Startup Weekend EDU Montreal

    Friday, July 25 - 27, 2014

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Startup Weekend EDU Montreal

Friday, July 25 - 27, 2014

Friday, July 25 - 27, 2014
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Google Montréal/ Concordia University

Montreal, QC

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Startup Weekend EDU Montréal

Have you ever had an idea for improving education? Here’s your opportunity to transform your education ideas into action in 54 hours. Find the right people with complementary skills & the passion to build an education product in one weekend. Design for learning, conduct user tests, receive coaching from experienced education designers & industry professionals and win prizes that will help take your idea to the next level!


Friday July 25th

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

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Wrap Up
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. We'll see you tomorrow morning

Saturday July 26th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee Location: Concordia University

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

11:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday July 27th

9:00 am
Location: Concordia University 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
Let's celebrate the end of a FUN Weekend! 1426 Bishop Streeet

Event Judges

Raff Paquin
Co-founder & CTO, Return Magic | Partner, Interaction Ventures

Combinant plus de 10 ans d’expérience en commerce électronique, vente de détail, système d’informations et implantation de processus, Raff est membre fondateur technique de Frank & Oak. Il a supporté la croissance de l’entreprise de 6 à 130 employés en étant responsable des plateformes mobile et web en plus des efforts d’intelligence d’affaires et de gestion des opérations. Il supporte l’écosystème des startups québécoises en étant conférencier, mentor et juge dans plusieurs programmes d’entrepreneuriat, dont Startup Weekend et NEXT par Google for Entrepreneur. Il siège aussi sur les conseils de quelques entreprises québécoises en forte croissance. Raff démarre présentement une seconde entreprise, Alveo, qui développe une infrastructure de commerce électronique complète. Il est également directeur Data Science pour la Startup à succès Lightspeed qui offre des solutions POS aux détaillants et aux restaurateurs.

Christine Renaud
Social Entrepreneur, co-founder @ e-180

Christine is a social entrepreneur passionate about self-directed and community-based learning. Prior to co-founding E-180, she obtained her M.Ed. as a Frank Knox Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, focusing on informal learning & alternative educational approaches, and has worked as a Podcast Producer for Learning Matters in NYC.

Dominique Oliver

Mike Silagadze

LP Maurice
CEO - Busbud | Partner - Interaction Ventures | Co-Director - Founder Institute Montreal

CEO & Co-Founder of Busbud, an e-commerce startup focused on intercity bus travel. Partner and co-founder of Interaction Ventures, an entrepreneur-led angel fund investing in and support exceptional early stage entrepreneurs. Co-director of Founder Institute Montreal

Coaches and Mentors

Christian Lavoie
VP Technologie @ Acquisio

Christian Lavoie, ancien de Google, président de Sand Reckoning Consulting, est un geek de souche et un consultant pour les investisseurs en capitaux de risque. Il analyse la techno des PMEs et supporte la communauté de startups de Montréal depuis son retour à Montréal en 2010. Il organise le meetup Haskellers-Montreal et le Montreal Startup Cabal et adore rencontrer les entrepreneurs autour d'un café ou d'une bière

Antoine Azar

"I'm the CEO of Mobilogie, a mobile strategy & development firm. We've helped numerous clients (startups to multinationals) design and build their mobile strategies and products. But I only wear suits when I have to - I'm also the CTO of Thirdshelf, an innovative mobile platform for the retail industry. I love getting my hands in the code, and designing beautiful software architectures that scale. I am an invited speaker at multiple worldwide conferences, including DX3, Digital Signage Expo, Infopresse, AdTech, Action IT & Retail Technology Exchange, and judge in startup and industry competitions such as the Boomerang Awards and Startup Weekend. "

Roxanne Desforges

Roxanne Desforges has a solid foundation in educational practice, having taught at the high school and university levels. She is currently completing her PhD in Education at McGill University, conducting research on how youth are using internet technologies for political purposes. She was an edtech consultant for two years before joining the Learning Bird team as their Head of Academic Relations. In this capacity, she uses her practical experience and theoretical expertise to weigh in on both the business and the technical aspects of the company. Learning Bird's CEO calls Roxanne their "swiss army knife"– every startup needs a solid subject expert that can do everything from product development and implementations to marketing and business development, to speaking at conferences. Most importantly, Roxanne does it all with equal rigour and passion for the cause of providing the best and most relevant educational solutions to kids everywhere.

Benoît Meunier

"I design for people. That means I drive user experience strategies and vision to help organisations achieve their goals by bringing to life simple, effective and delightful products or services. I'm a User Experience Designer with over fifteen years of experience; much of it spent working in and around web design environments which has allowed me to acquire specific competencies in User Research, Requirements Gathering, Information Architecture, Interaction Design and Content Strategy. As I lead the design effort, I work closely with all levels of staff including experts in Sales, Engineering, Design, Product Management, Analysis, Executive Leadership and most importantly, the millions of people who use the products. I’m passionate and enthusiastic about creating solutions that make people’s lives easier."

