Startup Weekend Toronto - Blockchain, Crypto, and AI

    Friday, June 22 - 24, 2018


  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 Toronto - Blockchain, Crypto, and AI

Friday, June 22 - 24, 2018



Friday, June 22 - 24, 2018
Event starts at 5:30 pm

DMZ's Sandbox
Ryerson University SLC, 341 Yonge Street
3rd floor - Suite 312
Toronto, ON M5B 1S1

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Your idea in 54 hours

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 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.

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.

Techstars Startup Weekend 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.
Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “toronto@startupweekend.org”. Or join us at our pre-weekend Workshop to learn how to build decentralized apps. Hosted at SPACES with our friends from Blockstack, join our meetup page here for details: https://www.meetup.com/Blockstack-Toronto/events/251315257/.

Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!




EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday June 22nd


5:30 pm
Registration
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


8:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


8:15 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 until 10 pm.

Saturday June 23rd


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


11:00 am
Coach Meetings Start
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


1:00 pm
Lunch


3:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


6:30 pm
Dinner


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


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day, venue closes.

Sunday June 24th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
After Breakfast Check-in
Check-ins, status reports, call for help


11:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


1:00 pm
Lunch


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
Second lunch
Light meal


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Theresa Laurico
Founding Partner/ CVO

Theresa Laurico is an award-winning entrepreneur, media producer, speaker and founder of SociaLIGHT. Her work has impacted thousands globally.

Her annual SociaLIGHT Conference is called "A Mecca for Emerging Entrepreneurs” and brings together over 1,500 innovators. Past contributors include Sir Richard Branson, Seth Godin, Tony Hsieh, Tonya Surman, Bob Proctor and more. SociaLIGHT focuses on business as a force of good and the embodiment of the triple bottom line "People. Planet. Profit."

Laurico is the first female Toronto Lean Startup Machine winner, nominated by the Toronto Board of Trade for Business Excellence as "Startup of the Year" and a recipient of a leadership award from the former Lieutenant Governor of Canada, the Honourable Hilary Weston. She is an international speaker and has been on stages for conferences like the S.H.E. Summit in New York, Junior Achievers National Leadership Conference, and Sheryl Sandberg’s LeanIN. Seen as an expert in the startup/ innovations space, Laurico has consulted to major brands and clients like IBM Canada and PwC.

Laurico and her startup have been featured in media outlets including Forbes, Huffington Post, TechVIBES, PROFIT, and YOU Inc. Laurico’s greatest passion is to source others greatness and combine media, systemic leadership, and entrepreneurship for positive global impact.



Jill Javier
COO & Co-Founder BitCity Group

Jill attended a Startup Weekend in Toronto two years ago and since then started BitCity, a Blockchain based company, that was recently acquired.

Event Judges


Theresa Laurico
Founding Partner/ CVO

Theresa Laurico is an award-winning entrepreneur, media producer, speaker and founder of SociaLIGHT. Her work has impacted thousands globally.

Her annual SociaLIGHT Conference is called "A Mecca for Emerging Entrepreneurs” and brings together over 1,500 innovators. Past contributors include Sir Richard Branson, Seth Godin, Tony Hsieh, Tonya Surman, Bob Proctor and more. SociaLIGHT focuses on business as a force of good and the embodiment of the triple bottom line "People. Planet. Profit."

Laurico is the first female Toronto Lean Startup Machine winner, nominated by the Toronto Board of Trade for Business Excellence as "Startup of the Year" and a recipient of a leadership award from the former Lieutenant Governor of Canada, the Honourable Hilary Weston. She is an international speaker and has been on stages for conferences like the S.H.E. Summit in New York, Junior Achievers National Leadership Conference, and Sheryl Sandberg’s LeanIN. Seen as an expert in the startup/ innovations space, Laurico has consulted to major brands and clients like IBM Canada and PwC.

Laurico and her startup have been featured in media outlets including Forbes, Huffington Post, TechVIBES, PROFIT, and YOU Inc. Laurico’s greatest passion is to source others greatness and combine media, systemic leadership, and entrepreneurship for positive global impact.



Sheetal Jaitley
Founder @ TribalScale

Sheetal is the Founder and CEO of TribalScale, a global innovation firm that delivers world-class design, development, and strategy for mobile, web, and emerging technologies. He is a charismatic entrepreneur, an avid investor, and a seasoned veteran in the tech space. Sheetal is passionate about innovation and technology’s potential on both local and global scales. He lives in the future and takes his unique perspective to support and guide brands through their digital transformations. 

Sheetal is a strong believer in the power of community. He regularly speaks and volunteers at industry events. He is on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Association of Food Banks, sits on the SickKids Tech and Innovation Advisory Council, and is a member of Peerscale. Sheetal also advises Ryerson University's DMZ Playbook. Sheetal is committed to growth, diversity, and technological empowerment in Toronto and abroad.


Sarah Howe
Director, Innovation York

Sarah is a business development professional with extensive experience fostering innovation and developing strategic business operations. Sarah joined York University in 2010 and became the Director, Innovation York in 2012. Prior to joining York, Sarah worked at The Hospital for Sick Children in business development. She has an MBA in technology and innovation management. Over the past six years, Sarah has successfully created an innovation office at York University that provides a myriad of services across the university and has grown the team to 18. She has created and grown a pan-university educational entrepreneurship program, developed and manages two start-up incubators; and developed and manages an 8000 square foot innovation centre, as a strategic step in the development of a new campus. In addition, Sarah is co-lead for the strategic development of innovation and entrepreneurship across the campus.


