Techstars Startup Weekend Toronto Smart Cities & IoT

    Friday, October 20 - 22, 2017

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Toronto Smart Cities & IoT

Friday, October 20 - 22, 2017

Friday, October 20 - 22, 2017
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Workhaus Commerce Court
30 Wellington St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

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Calling entrepreneurs, hackers, dreamers, change makers and catalysts: change the world in 54 hours!

LIMITED TIME ONLY: Use code ' INFINITI ' to get a 50% discount on your ticket, courtesy of INFINITI. 

Have the urge to create? Think you have the best idea for the next best thing? Then, listen up. 

Techstars Startup Weekend Toronto is bringing you our Smart Cities & Internet of Things edition this October 20 - 22, presented by INFINITI.  

Come pitch, join a team, iron out your business model, and build away! In just 54 hours teams will come together to create startups from scratch and learn about entrepreneurship in a hands-on and meaningful way. Developers, designers, business experts, and makers will come to build prototypes and launch startups that use hardware or software to interconnect us all and change the world.

What is Techstars Startup Weekend?

Have you ever seen a new product, app, or business and thought to yourself, "that was my idea a few years ago"? If you have, that means you did not have a process for taking that idea from concept to creation.

Techstars Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within a matter of days! Whether you are looking to...
  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship,
  • learn the process for going from concept to creation,
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in Denver,
  • join or build an all-star team,
  • learn and practice new skills to take back to your job, or
  • take your own idea from concept to creation

Who is Techstars Startup Weekend For?

It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Techstars Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including...
  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs,
  • developers and other tech-related professionals,
  • designers of all types,
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.),
  • students from universities and even high schools,
  • professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills,
  • passionate visionaries,
  • and many more!

What's the twist? 

Internet of Things + Smart City edition means we will be focusing the ideas we select on solving problems in the space of IoT. With the explosion and growing number of internet enabled devices for just about any realm of life, this edition will be as broad as your imagination allows and focused on addressing the problems and opportunities related to these devices. 

Whether you are interested in the IoT + Smart City or not, the ultimate objective of the event is to empower you with a powerful process for taking any idea, IoT/Smart City-related or not, from concept to creation!


Friday October 20th

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

6:30 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

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 21st

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 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:30 pm

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
Final Presentations

6:00 pm

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Sunil Sharma
Managing Partner

Sunil Sharma is the Managing Director of Techstars Toronto Accelerator Program.

He was co-founder of Extreme Startups, one of Canada’s leading technology accelerators. Backed by 5 of Canada’s best venture capital funds, Sunil has co-lead investments into more than 18 companies. Sunil is very active in the technology ecosystem across Canada and particularly in the Toronto-Waterloo corridor, where he serves as EIR at Communitech.  Sunil is Co-Director of the Founder Institute, the world’s most global accelerator program.

Angelo Del Duca

Angelo Del Duca has extensive experience in the electronics industry and holds an
engineering degree from the University of Toronto in Electrical Engineering. His
extensive industrial experience includes research and development of electronic systems
and devices, Management and most recently Angel Investment into technology-based
companies. Angelo is member of the York Angel Investors assessing potential
investments and mentoring companies seeking investment. He was recently named
Angel of Year (2016-2017) by the York Angel Investors. Previously he held positions as
an Industrial Technology Advisor (ITA) delivering the Industrial Research Assistance
Program (IRAP) program to SMEs in the downtown Toronto area and then transitioning
to a Director in Ontario leading a Team of ITAs in delivering and managing a portfolio of
supported SME initiatives.

Theresa Humphrey
Brand Manager, INFINITI

Theresa Humphrey brings to the table an MBA degree and over 20 years of business experience in the automotive and software industries, covering a multitude of areas from strategy and sales, to marketing communications and the customer experience. Theresa is currently Brand Manager for INFINITI, and is responsible for the planning, development, and execution of the INFINITI brand strategy in Canada. While not at work, Theresa enjoys curling, ultimate Frisbee and traveling the globe.

