Techstars Startup Weekend Oakville

    Friday, October 18 - 20, 2019

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Techstars Startup Weekend Oakville

Friday, October 18 - 20, 2019

Friday, October 18 - 20, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Halton Regional Police Headquarters
2485 North Service Rd W
Oakville, Ontario L6M 3H8

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Solve Smart Cities challenges and earn prizes!

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 

Techstars Startup Weekend  - Oakville is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

To know more about Smart Cities:

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

At the end of this 54 hour weekend you get to showcase your MVP in front of our panel of judges. Winners will be announced and some great prizes to be won.

While not mandatory, we are excited to see solutions to challenges put forth by our sponsors:

1. Halton Regional Police: Advanced Decision Support for First Responder Command and Control -
2. Town of Oakville: Support Oakville's Digital Strategy to becoming the most digitally connected community in the Greater Toronto Area -

Prizes Prizes Prizes!!!  
  • Free .CO domain for a year for all participants!
  • $3,000 credit from Google for all participants!
  • $1,200 credit from IBM for 30-40 top performers!
  • Post- Hackhaton support from Entrepreneurship Services at Halton Region, EDGE innovation Hub, Innovation Factory and other startup incubators to help your idea become a reality!
  • Fabulous Cash prizes, Swags, Fitbits and other Tech prizes!     
Sponsors will be handing out official and One-of-a kind "Bragging rights" Trophies to our top three teams!  1st Prize valued over $120,000 in kind! 

Techstars Startup Weekend - Oakville is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
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Friday October 18th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

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

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, 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
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 October 19th

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 October 20th

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!


Denys Linkov
Founder & President at TU20

Denys is a software developer and community builder in Oakville. He is the president of TU20 (TechUnder20), an Oakville student community that accelerates its members involvement in the technology and entrepreneurial space through conferences, competitions and hiring events.
On the technology side, Denys has developed solutions in the small business and enterprise space working on mobile, cloud and machine learning projects.

Sarmad Ibrahim
Technology Evangelist at IBM

Sarmad is a Business Development Professional with experience driving revenue and strategic organizational presence for IBM in Canada. He excels in fast-paced and dynamic environments with fierce judgment needed to manage, influence, and achieve profit targets. Samrad has strong knowledge of distribution and large enterprise business; establishes effective and long-term partnerships across fast growing industries and skilled in win-win negotiation tactics.

Event Judges

Rob Burton
Mayor of Oakville

Mayor Rob Burton protects Oakville's future as Canada's most livable town. He is passionate about empowering businesses and changemakers in the Town of Oakville. An entrepreneur himself, Rob believes that economic prosperity comes from true innovation, meaningful solutions to town challenges and equitable community engagement.

Bill Payne
Director Information Technology at Halton Regional Police Service

Bill Payne has been a leader with the Halton Police for the past 10 years and serves in the role of Director Information Technology. In his role, Bill develops teams with overall responsibility for mission critical infrastructure and projects surrounding the P25 voice radio system, CAD and records operating environments, and mobile technology. He has led Halton’s initiative in establishing Halton’s production Public Safety LTE Network and Halton’s LTE shared core operating model. 
Bill possesses a solid background in Communications and Electronics from his service in the Canadian Forces. Bill has held technology and business leadership roles in various industries including; data centre outsourcing, real estate, travel industry as well as financial services and marketing technology start-up companies.

Jose Rueda
Jose Rueda, Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design Sheridan College

Rueda’s career path as an academic, entrepreneur and scientist reflects this adaptability to changing markets. Armed with a PhD and MSc in electrical and computer engineering, as well as an MBA and a professional engineer designation, Rueda started teaching at the University of Manitoba over 25 years ago. He spent time in Hong Kong as Chief Executive Producer of PlayLab, making console, online, mobile, and experimental games as part of an industry, government and university partnership. “What appeared to be a six-month adventure turned into a 10-year one,” he says. After teaching game design full-time at the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and at Savannah College of Art and Design in Hong Kong, Rueda was offered the chance to come to Sheridan to join the burgeoning game design bachelor program.

Sam Saad
Director of Strategic Initiatives at Innovation Factory

Though born in the 80’s, Sam is a true millennial with iF being his fourth career. Prior to joining iF, Sam served as a United Nations Electoral Officer, health promotion researcher, change leadership manager, and program manager for an innovation funding portfolio totaling over $200M. In 2012 he launched his first company, JustAccess, a crowdfunding platform for the justice system. Sam joined iF to help build a startup accelerator focused on connected and autonomous vehicles, and other transformative technologies. He was quick to exclaim his unbridled love for Hamilton, hiking and camping the surrounding nature when not at the office.

Chris Herbert
Co-Founder at Silicon Halton

Chris Herbert is a social entrepreneur and community leader focused on helping technology companies develop and grow via his marketing agency Mi6 and grassroots technology community Silicon Halton.
Chris has built a strong network of developers, technology entrepreneurs, CMOs, Angel and Venture capitalists. He is passionate about technology and new for profit/for good businesses and business models, network/community development and social innovation. Chris and his team were finalists in Cisco's Global iPrize Competition. 

Coaches and Mentors

Ahad Beykaei
CTO at IRIS Group Inc.

Ahad is the Chief Technology Officer of IRIS. Ahad has a Ph.D in Transportation and Highway Engineering and has worked on modelling and designing smart cities for IBM, and designed recurrent, convolutional, statistical regression models and multilayer perceptron neural networks for the University of Toronto as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Ahad is a key driving force for the strategic implementation of IRIS technologies and innovations.

Saurabh Mahajan
COO at IRIS R&D Group Inc.

Saurabh is the COO & Senior Products Manager for IRIS Products & Solutions. As an MBA, SAFe PMPO, DAC, B.Eng holder, Saurabh has a unique mix of business, technology, communication and project management expertise resulting from international industry experience. He brings SCRUM and AGILE methodologies into rapid fire development of IRIS technologies with decades of software product management and engineering management.

Organizing Team

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

  • Grace
  • Samraa
  • Kader
  • Shaad
  • Marielle
  • Emil Sylvester


Astawa Alam
Co-Founder & Lead Marketing Consultant @ DxM Creative

Certified Growth-Driven Design & Inbound Marketer | Aggressively Curious

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