Techstars Global Startup Weekend Budapest AI 2018

    Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

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Techstars Global Startup Weekend Budapest AI 2018

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Pannónia utca 32.
Budapest, Hungary 1136

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“The best way to predict the future is to create it” Abraham Lincoln After 18 months, Budapest Startup Weekend is back again!

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?
Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What makes this an AI edition Startup Weekend?
This particular AI edition is part of the Techstars Global Startup Weekend (TGSW) series. Taking place in November 2018, the #TGSW is a global initiative by Techstars during which 15,000 entrepreneurs around the world will join a Techstars Startup Weekend. Between Nov 16-18th 2018 Budapest is joining this initiative by bringing together interested stakeholder from the Budapest community to participate in a special AI edition Techstars Startup Weekend.

During the weekend the teams will work on ideas related to artificial intelligence and machine learning. What will make it really special is the group of mentors we will have to help teams figure out the different aspects of AI applications.

Who is the Budapest TGSW for?
Data scientist, robotics specialists, developers, designers, marketers, business developers, AI fans or anyone who is just curious and eager to learn about AI and startups. Come test your ideas or join a team and participate in creating the future of artificial intelligence at the Techstars Startup Weekend Artificial Intelligence - Budapest Edition!

Please send us an email to with ANY question you might have. We acknowledge this event might bring up a lot of questions and maybe even feel a little intimidating if you don't have a tech background or a space idea, so we want to make sure we address any question or hesitation that comes up.

What is Techstars Startup Weekend and how does it work?

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events* designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams get the chance to get coached by entrepreneurs and industry experts. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.

With more than 4,000 events held in 150 countries since 2009 and a global community, Startup Weekend is often considered as the largest incubator in the world!

On Friday night, you'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets.  You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Then, over the course of the weekend, you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely!

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Friday November 16th

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

Saturday November 17th

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 November 18th

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!

Coaches and Mentors

Zoltán Papp
Quantitative Researcher and Portfolio Manager, Causality

Zoltán is a machine learning expert, mentor, quantitative researcher, and portfolio manager. He has a Mathematics and Software Design MSc from Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, and a Computer Science MSc from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. He did machine learning research at a number of universities: University of Helsinki, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and in Budapest. He joined a data science team at Morgan Stanley in 2010, where he was doing modelling and algorithmic bond trading. Since 2016, he is working as a quantitative researcher and portfolio manager at Causality, using machine learning to develop and apply fully automated trading strategies. He is a visiting professor at the Central European University where he teaches Machine Learning Concepts and Advanced Methods in Machine Learning. As a mentor, he provides machine learning consultancy for startups and developed industry participants

Levente Szabados
Senior consultant, AI Partners

Levente has a background in cognitive sciences and considerable experience in leading research and development teams as well as transforming research results into software applications. He has filled various roles at two startups including co-founder, lead of research, and chief technology officer. Levente’s work has covered topics including web ontologies, evolutionary computation, neural networks, and diverse natural language processing approaches. He currently has over 10 years of experience in applied AI and is working as a Senior Consultant. 

János Berke
SQL Server Specialist

Janos Berke is an IT professional with almost two decades of technical and management experience. Currently working as a principal consultant at Sun City Software Kft. and helping companies in database development as well as administration and query tuning. Microsoft has been awarded Janos as a Most Valuable Professional in 2015 because of his community influencer and evangelization work about the Microsoft Data Platform.Janos can be found as a Presenter at the Hungarian User Group of Microsoft SQL Server.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Global Startup Weekend Budapest AI 2018 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


Organizing Team

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

  • Robert
  • Mate
  • Bernadett
  • Orsi
  • Erika


Tracey Keogh
Community Manager at Bank of Ireland

Tracy is Co Founder at Lokr.

Previously Tracy has won best pitch at Startup Weekend Dublin and has also organised and been lead organiser at Startup Weekend Dublin!

She runs a number of community events, holds a board seat on the Irish Internet Assoc. and has experience in getting multiple startups off the ground.

Event Staff

Orsi Ujhelyi
Marketing manager


Bernadett Patatics
Community manager


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