Coaches and Mentors

Alison Gibbins

Alison is a startup junkie and customer development expert with wins at Startup Weekend (Griflens; babySIMPLIFY). She is a Data Geek and CRM Marketer, and the Founder of Toronto Moms Group.

Tariq Haddadin
Program Manager @ Techstars Toronto

Tariq is the Program Manager for Techstars Toronto. Techstars Toronto is a city program and Techstars' first accelerator in Canada. Techstars Toronto is a joint venture between Techstars and Real Ventures (Canada’s most active venture capital fund). Tariq joined Techstars Toronto after working as the Operations Associate with Techstars London.

Oksana Salamaszek

Oksana is the Community Engagement Coordinator for TWG. Oksana is also on the organizing team for the NASA space apps challenge hackathon after two previous years of participation. When not hosting or attending startup events she is sending things to space... Because she can.

Chris Little

Chris spent the last 17 years growing his business acumen and developing his skills working with large multi-national corporations that are all leaders in their respective industries.  Companies Like Cintas, Coca-Cola, Toyota, Lexus and of course currently INFINITI.  Most of these roles involved a strong focus on sales, marketing and people leadership, but prior to joining the INFINITI team his last role was a leadership role on the team developing the go to market strategy for Toyota and Lexus’ connected vehicles platform which launched in Canada in 2017.  Chris is currently the National Sales Manager for INFINITI, and is responsible for the day to day operation of all sales activities across Canada for the brand.   Chris is a family man with 2 children, who spends his limited free time enjoying almost any outdoor activity including wake surfing, scuba diving, and skiing.  A self-professed gear-geek he is constantly on the hunt for new and exciting equipment and tech to explore and add to his ever growing hoard of gear. 

Aldo Aguirre
Latam, US & Canada Director - Startup Programs

Aldo believes that entrepreneurship is one of the best ways of changing lives for the better. As an entrepreneur he founded a software development company, a coffee shop and a business incubator. Now he works full time helping entrepreneurs across the world start their entrepreneurial path through Techstars Startup Programs. He likes to talk about movies, series and books, as well as technology in general.

Abdullah Merei
Product Manager for Video Compression Products at Evertz Microsystems

Director - Compression Systems at Evertz Microsystems

Currently a Director in the R&D department at Evertz Microsystems, Merei (BASc ’09, MBA ’15) leads the design, development, marketing and full deployment of products and solutions for major broadcasting/media networks around the world.
His passion for technology was cemented when he moved to Canada in 2004 to attend York University where he earned his degree in Computer Engineering in 2009. He graduated first in his class with distinction and then went on to earn an MBA from the Schulich School of Business in 2015. While at York University, Merei volunteered on numerous student groups and served as the president of the Engineering Society for the 2007-08 academic year. He received the Allen Berg Award in 2007 and 2008 and a gold medal from the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers for having the highest GPA by a graduating engineering student. In 2015, Merei was the inaugural recipient of the Alumnus of the Year award from the Lassonde School of Engineering. 

Joseph Breitner
Founder, Breit Future Innovations

Joseph Breitner specializes in leading product developments; taking concepts through prototyping, design to full production/manufacturing. Drives “design for manufacturing” with "can do" attitude. Joseph is open minded, creative and a problem solver. Prior to opening his own consulting business, Joseph was the Engineering Director at GE Water & Process Technologies leading an international team of technical people in developing water filtration products. He received in 2012 GE’s Technology Award - Customer Value for the development of LEAPmbr. Joseph has a B.Sc. with honor degree in Mechanical Engineering and M.Sc. degree in Materials both from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. 

Jessica Cohen

Co-Founder, Lake of Bays Semiconductor and Co-Founder,

Kevin McLaughlin

Kevin McLaughlin is Vice President of Nekso, a mobility platform that brings the power of AI to
the legal taxi industry across the Americas. He is  an entrepreneur with a long history of building
successful ventures in Shared Mobility, as the founder of AutoShare (1998), Toronto’s original
carsharing service (sold to Enterprise Rent-A- car in 2014), a co-founder of Vancouver's Modo -
the Car Co-op (1997) and also as a co-founder of (1991), Canada’s foremost city
building NGO. Kevin is currently an advisor to Shared Mobility enterprises, including
Communauto (North America's 1st carshare); the electric velomobile company Sojourn Labs; a
Mentor in the #InifinitiLab accelerator; the board of, Mexico's 1st carshare; and an
advisor to the Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing as a member of the Greenbelt
Council. Kevin graduated from Queen’s University with a B.Comm.

