Get Your Hands Dirty

    Friday, May 12 - 14, 2017

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Get Your Hands Dirty

Friday, May 12 - 14, 2017

Friday, May 12 - 14, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Kidonion & Marias Kallas st corner
Thessaloniki, Greece

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Get Your Hands Dirty

Startup Weekend is back in town.

Bring in your ideas and skill-sets, create teams and work aided by experienced entrepreneurs.

Start Up Weekend is a global 54 hr event where developers, designers, marketeers, product managers, startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams build products and launch startups.


Friday May 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 May 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 May 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
After Party!


Apostolos Kritikos
Software Engineer, Co founder at Social Mind

My name is Apostolos Kritikos and I am a researcher and Software Engineer from Thessaloniki, Greece. My research focuses in Open Source Software Engineering, that is, the use of Free/Libre Open Source Software related theory, tools and resources to boost software development process. In 2014 I co-founded Social Mind, a 360 degrees digital marketing agency that can help you effectively build and empower your brand’s presence on the web. I support groups and initiations promoting research, innovation and entrepreneurship and I curate the Open Coffee Thessaloniki meetings.

Event Judges

Simon Bensasson
Head of OK!Thess

Simon, born 1945 in Thessaloniki, has an architecture degree from Aristotle and computer science from the University of London. He has worked as an architect in Zambia and Spain. He worked in the UK initially as a business consultant where he founded two companies in the IT field. In 1990 Simon entered the European Commission in Brussels, being responsible for research on future and emerging technologies in IT and telecommunications. He dealt with the promotion of "digital cities" and international cooperation in research and technological development. Later, as the senior officer responsible for international relations of the EU in the same sectors, contributed to the preparation of the EU negotiations and agreements with countries such as China, Russia, the US, Brazil and others. He came back home to Thessaloniki where he taught European politics at ACT. In 2014 he was elected member of the Thessaloniki City Council with special responsibility for innovation. In the latter capacity he is the Coordinator of OK!Thess an effort to catalyse an innovation ecosystem in the city as well as a pre-incubator for promising startups.

Dimitrios Kourtesis
Founder, Ideas Forward

Dimitrios is helping software companies build the right products for the right markets. He has 13 years of experience in research and new product development and has started two companies: Ideas Forward - a software product innovation consultancy, and Goodvidio - a VC-backed tech startup which failed to cross the chasm that separates early market adoption from mainstream market success. He is currently a startup coach at OKThess, head of R&D at Apifon, a technical expert for the European Commission and advisor and investor in Loceye. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Sheffield.

Rigas Tzelepoglou
President at ICBS Business College.

Ο κ. Ρήγας Δ. Τζελέπογλου είναι πτυχιούχος οικονομικών και πολιτικών επιστημών του Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλονίκης με μεταπτυχιακό δίπλωμα στα οικονομικά από το ίδιο Πανεπιστήμιο. Είναι επίσης κάτοχος μεταπτυχιακού τίτλου του Πανεπιστημίου Λάνκαστερ Αγγλίας και διδακτορικού διπλώματος στα Οικονομικά από το Πανεπιστήμιο της
Θεσσαλονίκης. Πρόεδρος του ICBS BUSSINESS COLLEGE. Ταμίας του Center for Development and Reconciliation for South Eastern Europe. Είναι επίτιμος Πρόξενος της Χιλής στη Θεσσαλονίκη. Έχει διατελέσει Αντιπρόεδρος της Επιτροπής Βορείου Ελλάδος του Ελληνοαμερικάνικου Εμπορικού Επιμελητηρίου και ιδρυτικό Μέλος της Επιτροπής Βορείου Ελλάδος του Ελληνοβρεταννικού Εμπορικού Επιμελητηρίου. Υπήρξε προϊστάμενος στην Υπηρεσία Περιφερειακής Ανάπτυξης του Υπουργείου Εθνικής Οικονομίας, Γενικός Διευθυντής της HELEXPO ΔΕΘ Α.Ε. και Εκτελεστικός Διευθυντής της Εταιρείας Οικονομικών Μελετών και Συμβούλων Διοίκησης ICAP Α.Ε. Διετέλεσε Πρόεδρος και Διευθύνων Σύμβουλος της HELEXPO ΔΕΘ Α.Ε., Πρόεδρος της Ελληνικής Εταιρείας Διοίκησης Επιχειρήσεων στη Μακεδονία, Αντιπρόεδρος και Γενικός Γραμματέας του ΚΘΒΕ και Πρόεδρος του Κέντρου Ανάπτυξης Μακεδονίας Θράκης. Μέλος του Chartered Institute of Marketing, Fellow British Institute of Management

Coaches and Mentors

Nick Papanotas
CEO at

Nick is a serial founder that specializes on web development with open source technologies (php, mysql, memcache, etc.), search engine optimization, social media and marketing.

