Startup Weekend Entrepreneurial Journalism - Athens Greece

    Friday, May 20 - 22, 2016


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Startup Weekend Entrepreneurial Journalism - Athens Greece

Friday, May 20 - 22, 2016



Friday, May 20 - 22, 2016
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Impact Hub Athens
Karaiskaki 28
Athens, Greece 10554

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Here Come the Journo-Preneurs! Shape the future of journalism and media

Do you have the vision to be the next game-changing journo-preneur and next generation media entrepreneurs?  Do you aspire to design and prototype today the future sustainable business models for news and content creation? Are you trying to generate innovative ideas and shape the future in legacy media, online publishers and communication companies in digital and mobile world?
We are living in entrepreneurial and solution-makers era.  Startup Weekend Entrepreneurial Journalism Athens focus is a call for entrepreneurial action for innovators in journalism and media.
Join Startup Weekend Entrepreneurial Journalism Athens and make the first step into prototyping and launching with your team your journalism, media, communication innovating startup idea.
Startup Weekend Athens Entrepreneurial Journalism follows the typical schedule of a Startup Weekend event: In 54 hours you are challenged to build a cross-functional team, identify a new media, journalism, communication business model, work on over the weekend, create and prototype a real media- journo-startup, get the opportunity to network and mingle with a line up of the very best local and international acclaimed mentors, coaches and funders and pitch your media- journo startups before a panel of expert judges.
Imagine and prototype new business models for news and media content.
Join #SWJournoAthens, #SWMediaAthens


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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday May 20th


5:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


6:00 pm
Snacks, drinks and networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


6:30 pm
Review agenda
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders.


7:00 pm
Keynote talk
Jeremy Caplan, Director of Education, Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. With the support of the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece.


8:00 pm
Lineup and Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:30 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 May 21st


9:00 am
Breakfast, networking
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Teams work together
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch break


1:00 pm
Check-In
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! Coach Meetings.


7:00 pm
Dinner
Dinner Break for SWEJ teams


8:00 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday May 22nd


9:00 am
Breakfast, networking
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Coaching/mentoring session with the teams. Final opportunity to ask questions


12:00 pm
Lunch
Light lunch break for participants


1:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place(Light snack and drinks available)


4:00 pm
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Pitching session
Final presentations before the panel of judges. Process open to all participants, mentors, sponsors.


7:00 pm
Awards to the winners


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Final remarks, closing


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Jeremy Caplan
Director of Education, Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Head, Panel of Judges

Jeremy Caplan is Director of Education for the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He recently served as a Ford Fellow in Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Poynter Institute.He has written for Time Magazine on business, technology and cultural trends. He's covered tech companies including Google, Yahoo, AOL and Apple. Caplan was a Wiegers Fellow at Columbia Business School, where he completed his MBA, and a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School, where he earned an M.S. in Journalism.Along with a degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Caplan holds a certificate in violin performance. Before joining Time, Caplan worked for The Paris Review, Yahoo! Internet Life, and Newsweek. He gives talks and leads workshops regularly on digital and entrepreneurial journalism. He lives in New York City with his wife and baby daughter.

@tkCUNY
@CUNYJSchool


Event Judges


Jeremy Caplan
Director of Education, Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Head, Panel of Judges

Jeremy Caplan is Director of Education for the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He recently served as a Ford Fellow in Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Poynter Institute.He has written for Time Magazine on business, technology and cultural trends. He's covered tech companies including Google, Yahoo, AOL and Apple. Caplan was a Wiegers Fellow at Columbia Business School, where he completed his MBA, and a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School, where he earned an M.S. in Journalism.Along with a degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Caplan holds a certificate in violin performance. Before joining Time, Caplan worked for The Paris Review, Yahoo! Internet Life, and Newsweek. He gives talks and leads workshops regularly on digital and entrepreneurial journalism. He lives in New York City with his wife and baby daughter.

