremy Boeh directs the Launch program in The Space at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Launch focuses on cultivating entrepreneurship among college students by providing the resources, networking and education to take them through idea generation to the profitable execution of their business.

Jeremy spent six years in the Army Infantry with two deployments to Iraq and is currently a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Reserve. He continues to advocate for veterans through entrepreneurship and currently serves as a mentor for The Jonas Project, which provides financial assistance and support for those veterans who return home with a new vision for their lives: becoming an entrepreneur.

He is a graduate of Wofford College and a member of both the SERN (Spartanburg Entrepreneurial Resource Network), and Hub Bub boards in Spartanburg, SC. He and his wife, Kristen, have daughter Kylie and reside in Boiling Springs, South Carolina.

Jordan Carlisle

Startup Evangelist   |  

Jordan is a Startup Weekend junky, having participated in 6 of these 54 hour business building marathons, one of which he started his own venture after graduating from The University of Missouri in 2012. As a practitioner of "lean startup" methodology, he applies disciplined innovation accounting at his day job working at Walmart's HQ in Bentonville, AR.

On the weekends Jordan tests new venture ideas, organizes community events championing Arkansas startups, and connects new entrepreneurs to our ecosystem's best mentors. As an aggressive learner, he has a scary obsession with MOOCs and "lifehacking" for human optimization. If you want to share a conversation with him, ask about Bitcoins, wearable technology, or online learning academies.

Max Farrell

Dwolla-Business Development

Max Farrell is an Arkansas bred, Iowa fed gentleman that can be found where hip-hop, tech and creativity intersect. He has co-organized two Startup Weekends and attended three others — which fueled a passion for building from the ground up. Max works in Business Development with Iowa-based startup company Dwolla building a new payment network. On the side he works on educating young people about hip-hop and building communities in Arkansas and Iowa around entrepreneurship.

Jeannette Balleza Collins

Director-The ARK Challenge   |  

A whole-brainer who loves to promote good people and their ventures, Jeannette is the Director of The ARK Challenge technology accelerator, a full member of Global Accelerator Network, based in Northwest Arkansas. Collaborating with people who care, Winrock International and the University of Arkansas, she focuses on helping to make Northwest Arkansas a founder-friendly startup hub, evolving the accelerator program, recruiting startups worldwide and facilitating international mentorship events. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Hendrix College and has over 15 years of experience in marketing strategy, public relations, messaging and content development for regions, startups, small businesses and corporate clients.

Dan Condon

Associate Director of Professional Development-Eagle Rock School & Professional Development   |  

Dan Condon is an education activist and currently serves as the Associate Director of Professional Development at the Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center. Eagle Rock School is a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of the American Honda Education Corporation and a nonprofit subsidiary of the American Honda Motor Company.

In addition to working at Eagle Rock, Dan serves as a faculty member with Public Allies, Inc.’s Leadership Practice and is also a faculty member for the National Truancy Intervention & Prevention Center through the National Center for School Engagement.

Dan is a contributor to the Huffington Post and his writings have been published in NASSP’s Leadership Magazine, Snapshots: The Specialist Schools Trust Journal of Innovation in Education, Horace: Innovation in Education & Edutopia. He has authored several chapters including A Schoolwide Model for Student Voice in Curriculum Development and Teacher Preparation & in the NSSE Yearbook titled, Engaging Youth in Schools: Empirically-Based Models to Guide Future Innovations.

He resides in Boulder, Colorado and has dreams of one day winning the New Yorker’s cartoon caption contest.

Hunter Riley

Co-Founder & COO-Schlep   |  

Relationships are paramount to Hunter Riley. He thrives in a personal, mobile environment in which he can provide goodwill and support to individuals working hard to make a real difference in this world. In his current capacity, Hunter serves as field director (primarily in Belize and South Africa) for the international development NGO Peacework, as a business development advisor for financial services firms SoFi and SimpleFi, as gallery attendant and art courier for Good Weather and as co-founder and COO of a tech-enabled, transportation start-up out of Chicago, Schlep.

Hunter is a graduate of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service with a Master of Public Service degree through which he focused on the fields of international development, leadership, communication and social justice. Before his studies at the Clinton School, Hunter received two Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas in the fields of economics and international relations. Supplemental to his work and education, Hunter has spent countless weeks traveling through 39 countries on six continents.

James Mitchell

Assistant Director-International Programs: University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service

Originally from the Mississippi Delta, James has spent the past ten years working, studying, volunteering, and traveling around the world. Now assistant director of international programs at the Clinton School of Public Service, James is responsible for developing relationships with international organizations, preparing students to work abroad, and teaching travel planning/ logistics. His goal in life is to motorcycle from Cairo to Cape Town.

Tricia Beavers

Project Management Professional   |  

Tricia Beavers is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a leader in the implementation of Agile methodologies. She has over 14 years of experience in the retail sector working for Dillard’s IT Department and is skilled in the areas of software development, Governance, Project Management, Agile Transformation, and Business Strategy. Tricia is an active participant in the community having served on multiple non-profit boards, fundraising events and women’s organizations. She has taken part in several startup events as a participant, organizer and now coach and is passionate about the power of collaboration the startup ecosystem provides for individuals and teams. Tricia is also an entrepreneur herself having started Photobooth Etc , a photo booth rental company, recently.

