Global Startup Weekend Artificial Intelligence (AI)

    Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017

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Global Startup Weekend Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017

Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Mustard Seed
2/F Emperor Group Centre
288 Hennessy Road
Wan Chai, Hong Kong

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Global Startup Weekend Artificial Intelligence

About Techstars Startup Weekend: Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.

Global Startup Weekend is a once a year special edition of Techstars Startup Weekend where every events around the world for that weekend share one theme, and this year's theme is Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Global Startup Weekend AI is a global initiative to make this vertical event more diverse, inclusive, and impactful by removing barriers. Boosting and connecting communities everywhere to organize their own SWAI and empower their ecosystems to tackle problems using AI.

Over the same 2 weekends, over 15 cities will organise a SWAI in their local community. Everyone will be connected throughout the world, with Global Mentors, facilitators & organizers.

And if we hustled and changed the codes together? It’s time for AI now, but not many people know how to use it, let alone implement it in their products. We’re bringing together great mentors to help you step it up. The world needs more vibrant deep tech startups. This can be done if we work together to build a more distributed global startup ecosystem, educated and prepared to tackle innovation’s challenges.

In just 54 hours, participants will form teams, brainstorm, design a product, validate their business idea and pitch in front of experienced judges on Sunday evening. Throughout the weekend, there will be highs and lows, frustrations and moments of triumph, but some people will meet their co-founder at the event, and some teams will even move on to start a company after the event. Win or lose, we are certain that new lessons will be learnt, ideas will be tested, limits will be pushed and lives will be changed forever.

To spice things up, we will be having a few special activities: party and warm up games on Friday night to break the ice and form your teams!! On Sat, we will be inviting awesome mentors and guests down to interact with the teams so please seek their advice and opinions! In the true spirit of Startup Weekend, we will be bringing in local startups, budding founders and cool companies to sponsor, showcase and network with you! Remember, Startup Weekend is a time for experiential learning, networking and building your personal brand!

Startup Weekend has a strong brand in Hong Kong. Globally, it has touched more than 1140 cities and its alumni consists of more than 480,000 entrepreneurs in 10 years.

It is for everyone, whether you are working corporate, building your own startup, having a career as a professional clown, a mechanic, a designer, coder or student, everyone can contribute in their own way. We are open to teams forming before the event, but we strongly recommend you to form your team on Friday night and work on an idea then. Startup Weekend is designed to embrace diversity, creating a conducive environment for anyone to turn their concepts into companies! So give it a go, you'll never know what magic can happen over a weekend!

Build your network
Startup Weekend attracts the best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.

Actually launch a business
You as a participant of this event and the presenter of your idea can join this community to actually work upon your idea and build your business under guidance and support of global, national and local supporters and collaborators. Take your idea to prototype.   

Get face time with thought leaders 
Get one-on-one time with the experienced startup community leaders and mentors. Meet and get valuable feedback from a panel of judges and startup coaches.

Join a global community 
Startup Weekend alumni span across all the continents and scores of cities.   

Startup Weekends are all about learning through the art of creating. Build your own strategy and test it as you go.

Participation Fees 
Tickets are priced at HKD$350 (Early Bird discount at HKD$280 until Sep 8 midnight) - for all the participants. This includes a beautiful t-shirt, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners, with loads of Energy drinks and snacks to keep you going all weekend long.   

Bring your friends, form a team, and hack a startup in 54 hours. 

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Friday September 29th

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 September 30th

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 1st

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Gerardo Salandra
CEO and founder of Rocketbots

CEO and founder of Rocketbots (, a Hong Kong based company specialized in developing AI-powered chatbot solutions. With previous experience in IBM, Google and several fast-growing startups, he has accumulated profound expertise in artificial intelligence, growth hacking, and digital marketing. Former Head of Growth at NDN Group, leading the marketing technology and business automation initiatives. He is a professional corporate trainer for digital automation, big data analytics, and artificial intelligence. With previous experience as a corporate consultant for multinational corporations in customer engagement, covering account based marketing, performance metrics, and social CRM. He holds an MBA from the CUHK and Bachelor from the Reutlingen University in Germany.

Jaclyn Tsui
Partner at Altitude Labs

Jaclyn is the Co-founder and Partner of Altitude Labs (, a digital transformation consulting firm with core expertise in empowering enterprises to evolve and develop innovation with greater business agility. To date, their client portfolio includes some of Asia and America's largest tech and gaming companies servicing over 100M+ users. Their portfolio company, Metisa (, a predictive intelligence and personalisation tool is now using data science to help the world's largest retail brands create repeatable uplift in sales.