Fay Candiliari
Marketing and Office Management Specialist

Fay has a Bachelor in English Language and Literature from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an MA in Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Sheffield. She has worked on EU projects focusing on entrepreneurship, startups and innovation in the South-East European Research Centre and in various start-up companies dealing with management, marketing and content creation.

Alexandros Melis
Marketing Director IEK ALFA - MC Thessaloniki

Alexandros has a Bachelor on Mechanical Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a Master in Arts in Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations from The University of Sheffield. He has an extensive working experience both in Event Marketing and Community Management, having worked in various startups in the past.

Nikolaos Tsoniotis
Digital Product Manager

Nikolaos Tsoniotis has a Masters in Electronic Eng. and Electronic Communication Systems from The University of Hull. He has worked as a Telecommunications R&D Engineer for over a decade. He is a serial entrepreneur with Mobile Apps, SaaS, Social Good and Hardware startup efforts, and is currently focused on Product Management for early stage startups. Mr. Tsoniotis is also the SKG.Startupers community curator, tech advisor and mentor at AgriEnt accelerator and active startup mentor in ALLILONnet. Board Member of OpenMinds.

Manolis Chatzigiannis
Technology Transfer Consultant, AUTh

Manolis has Master degrees in Economics from the University of Reading and the Aristotle University but loves to read and practice evidence-based entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. He has working experience as National and EU funding programs consultant, entrepreneurship counselor and technology transfer consultant at the Aristotle University and as a freelancer.

Fofi Mimi-Saltiel
Founder of coho – the coworking home

Fofi Mimi-Saltiel (Ph.D. Ruhr University of Bochum and Industrial Engineer, University of Hagen Germany, Mechanical Engineering, Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki) has a 15-year experience in TQM training, consulting and auditing in various German and Greek companies. She was visiting lecturer, Department of Industrial Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace and Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Thessaly. In 2013 she founded coho – the coworking home.

Georgia Tsiamanta
Golden Gate Pro Founder & Education Manager

Georgia has a background in Mathematics and Computer Science. She is the Founder and Education Manager of the coding academy Golden Gate Pro, and she is in charge of the educational programs aiming for the developers' up-skilling. She has a extensive experience working for SaaS startups as a Customer Success Manager and now as a Customer Support Consultant.

Aleck Alexopoulos
Founder/CEO ErgoSensePro Inc

Aleck is a senior research scientist at CERTH with 25+ years experience
in developing a broad range of computational models in chemical engineering, physiology, and biomedical devices. 
Aleck is a lifetime enthusiast of weight training and powerlifting and recently founded ErgoSensePro Inc which provides software technology and analytics for personalized and optimal solutions in Sports & Healthcare. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Get Your Hands Dirty team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

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  • Yolanda
  • Dimitri


Maria Calafatis
Co - Founder Cube

Co - Founder at The Cube Athens, Athens’ largest co-working community, which hosts some of Greece’s best experts in technology.
The Cube is also home to most of Athens’ technology events, hackathons, innovation sessions and training events.
Maria has been involved with Startup Weekend since 2009, having facilitated over 20 events around the world in cities such as Torino, Athens, Volos, Larissa, Thessaloniki, Patra, Vlasic, Copenhagen, Limerick, Moldova and more.
Her first business was founded at a Startup Weekend.
Maria was invited to join as a fellow to the RSA community in 2016 which provides a platform for the world's leading thinkers, sharing their ideas online, while their Action and Research Centre searches for new and innovative ways to solve society’s greatest challenges.
She loves challenges and connecting with people with the same mindset as her own and turning nothing into something huge & impactful.
A mother to two young boys Panos 14 & George 12, loves to travel and staying fit & active, and loves trying out extreme sports.
Maria's Moto: "It's suppose to be Hard. If it wasn't hard everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it Great"

Event Staff

Athina Vasiliadou
Social Media Manager

Hi! My name is Athina and  I am a cultural manager. I deal with documentation, conservation and promotion of artworks. I have a company and that is why I like getting involved into entrepreneurship and innovation.

Sevasti Matsia
Attendees Manager

Hi! My name is Sevasti! I am a hard working person and I keep my goals in mind. So, I see exactly what I want and plan on how I will get them. I am adventurous and enjoy the outdoors!

Natalia Pavlidou
Sponsors Manager

Hi. My name is Natalia and i have graduated from the Department of Mathematics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. At the moment I'm a ‎MSc student in Statistics and Modelling and i'm interested in entrepreneurship, technology and science. I really like being part of a team and putting my best efforts to complete my responsibilities.

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