Startup Weekend Calgary

    Friday, June 3 - 5, 2016

  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Startup Weekend Calgary

Friday, June 3 - 5, 2016

Friday, June 3 - 5, 2016
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Startup Calgary
McCarthy Tetrault LLP Offices
Suite 4000, 421 7 Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 4K9

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Startup Weekend Calgary

Join Startup Calgary for 54 hours and experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that come with startup life.  

Bring your interest, creativity, skills and energy, we'll supply the rest. Including the creative space, access to the best in mentors, investors, cofounders and sponsors in Calgary's business and developer community. Plus we'll feed you 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners - so you and your team can focus!

Join Startup Weekend Calgary be part of the entrepreneurial movement! 

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Friday June 3rd

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:45 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:15 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to 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

Saturday June 4th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday June 5th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Adrian Banica
Executive Chairman at Illusense

Mr. Banica is the Founder and CEO of Synodon Inc., an advanced remote sensing company. He is the one of the main architects of the realSens gas sensing application.

Over the last 10 years Mr. Banica has been involved with a number of space instrumentation projects on which the realSens technology has been based on.Mr. Banica founded his first venture, Synodon Corporation in 1995.

As President of this profitable electronics instrumentation firm, he led the engineering staff to ever increasing revenues over a 4 year term.

Through Synodon he has also provided his project management and engineering expertise to a number of high profile space instrumentation projects: Thermal Plasma Analyzer, a Canadian instrument on board a Japanese Mars mission; ACTORS, a space shuttle scientific experiment; Optical Inter-Satellite Link, a $150 million space laser communications project in Boulder, CO.

In 1999 the company was sold to a European firm called Rhea Group SA, a space consulting firm with offices in London, Madrid, Belgium and, through the Synodon acquisition, Edmonton, Canada. He became Rhea's VP for North America and was a member of the board. 
Banica’s latest venture, Synodon Inc. (TSXV:SYD) was spun out of Rhea in 2000 and has developed a breakthrough remote sensing technology called realSens. This system can detect very small ground level gas concentrations from an aircraft.

He has been able to attract over $20 million in investments into the venture and assemble a strong management team to design and develop the product as well as transform the R&D company into a leading edge remote sensing and IT organization.

Event Judges

Rogelio Ferreira
Technology Strategy & Innovation Manager at TELUS

 I have over 15 years of experience in technology working for an array of different companies from telecom (wireless networks & software development), to consumer electronics (mobile devices & platforms) and the aerospace industry (telecommunications). Currently managing the TELUS Innovation Centre in Calgary, where I have the pleasure to work with intrapreneur individuals from multiple different teams within TELUS on technology exploration, idea incubation, proof of concepts and prototyping. One of the aspects that excite me the most in this role is to connect with the local technology/startup community and understand current and future opportunities of collaboration with TELUS.”    

Jeremy Gilman
Principal, McRock Capital

Mark Blackwell

Mark is the COO at GNS3, a virtual environment to design & optimize networks of any size without the need for physical hardware infrastructure. To date GNS3 has been downloaded by over 10MM+ users in over 196 countries around the world and recently completed a successful $600K+ crowd funding campaign on CrowdTilt. 

Ryan Johnson
President EU, Planet Labs

Coaches and Mentors

Hannah Cree
Social Strategist & Community Connector

Hannah Cree is a connector; she is a sieve for information for all things Social Entrepreneurship & Social Impact. She is leading the social entrepreneurship strategy at ATB through providing workshops, online education & social entrepreneur strategy sessions.   Hannah is also the co-founder of CMNGD (COMMONGOOD), a social impact linen business tailored to the hospitality industry providing transitional employment to people facing poverty and homelessness.  Hannah is active in the entrepreneurial ecosystem by supporting community initiatives like ATB X Accelerator, Fuse 33 Makerspace, Work Nicer and Startup Calgary.    

James Lochrie
Co Founder Wave Accounting

Ray DePaul
Director, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal University

I am an executive, an entrepreneur and an educator with a unique track record of successes that includes leading RapidMind through venture capital funding, growth, and ultimately an acquisition by Intel. I was also a key member of the incredible team that brought BlackBerry to the world. 

My focus now is enabling the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators.