Jeanne Lim
Chief Marketing Officer of Hanson Robotics Limited

Jeanne Lim is the Chief Marketing Officer of Hanson Robotics which creates extremely humanlike robots. She has over 20 years of experience in technology marketing and was the Asia Pacific marketing director for Dell, Cisco-Tandberg, 3Com, as well as headed up corporate marketing for an internet startup. She was the business manager for Apple in Asia Pacific and was responsible for the launch of many of Apple’s groundbreaking products. She holds a Ph.D from the Energy Medicine University, an MBA from the HKUST, and a BA from UC Berkeley. She is an angel investor and a board member of several startup companies, and a board member of Himalayan Consensus Institute.

Anik Dey
Co-founder & Head of Product of

Anik is the Head of Product at EMOS. He holds BEng and MPhil degrees in Electronic and Computer Engineering from HKUST and is focused on translating his extensive research in deep learning for speech and emotion recognition into creating immersive and engaging human-computer interactive systems. Anik has served as the project lead for Moodbox, the world's first smart speaker employing state-of-the-art emotionally intelligent design to provide a highly customized user experience, and Zara the Supergirl, an interactive dialog system for detecting user's emotion and personality from natural conversation, which debuted at the "Robots in Action" exhibition at the World Economic Forum in 2015.

Raymond Yip
Co-Founder & CEO of Clickful

Raymond Yip is the co-founder and CEO of Clickful, an AI-powered online advertising solution for businesses in Asia. He is also the Entrepreneur-in-Residence of Mind Fund, an early-stage VC based in Hong Kong. Formerly he was the co-founder and CEO of Shopline, a startup that was accelerated by 500 Startups in Silicon Valley. Shopline is an online e-commerce platform that allows small businesses in Asia to launch online stores. Raymond is also a UI/UX and graphic designer. Prior to startups, he has managed product design and engineering for Fortune 500 companies between the U.S. and Asia over an extensive career in technology.

Coaches and Mentors

Louisa Zhang
Vice President at Vectr Ventures

Louisa is the VP of Growth at Vectr Ventures, a HK based venture capital firm focusing on early stage investing, focusing on portfolio management, business development and growth. Previously as the city launcher for Memebox, a series C e-commerce startup, she has experience working with startups to define go-to-market strategy, growth plans, marketing and operations, as well as team building. Professional web surfer, DIY/arduino fanatic, swimwear designer; with a passion for technology, entrepreneurship, maker tinker.

Sherman Lee
Co-founder at Rocco AI

Sherman loves connecting about startups, technology, remote working, and growth marketing. Sharing hard lessons learned working with 3K+ brands via @GoodAudience and @Rocco_AI. Insights on building a sustainable business from London, San Francisco, and Hong Kong.

Sam Ameen
Entrepreneur | Digital Marketer | Forbes Contributor

Sam Ameen is an entrepreneur and digital marketer. He helps startups scale using unique growth hacking & user acquisition strategies. He's the Head of Digital Marketing for Betatron (a startup accelerator providing seed funding and mentorship) and IC Studio (a startup incubator building the technology side of startups). He also covers Hong Kong startups for Forbes Magazine.

Efstratios Tsougenis
Founder of Orasis A.I.

Dr. TSOUGENIS Efstratios, an experienced A.I. engineer and entrepreneur, he is co-founder of Toloscope which provides IoT and Video Analytics solutions in Retail Industry; founder of Orasis A.I., an A.I. consultancy company focusing in Computer Vision; co-founder of Jellyfish A.I., a collective of Computer Vision and Deep Learning Ph.D. engineers providing consultancy to high-tech companies. Orasis A.I. surveillance solution was one of the finalist on B4B Challenge 2016. In addition, Efstratios is a guest speaker for A.I events where he introduces new A.I. technologies to the industry. He served as judge and mentor for Hackust (largest hackathon in China organized by HKUST) and Brinc Accelerator (for Drones), respectively.

