Techstars Startup Weekend Hong Kong Fashion 2.0

    Friday, December 8 - 10, 2017

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Techstars Startup Weekend Hong Kong Fashion 2.0

Friday, December 8 - 10, 2017

Friday, December 8 - 10, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Campfire Creative Hong Kong
5/F Remex Centre
42 Wong Chuk Hang Road
Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong

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Create solutions that impact how humans evolve and disrupt the fashion industry

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!

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Friday December 8th

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 December 9th

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 December 10th

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!

Event Judges

Kevin Johan Wong
CEO & Co-founder of Origami Labs

Kevin Wong is the Co-Founder and CEO of Origami Labs, a wearable device company has launched the world's first wireless voice powered smart ring. Driven to push the boundaries of what defines wearables, Kevin and team aim to create screen free products that balance the fine line between function and freedom. He leads the team's innovation, investor outreach, coffee consumption, and R&D/tinkering efforts.

Tamim Batcha
Founder & CEO - SpotHelp & Cubpass | Head of Community - Campfire Collaborative Spaces | Partner & COO - GoGet

An entrepreneur at heart, he did his first hustle at the young age of 12. He has never had a JOB - Just Over Broke by his definition. Tamim has always had a passion for building businesses - core up. Having always been a problem solver with ideas that aren't the industry norm, he founded SpotHelp - a personal assistance on demand & merged it with GoGet to grow into servicing 3 cities with over 4500 verified GoGetters. He's the Head of Community & Sales at Campfire - Collaborative Spaces.

Sarah Fung
Founder at HULA

Founded by Sarah Fung in 2016, HULA is a highly curated online marketplace for pre-owned designer womenswear, with coveted pieces up to 95% off retail and where sellers are by-invite-only ‘industry insiders’. A graduate of renowned Central St. Martins, Sarah spans over 20 years in the fashion industry, previously designing her own lingerie and swim label in the U.K (stocked at Colette, Selfridges and Browns Focus) followed by a 9 year stint at Lane Crawford in Hong Kong (last role as Head of Creative Collaborations).  

Having experienced both sides of the industry, Sarah understands the efforts that go into one piece; from design, production to market, making it HULA’s mission to help prolong the life of well-designed fashion pieces and help reduce textile waste - the second largest pollutant worldwide. To make fashion an industry which is kind to both people and the environment, HULA offers 5% of its profits to partnered charities ranging from environmental to human trafficking NGOs.

Coaches and Mentors

Hayley Lyla
Founder of Studio 179 and This is Faded | Social Media Content Creator @179cmandup | Digital Marketing Consultant

Creative & digital entrepreneur, Web designer and tech-savvy fashionista, Hayley is the founder of Studio 179 - Squarespace design & development studio for blogs & ecommerce. She also created This Is Faded - Lifestyle macbook skin that matches your outfit. 
You can find her blogging on"179CM & UP' on the hunt for the city's best style, or exploring incredible locations for food and coffee to her 30,000+ social media followers. 
She was formerly the PR executive of Ogilvy & Mather. Entrepreneur in Residence at Mettā with over 14 years of experience in fashion buying and digital marketing. Hayley collaborates with fashion brands for act direction, styling and photo shoot and also provides private consultations on branding. 

Olivia Lee
Digital Publisher and Co-founder of The Closeteur

Hailing from Canada, Olivia is an entrepreneur with a passion for fashion and technology. Her professional experience includes 3+ years as the brand manager of the luxury Swiss watch brand Parmigiani; a director of a professional fundraising company that has raised over USD 20M for charities in Hong Kong and Asia. She is a contributor writer on international publications, is an opinion leader on topics such as technology and luxury.
In 2015 she created and co-founded The Closeteur Magazine, Hong Kong's first interactive and digital magazine dedicated to fashion and conscious lifestyle.

Pauline Cheung
Program Coordinator at Greater Bay Ventures

Hailing from Toronto, Pauline isn’t sorry about being Hong Kong. Passionate about grassroots development and nurturing the social fabric of community, she is active in the Hong Kong entrepreneurial sphere. Mettā Catalyst, Hong Kong Girl Guides Hibiscus District Commissioner, and avid Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner outside of her regular 9-5, Pauline is deeply rooted in the Hong Kong community and works towards growing and sharing this network.

