4.0 Schools Gears up for Summer Programming

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In an attempt to both shape and accelerate education entrepreneurs in New Orleans, 4.0 Schools has a great lineup of summer programming beginning as early as May 16th, 2013. See the details of Essentials, Lab Cohort and the Launch Program below.


Essentials is an introduction to the 4.0 community for hackers, designers, educators, makers, and creatives interested in shaping the future of education. It’s a daylong, first stage of 4.0’s programming which explores three skills:  Empathy (designing solutions for actual users), Unbundling (taking apart problems to attack them at their root cause) and Prototyping (giving users simple versions of your solution early so you can get feedback).

4.0 hosts 15-20 participants about once a month for Essentials, joining the community from New Orleans in locations across the country such as New York. Participants can experience varied agendas but are told to be prepared to practice improv, design thinking, rapid iteration and physical prototyping.

Upcoming Essentials dates include:

  • May 16 & 17, New Orleans
  • June 7 & 8, New York
  • June 14 & 15, New York
  • July 10 & 11, New Orleans
  • July 14 & 15, New Orleans
  • July 26 & 27, New Orleans

Lab Cohort

During the two to ten week intensive Lab Cohort, cohort members will test new ideas, and get their hands dirty through experimentation, risk and adaptation. Cohort members should be passionate about one or two specific areas of education and believe there are challenges that need solutions.

Through dinners, workshops and coaching sessions, members will use empathy, unbundling and prototyping to test their solutions with real users.

Upcoming Lab Cohort dates: Summer Lab Cohort July 10th to August 2nd in New Orleans.

Launch Program

4.0’s Launch Program is designed for those committed to launching a new product, service, or internal venture. These people have already put their idea into the real world and have the most potential for disrupting education. The ideas don’t have to be incorporated or have revenue or donors.

The Launch Program offers entrepreneurs help in the following areas: marketing, legal, financial planning, strategic coaching, high level overview with goals and targets, weekly check ins, connect to schools and classrooms, and a community of support with education entrepreneurs across the country. It’s available part time/virtual for help during the winter and spring and the full time Launch Program will be held from July 10th to August 2nd in New Orleans.