Cade Collister

Creative Director-Acumen Brands   |  

Cade serves as Creative Director for Acumen Brands where he builds the innovative, e-commerce brand, Country Outfitter. With expertise in both development and design, Cade has been an integral part of Acumen’s management team. In his role he has acted as UX architect, developer, photographer, A/B tester, videographer, UI designer, and brand ambassador. He works directly with brands Ariat, Lucchese, Frye, Carhartt, partners like Google and Facebook, and Nashville artists like Ronnie Dunn, Colt Ford, John Rich, and more.

In the past, Cade has worked for companies, such as Dell, Microsoft, Southern Bancorp and Alltel. He has also founded several Arkansas companies, including the interactive design agency, Little Rock Media.

Cade is passionate about the Arkansas startup community and actively offers his time, knowledge, and experience. He started a monthly meet up for techies, entrepreneurs, and creatives, called Techdrinks, which now has over 200 members.

Tyler Presley

Software Developer-Mainstream Technologies   |  

Tyler Presley is a Software Developer for Mainstream Technologies. He began his passion for web and mobile development in 2002.

A 2013 Little Rock Startup Weekend alumni, he is excited to be involved in helping young people launch their own startups.
In addition to being a member of the UALR EIT Advisory Council, Tyler is a co-organizer of BarCamp Conway. He has developed over 35 award winning websites.

Bruce Wallace

Graphic Designer-StoneWard

Bruce Wallace is bringing over eighteen years of graphic design experience to Arkansas High School Startup Weekend.
Bruce joined StoneWard in 2010 after working with both Creative Advantage and Allison Agency. Bruce is excited to bring his expertise in all things creative to help young entrepreneurs.

Coaches

Brad Cameron

MPS Candidate   |  

Brad Cameron is a Teach For America alumnus and current student at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. He is also the founder of Change Agent, a civic hacking after-school education program starting in 2015.

Sara Chapman

MPS Candidate

Sara Chapman is a graduate of Wellesley College where she majored in peace and justice studies with a focus on ethnic and religious conflict in Africa. She is co-founder and executive director of Fistula Relief Foundation for Africa. Chapman recently spent three months in Uganda creating a five-year strategic plan, cash flow model, and sanitation strategy for guesthouse facilities at Hope North in Kitwanga Village. She is currently working on a database of resources for women transitioning back into society after incarceration for a nonprofit in Little Rock and a strategic plan for a domestic violence shelter in Southeastern Arkansas. Her public service interests include conflict resolution and women's rights.

Jeremy Ratcliff

MPS Candidate

Jeremy Ratcliff graduated from Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C. He is currently a student at the Clinton School of Public Service where he is receiving his Masters of Public Service. He interned with the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington D.C., and has lead volunteer projects at Rowan Helping Ministry, which provides food, shelter, clothing and medical supplies to impoverished residents. While in Washington he and another colleague created and facilitated a luncheon and panel discussion for HBCU student body presidents and Members of Congress about voter engagement and community organizing. His public service interests include community organizing, justice issues and closing the achievement gap specifically among African American students.

LaKaija Wood

MPS Candidate   |  

LaKaija Wood is a Philander Smith College Graduate (B.S. Biology) and a Master of Public Health Candidate at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a Master of Public Service Candidate at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.
Her experience working in the public and private sectors reinforced her passion and desire to help implement changes that will improve the public's health through service.
Her public service interests include health equity and health literacy, Minority Health Disparities, and Policy Development. Wood hopes to utilize the discipline of Biology, as well as her extracurricular experiences, to realize her goal of becoming a responsible future leader in the Public Health practice.

Katy Grennier

MPS Candidate

Katy Grennier is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin native who has traveled the nation in the last 6 years working with youth empowerment program design. Most recently Katy was head of the youth programs at Our House Inc, a homeless shelter for working families. Katy worked with the youth enrolled there to improve the program as identified by clients. Katy is currently working on her Masters in Public Service at the Clinton School of Public Service, Little Rock. This summer she will be heading to Cambodia to work for a youth service learning organization, Sarus, which strives to help students from different countries learn peace skills, tolerance, and leadership by providing meaningful travel.

Lauren Remedios

MPS Candidate

Lauren Remedios is a second year graduate student at the Clinton School of Public Service. Originally from Bangalore, India, before coming to the Clinton School she worked at Huda Academy as a third grade teacher in Little Rock. During her time at the Clinton School, she partnered with AOSN (Arkansas Out of School Network), Heifer International, and Barefoot College (India) to work on some great and inspiring projects with them.

Chris Forster

Chris Forster is Facilitator for the EAST Initiative at eStem Public Charter High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, but his teaching experience doesn’t stop there. Chris has taught a little bit of everything – 4th graders, middle and high schoolers, and adults, and he prides himself on using innovation in the classroom.

A lover of empowering kids, creatively solving problems, and all-things Technology, Chris has a Bachelor's Degree in Education and a Master's in Teaching with a focus on Early Childhood Development from the University of Arkansas. He spent five years in the Fayetteville School district as a District Technology Specialist and also taught middle school.

His move back to the classroom was predicated on his passion for inspiring young minds and the ability to promote change through technology. Chris resides in North Little Rock and is married to Jessi. He has a 9 year old and a 4 month old daughter. His creative outlet is playing the drums and making music, and his claim to fame is being inducted in the Northwest Arkansas Music Hall of fame.

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