Regina Larko
Host and Producer of #impact Podcast

Regina Larko, Host & Producer of #impact Podcast Vienna-born Regina Larko is a University of Vienna graduate (MSc China Studies) and started her career working in the event industry before joining the Shanghai office of a German Think Tank as a Researcher and Programme Manager. She led conference programmes on international relations and headed the China offices' scholarship initiative. After relocating to Hong Kong in 2014, she supported clients like The Economist Events with programme curation and speaker acquisition as well as Jumpstart Magazine with content creation, marketing and events. In early 2017 she launched #impact Podcast, a weekly interview series featuring Hong Kong's most inspiring sustainability, impact initiatives and social startups with the vision to help organisations like the environmental fashion NGO Redress to reach a wider audience and funders. She is passionate about businesses with impact, community building and great conversations over a perfect cup of coffee.

Paola Cortese
Founder of LoopUnite! Zero waste activist

Paola Cortese is a zero waster who has managed to fill all her waste in 2017 into a glass jar. She is also the Founder of LoopUnite! - the world's first Zero Waste Hub. LoopUnite! is a digital platform with a vision is to be the go to ‘glocal’ hub: educating the need for a waste free environment by practicing the Zero Waste lifestyle with our workshops and consultation programmes, and offering the most sustainable retail experience to all, by curating selections of zero-waste-ready retailers (Loop Tribe Leaders), and guided by the highest standard of sustainability - the Circular Economy standard.

Astor Chan
Founder of Solution in One & Asteria Consultancy

Astor is the Founder of Solution in One, a consulting company providing legal one-stop-shop solution in Asia. she is passionate about building a legal team that truly understands business and creates innovative strategies.

Having managed countless business deals throughout Asia, Astor was reminded just how small the world is getting due to fast-growing technology. Her experience meeting and collaborating with many brilliant professionals in the region was the impetus for launching Solution in One in Asia.

Before starting her own consulting business, Astor was the General Counsel of Fortune 500 corporations and Hong Kong listed companies focusing on Asia Pacific Region.

Michelle Lee
Digital and E-Commerce Consultant | Founder of Keungzai and Capsule Society

British born Digital Marketing & E-commerce consultant with over 10 years of experience in fashion retail and e-commerce. Her experience stems from buying, product development to production through to marketing, e-commerce development and operations. 

Michelle began her career in womenswear buying at and moved on to develop skills in visual merchandising and PR. An entrepreneur at heart, Michelle started her own womenswear and maternity label Keungzai in 2011 offering premium, ethically sourced and UK manufactured investment pieces for modern women. The brand sold online and offline through international boutiques from New York to Paris to Hong Kong. 
More recently Michelle led the rebrand and successful China market entry for start-up maternity brand Mayarya. Michelle is now consulting various clients within fashion to homeware industries, leading branding and e-commerce development for startups and SMEs.

Jackaline Tang
Head of Membership & Community - Mettā

Jackaline currently heads up Membership & Community for Mettā - an entrepreneurs startup connecting platform founded in HK.  In this role, she is responsible for helping members - a lot of them startups to make valuable connections within the Mettā community to help them scale up their businesses.  She is a passionate believer in the need for collaborative efforts.  Her passion for working with startups comes from her previous work as a freelance consultant for SMEs and startups in HK.  Her experience covers corporate HR, operations, head hunting and digital marketing.  Jackaline also has experience with setting up offices for startups in HK.  As a digital marketer, Jackaline has worked with global brands such as Marks & Spencer HK.

Josie Tam
Product Manager, Tech Entrepreneur, TEDx Speaker

Love, Fashion and Technology. She’s 3 Feet 11″ of dynamite that keeps everything at a fashion-tech startup organized and moving forward. From styling events to fixing bugs, Josie creates tools, resources and environments to test assumptions and foster innovation that is disrupting the fashion industry. A genuine Hong Kong native, Josie received her Masters in IT Management from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and has more than 10 years of management and professional experience ranging from project management, business process improvement and software development with industry leaders including TAL. Josie is an extremely passionate individual that is willing to go the extra mile to get things done. Her passion for technology expands far beyond the streets of Hong Kong and she is constantly looking for ways to revolutionize the technology industry. 

Jen Loong
Founder of Wandersnap

Founder + CEO of visual platform WanderSnap, previously brought lululemon then TOMS into China

Andrew Lin
Co-founder of 4HK and LiMEHK

Andrew moved from Vancouver to Hong Kong in 2010 after finishing his marketing bachelor degree at the University of British Columbia with a minor in economics. Worked in 4A agency and dealt with corporates such as Hong Kong Disneyland, Lane Crawford, SONY & Citi. Climbed his way up in the industry to become a digital marketing and branding guru.
Passionate about the startup scene and with his experience in the digital field, he started his first venture 4HK - committed to providing a holistic approach to help startups and entrepreneurs with expanding their business and gaining traction. Tim Burton, Woaw Store, ClubMed, Breitling were a few brands under company portfolio. As the business connections widen, he began coaching and mentoring startups focusing on marketing and business development.
Andrew and his partners founded LimeHK which is an accelerator specializing in early-stage local startups. With the help of many peers and professionals, LimeHK has become one of the fastest growing accelerators in Hong Kong and is supported by many partners and ventures alike.

