Techstars Startup Weekend Hyderabad Election Edition

    Friday, May 31 - June 2, 2019

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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Hyderabad Election Edition

Friday, May 31 - June 2, 2019

Friday, May 31 - June 2, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

IIIT Hyderabad
Vindhya C4
IIIT-H Events room
Gachibowli, Telanagana 500032

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Startup Weekend Hyderabad Election Edition

Election Edition is a Startup Weekend event that will be conducted in association with the Election Commission and is a fully apolitical event. The event aims to improve the elections by focusing on pain points that voters face. Including Fake news, trustable sources of information, locating polling booths, valid ID Proof, e-voting etc.

There are some of the problem statements which can be worked at the time of Startup Weekend Election Edition - 
  • GIS - Mapping of Election Booth , Address Mapping 
  • Fake News , Advertisement compliance / Video Analytics ., Image 
  • CyberSecurity 
  • Fraud Monitoring & Voter influence. 
  • Social Media monitoring

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Friday May 31st

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 June 1st

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 June 2nd

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

Dr.Rajat Kumar, IAS
Chief Electoral Officer, Telangana

An IAS Officer & Currently taking care of Electoral Commission of Telangana 

Coaches and Mentors

Praveen Dorna
Co-Founder, StartupByte

Currently working on a discovery and engagement platform for the Indian startup ecosystem. MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson College with 10+ years of combined experience as a Senior Manager in Corporate Development at WEX (NYSE: WEX). Business Technology Analyst with Deloitte Consulting, Business Development lead with a premier Robotics Education provider franchisee in India and also as a Lead Consultant for a Non-Profit initiative of building the foundation for one of the largest Universities in India. 

Strong Skills in Corporate Strategy, Business case development, Payment technologies, Leadership, Management and Innovation. Passionate about technology, marketing, management and Entrepreneurship.

Raghavendra Hunasgi
CEO at Thoughtfolks & Chief Advisor UN

I’m a seasoned digital transformation - leader and strategist. Expert in branding, marketing, product launch and digital transformation.

A Harvard Business School alumni, social media influencer, author and marketing Leader.

An experienced entrepreneur and leader. I Founded and ran H&B Consulting to fulfill a vision to transform enterprises through digital marketing and sales enablement. After successfully selling it to a valley based VC for $1.2M, I've co-founded ThoughtFolks Group. I’m also active in the non-profit and political worlds as well with organizations like UN, CRY, and

Rakesh Bhatia
Founder and CEO of TheCapitalNet

Founder and CEO of TheCapitalNet (, with solutions landscape including:

Over 2 decades of creating valuable businesses globally, currently enabling the stakeholders in the startup and private Investments ecosystem.

Rama Iyer
President & CTO Eleven01

ndia’ own home grown nextgen protocol for the next billion users. Blockchain Technology Evangelist /Advisor, Business & Technology Leader with 20 years of experience, which includes running Incubators, Creating Global & Strategic relationship, Advising Venture Funds, Startup's, Due-diligence, Setting up Engineering Teams, Product Management, GTM and devising Strategies. Adept in Delivery Management, Project Management, Business Development, System Engineering, System Design & Development.

Worked with Telecom Giants like Nortel, Ericsson,Cisco & Polycom among others.

Help global organization leverage APAC talent and marketplace for enhancing their presence and build a bigger market-place for their global products, solutions and services.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Hyderabad Election Edition 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.

In Parternership With

Incubaton Partner

Media Partner

Ecosystem Partner

Organizing Team

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

  • Ankur
  • Anubhav
  • Vineet
  • Meraj


Ankur Mehta
Head Community Partnership & Alliances

Started my Journey with a Forex Trading Firm the trading platforms which based in Cyprus & London based companies. I am Certified Six Sigma by British Standard of Institution & ISO 9001:2008 Lead Auditor Certified by Bureau of Indian Standards.

More than 3+ years in Hyderabad Startup Ecosystem being a part of TechStars -Startup Weekend, Founder Institute and CIE IIIT-H Incubator & now T-Hub Foundation which is a unique partnership with Govt. of Telangana. India’s Biggest Incubator & Catalysing In Innovation, Scale & Deal Flow. I am passionate about enabling startups to make positive differences and adding value to the startup ecosystem in the workplace and the economy at large; I believe Playing rock paper scissors not only limited to the company as well as for an individual growth i.e. think B.I.G. (Believe, Inspire, Grow).

Event Staff

Prakhar Garg
Freelancer Designer

I have a strong entrepreneurial spirit which drives my ambition to succeed and be grateful at whatever I undertake. I am versatile, fast learning, think-on-your-feet, a problem-solving individual with a passion for learning and implementing new things and thereby gaining value out of it.

Moreover, I take a keen interest in Photography, Designing and Travelling to new places. Apart from it, I like playing Table Tennis and Swimming.

Lakshit Varshney
Intern at IIIT-H CIE


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