@tkCUNY
@CUNYJSchool



Patricio Contreras
Journalist, Coordinator of Digital Publications of the School of Journalism at Alberto Hurtado University

I am a journalist with experience in production and edition of digital content. I worked as a reporter for “Arts and Letters”, the Sunday cultural section of El Mercurio newspaper, where I wrote about heritage and history.
In 2011 I co-founded the Ojo en Tinta project, consisting so far of a digital platform with book reviews and interviews in podcast, a book that compiles these conversations and a TV show that airs on channel 13C.
Currently I am the Coordinator of Digital Publications of the School of Journalism at Alberto Hurtado University, my alma mater. There I teach digital journalism and new narratives, and I am also the editor of its media magazine Puroperiodismo.

Personal Blog: pfcontrerasv.wordpress.com
Side project: www.ojoentinta.com



Mihalis Gripiotis
Video Journalist and Nonfiction Filmmaker / Producer Independent New York based correspondent for Greek media

At age 13 i was a paperboy in the port of Pireaus in Greece. At age 18 i was reading Paul Virilio helplessly trying to understand Mass Media & Communication theories for my college degree at Panteion University in Athens. At age 19 i was reporting live on news radio. At age 20 i was told i should drop radio for 24/7 live TV reporting. For the next 5 years my news reporting repertoire spanned anything from an elephant's birthday to Athens street gangs, to dead sea lions, to Middle East conflict zones and Olympic Games. One day i was told i should drop reporting for hosting breaking news. For a year i was reading the teleprompter under intense studio lights...it felt like chicken broiler. At age 26 i moved to New York. At age 28 i finished my Photojournalism studies at ICP in NY.  At age 29 i signed as the NY Bureau Chief for ERT / Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation. At age 35 i founded IFFI Productions and Old Garage Studio in Brooklyn. Been around the globe few times in a fruitless attempt to escape NYC.

www.iffiporductions.com
www.nyfrombehind.com




Yannis Skarpelos
Associate professor at the Department of Communication, Media and Culture, Panteion University

I am a visual sociologist and lover of data, especially the big and non-decryptable ones. I am associate professor and I teach Visual Cultural Studies, New Media and Data Journalism at the Department of Communication, Media and Culture at Panteion University.
I am a fan of MMORPGs, and I am interested in their cultural and educational uses. With a team of my doctoral students I have organized several national and international conferences and events about videogames and gaming.
Currently I am Head of the Department of Communication, Media and Culture, teach at the MA programs in “Cultural Management” and “New Media and Journalism”, director of the New Media Lab. And I write a book about computer-assisted visual analysis of cultural artifacts.



Nikos Anagnostou
Serial Entrepreneur

Nikos Anagnostou is serial entrepreneur, with economic and engineering background. He has (co-)founded four IT related companies so far. He is currently running the last of them, Discoveroom, a B2B startup servicing the hospitality industry.  Discoveroom was founded in 2013 and it is a VC backed startup with clients in more than 50 countries.
Prior to his entrepreneurial efforts, he has served as a manager is three other IT companies, the most prominent of which was Oracle Hellas. He has been one of the first tech bloggers and a pioneer in the social media marketing in Greece and has participated and presented in many international events.


Eric Parks
Tech entrepreneur and digital creative director

Eric is a Geek. He got his first computer, a ZX Spectrum 48, at age 7 and believes that the whole tech scene went downhill after that. Both Greek and American, he's joyfully embraced and unleashed his inner geekness upon both the tech startup and advertising industries over the last 14 years. Well-armed in studies in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a Law degree - because oops, wrong degrees - he's been equally involved with the startup community as well as the advertising industry. He's co-founded a couple of startups, (amongst them the, US-backed, Greek messaging startup Pinnatta) is an advisor and member of the board at a number of others, is active in the startup mentor scene and has headed the digital departments of Leo Burnett Athens as well as The Newtons Laboratory and Tempo OMD. Having worked for such brands as Philip Morris, P&G, OPAP, IKEA, AIG and Diageo as well as most major Greek brands, he's -weirdly- won several awards and -somehow- was the Head of the Digital Awards Committee at the 2013 Greek Advertising Association's Hermes awards. Passions include Gamification (before it was a buzzword), the convergence of digital and physical especially through mobile, the value of utility vs. entertainment in digital campaigns, storytelling, the deeper philosophical underpinnings of the morality in digital advertising and Pizza. Especially Pizza. Finally, he still doesn't know what he'll be when he grows up but is working on it.


