Startup Weekend Gandhinagar Maker Edition

    Friday, April 6 - 8, 2018

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Startup Weekend Gandhinagar Maker Edition

Friday, April 6 - 8, 2018

Friday, April 6 - 8, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Office No 7
Near Aminity Centre
Pandit Deendayal petroleum University
Gandhinagar, Gujarat 38207

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Passion to Pay Check in Just 54 Hours

We are pleased to share that we are organizing Techstars Startup Weekend Gandhinagar Maker Edition powered by Google For Entrepreneurs in Gujarat on a 6,7,8 April 2018 at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar. Startup Weekend is one of the world’s biggest events for start-ups and entrepreneurship. The 54-hour event is where designers, developers, marketers, lawyers and start-up enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, and launch start-ups in just 54 Hours! We are organizers dedicated to fostering local entrepreneurship to strengthen our community. Startup Weekend has held 2900+ events in more than 150 countries around the world, and we are looking forward to making a big dent in Gandhinagar. 

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Friday April 6th

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 April 7th

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 April 8th

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!


Ankur Pandya
Chief Human Resource Officer PDPU

Shri Ankur Pandya has joined PDPU as Chief Human Resource Officer, from ICICI Bank Ltd with a rich and varied corporate experience of 18 years.He has worked with leading banks like ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank, apart from having a stint in retail firms. His experience is in the varied fields of Human Resources, customer service, retail business initiatives and technological initiatives.Having completed his full time Master in Management Studies (Finance) from the Mumbai University he started his corporate career with HDFC Bank in 1997 in the field of customer care, Moving on to Kotak Bank to head the home finance customer care division, he then took the plunge to start retail initiatives in the foreign apparel business, moving on to ICICI he has had experience in customer care, small and medium business financing, technological initiatives and Human Resources.He is a ‘people’s person’ and likes to take up challenging assignments. He firmly believes that ‘Kites fly higher against the wind…. Not with it’.

Dr.C Gopalkrishnan
Director-Petroleum Management, School of Petroleum Management

Prof. Gopalkrishnan has five years of corporate experience and more than 30 years of teaching experience in various management institutes. He has co authored a Book: Trade Unionism and Industrial Development and has published 40 papers in journals, economic newspapers and chapters in books. He was awarded CRMs Fellowship, IIMA in the year 1986, Won a Prize for a paper Improving Performance in Government , Govt. of Andhra Pradesh (A World Bank Project in the year 1997). Was offered a one year fellowship by University of North Malaysia in 2001. His areas of interests include Energy Economics, Corporate strategy and public policy.

Event Judges

Sunil Kanojia

A Business Professional with three decades of diverse exposure: Geographically (India and Overseas) and Industry sector's: Plastics, Pharmaceuticals, Building Materials, Power, Electrical, Automotive, Chemicals, Oil & Gas (E&P) and Office Automation; with cross functional experience across, Leadership, Board of Directors, Business Operations, Business Strategy, Corporate Affairs, New Business Development, International Marketing, M&A and Investor Relations.

Jatin Trivedi
Intellectual Property Attorney & Advocate

Attorney & Advocate, Y J Trivedi & Co. Jatin TrivediJatin Trivedi has been practicing both as an advocate and as a patent and trademark attorney. Mr. Trivedi, heads the trademark division and is consulted by corporate organizations nationally and internationally especially for issues pertaining to IP Management

Coaches and Mentors

Anay Mashruwala

Anay is Partner in M/s Venus Engineering Work.
He is a graduate from C U Shah Law College.
With a goal in mind of taking his organisation to a level of unmatched professional excellence in industrial values and also to share his knowledge gained while pursuing the same.

Ankit Machhar

.Patient Listener || Quick Learner || Problem Solver || Structured & Organized || Ardent Executioner || Appetite for Ambiguity || Action-Oriented || Multitasking || Silent Networker || Flexible || Result Oriented || Well-Prepared for the Unknowns

Amit Sheth

Design Consultant since 1988 in the areas of Industrial Design, Communications , Signage Design,Universal Design. Basically am a TINKERER ! Specialties: Unique, appropriate and holistic solutions giver.

