Startup Weekend Prague - Public Services

    Friday, October 12 - 14, 2018

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Startup Weekend Prague - Public Services

Friday, October 12 - 14, 2018

Friday, October 12 - 14, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Na Příkopě 854/14
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00

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Join the first Public Services Startup Weekend in Czech Republic.

Technology created a lot of space for improvement in public services. Do you have an idea what to do about do it? Attend Startup Weekend Prague and make it happened. SW is a great platform for meeting new people, building and launching new products.
Startup Weekend Prague – Public Services #SWPrague brings together people of all skill sets and experience levels to reimagine the future of public services or simply irritate the current state. Over the course of this action-oriented weekend, you will be able to design solutions, tools, and learning spaces to address public services most pressing issues and turn an idea into a startup/solution in just 54 hours.

At #SWPrague you will be able to connect with business professionals, designers, students, developers and domain experts (majors, public service solution experts, etc.) to conceptualize and build viable products, services, and public services solutions that can revolutionize the ways in which we interact with government and its services today. Join us to explore how innovation can disrupt inequities in public sector. We highly encourage public sector representatives to join us. You’re the experts. You see the problems day-to-day. You know the best what is needed. 

About Startup Weekend: Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.  Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Videos from the previous SWPrague: 
Video from last SWPrague
Video from SWPrague Education

We are social: 
Twitter:  @swprague Facebook: @StartupWeekendPrague

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Friday October 12th

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 13th

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 14th

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

Pavel Jiránek
Analyst at Credo Ventures

Pavel returned to Credo Ventures as an analyst in January 2017 after he took part in the internship program back in 2015. Currently, he is pursuing a Master's degree in International Management at CEMS. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration at the State University of New York. His main fields of interest are finance and business development. Pavel is also very passionate about aviation and is a holder of a pilot license.

Coaches and Mentors

Daniel Hejl
Founder & CTO at productboard

Daniel is a founder and CTO at productboard - a product management platform that helps discover and prioritise features people really want. He spent years talking to product managers and startup founders across the globe to learn the best practices for user research, market segmentation and how to develop a winning product strategy. Prior to that, Daniel worked at Silicon Valley startups as well as Czech corporations, including Česká spořitelna, where he led the development of an award winning enterprise social network. 

Darya Hvizdalova
Project Manager at GoodAI

Daria's mission in GoodAI is shaping AI ecosystem in CEE to empower the research on general-purpose AI - software that can learn, be creative, and adapt to the environment in the way a human does. This is done via various activities, lectures, events and projects both for research and businesses - such as General AI Challenge, an international citizen science project launched by GoodAI with $5mil in prizes. With background in IT management consulting and business development in Russia, Belgium and Czech Republic, Daria can offer a unique combination of business and technical expertise.

Michal Šimonfy
Designer at Represent

Michal is an experienced product designer and software engineer currently working at Represent, a crowdfunding platform for influencers. He's passionate about all emerging products, especially those with potential social impact. 

He's a co-founder of - an established platform which allows citizens to report problems to local municipalities and his work has been recognized by New Europe 100 - a list of innovators from Central and Eastern Europe. 

He will be able to help you prototype and validate your idea. 

Barbora Buhnova
Associate Professor at Masaryk University

Bara Buhnova is an Associate Professor at Masaryk University, Faculty of Informatics (FI MU) in Brno, acting in the management of the Association of Industrial Partners of FI MU (30 companies), being deputy chair of the Department of Computer Systems and Communications at FI MU (with 20 professors), leading multiple research teams at both FI MU (software architecture, smart cities) and the Institute of Computer Science of MU (big data analytics), serving in the Academic Senate, organizing conferences around the globe (this year being part of the core organizing team of ICSA 2018 and ICSE 2018, besides others), and still spending much of her time outside the university. She enjoys breaking stereotypes, especially when it comes to girls in tech, which is why she is in the management of the Czechitas non-profit organization (acting as Technology and Course Development director), whose aim is to inspire and empower new talents for stronger diversity in tech, mainly via making IT skills more accessible to youth and women of any age (reaching to 8000+ graduates from their courses so far).

Organizing Team

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

  • Zuzana
  • Martin
  • Kateřina
  • Petr
  • Vendula


Jernej Dekleva
Co-Founder of Norvai - Nordic Venture and Innovation

Jernej is originally from Slovenia and has been living in Copenhagen, Denmark for his last 5 years. He is a Co-Founder of Norvai - Nordic Venture and Innovation, where together with corporates are bringing new startup projects, services and experiences to the market. He attended his first Startup Weekend in 2012 and he is an organizer of Startup Weekend Copenhagen since 2014. 

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