Coaches and Mentors


Jeremy Caplan
Director of Education, Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Head, Panel of Judges

Jeremy Caplan is Director of Education for the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He recently served as a Ford Fellow in Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Poynter Institute.He has written for Time Magazine on business, technology and cultural trends. He's covered tech companies including Google, Yahoo, AOL and Apple. Caplan was a Wiegers Fellow at Columbia Business School, where he completed his MBA, and a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School, where he earned an M.S. in Journalism.Along with a degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Caplan holds a certificate in violin performance. Before joining Time, Caplan worked for The Paris Review, Yahoo! Internet Life, and Newsweek. He gives talks and leads workshops regularly on digital and entrepreneurial journalism. He lives in New York City with his wife and baby daughter.

@tkCUNY
@CUNYJSchool



Patricio Contreras
Journalist, Coordinator of Digital Publications of the School of Journalism at Alberto Hurtado University

I am a journalist with experience in production and edition of digital content. I worked as a reporter for “Arts and Letters”, the Sunday cultural section of El Mercurio newspaper, where I wrote about heritage and history.
In 2011 I co-founded the Ojo en Tinta project, consisting so far of a digital platform with book reviews and interviews in podcast, a book that compiles these conversations and a TV show that airs on channel 13C.
Currently I am the Coordinator of Digital Publications of the School of Journalism at Alberto Hurtado University, my alma mater. There I teach digital journalism and new narratives, and I am also the editor of its media magazine Puroperiodismo.

Personal Blog: pfcontrerasv.wordpress.com
Side project: www.ojoentinta.com



Dimitra Iordanoglou
Lecturer at the Department of Communication, Media and Culture, Panteion University

Dimitra is a Lecturer at the Department of Communication, Media and Culture, Panteion University, Athens. She teaches Human Resource Management, Leadership and Emotional Intelligence, Organization & Management. She also teaches in the M.A. New Media and Entrepreneurial Journalism and in the MSc Human Resources Management at the Athens University of Economics and Business. She has been working as Human Resource Management Consultant for many years. She holds two PhD degrees, one in Human Resource Management (Athens University of Economics and Business) and one in Group Psychology (University of Manchester, UK). Dimitra has coordinated the EU-funded project Young Business Leaders and currently participates in the Mobile Generation Next research project. She is the author of two books, Human Resource Management in Modern Organizations-New Trends and Practices (2008) and Leaders of the Future (2016). She was a mentor at the Athens Startup Weekend Education and she is a Certified Coach on Emotional Intelligence from Hay/McBer–USA.
@DIordanoglou
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dimitra-iordanoglou/7/754/461
https://www.facebook.com/dimitra.iordanoglou?sk=info&edit=eduwork



Sophie Lamprou
Co- founder of the Impact Hub Athens

Co- founder of the Impact Hub in Athens, part of the first global reach and locally grounded network for the promotion, support, connection and capacity building of social businesses and innovative ideas. From 2010 and for 3 years she was part of the hosting team of the Impact Hub Madrid, where she emerged in the practice of building communities, design thinking and participatory leadership, through co-creating methodologies of problem solving. In Madrid, Sophie was running the "Are you ready for us?", project- a global research for the conditions of nurturing youth driven social impact. In parallel, she was part of Creative Thinking team of the Creative Society consulting firm, designing & facilitating processes for creative approaches within corporate, social & public institutions. She was collaborating with IE Business School in Madrid, delivering classes on social entrepreneurship for MBA & IMBA programmes, before starting up the hive for changemakers in the heart of Athens. She has graduated from AUEB, Dprt of Business Science & Technology, while she was working with AIESEC from different position, starting from the local to international level.  


