Yiannis is a serial entrepreneur with over 7 years' experience in the High-Tech and Security Industries. Prior founding Crypteia Networks, he has been active in the fields of Telecommunications, Network Optimization and Security enabling Telecom Operators to optimize their networks, expand their added value services and enhance their customers' experience. He holds a B.Sc. in Electronics Engineering and an M.B.A. from Athens University of Economics & Business
Startup Weekend Volos
Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014
Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014
Event starts at 6:30 pm
Department of Planning and Regional Development
54 Hours of Pure Chaos!
Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities.
Friday November 21st
Saturday November 22nd
Sunday November 23rd
Michael was born in 1965 and grew up in Volos. He lives in Athens with his wife and three daughters. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Engineering from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and was awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Warwick Business School.Since 2010 he is the General Manager of EPSA Soft Drinks. EPSA produces soft drinks since 1924 and its products are available all over Greece. Exports are building up and currently EPSA exports to 15 countries, including Australia, China and USA. During the last few years EPSA introduced innovative products into the market, namely Organic Lemonade and Orangeade and the "EPSA light" series, where sugar is replaced by sweetener from the stevia plant. Before EPSA, Michael had worked for more than two decades in Lambrakis Press. He started in 1988 as a Technology Editor for Apple products in RAM magazine. Later he became Editorial Editor for BHMARAM newspaper insert, for bit magazine and inLife magazine. He was a member of the team that started www.in.gr portal and organized all paid subscriptions of in.gr. From 2003 until 2010 he became General Manager ofShop21.gr (Lambrakis Press' e-commerce site). Until recently he worked as a technology consultant for RAM and HiTECH magazines. When time permits, he still plays around with various Apple devices.He was a member of the Greek national ski team, Greek national water ski team and represented Greece in Camel Trophy 2000 and Land Rover G4 Challenge. For the last few years he enjoys running long distance races and participating in triathlon competitions.
Coaches and Mentors
Managing Director at EPSA S.A.
Returning to his roots, Centaur allows him to create innovative technology that makes food production safer and ultimately more democratic – proof that creative solutions can help crack tough humanitarian problems.
Sotiris has a degree in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in semiconductor design. He holds four US patents and has several pending.
He worked as Production Manager, Technical Advisor, Sales Manager in Industrial and Distribution Enterprises and Consultant Companies. He was member of the board of Directors and Technical Advisor of a Textile company.
Visitor Associate Professor of the Industrial Management Division at the Engineering School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and University of Thessaly in Greece. Key member of the development team of Thessaloniki Technology Park and Director of its Vocational Training Center. Founder of Thessaly Technology Park. Served as Chairman of Eureka National Project Coordinators during the Greek Eureka Presidency. He has been participating in many EU Capitalization Projects and numerous Research Programmes / Projects and Studies as Scientific Responsible. Those Projects were executed and implemented in Greece, in Europe and elsewhere and were related to his main scientific and research interest such as innovation, technology management, regional development, development strategies, information management networks, reliability, maintenance, industrial health and safety.
Currently Assistant Professor at the University of West Macedonia, Head of the development of the Regional Innovation Observatory and the Virtual Technopolis of Western Macedonia. Coordinator of Regional Innovation Pole of Western Macedonia. Former Member of the board of directors of Alexandria Innovation Zone of Thessaloniki.
Discuss with him issues about software development, UX/UI, digital marketing, packaging, branding and industrial production.
Starting out as a Cornell University architecture graduate, her deep interest in the intersection of culture, design and human interaction, and their ability to exponentially affect and even shape each other, led her from designing structures to building experiences. Ioanna is known for her hands-on, sometimes unconventional methodologies, often making connections others miss. Her process is agile and adaptive, focused on managing complexity efficiently and understanding underlying values hidden behind needs.
Her passion is helping businesses transform from for profit to for purpose while turning their vision into sustained profitable growth through social impact. She insists that engagement and interactivity are key, that optimism is vital, and that authenticity and collaboration are everything.
For her, “brands are people and people are brands, so designing for them must be intuitive, of a kind, imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.”
Over the past 15+ years, she has been devising ideas, comprehensive cross-platform strategies and projects, for brands and organizations of all shapes and sizes. She splits her time between the US and Greece, working only on projects and products she believes in. Her clients range from individuals, startups, and SMEs to fortune 500 companies on both sides of the Atlantic, including: Ralph Lauren, NBC, the Travel Channel, SONY, IBM, MTV, VH1, Shiseido, Sara Lee, DOVE, Tag Heuer, Curtiss Wright, Dolphin Capital Investors, and GEK/TERNA among many others.
In 2016, through a closed competition, the National Library of Greece awarded her the complex task of helping prepare for its historical transition to its new home at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens, designed by Renzo Piano. The SNFCC is the first public-private partnership of its kind in Greece, and the largest cultural/educational project ever undertaken in the country.
She has been working closely with the NLG on multiple levels ever since, helping restructure the organization, re-imagine its role in society, and develop its new identity, services and outreach strategy. Her tools of choice are interdisciplinary participatory processes with an emphasis on systems thinking, interaction and service design.
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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 12 & Georgie 10, 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"