Startup Weekend Bangalore (AI & IoT)

    Friday, March 16 - 18, 2018

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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Bangalore (AI & IoT)

Friday, March 16 - 18, 2018

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

CoWrks New Indiranagar
Swamy Vivekananda Rd, Sadanandanagar
Bennigana Halli
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560016

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Friday March 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

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 March 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 March 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!

Event Judges

Suryaprakash Konanuru
CTO at Ideaspring Capital

Suryaprakash (Suri) has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry and has co-founded three startups (Alopa Networks and Yos Technologies and eDreams Edusoft).
Suri's focus lies in building teams, mentoring and building products. He is very customer focused and process oriented.

Manish Singhal
Founding Partner, pi Ventures

After doing his engineering from IIT Kanpur in 1992, he has been instrumental in building several products and teams in different startups and established organisations like Sling Media, Ittiam Systems and Motorola. He has contributed to the standardisation of MPEG-4 standard as well and holds couple of video technology patents to his name. He has experience in building hardware standalone products as well as cloud enabled software products.

Coaches and Mentors

Rahul Vishwakarma
Co-Founder, Mate Labs

On our mission to build an Emotional AI(A friend) and contextually aware search engine, we are coming out with MateVerse. 

Somnath Meher
Co-Founder & CEO, Blink (Witworks)

Co-Founder & CEO, Blink (Witworks)

Shalini Nautiyal
Senior Product Manager, Amazon

Senior Product Manager, Amazon

Deepak Nautiyal
Product Management at Cisco

Product Management at Cisco

Prahalad Rao
Entrepreneur | Advisor | Builder | Health Coach

Founder, MD, and CEO InterpretOmics

Sowmya Keshava
Head-Strategic Partnerships, TKN Advisors

Strategic thinker and leader with 13+years of experience in successfully penetrating global markets w.r.t startups, accelerator and consulting. Founded a boutique consulting firm ‘The Mustard Tree’ with focus on Strategic Business Solutions, Brand Strategy and Digital Marketing. A startup pragmatist with a strong competence and know-how of Startup and VC ecosystem.

I was previously Head- Marketing Strategy & Partnerships at Kyron Global where I handled go-to-market strategies as well as key strategic partnerships.
I have experience in startup ecosystem where I have worked closely with some of the top VC firms as well as startups where I consulted them on business and marketing strategies.
I am the Founder & Chief Strategist at 'The Mustard Tree'. My experience in Digital Marketing, Brand Architecture & Corporate Strategy across various sectors from Gaming to luxury retail. My interest and desire to work closely with Startups and entrepreneurs made me quit my corporate job to start on my own.
My latest approach has been 'Build.Operate.Transfer' model for startups.
I have also worked as independent brand consultant for ‘Blend Inc’ for close to a decade mentoring startups.

In 2006, as Senior Manager(Strategy), I was instrumental in accelerating India’s largest knowledge services company into the top 30 Tata NEN hottest startups in the first edition amongst 572 companies. Working with O&M, in 2009 , I managed campaigns and product launches for a Global IT Consulting powerhouse targeting the C-suite of top companies. When I joined the top online gaming company in 2012, I made a mark with my ability to manage the difficult facets of “the community” of top online games.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Bangalore (AI & IoT) 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 Bangalore is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Vijetha
  • Anup
  • Arun
  • Nagashree
  • Divija
  • Aayush
  • Paras
  • Ritwik
  • Spurthy
  • Prerana
  • Vishal


Arun Philips
Consultant, Public Speaker, and Social Impact Entrepreneur

Arun Philips is a Social Impact Entrepreneur, Community Leader, Public Speaker and Blockchain Investor.

He runs, a blockchain based non profit, and works with Oracle on Cloud Technologies.

Arun is also a Global Facilitator for Techstars Startup Weekends, and an avid Toastmaster in the Motivational Strategies path. He also writes for BitcoinForBeginners, a cryptocurrency publication.

He loves singing and playing the guitar and is also a professional Table Tennis player. He enjoys building communities and sharing stories.

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