Dimitris Kokkinakis
Co- founder of the Impact Hub Athens

Co- founder of the Impact Hub in Athens- the community of social entrepreneurs & innovators that develop sustainable enterprising solutions for contemporary social challenges. His experience in the network of the Impact Hubs gives him a deep understanding on how we mobilise resources, capitalise on possibilities & opportunities for value creation & productive interactions. In 2010 he concluded his studies at the Dprt of Business Science & Technology, of AUEB and became part of the Impact Hub Vienna working as the Responsible of Education programs & Community Host. In parallel, he worked as a facilitator at the consulting firm freims.cc. Through his experience he learnt how through creative design of systems & technology we can increase the productivity of the organizations. Parallel to his studies, he worked actively in communities & global networks like AIESEC in local & national level.


Mihalis Gripiotis
Video Journalist and Nonfiction Filmmaker / Producer Independent New York based correspondent for Greek media

At age 13 i was a paperboy in the port of Pireaus in Greece. At age 18 i was reading Paul Virilio helplessly trying to understand Mass Media & Communication theories for my college degree at Panteion University in Athens. At age 19 i was reporting live on news radio. At age 20 i was told i should drop radio for 24/7 live TV reporting. For the next 5 years my news reporting repertoire spanned anything from an elephant's birthday to Athens street gangs, to dead sea lions, to Middle East conflict zones and Olympic Games. One day i was told i should drop reporting for hosting breaking news. For a year i was reading the teleprompter under intense studio lights...it felt like chicken broiler. At age 26 i moved to New York. At age 28 i finished my Photojournalism studies at ICP in NY.  At age 29 i signed as the NY Bureau Chief for ERT / Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation. At age 35 i founded IFFI Productions and Old Garage Studio in Brooklyn. Been around the globe few times in a fruitless attempt to escape NYC.

www.iffiporductions.com
www.nyfrombehind.com




Elina Makri
Journalist and media project manager

Elina Makri is a journalist and media project manager. She was born in Athens where she still lives. She studied Law in France and International and European Law in Belgium. She is the vice-President of Babel International, the association that publishes the first pan European digital youth media cafebabel.com She has participated and implemented various projects related to new media, always involving a pan-European newsroom and network of media professionals in Europe. 

Οn 2014, she co-founded along with the tech company SciFY.org, C.A.R.L., the Computer Assisted Reporting Laboratory, in order to create digital tools for media, journalists and undertake data journalism investigations, and, the Youth Investigative Journalism Prize.

Elina is also the co-founder of oikomedia.com, a networked digital platform designed to trace and connect journalists, fixers and media professionals around the globe. Elina currently works as journalist and project manager of media projects that include ICT and data processing, driven by the ever-increasing intersection between technology, science and social needs, providing for social and political innovation.


Artemis Labrinidi
General Manager at netwix

A media lover with 10 years of experience, she has worked for ΕΡΤ, ΝΕΤ, EXTRA, ALTER, AOB, MTV international, ANT1TV and NETWIX producing print, TV, radio and new media content. Experienced in project management, content management, digital marketing and branded video content, she is now the General Manager of www.netwix.gr, the leading WebTV channel with original short formed video content for young audiences (15-25 y.o.) in Greece. She is also Head of Marketing and PR for the Digital Assets of the Antenna Group. When she’s not brainstorming with her team for a new web series or putting together the pieces for a three year Netwix strategy, you can find her drinking Coronas in the sun, walking barefoot at a sandy beach or booking her next trip in the land of “far-far away”. Each morning, she jumps out of bed with a big smile on her face because, for her, Netwix is more than a job; she is on a secret mission to help short formed online video content take over the world. Shhh!