Kirill Pavlov
Data Scientist, Terminal 1

Kirill has graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology with the major in machine learning. He started his career in Yandex, largest Russian search engine, working on advertisement relevancy prediction. With experience in both analytics and software engineering, he then moved to Hong Kong to work as a team lead in multi-channel advertisement management system. Later he joined Asia Miles data science team and applied machine learning techniques in the enterprise. Currently, Kirill is working in Terminal 1, Recruitment tech company bringing data science into talent sourcing process. He is passionate about machine learning and open source projects.

Candice Adams
Founder and UX Designer of Invisible Design

Candice has been designing experiences for over 6 years and recently started her own UX design company. With her passion for invisible design and psychology, a background in marketing, and a default for optimizing experiences everywhere, Candice uses her UX powers mostly for good. Prior to her design company, Candice was the UX Design Lead at a local software company, where she designed web interfaces and apps (for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android), and managed conversion rate optimization projects. You may sometimes find Candice sitting at dog parks in case one of the dogs asks for a new home.

Jessica Pang
UX Strategist & Storyteller at

UX Strategist passionate on all things consumer, insight and strategy. I enjoy crafting great experiences previously in retail and currently the travel industry. I've told data-driven stories at an airline loyalty program, crafted empathetic design solutions and have wonderful chronicles of my hackathons and travels. Learn more at!

Matt O'Connor
Co-founder of

Matt R O'Connor is a Hong Kong based full stack developer, media creative, and certified Professional Scrum Master (PSM I) and Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO I). He has managed teams of 30+ employees, overseen algorithmic trading for a $157 billion USD portfolio, and been published in print and online for a variety of publications, most notably The New York Times. His expertise include web based languages, Agile, Scrum, finance, mindfulness, and creative content. Deep learning and AI are particular areas of personal interest and current growth.

Senior Consultant of PALO IT Hong Kong

A technology enthusiast and a Fintech entrepreneur, Guillaume has over nine years of experience as a development and support engineer in the financial services industry. In 2015 he co-founded and headed GSG, a startup company member of the HK Science Park Incu-Tech program that provides automated trading solutions of foreign exchange products to retail investors. He recently joined PALO IT Hong Kong as a Senior Consultant.

Michal Szczecinski
Head of Analytics, Data Scientist at GoGoVan

Michal is Head of Analytics and Data Science at GoGoVan. Previously he worked in data teams of  PwC, NaturalMotion and Zynga. He was Founder of Artificial Intelligence Oxford and Quantified Self Oxford meetup groups.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Global Startup Weekend Artificial Intelligence (AI) team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Felix Wong
Community Manager, Greater China at Techstars

Felix is a young entrepreneur, community builder and growth hacker in Hong Kong, Greater China and Asia Pacific. He is the Community Manager of Greater China at Techstars, a worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Since 2015, he has facilitated over 50 Techstars Startup Programs regionally, including Startup Weekend, Startup Week, corporate innovation program and regional summit.

He started his career at Ricoh as a Data Scientist working with many multi-national companies in data strategy and digital transformation. As part of his startup passion, he co-founded and led 3 fast growing startups prior to joining Techstars. He co-founded Cloudbreakr aiming to bridge the gap between influencer marketing, data analytics, social media and advertising agencies. He also held position leading growth strategy at The Wave’s integrated startup platform in terms of growth marketing, user acquisition strategy and for-purpose event management. After that, he joined Abtitu as the Director of Growth leading product strategy, UI/ UX design and technical project implementation.

Felix graduated from The University of Bath in Mathematical Science and received a master degree in Marketing from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

He is deeply involved in helping both young founders and the startup community thrives. He always put forward new ideas if only more time to implement them. In his spare time he loves playing football, cooking pasta and transform his imaginations into reality by Lego.

Event Staff

Jane Yip
Project Manager of Ixelera

Belinda Esterhammer
Co-Founder, Director at Springboard Group Ltd

Eddie Suen
Partner at MACLEAN'S

Entrepreneurship enthusiastic.

Tiffany Chung
Digital Marketing Specialist at WGSN

Victoria Duthie
Data Science Analyst, Lane Crawford

Victoria is a Data Science Analyst in Lane Crawford’s Customer Insights team with a strong focus on applying, developing and deploying predictive models within omni-channel retail.

Prior to joining Lane Crawford, she started her career in Performance Marketing then later Advertising at iProspect and Havas respectively.

Graduating from King’s College London with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Tsinghua University with a Master of Laws (LLM), she is a strong proponent of self-learning and adopting a multi-disciplinary, stakeholder-first approach in enterprise AI implementation.    

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