StartupWeekend Space: Shanghai

    Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015

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StartupWeekend Space: Shanghai

Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015

Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015
Event starts at 5:00 pm

GoEast Language Center
No 194-196 Zhengmin Road
Shanghai, China

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Become a SPACE entrepreneur

On April 10-12th 2015, we invite you to join us over an extended weekend in Shanghai where you will work in teams to formulate space ideas, work intensively on them and finally pitch them to a panel of judges and investors. You will be supported by leaders in the global space community: entrepreneurs, academics, policy experts and business leaders. Over the three intense days they will provide mentorship, helping your idea translate into an actual business.

But I am not a space engineer or scientist, how can I contribute?
Innovation is not possible without outside influence. Success in the space sector hinges on the input from all disciplines. If you are an artist, marketer, planner, programmer, lawyer, economist or educator, you too have a role. Join us in shaping the future of  the most challenging, rewarding and fundamentally important industry possible!

It sounds great! Why haven’t I heard about this before?
StartupWeekend Space is the first event of its kind in Asia! We feel that the commercial space sector is stagnant and conservative. We want to enable the broader public to shake it up a bit, to bring in some new faces to town!

I love it. But I don’t have an idea!
It’s not just about the idea, it’s about the team! Teams are formed around top ideas pitched on the first day, so you can contribute your expertise and experience to the business idea that inspires you most. Everyone counts at StartupWeekend Space!

Are there any prizes?

1st Place Prize
The Space Angels Network will provide the 1st place team with a two-hour intensive coaching session using a dedicated and capable online platform to help the winning team prepare their business plan for presentation in the SAN monthly "Deal Alert” - SAN’s primary method for communicating deals to their network - at a time agreed upon by SAN and winning team. The coaching session for the winning team will be run by Chad Anderson, Managing Director of the Space Angels Network, or by another designated senior member of Chad Anderson’s team. 

In addition, Servcorp will provide the winning team with 6 months of global virtual office and 4 days per month of real office space, at any Servcorp location around the world. Perfect for meeting with new clients or investors! 第一名奖品:世服宏图提供6个月的全球虚拟办公室,以及每个月四天的实体办公空间,可选择全球任意世服宏图办公地点,是会见新客户以及投资人的完美空间。

1st - 3rd Place Prizes
2,000 RMB QingCloud account balance for each of the top 3 teams. QingCloud offers Cloud IaaS services and solutions to enterprise customers. 第一名至第三名奖品:青云QingCloud为前三名团队各提供价值2,000元的青云QingCloud充值。青云QingCloud为客户提供企业级云服务和解决方案。

All Teams
QingCloud is providing 200 RMB account balance to every team for Cloud hosting. Please contact our QingCloud representative in person or email to claim your prize.

Servcorp is giving 2 months of virtual office space to every team. Please contact our Servcorp representative to register for your prize

About Startup Weekend
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest global community of passionate entrepreneurs; as of November 2014, 1,900 events have been held, involving over 150,000 entrepreneurs across more than 500 cities in over 127 countries and over 10,000 startups have been created.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 500 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long events to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

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Friday April 10th

5:00 pm
OPTIONAL: Live Streaming of Speakers
Come early and watch the speakers from our partner event in Bremen, Germany. Speeches will be given by: Frank Salzgeber (Head of Technology Transfer Office at ESA), Chris Boshuizen (CTO at Planet Labs), and Martin Gunthner (Bremen Senator).

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 April 11th

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 April 12th

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

Nathan Kaiser
Asia Hub Representative of Space Angels Network; Partner at Eiger Law

Nathan has over 15 years of professional experience in the Greater China area, i.e. Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong and Taipei. A trailblazer in exposing the potential of Asia’s space industry, Nathan was the first Asian-based member of the Space Angels Network and subsequently became its Asia Hub Representative. The Space Angels’ Hong Kong hub serves as the Greater China area’s point of contact for the organization. Nathan regularly speaks at and hosts events pertaining to early-stage investments in Asia’s nascent high-tech industry, ranging from aerospace to fintech. As a founding partner of the noted firm Eiger, Nathan spends his time in the Greater China area, with regular visits to Europe, advising clients in investment, corporate law, commercial trade and commercial disputes. He serves on the board of companies in Greater China, as well as in his native Switzerland. Originally from Solothurn, Switzerland, Nathan studied in Lausanne, Strasbourg and St. Gallen. Prior to coming to Asia, he worked in Zurich, Lausanne and Paris. 

Shufan Wu
Principal Engineer and Director of New Technology Department, Shanghai Engineering Centre for Microsatellites

Dr. Shufan Wu is currently with the Chinese Academy of Science, Shanghai Engineering Centre for Microsatellites (SECM), working in the domain of micro and nano satellite technologies and engineering. He graduated with a PhD from the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) in 1990. He worked in NUAA as an associate professor (1993-1998) and full professor (1998-2002). From 1995 to 1996 he was with the Technical University of Braunschweig in Germany as a Humboldt research fellow. In 1999 he worked as a research fellow for the Technical University of Delft, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, the Netherlands. From 2000-2002 he worked as a research follow for small satellite technologies in the Surrey University, Surrey Space Centre, Guildford, U.K. From April 2002 to May 2013 he worked as a senior spacecraft control system engineer in the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ETSEC), Noordwijk, The Netherlands, a research establishment of the European Space Agency (ESA). Since June 2013, he has joined the SECM, in charge of new space technology development and micro/nano satellite engineering. He is an associate fellow with the AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics).