Patrick Leung
Co-founder of 4HK | Program Director of LiMEHK

Patrick is a Hong Kong serial entrepreneur and has launched business in media, tech and marketing space.  He believes the beauty of bootstrapping , he founded and ran a successful digital marketing agency - 4HK which specialises in providing digital creative solutions for brands and startups.  4HK got its fame for helping the legendary director Tim Burton for his epic art tour.  He is so passionate about the local startup field that he co-founded an acceleration program LimeHK with senior management and successful business mentors to help early stage startups to survive .   He is also the co-founder of TheRoot system, an intelligent human resources tech that match freelance tasks with right talents.  He has been guest speaker in PolyU and CUHK sharing about startup and marketing.   Prior to his entrepreneurship , he served and consulted numbers of corporate clients like Wyndham Hotel group , Ramada, Serta,  DBS , Ocean Park and many more for creative digital marketing.

What he believes in Entrepreneurship or Startup Survival is that it is not some crazy dark art but hard-work and hustle. It's about trying lots of different things and seeing what works for you, he treats himself as a friend instead of mentors nor coaches to share about what he has been engaged.  Patrick is also an active columnist writing about HK culture and demo song lyricist for his own leisure sake.

Frederik Goossens
Senior User Experience Designer

Frederik is a technical and creative thinker with years of experience in user experience design, user research, and business analysis. With a Masters of Science degree in Commercial Sciences, he is also a certified UX designer and product owner. Frederik has worked with client as BT, Westpac, HSBC, and Manulife, and he has enjoyed working throughout the world in Belgium, UK, Australia, and Hong Kong.

He co-founded a premium second hand fashion platform in 2012 and was a participant of Startup Weekend HKBU 2016 where his team won the "design and execution award".

Shawn Griffin
Consultant at SPG Art & Creative

Originally from St.Louis, Missouri, Shawn is a Hong Kong based Creative Consultant, Photographer, and Social Media Marketer. After completing his MFA in Photography at SCAD in Hong Kong, Shawn has built his career developing content for major brands including Devialet, Kate Spade New York, Nestle, AMEX, Prudential, and Lululemon. His clientele for social media management has included Kate Spade New York, Mon Petit, Nestle Hong Kong, and Song Saa Private Island. He is also an active artist and has exhibited in over 15 exhibitions, 4 print publications, choreographed 2 performance works, and holds a series in The Mahjong Hong Kong's current exhibition collection. He has also been asked to contribute as a fine art curator for events at Google's Hong Kong office, The Economist's Gallery of Numbers, and as an art historical contributor for Racked Magazine.

Floris Vermeulen
Founder of Better Than Flower | Business Development Manager at Key2Cell

Founder of BetterThanFlowers,  Startup Weekend Organizer & SW winner & Entrepreneur & Startup Enthusiast

Luke Albest
Lead UX/UI designer at Brite advisors

Luke is a British-Seychellois UI/UX designer, motivator based in Hong Kong.  Luke has worked with global brands including Skullcandy, Baia & WOW app in a wide range of capacities.

Amanda Coote

Amanda is the co-founder of Australian fashion retailer Forever New. She led the company for the first seven years as Managing Director - from conception of brand vision and business plan in 2005, to start-up in January 2006, then through prolific growth into 8 countries with 2,500 employees and over 300 stores. In 2013 Amanda established Forever New's corporate responsibility programme and philanthropic foundation, initially supporting YGAP and Save the Children. In 2014 she established the Forever New Scholarship at RMIT University, awarding one scholarship in 2014 and two in 2015. Amanda exited Forever New in August 2015 to complete her Executive Master of Arts at the University of Melbourne and pursue interests in social enterprise, start ups and angel investing. Together with the Wade Institute, she established the first Impact Entrepreneurship Scholarship for candidates entering the Master of Entrepreneurship degree at the University of Melbourne, with one student awarded $25,000 each year. Amanda has been a Melbourne Accelerator Program mentor since 2014 and is a leading advisor on MAP's Impact Entrepreneurship initiatives, having served as a founder member on the advisory board. In her spare time she mentors female entrepreneurs in Africa through YGAP’s YHER program, an organisation she supports both financially and with her personal time. 

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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.

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