Spiros Kapetanakis
Co-creator of the first collaborative space in Greece "CoLab"

Entrepreneur with strong social activity on applied innovation and entrepreneurship.
Creator of the experiential workshops
"Business models of sustainable development": a workshop on the use of modern methods for the strategic development of business units.
"Cohesive days": a weekend bootcamp for collaborative startups through peer2peer platforms.
Guest lecturer at the Laboratory Startup Lab of Panteion University by Dr Betty Tsagkarestou, themed "from concept to act": Who should create a startup, how to check if the service or the product proposed is in demand, based on the feasibility and sustainability of the effort.
 
Co-creator of the first collaborative space in Greece "CoLab".
Now preparing a standard development process for Intrepreneurship innovation as part of a new overall project to develop a network of collaborative innovation that will be the evolution of co-working structures.
Actively contributed to the localization and promotion of vtiger CRM, open source solution for integrating CRM into SMEs


Lina Kyriakou
Digital Communication Specialist

Lina has been a proud communication strategist for the last 16 years.
Having received her degree from Panteion University, Dpt of Communication and Mass Media, she started off her career in Advertising by collaborating with the fine creative people of agencies in the likes of Leo Burnett and TBWA (where she worked for the Athens Olympic Games 2014 - and what an experience that was).
Crossing from ATL to Digital, she has also worked for agencies like Spot JWT, Rascal (Cream) and Wedia for multinational and local companies, such as Procter & Gamble, Diageo, Nestle, Samsung, Piraeus Bank, ING, Lemonis Group of Companies, Minerva, Shop & Trade, Athens International Airport, VISA, Fiat, and many more. She has also been a member of EDEE Digital and Ermis Awards judging committee. 
Recently, she had a cross-functional role (or should we call it 360) as a Client Service Director at Publicis Groupe.
Her love, though, lies within social entrepreneurship and having gone back to Panteion University as a co-creator and external speaker for Strategy at the AD and PR Lab of the Communication, Media and Culture Dpt. 
Yes, she loves tennis, pilates, travelling and crushing on her couch to watch her favourite series - but sadly there is often little time for all that.



Nadia Petropoulou
Lawyer

Nadia Petropoulou was born in Athens in 1982. She studied Law in the Law School of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens from which she graduated in 2005. She widened her field of expertise by acquiring a Master in Business Administration (MBA), graduating from University of Economics of Athens in 2007. She is Lawyer to the Court of First Instance and a member of the Athens Bar Association since 2007. She is a member of Law Firm “A. Petropoulos & Associates since 2004, and is a partner since 2007.     During her MBA studies she has gained specialization in the field of Marketing and in innovative promotional techniques in National and International level, studying market competition and its implications in the corporate development. In addition, she managed to acquire useful experience in the practical implementation of legislation in the corporate environment and the importance of organizational culture in the field of mergers and acquisitions. During her economic studies she performed a monthly study field trip in Peking University in Beijing, attending classes concerning the Chinese marketing tactics and their success in the introduction of Chinese products in international markets.     Her main specialization is Patent & Trademark Law, in National and International Level. Her expertise expands to Registration of Trademarks and Patents, to Editing a Patent according to International Standards, Patent, Trademark & Domain Name Infringement Cases, NDA agreements as a means to avoid infringement. Within the scope of startups incorporation, apart from the incorporation process the main goal is to safeguard the company and the entrepreneurs through the lawful registration of their intellectual and industrial rights, which will surely become a prerequisite in a future buyout or acquisition.  She has profound knowledge of Corporate and Commercial law, Economics, Accounting, Competition law, Intellectual and Industrial Property Law, Trademarks, Domain Names and Industry Designs legislation. Apart from her Academic studies she has followed seminars on Intellectual & Industrial Property Sector executed by OHIM & EPO, on Societe Anonyme and on marketing techniques. She is proficient in English (Certificate of Proficiency in English, University of Cambridge) and French (DALF), and computer literate (Word/ Windows/Internet).