Irene Katzela

Eirene Seiradaki
Director, Research Partnerships

Dr. Eirene Seiradaki heads up Research Partnerships across Borealis AI’s network of labs. In her role, Eirene develops outreach strategies and drives collaborative research initiatives between Borealis AI and leading academic institutions worldwide. Eirene’s vision of building world-class industrial research teams in Canada has helped propel the momentum behind Borealis AI’s rapid growth across the country. Her aim is to facilitate state-of-the-art research in machine intelligence by creating opportunities for scientists graduating from Canadian universities to remain and work in the country. During her tenure at Borealis AI, Eirene has established partnerships with research institutions, such as the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, McGill, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Vector Institute, MILA, Amii, MIT, Washington State University, and more. She works closely with researchers from these institutes to create the right environment for this vision to become a reality. Eirene holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and an M.A. from Princeton University. Prior to joining Borealis AI, she did research and taught a wide range of courses at both schools. Inspired by her doctoral research in Classical Economics, which focused on the dynamics of exchange and its implications in social institutions, relations and alliances, Eirene is passionate about meaningful exchanges and partnerships between universities and industry as a means to more efficiently address the challenges that both sides face.  

Marie Roger

"CEO, COO and co-founder of Overture Project, Marie-Andrée is an entrepreneur since she was 19 years old. You could describe her as a facilitator for other entrepreneurs, always on the lookout for new ways to empower her students, partners, colleagues and employees. A strong proponent of Agile and Lean Startup practices, her ‘make it happen’ approach has helped more than 100 entrepreneurs of different backgrounds. Always willing to share her knowledge and experience, you can find her regularly giving workshops at CatalisMTL (CEFQ). There, business model canvas, empathy maps and roadmapping are just a few of the subjects she addresses and teaches to startup owners. A certified Scrum Master and Product Owner and an autodidact, she credits her hands-on and ‘learn by doing’ approach for providing the bulk of her education. She also touched multiple fields of interest during her formal training years at Concordia University, studying software engineering but also hand-picking classes in finance, managing, accounting, marketing and human resources. "

Jonathan Hiltser

"Jonathan is a Lean Agile Programming mainframe. The system went on-line September 13th,1982 and has maintained 99.999% uptime for 31 years. At 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th it became self-aware. In recent years it has been adapted to analyze process and recommend flows for developers to refine and focus their development cycles. #FunAtParties "

Sergio Escobar
Montreal Managing Director @ Founder Institute

Sergio directs the Founder Institute's Montreal operations. As such, Sergio contributes to mentor startups in Sharing Economy, Artificial Intelligence, NeuroTech, SportsTech, EdTech, Real Estate Tech, Manufacturing Tech, B2B Enterprise, eCommerce, FinTech. Sergio is a tech entrepreneur himself. He is also involved in Startup Chile, Startup Peru, Startup Bootcamp FinTech London, Msb Tunisia, Kuwait National Fund, Techstars Boston, Techstars Chicago, Flat6Labs in Middle East, and World Bank "Tech Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean"

Olivier Gagnon-Gordillo

I spend most of my time teaching and coaching young entrepreneurs while always trying to impact people in a positive way. I am a hard working business man and I am very dedicated to every project that I tackle. I also consider myself to be a Jack of all trades and I am always willing to learn something new.​ I currently work at SAJE accompagnateur d'entrepreneurs as an entrepreneurship advisor. Most of my experience and expertise revolves around entrepreneurship, organizational development, marketing and sales. I hold a BBA in International Business and a MSc in Organizational Development. I have worked in the U.S., Canada and Latin America and speak French, English and Spanish fluently. Developing businesses and connecting with people is my passion, improving their lives is my drive and watching them succeed is my goal. ​I love to travel and I enjoy discovering new places. I also played football at a competitive level for many years and I am a fitness and healthy lifestyle advocate. And since we only live once, I make sure to have some fun and take time to play a little.

Isaac Souweine
Entrepreneur in Residence at Real Ventures

Isaac is a product and marketing leader who is passionate about product development, company building and ecosystem creation. Currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Real Ventures, he’s also held leadership roles at high growth startups like Flatbook (now Sonder) and Frank + Oak as well as large technology companies such as Yahoo and Scholastic. Isaac has an MBA from INSEAD and a BA from Columbia in religious studies. A dedicated mentor, public speaker, event organizer and connector, he strives to spread a pay-it-forward mentality to the companies and communities in which he works.

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Organizing Team

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Marion Desmazières
International Expansion Lead, Amazon Alexa

Marion is a tech business developer based in Seattle, WA. She manages international expansion of developer programs for Alexa, the voice service powering Amazon's Echo devices. Before joining Amazon about four years ago, Marion coordinated the 2012 Global Startup Battle and managed partner relations for Startup Weekend in Seattle. She holds a Master's in Business Management from EDHEC Business School and an MBA in Technology Commercialization from the University of Alberta. A Startup Weekend veteran, Marion has facilitated 20+ events in France, Canada, the US, Algeria and Morocco.

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