Specialties: Entrepreneurship, innovation, strategy, fundraising, high tech marketing, product management, product development, startups, mentoring, social enterprises

David Cree
CMO at Nobal Technologies | Interactive Omnichannel Mirrors | #500Strong | Digital Strategy

Craig Pfau
Software Developer / CGDA President

"I am a software developer for Pandell Technology. I work on our in house oil and gas accounting software as well as several government financial systems.

In 2013 I founded Calgary Game Developers, a monthly group of 400+ people interested in making video games. In 2015 we incorporated as a non-profit to become Calgary Game Developers Association, of which I am president, both legitimizing ourselves in the community and expanding our goals."

Tony Grimes
RESTful API Architecture, AWS Integration

Community leader, artist and Software Architect with 17 years experience in web development and digital strategy. His company, Siteline Solutions, is a software development boutique specializing in RESTful online architecture, PHP backend development and AWS integration.

In 2009 Tony founded Pixels and Pints, a monthly networking group of 1500 Calgary-based web developers and digital artists. He is co-organizer of Calgary WordCamp (Wordpress conference) and organizes six local Meetup groups totalling 3500 members (not including overlap).

He currently focuses his time working with startups and co-work spaces. He is a member of Protospace (Calgary's hackerspace) and Burnt Toast Studio (artists' collective). He launched Gear Station, a media production commons (audio/visual co-work space), in 2013 and is currently founding a co-op enterprise focused on world domination.

His trivia team wins regularly and brutally.

David Yiptong
Entrepreneur Advisor at Calgary Technologies Inc.

As an Advisor for the Entrepreneur & Enterprise Development team, David provides early stage entrepreneurs with coaching and mentoring, leveraging his technical and industry background to help them advance their opportunities.   David has over 10 years of combined experience in sales, product development and design. He has worked in industries ranging from air compressors, optical disc manufacturing, optical and wireless networking. 

Sharon McIntyre
CMO, Chaordix

Sharon McIntyre has shared her passion for marketing, branding and innovation with global corporations, start-up enterprises, public sector organizations, and students for 25+ years. She has held senior leadership positions and consulted in a variety of domains including software, energy, telecommunications, housing, publishing, and the arts. As Chief Social Scientist, she is part of the leadership team at Chaordix, a crowdsourcing technology and methodology pioneer in the brand and product innovation space. Sharon is also consulting in technology marketing and frugal innovation with the electrical utility company of Cameroon in West Africa. Sharon is a visiting lecturer at the Copenhagen Business School and is also a doctoral candidate at Royal Roads University, researching entrepreneurial innovation policy and practice in Canada. Sharon has lived and worked internationally, communicates in English and French, and holds dual Canadian and Irish (EU) citizenship. She contributes online as @shazzmack.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Calgary team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Calgary is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Andrew
  • Kari
  • Dario
  • Laurie
  • Alex
  • Royal
  • Kendall
  • Adrian
  • Isabelle
  • Jenn


Kyle Ashby
Founder :: The Sandbox Santa Barbara | Founder, StartupSB || Startup Advisor

Kyle is the founder of THE SANDBOX Santa Barbara, a creative coworking, collaboration and event space and StartupSB, Santa Barbara's largest entrepreneurial network.

Ashby is also the founder of Kaldera an advisory firms that focuses on strategy, marketing and community building for startups, technology companies and organizations and Travel in Company a boutique tour and travel experience company.

Ashby was on the founding team of BrandLive and has worked in executive, marketing and project management roles with a number of multinational companies including Yardi Systems, Citrix Online and Forms+Surfaces. 

Kyle is an active advisor to startup companies and has taught classes in marketing, innovation, and entrepreneurship at the University of California Santa Barbara, and Antioch University Santa Barbara.  

Kyle organized the first four Startup Weekends in Santa Barbara and has facilitated Startup Weekends globally as part of TechStars. Kyle was a Startup America Champion and is a founding member of a national Startup Community Building Organization called the Startup Champions Network.   

MBA from Babson College. Undergraduate degrees in Film Studies and Geography from UC Santa Barbara, and is a Certified Project Manager and Certified Scrum Master. 

In his free time he is continues to learn, tinker, travel, surf, paddle, explore the outdoors, play the drums and bass, and spend time with his wife and daughter.

Event Staff

Riley Kearl
Digital Brand Manager at The Stephdokin Digital Brand Agency

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