Maria Pamboukidi
Hotel & Spa Marketing and Training Manager at Apivita SA

An experienced 360° journalist, communications & PR professional, beauty editor & blogger, copywriter, spokesperson and radio producer with a fresh career in Marketing and a wide range of interests. Launced radio informecials (Beauty Stories & Wellness Stories), creator of beautystories.gr, worked for Greek magazines (Votre Beaute, Bazaar, Nitro, Active, Klik, Men, Disney Magazines), radio stations (Klik,Best, En Lefko, City), advertising agencies (Spot Thompson, Ogilvy, McCann). Joined APIVITA S.A 2 years ago as  Communiciations & Εditorial manager and currently as Hotel & Spa Marketing and Training Manager.



Lina Ioannou
Management Consultant-Entrepreneur

Lina Ioannou has been working with the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit of the Athens University of Economics and Business since its initiation in 2010. She facilitates students and graduates build new enterprises by providing them with guidance and tools, encouraging them to believe in their potential and linking them to mentors and teams with similar activities and mindset. To this end, her work is related to the awareness, coaching and mentoring activities of the Unit. She is responsible for the Unit’s publicity activities and online presence, project management and new business development. She is part of the unit's educational activities team, developing and implementing non-typical learning and skills building activities.

Prior to joining AUEB’s innovation and entrepreneurship unit Lina worked as a management consultant. While attending her MSc in Decision Sciences on New Ventures Development and working as junior researcher, she was part of the iris/ eltrun research group, working on EC research projects, focusing on the social aspects of new technologies. She has significant experience in coaching young people on information systems and entrepreneurship projects.
Lina’s  research interests lie in the field of facilitating factors and environment for start-ups, with special view in the agro-food sector.
Lina is proud to have contributed to the initiation and establishment of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit at AUEB, but also ThinkBiz, the first student-led entrepreneurship club in Greece, of which she is a founding member and to the successful development of 2 privately held new ventures, through consulting support.


Evi Katsoulieri
Product Manager at Radiojar

Evi is the Product Manager at Radiojar. She is Psychology graduate with a M.Sc. in Marketing & Communication with Specialization in International Marketing and she is a startup, mobile and technology enthusiast. 
Her journey in the tech startups started when co-founding Busood and, then, continued with joining the Radiojar team in 2014. Radiojar is a service that enables radio stations to broadcast online, manage their media assets and schedule their content without the hassle. As the Product Manager, she has gained valuable experience not only of the market and the trends but also about the needs and pains of show hosts and journalists going online. Passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship, she has actively participated in the organizing teams of volunteer activities with the mission to help entrepreneurial ideas develop into action.



Nikolaos Nanas
Co-founder of Noowit, and Noodio

Dr Nikolaos Nanas studied Civil Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, before moving to the UK for his MSc in Intelligent Systems and his PhD in Artificial Intelligence. He has been working as a researcher at the Institute of Research and Technology of Thessaly (I.RE.TE.TH) since 2006. In 2010 he decided to apply his research on Adaptive Information Filtering to the real world. The development of Noowit’s Personalized News Aggregator started in September 2011 and the first public beta version was released on the first of July 2013. Noowit has attracted international interest and has been characterized by many as a competitor to Flipboard. However, it failed to attract a critical mass of users. As a result Noowit has recently pivoted towards Media Made Smart with a new platform for publishing intelligent/personalized newspapers and magazines on the web. Noowit combines AI with innovative design and cutting edge technology to successfully transfer print media online for the first time.


