Thursday, July 25, 2013

Edtech Conference on an Aircraft Carrier? Yes, Please!

CUE Rock Star Camp: USS Hornet Classic Rock Event
A few weeks ago I was approached with the opportunity to attend a CUE Rock Star Camp event in San Francisco. When I first heard about the event, I thought it would be an amazing experience, but a very long shot I would attend. I decided to take a look at plane tickets to see if it would even be remotely possible. I started look around the various website and was quite surprised at the reasonable price for tickets. This really got my wheels spinning and made me think, this could actually happen! It was only about 2 hours later that I registered and booked my flight without knowing where I was going to stay(except for staying on the USS Hornet 1 night). It was a risk, but I know the experience, friendships, and knowledge I take away will be well worth it. 

Sleeping quarters on the USS Hornet

Since I booked the trip, I have connected with several other great educators who live in the San Francisco Bay area, or will be attending the camp as well. I am very excited to connect with several edtech start ups, as well as some of my favorite twitter educators. Here is a list of some of the great educators who I am excited to connect with over the next week:
  • Sam Patterson (@SamPatue): #Patue chat founder 
  • Karl Lindgren-Streicher (@LS_Karl): edcampHome organizer, #caedchat founder 
  • Alice Keeler (@alicekeeler): CUE program coordinator, Google Certified Teacher
  • Joe Corippo(@jcorippo): Founder of the CUE Rock Star Teacher Camps  
  • Victoria Olson (@MsVictoriaOlson) #bcedchat founder, #patue chat monitor
  • John Stevens (@Jstevens009): CUE Faculty Member
I know there are many, many more passionate educators I will have the privilege to meet, and learn from over the next 7 days.

Starting on Monday I will have a couple of days to meet with a few edtech start up companies. Monday afternoon I will get to sit down with the founders of Drawp, an iPad app to create and share drawings with loved ones. I will then head over to meet with the great people of STUDYBLUESTUDYBLUE exists to make studying efficient and effective for every student, for free. 

On Tuesday, I am excited to reconnect with Brett Kopf and the Remind 101 staff. Later that afternoon I will get a behind the scenes look from 3Gear Systems.The team at 3 Gear Systems is developing cutting edge computer vision technology and designing user experiences that are highly intuitive, comfortable and enjoyable.

I know this is going to be a week I will not forget and I cant wait to get it started right now as I board my flight!


  1. We added you to the OFFICIAL CUE ROCK STAR BLOG!

    See you aboard!!

  2. Great Post Drew! Can't wait to really spend some time collaborating with you!

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