NGPF Podcast: Evan Marwell of EducationSuperHighway on the challenge to bring high-speed broadband to all schools
Evan Marwell was a man on a mission when he founded EducationSuperHighway in 2012. A data driven entrepreneur he analyzed technology at K-12 schools and didn't like what he saw. While many assumed that schools had adequate bandwidth to deliver new technology tools into classrooms, what he found was a huge difference between that perception and reality. Then he created a non-profit to tackle this problem. Evan will take us on his entrepreneurial journey over the past 7 years, his lessons learned along the way and tips for any social entrepreneur striving for large-scale change. Enjoy!
- 0:00~1:40 Introduction
- 1:40~6:31 Early money lessons
- 6:31~10:59 Life leading towards Education SuperHighway
- 10:59~15:11 Experiences in the White House
- 15:11~23:28 Bringing awareness to the issue by gathering data
- 23:28~29:16 Getting government funding for the program
- 29:16~29:41 A word from NGPF
- 29:41~34:39 Using data to solve multiple problems
- 34:39~38:12 Reaction from internet vendors
- 38:12~40:39 How state governments became involved
- 40:39~44:32 Fixing the expertise problem
- 44:32~ 46:17 State of broadband in schools today
- 46:17~48:08 Future of Education SuperHighway
- 48:08~50:52 What will Evan do next?
- 50:52~51:47 Conclusion
- Education SuperHighway
- Khan Academy
- Bold Endeavors: How Our Government Built America, and Why It Must Rebuild Now by Felix Rohatyn
- Compare & Connect K-12
“The objective was helping schools get more broadband for their budget. We never said go to your service provider and tell them to cut your price by a thousand dollars but we said go to your service provider and tell them for the amount of money your spending, you should be getting 4 times of the amount of internet access. The goal is to get more internet access.”
“Having a goal [for school districts] was huge. For a lot of school districts, they were like ‘I don’t know how much internet access I need’ but now you put a number out there and they are like ‘now I know how much internet I need and I can go get that’. I can not emphasize how important that was.”
About the Authors
Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.
Ren has been working part-time at NGPF since 2014, interning through high school and college. With his knowledge growing alongside NGPF, after graduating from college in 2020, he joined the team to work full-time. He is also the producer of the NGPF podcast. During his free time, he likes to try out coffees from different roasters across the world.
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