Giannis Sorotos
Creative Director at the Newtons Laboratory

Giannis Sorotos is a Creative Director at the Newtons Laboratory. He began his professional career as a copywriter at D’Arcy Athens and continued at Spot JWT, Adel Saatchi & Saatchi, Dot & Dash and Leo Burnett Athens. During all of his years in advertising he has worked for some of the largest Greek and multinational accounts and at the moment he is trying to do the best work possible for his current clients such as WIND, OPAP S.A., Piraeus Bank, Media Strom, Domino’s, Nike, Protergia etc. For his work he has won numerous awards in Greek and International festivals.


Chris Chatziioannou
Editor in Chief of Oneman

Christos Chatziioannou is the Editor in Chief of Oneman.gr, a men's lifestyle website, part of the 24MEDIA group. 24MEDIA is Greece's leading and fastest-growing digital publishing group, managing over 15 premium brands that connect and engage with users across different platforms. Christos has been working for the company since 2011, following a journalistic career in various media publishers and publications. He has studied Communication and Media at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, followed by an MA in International Relations and Contemporary Political Theory in the University of Westminster in London.


Ioannis Papadopoulos
Print reporter and multimedia producer

I am a print reporter and multimedia producer based in Athens, currently working as a feature writer and investigative reporter at the Greek newspaper Kathimerini. I am also the video editor at the website of Kathimerini (www.kathimerini.gr). Before joining Kathimerini I worked at TA NEA, as a foreign correspondent based in the United States from 2008 till 2010 and as a feature writer based in Athens from 2010 till 2014, focusing on social issues and immigration. My work has been published at the online edition of the German newspaper Zeit, the German edition of Le Monde Diplomatique and the Greek edition of VICE. In 2016 I was nominated for the Special Award of the European Press Prize, which was dedicated this year to the refugee crisis. I studied Journalism at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and completed my studies in the US with an MA in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Emerson College, Boston. At Emerson I also taught a journalism lab for one semester as an adjunct faculty.



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Co-founder The Cube & Techstars facilitator


Event Staff


Katerina Vlassopoulou
Volunteer

I began my journey searching for understanding of people thoughts and acts. I landed studying Culture, how people think and act. Art, philosophy, history, Science, Sociology, Cultural Theory were some pathways that drove me through[Bachelor].  But it was not enough.  I decided to continue studying Cultural Management[Msc] in order to understand how culture could be mediated. My first attempt of research was to define in what way a cultural organization [British Museum] communicates with audiences in order to engage. Finishing that stage I decided that I wanted to dive in and go deeper to the Management of Culture, searching for more theories. I found new anchors as entrepreneurial spirit but I stayed at the Communicative aspect researching Cultural Diplomacy[Msc no2], a model  of communication at a national and international level, organizational also. I was still wondering what the next step will be. I traveled to more practical knowledge as Social Media Marketing, Content Strategy, Digital PR and Digital Marketing. I stopped to enjoy courses like Behavioral Economics, Gamification and Social Networks Analytics.  But the time for me had arrived; I wanted to form my doctoral thesis. I visited my mentor Betty Tsakarestou with a plan at the field of communication but she recommended Entrepreneurial Journalism. It was an ‘a ha’ moment, inspiring also. I am on that ship now and I find this journey challenging because in a very interesting way encapsulates all my interests.


Stavroula Pollatou

Stavroula Pollatou is currently studying at the department of Communication, Media and Culture at Panteion Univeristy. She is hosting the radio show called Entering Free Project at the Internet Radio station of Panteion University called Spam radio for two years. She has been also practicing her journalistic skills at onlytheater.gr and presspublica.gr. She is very passionate about professional photography and has photographed many events such as Comicdom Con Athens about which she made a photoreportage publiced in presspublica.gr. She also,in general, loves being involved in media and startup events and projects.


Georgia Georgakopoulou

I’m a student at the department of Communication, Media & Culture at Panteion University. And I’m occupied as a journalist at mikrofwno.gr, presspublica.gr and womendailyn.gr . Also i’ m practicing at radio producing at spamradio.gr while I continue my studies on music.


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