Marcel Guay

Marcel Guay is a graduate of McGill Mechanical Engineering (B. Eng.) and Western’s Ivey School of Business (MBA).  Marcel started his career in 2000 with CAE Inc (world leader in full flight aircraft simulator manufacturing), designing/programming aircraft systems for Boeing 737/747 aircraft simulators.  By 2004, Marcel joined the initial program management & strategy team responsible for conceiving, developing and launching the CSERIES airliner within Bombardier Aerospace.  In addition to this initiative, over 7 years with Bombardier (over two separate stays), Marcel also spent time in Business Jet Marketing, Sales Contract Management and Pre-Owned Aircraft Valuation/Pricing for Bombardier’s business jet division.  Between two stays with Bombardier, Marcel held the role of Strategic Marketing Manager at GE Capital Canada helping to grow their manufacturing lending business across Canada.  Since joining Nissan Canada in 2013, Marcel has held the roles of Executive Planning and Reporting Manager (reporting to the President of Nissan Canada), Infiniti Dealer Operations Manager for the region of Ontario (supporting 14 Infiniti retailers), Manager of Nissan Canada Finance’s credit team and most recently Sr. Manager of Nissan Canada’s Marketing Operations department.  

Grant Brigden

Grant is the Founder of ROVER. ROVER is often tagged as the AirBnB of Parking. Its mandate is to provide a brand new supply of shared parking spaces that are sensible and affordable. ROVER’s business model is designed to make cities smarter by impacting key challenges such as congestion, emissions, the economics of mobility and community planning.

Cagdas Onen
Marketing Manager for iyzico

Marketing Manager for iyzico, the fastest growing payment company of the region that has recently raised $13 million USD in Series C fundraising. He is also managing the startup program named iyziStart. 

Prior to joining iyzico, Cagdas worked at a Russian internet company Yandex for 4.5 years as a Marketing Manager.

Dee Lucic

Dee Lucic is a product leader that has released a number of products in the smart building and green building space. His background in physics, hardware engineering, business administration, and product management has helped him work on creative problems with startups and large corporations. Dee is currently a Product Manager at Enercare Connections and he spends most of his time creating Energy Management products for buildings.

Chad Yee
Head of Marketing, INFINITI Canada

Chad currently heads up all Marketing Communications in Canada for INFINITI, responsible for marketing strategy & planning, brand management, retail, experiential, CRM, and digital marketing.  
As part of a Global Marketing Council, Chad collaborates with the various international INFINITI Marketing Heads to help build the Global INFINITI brand and marketing strategy.
Chad is a born “Car Nut” with a passion for both cars and marketing.  Throughout his career, Chad has worked with various top automotive brands, including Toyota, Lexus, Scion, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volvo, Volkswagen, Land Rover, Nissan, and of course, INFINITI.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Toronto Smart Cities & IoT 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 Toronto is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

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Jen Riedel
Program Manager, Techstars Boston

Jen is the Program Manager for the Techstars Boston accelerator. Previously, a Regional Manager at Techstars, overseeing and supporting community leaders as they bring Startup Weekend, Week, and Digest to cities across the Eastern U.S. and Canada. 

Prior to Techstars, Jen was the Director of Operations for Trestles, a service design consulting firm. She was integral to the acquisition process of Unified Imaging, a four-person health tech startup, where she served as Director of Operations. She has been at the forefront of building communities for the last 5 years including Global Shapers, Global Service Jam, LWD-Raleigh, Baller Dinner, Starting Bloc, Hive GLP, Creative Mornings RDU, and more. Jen is from North Carolina, and attended her first Startup Weekend at UNC in 2013. She has an appetite for creating experiences worth having, contributing positively to the circular economy, giving back to the communities that have given so much to her, singing, and has the goal to visit 30 countries before turning 30! 

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