Help Develop an EdTech Coworking Space for Durham

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Education innovators in Durham and the Triangle will have new opportunities to collaborate, thanks to a coworking program and space coming to our community. The coworking program, tentatively called Embark@Duke, is a partnership between Duke Learning InnovationDuke Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Entangled, an education innovation studio based in San Francisco.

The space will support changemakers in education. It will bring together edtech firms (from startups to established companies), social ventures, Duke student projects and nonprofits to work on innovation projects that align with the educational missions of Duke and Entangled. The location of the space is yet to be determined, but will be in downtown Durham.

Members of the Durham and Duke communities are invited to participate in a community planning session on December 3, 6-8PM at the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Bullpen. Rob Urstein and Marty Evans, co-founders of Embark, and Matthew Rascoff, Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation at Duke, will lead an interactive session in which attendees can help imagine what a physical epicenter for the future of education innovation might look like in the Triangle. Co-hosted with the Triangle EdTech Meetup, the event is free, and food and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP.

This program is part of a broader initiative to develop and operate sector-focused incubators and coworking spaces on college campuses, to attract startups and build ecosystems that help higher education drive economic growth through community.

For more information on the project, contact Duke Learning Innovation.

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Courtney Lockemer

Author: Courtney Lockemer

Courtney was formerly the Communications and Outreach Manager at Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL). She previously held a communications job in Duke’s Office of Information Technology, in which she helped promote innovative projects such as Duke’s iPod First Year Experience. Courtney holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Princeton University as well as an M.F.A. in Studio for Interrelated Media from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.