Zheyan Jin
Associate Professor at School of Aerospace Engineering and Applied Mechanics at Tongji University

Dr. Zheyan Jin is now working as an associate professor at School of Aerospace Engineering and Applied Mechanics in Tongji University. He obtained his bachelor and master degree at Beihang University and his Ph.D degree at Iowa State University. His research interests are focused on Fluid Dynamics, Heat Transfer, and Aerodynamics. Now, he is working on several projects, including the icing physics study of water droplets on a cold surface, the wake structure study of wind turbine rotor blades, and unsteady aerodynamics investigation in the wake of different types of parachute canopies.

Coaches and Mentors

Ozgur Gurtuna
President of Turquoise Technology Solutions Inc.; Founder of Sunmetrix

Ozgur is the founder and president of Turquoise Technology Solutions Inc. He is also the founder of Sunmetrix, a new venture applying Earth Observation technologies to help grow the residential solar energy market. He obtained his Ph.D in Operations Research from the joint Ph.D. program in Montreal (administered by Concordia, HEC, McGill and UQAM). He is a part-time faculty member at the International Space University and has more than 10 years of strategic consulting experience in the space industry, including experience as a project manager.

Dang Wei
Founder of Components Integrated Support Service business unit

Wei is the founder of Components Integrated Support Service (CISS) business unit of Beijing UCAS Space Technology Co., Ltd. He is planning to make CISS graduate from the UCAS business incubator later this year. He has nearly 10 years of engineering experience in reliability and systems engineering in space utility systems with the China Manned Space Program. He has taken part in Shenzhou spaceship missions, the Tiangong spacelab mission and the China space station mission in the headquarters of space utility systems. Now he is devoting himself to make the development of space hardware much better, cheaper and faster.

Jordan Vannitsen
QB50/PHOENIX & RSAT Project Manager, BIRDY Systems Engineer & Scientist, PhD Candidate

Jordan received his Expert in Aeronautical and Space Systems Engineering Degree from IPSA and his M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from NCKU. For 2 years, he held the positions of system engineer on ESEO and coordinator of the CubeSats for the VEGA Maiden Flight at ESA. He received the 2012 ESA Award for Teamwork Excellence for his latter position. Since 2012, he has been pursuing a PhD at NCKU and is currently involved in three international space missions. He promotes international collaboration in space (educational) missions and is interested in: innovative methods for systems engineering & management of space projects, space weather and deep space nanosatellites.

Tiantian Li
Project Manager, Technology and Engineering Center for Space Utilization at Chinese Academy of Sciences

Tiantian Li received her MSc in Computer Application Technology from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. She is also an alumni of the International Space University's 2014 Space Studies held in Montreal, Canada where her team published a report on open innovation in the space sector. For eight years Tiantian has been working on space programs with the Technology and Engineering Center for Space Utilization (CSU) at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS); her center takes charge of organizing the Space Utilization System in the China Manned Space Program. She currently serves as a project manager for space application electronic devices on the Tiangong spacelab and China space station missions, and has experience in China's space program requirements and regulations on management. She is interested in finding business models which is suitable for China's space program.

Feliks Pakusevski

Gentleman Scientist for Innovation Economics. Executive MBA HULT 2015-2016. Experienced advisor for start ups, Accelerator/Incubator. Ex-Business Development Director at TheNode Accelerator&Incubator. APEC-APFC Partner and BD Director. Ambassador for FDI infrastructure in ASIA. Design Thinker and curator of the SEL Human Centered Design Club. Ex knowledge and innovation consultant at Accenture and IBM, Oracle, Asus, and many more.

Oscar Ramos
Innovation and Strategy consultant | Adviser | Lecturer

Technology innovation and strategy consultant with 7+ years experience providing services to Multinationals and Startups in China across different industries. Telecom Engineer and PhD candidate from UPM.  Early stage investor, advisor and board member in several Chinese Technology Startups.  Active member of the Chinese entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem and mentor in accelerators across Europe and Asia. He is also guest lecturer in several programs by leading Universities and business schools.  He has experienced applying space technologies in the Communications and healthcare industriss. In his Master Thesis he used concepts of Interplanetary Internet (InterPlaNet or IPN) and Delay Tolerant Networks (DTN) in Telemedicine Networks in Rural areas of Developing countries through the project EHAS that lead to more stable, monitorizable and manageable services.

Jürgen Bauer
Manager Audi Tongji Joint Lab at Audi China Enterprise Management Co. Ltd.

Living in China for the 3rd time, based in Shanghai.

Since 2010 catalyzing innovation for Audi in China, and bringing fresh ideas and talent outside in, linking university and company, and deep-diving into China's startup ecosystem as a mentor.

Since 2002 understanding Chinese user needs and tailoring cars for this market as a technical project manager of A6L and A4L. Cooperating in a joint-venture environment, managing an automotive development process across partners and cultures. 

Before that various engineering positions in electronics and automotive.

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Mark Koester
Techstars创业項目發展經理(大中華區)/ Regional Development (Greater China), Techstars Startup Programs

Eternal Hustler in Business and in Life, Startup Ecosystem Builder, China Expert and, when all else fails, can hack stuff together on a computer. 

I'm originally from Omaha, Nebraska but have been living abroad for nearly a decade, including significant time in France, Spain, China and Southeast Asia. I'm fluent in English, French, Chinese and Spanish.

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