Anupam Lavania

Anupam Lavania has been deeply engaged with multiple hi tech startups since last couple of years in terms of mentoring and guiding them. He works with passionate technology entrepreneurs who are building products and services to change the world for better.He has held various leadership positions over of span of more than 12 years of diverse professional experience, the most recent being head of technology business incubator at iCreate where he evaluated and mentored now successful startups like Hubilo, Almashines and Bioscan Research.Anupam brings with him a rich international experience. He has travelled to more than 50 countries and worked for a decade in US and Singapore. Before moving back to India, he was leading a team of 17 nations of South Asian continent with Brunswick Group for acquiring and managing the hi-tech defense boat vertical. Anupam, qualified as a Marine Engineer and worked as an Engineering officer before landing in MICA Ahmedabad to study management. He has been founder of multiple startups, across various technology domains.Apart from being a startup guy, Anupam is an avid biker, blogger and author. 

Dhiraj Bhojwani

A nonprofit professional with over a decade's experience at senior management level in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Specialist knowledge in areas like: entrepreneurship, education, skill enhancements, livelihood development etc. Extensive experience working with local government leadership teams, with senior officials across Gujarat and at board level with private sector partners. 

His personal skills centre on the ability to motivate organisations around a set of critical outcomes and get things done. He posses extensive knowledge of social diversity and equal opportunity issues and have the ability to demonstrate this throughout all aspects of practice.

Sanjay Chakraborty

The Founder and the Chief Marketing Advisor, ESSKSEE Consultancy 
A Marketing Communications professional and has more than twenty five years of extensive experience in Sales, Marketing, Communication and Advertising. His keen interest lies in understanding consumer behavior and providing marketing communication strategies to various brands and organizations.
As his very last assignment, he had worked with Triton Communications, an
advertising agency of national repute & presence as Associate Vice President: Brand Services for last 16 years handling various interesting clients portfolio & responsible job /project portfolio within the organization for its Gujarat operations. With Triton he has extensively worked on various categories & esteemed brands .Sanjay is continuing his relationship with Triton as a consultant on its strategic assignments.
Prior to Triton he headed the Client Servicing division of Navnitlal & Co. Advertising ,Country’s one of the oldest ad agencies. Before this he has been with Symphony Comforts Pvt Ltd (Air coolers) for more than three years. He started his career in Direct Sales with the British Multinational :Avery India Ltd with a very successful stint of more than three years. These experiences has provided him with extensive exposure to all relevant field of Marketing & Communications. 

Bijal Damani

Bijal Damani is an educator who brings lots of innovations and perspectives to the traditional education system. An experienced Business Teacher with a demonstrated history of working with major focus on integrating 21st Century Skills along with the prescribed syllabus – giving her students an opportunity for holistic development and career/life readiness. A firm believer in education which has less content and more of context , Bijal has been spearheading many projects and activities. 

One such project is Social Entrepreneurship Project Galaxy Bazaar. Her students have earned more than INR 1,00,00,000 ( One Crore Indian Rupees Equivalent to USD $ 1,66,000/-) Bijal and her students have donated these money to provide FREE quality education to girls from underprivileged section of the community. Bijal has received many accolades from institutions like Forbes, UNESCO, Microsoft, Wharton, ShareAmerica, Teach A Man to Fish Foundation, Varkey Foundation etc.

Another project which has been founded by Bijal is called Innovative Product and Marketing Competition. In this competition, students team up, look around their own community , spot a problem and come up with a solution to the problem in form of an innovative product. Her students have been winners at Maker’s Faire, Junior Achievement competition, SSIP Gujarat etc. 

Located in Rajkot, Gujarat – Bijal has always overcome the geographical boundaries to wow the world. Bijal has been the receiver of some of the most prestigious teacher awards in the world. She is the recipient of ASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award, ISTE Outstanding Teacher Award, Microsoft Fellow, Google Certified Innovator, HP EdTEch Innovator Award, Forbes Good Samaritan Award, two Presidential Awards for Education and ICT and last but not the least – She was the part of the Top 50 finalist for the most prestigious $ 1 Million Global Teacher Prize Award. 

Durgesh Pandit

Teaching Assistant, Dept of commerce and business management MSU.
Proprietor, Aadhya Green Solutions.

Thyagrajan K

Professional career journey of over 35 years that has traversed across a variety of fields; hard-core engineering, management consulting, mentoring and propagating next-generation entrepreneurship, academic teaching in diverse areas of technology, business management and entrepreneurship, as well as advisory in policy making.