Alan Fong
CTO @ Fleet Complete

A 20-year IT industry veteran and in his current role as CTO of Fleet Complete, Alan directs the new generation of product development supporting the company’s growth on the international stage. He brings an incredible breadth of experience in building and developing high-growth technology companies across various verticals like healthcare, telecommunications and enterprise workload management.  A University of Waterloo graduate with a Computer Engineering degree, Alan has built his professional acumen in companies like IBM, Cybermation, Redknee and PointClickCare. Throughout his progressive career in the software industry, he has helped create product value by understanding customer problems and building technology solutions that improve business outcomes and realize rapid growth potentials.  A true technologist and strategist, Alan is greatly involved in the startup ecosystem as an advisor and mentor to various young companies, helping them focus on customer value and preparing them to scale rapidly.


David McIninch
SVP, Strategy & Marketing @ Fiserv

David has a wealth of growth marketing knowledge having worked for some of the titans of the tech industry and with plenty startup growth experience too!


Scott Wu
CTO @ Compass Digital Labs

Scott is the Chief Technology Officer at Compass Digital Labs.
He oversees the technology strategy for the company and leads a team of world class designers, product managers, engineers and data scientists. His mission is to create amazing experiences for the consumers through Digital.

Over the last few years at Compass Digital Labs, he has led teams that have created mobile products, data insight products and artificial intelligence products. These products are used in various industry verticals that spans from healthcare, higher education to corporate customers.

Scott has more than 15 years of experience developing technology. He was a lead technologist in Technology Development in Bell Canada,
the largest telecommunications company in Canada. He also spent time building an internal consulting team in Allstream that drove internal business transformation projects. One of the significant transformation
that he lead was in the area of demand generation in Marketing and Sales in Allstream.


Kyle Collier
Cofounder and CEO @ Phaze.io

Kyle is passionate about how we interact with new technology and the psychology behind why. He believes in 'psychology over technology' and enjoys exciting others with his unconventional approaches to not only solving problems, but reframing questions with an inverted perspective.

His background: Uwaterloo System Design Engineer, Serial Entrepreneur, Behavioural Engineer, Product Manager, Certified Blockchain Expert (CBE), Project Management Professional (PMP), Blockchain Educator.


Coaches and Mentors


Karla Vilhelem
Blockchain Marketing, PR, & BD @ Ambisafe Financial

Karla is a marketing professional passionate by social innovation. She works along Ambisafe, a leading Blockchain Solutions Provider from San Francisco who specializes in helping Blockchain startups reach their goals through token sale campaigns. Karla is also part of the CryptoChicks organization, a Blockchain Community who focuses on educating women around the world about this new technology.


Adam Bullied
Director, Product Strategy & Innovation @ RBC

A tech PM for almost 20 years, ran two startups, been apart of ~8 in total in TO, Vancouver, Los Angeles. Currently at RBC working on startup innovation.


Rohan Nair
Senior Technology Director @ Highline Beta

Rohan is an entrepreneur, technical leader and polyglot software developer with a deep passion for building useful products. Rohan is currently Sr. Technology Director at Highline BETA where he uses his extensive technical and startup experience to co-create new ventures with big corporations. Rohan has previously lead product and technology teams at Pungle Payments, ObjectiveIQ, Terapeak, and Well.ca.


Nick Seelert
Co-Founder & CTO @ Senso.ai

Nick pioneered the Neurocomputing Machine Learning program at Brock University, which provided him with a foundation to solve time-based problems using artificial intelligence. Nick also worked in the mortgage industry, helping lenders optimize their retention process using data science and machine learning.


Sergey Kalnish
Founder & CEO @ SmartHire.io

Sergey built SmartHire, a Talent Acquisition Technology company. His Peer Candidate Rating and Recruiting Platform is WAGE, powered by an ERC20 Utility Token allows companies to quickly identify, engage and hire top talent.


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.


Ken Liao
Engineering Partner @ Blockstack

Ken Liao is an engineering partner at Blockstack, where he works on the Blockstack browser and the Blockstack libraries. Before Blockstack, he was a co-founder of the mobile fashion marketplace PR-A-PO. And he holds a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo.


Rohan Pinto
CEO @1Kosmos BlockID

Senior Identity and Access Management Architect specialized in architecting, implementing and deploying large-scale Identity Management, Authentication and Authorization (RBAC,ABAC, RiskBAC,TrustBAC) infrastructures with specific emphasis in Security. Strong technologist with both the strategic vision and tactical intelligence to lead technology-based growth initiatives grounded solidly on business value.


Kyle Collier
Cofounder and CEO @ Phaze.io

Kyle is passionate about how we interact with new technology and the psychology behind why. He believes in 'psychology over technology' and enjoys exciting others with his unconventional approaches to not only solving problems, but reframing questions with an inverted perspective.

His background: Uwaterloo System Design Engineer, Serial Entrepreneur, Behavioural Engineer, Product Manager, Certified Blockchain Expert (CBE), Project Management Professional (PMP), Blockchain Educator.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Toronto - Blockchain, Crypto, and AI 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

  • Camille
    McInnis
  • Edwin
    Frondozo
  • Astawa
    Alam
  • Sajjad
    Thaika
  • Aqeela
    Somani

Facilitators


Shane Reiser
Partner

Former COO of Startup Weekend. Facilitated over 100. Doing about 2/year now. Maybe yours?

Event Staff


Gabriela Alcina
Digital Marketing Project Delivery

Gabriella has digital marketing down! Ask her about design or the ins and outs of online marketing.


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