Currently mentoring start-ups and aspiring entrepreneurs in a wide array of technology domains which include products as well as services. An indicative range of start-ups is listed at the end of this summary.

On the panel of experts/jury at a number of academic institutions and technology incubators to evaluate ideas and business plans as well as mentor participants in various grand challenges and business plan competitions. Invited speaker at numerous conferences and seminars on entrepreneurship and startups.

Active educator and trainer involved in conducting programs for professional managers, management students and teachers. Associated with several academic institutions and universities and on the Board of Studies and Academic Councils of some of the leading Universities as well as on the Board of Advisors of some Technology Business Incubators.

Daxeel Soni

Computer Engineering undergrad student with the passion of startup product building using crazy coding skills.

Bharat Patel
Cofounder and Director

Bharat Patel heads the company combining his leadership skills and vast technical knowledge. As a business leader he presides over several business organizations. He is the chairman of Industries Association Connect, GESIA and president of ABS, a division of British Council for business scholars. As a business leader he coordinates among the various verticals of the company and guides the company in securing growth amidst business challenges.

Hemang Desai

HEMANG DESAI, having 20+ years of proven credentials in managing Strategic Business interventions with some of the most esteemed organizations, has created a niche with his stellar success in blending Strategy into execution for highly intellectual workforce.

He has recently been featured in Asia’s Who’s Who by HRM Asia Journal, Singapore. He has been invited as a member to the prestigious Human Resources Advisory Board of International Institute of Management & Technology. 

With a keen interest in teaching and his strong academic orientation, he has been associated as a visiting faculty with various universities and institutes of national / international repute.

Specialties: He is fond of people and their issues. Having a natural knack of empathizing with people, he finds his profession, truly rewarding all the times..He is pragmatic and believes firmly that ‘nothing except change is consistent’ and that human dynamics is an ocean and one can just been able to catch a few drops in the fist..

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  • Shani
  • Tanmay
  • Drashti
  • Aditya
  • Juhi
  • Kausha
  • Srishti
  • Jayson
  • Abhishek
  • Ravi
  • Harshbharthi
  • Shipra
  • Shaunak
  • Mrunal
  • Saptarshi
  • Suresh
  • Simran
  • Preyashi
  • Utkarsh
  • Dhyey
  • Karan
  • Hrushikesh


Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria is known as the Serial & GloCal entrepreneur who represented India 11 times, worked with people from more than 33 countries, having a network in 100+ countries, received many awards including 4 United Nations related awards & featured into 35+ print & digital media platforms globally.
After completing his Engineering & MBA, he did corporate planning & project management in PSU. He completed 16 online certification programs on Startup Valuation, Design thinking, Business innovation, Blended learning, Financing new ventures etc.
He is Advisor to global Think-Do-Tank “Challenge: Future, KIDS TED-Ed Club, Google Business Group Rajkot, Executive committee member of Rajkot management association (RMA) & Screening Committee member of a nodal institution for the Startup India scheme.
He is Founder of WE Group – Volcano of GloCal Solutions which is into Strategic business & management Consulting, Startup mentoring, Training, Social project management, Community development & ecosystem creation. He is CoFounder of 1st ever CoWorking Space of Saurashtra-Kutch region i.e. GloCal CoWorking Space (GCS), Rajkot. He is CoLead of peer-to-peer mentorship project benefiting people from 50+ countries in its alpha version. He is also the founder of early stage ventures like Smart Failures, Screwing Your Startup etc.
He was Global VP of Strategy for Challenge Future Chapters network, award-winning President of CF India chapter. He was program manager of multi-country Youth in Action initiative. He worked as solutions generator with Ministry of Slovenia during a Strategic initiative of EU. 
He shared his Entrepreneurial, strategic & managerial expertise and experience with 100,000+ people across the world as a trainer, speaker, panel member, and/or judge. More than 20 of his articles are published globally and he is writing 2 books i.e. Does the world really understand youth? & Innovation in

Jayson Ganatra
founder, sattardas makerspace

Jayson is a thinker, maker and a community builder. He has a background in mechanical engineering and is incredibly passionate about open-source hardware technologies and frameworks! He is a passionate thinker and a voracious reader who also loves tinkering with additive manufacturing and automation. Being a traveler and having bias towards action, Jayson always tries to make sure that he creates and spreads positive impact wherever he goes. 

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