Startup Weekend Emerging Tech Hyderabad

    Friday, May 25 - 27, 2018

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Emerging Tech Hyderabad

Friday, May 25 - 27, 2018

Friday, May 25 - 27, 2018
Event starts at 4:30 pm

Microsoft Development Centre
Microsoft Garage
Hyderabad, Telangana 500032

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About Startup Weekend Hyderabad Emerging Tech

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 35,00 past events in 150+ countries around the world. More than 200,000 people across the globe are SW alumni! TechStars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurial. The weekend is centred around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Focus Areas for Emerging Tech
  • BlockChain 
  • AgriTech 
  • Robotics
  • UAV's / Drones. 
  • Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality / Mixed Reality
  • Crypto 
  • Artificial Intellegence / Machine learning


Friday May 25th

4:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:20 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

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 May 26th

8:30 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 May 27th

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
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Andrew Fleming
British Deputy High Commissioner Hyderabad

Andrew Fleming joined the British Civil Service in 1986 and has held a wide variety of positions in both the Home Ministry and the Foreign Service. He has served substantively in Uganda, Ghana and most recently Nigeria but has worked on International Policy issues in many parts of the world including South Asia.He has specialised in the fields of migration and community cohesion and worked as a senior policy advisor in both areas. He is an experienced negotiator and led UK teams seeking both bilateral and multilateral agreements in a variety of contexts.In both Ghana (2008) and Nigeria (2015) he is proud to have been at the forefront of UK election observation in two of the closest contests Sub Saharan Africa has seen. In Nigeria, he also led on anti-corruption successfully lobbying for Nigeria to join the Open Government Partnership, oversaw activity around the prosperity agenda and passionately championed Chevening.

Jay Krishnan
Chief Executive Officer at T-Hub Hyderabad

Successful Serial Entrepreneur & investor with two successful exits in the US & India
Senior C- Level Executive with 15+ years of startup & corporate B2B Experience
Worked on large Deals across global customers worth over $50M
Successfully founded and ran Product & Services P&L across 10+ verticals and Business Units worth $100M in Start ups and MNCs
Spearheaded Global GTMs for Start ups and MNCs and managed clients across different segmetns and different countries
Successfully founded and exited multiple startups in the IoT space across the world
Successfully achieved revenue, profit, and business growth objectives within start-up & large Business environments
Repeatedly produced sustained revenue and EBITDA growth in Startups & Large Multinationals
Extensive experience with Product Management, Sales and Marketing, Engineering and R&D

Event Judges

Murali Talasila
Partner Innovation Leader at PwC

Innovator with Cyber Risk & Technology expertise, expert in (re)building teams from scratch and reinvigorating enterprise programs.

Specialties: Innovation in Information security, Risk Management, Technology, Analytics, Cross Border Teams,

Reena Dayal
Director - Microsoft Garage India

Member of SNIA Board; Strategy, General Management ,Alignment of Technology Solutions to Business, Alliance Management, Pre Sales Solution 
Governance and Risk Management, Innovation Management, Change Management and Integration , Technologist, Program Management, Culture of Innovation ; Ecosystems and Communities of Knowledge; 
Digital Transformations, Cloud Computing, Mobility, Internet of Things, Big Data, Storage Ecosystem, Storage Solutions

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

Neel Vora
Director - Investments at T-Hub

Neel is Director - Investments at T-Hub & was instrumental in setting up of T-Fund, State Govt of Telangana back VC fund.

Prior to T-Hub, Neel worked in the Corporate Finance team of Shapoorji Pallonji's RE Redevelopment business in Mumbai. He raised USD 235 mn through Structured Finance products like NCD, CP, ICD, DSRA & evaluated Investment opportunities in UK & India.
Neel has over 10 years of work experience and prior to joining Shapoorji Pallonji, he worked in the Investment Banking field leading PE, M&A, Debt Syndication, Debt Restructuring, and Corporate Finance consulting deals. Interestingly, he started off his career with a 3 year stint at HDFC Bank in its Credit Risk division in Mumbai. Neel is an MBA from ISB (Hyd) & has completed FRM L1 (GARP - US).

Saurbah Kumar
Chief Executive Officer at GMR Group

Management Consulting & Corporate Strategy Expertise in Airport, Real Estate, Infrastructure & Telecom. Currently, leading the HYD Duty Free Retail Business of GMR Group as CEO.

Coaches and Mentors

SubbaRaju Pericherla
Entrepreneur and Startup Evangelist

19+ years of building & transitioning businesses across the Globe. Has elite recognition in business circles as trustworthy and accomplished businessman backed up by various awards. A start-up evangelist and a thought provoking leader and consensus builder having a knack of getting things done.
As a passion he actively engages with Startup Communities, Industry, Business Forums and Educational Institutions. He believes in Human Empowerment and on the mission of helping younger generation towards Entrepreneurship and Employability. Apart from his core responsibilities, he is SLP Fellow and Charter Member of TIE, an active member of HMA and NHRD and is an active participant of Non-Profit Organizations like LetsVote (Member – Core Committee), Freemasons and Rotary Club International Member).

Hasan Ali Khan
Co-Founder and CTO, Merxius

Merxius is India's most awarded startup working on Augmented & Virtual Reality. We are leveraging our expertise to develop products using these technologies. 

Lead all the technological development at the company. Also identify the latest technologies and how they can be adopted to fit the company’s offerings.

Vijay Bawra
Regional Head - NASSCOM 10,000 Startups Initiative in Andhra & Telangana Region

Startup Evangelist with 10 years of experience which includes Engineering, business development, and Starting up. He enjoy working on open innovation, startup incubation and getting my hands dirty on real execution. I am a go-getter and a firm believer in changing the status quo for good reasons.  

Specialties: Open Innovation, Startup Incubation, Startup Evangelism, Business Development, Strategic Planning,

Raj Neravati
CEO at Hug Innovations Corp.

Technology Entrepreneur and accomplished leader with experience in growing and managing business operations.

Building next generation product that can address a lot of gaps in today’s world to make a difference in B2C and B2M markets.

Specialties: Innovation & Entrepreneurship • Strategy & Leadership • Business Modeling • Product Management • Software Engineering • Business Transformation

Domains: Financial Services • Insurance • Airline Industry • Health Care

Roles Served: Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President – Delivery, VP – Sales & Account Management, AVP – Solutions & Client Services

Umesh Thota
Founder, Authbase

From writing code to designing rockets, life so far has been fun and quite interesting, i now follow mylifelong passion running a cyber security firm focused on securing startups in India.

Rahul Kanuganti
Co-founder & CEO Flytta

Rahul Kanuganti is Co-founder & CEO Flytta. Flytta is India's first one stop relocation shop for professionals and corporates. 

Discovering a house to rent, mobilising packers and movers, settling in services like DTH, Telecom, Gas, Maid, Schooling and other home services are just a click away when you are looking to relocate. 

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.

Sridhar C
Head Alliances, CTO Incubation Group

Seasoned Executive with a blend of Technology Skills,Business Strategy and Innovative Ideas; with a demonstrated history of working with Incubation, Co-innovation, Enterprise Transformation, Government sales Strategy, Leadership development and building Partnerships in Information Technology and Services Industry.

Current Areas of focus : Co-Innovation, Partner Alliances, engaging Innovative Start-ups in Emerging technologies especially in the areas of ABC Intelligence (Artificial,Business,Cognitive), IoE,UAVs and Blockchain.

Sanjay Malpani
Principal Software Engineering Manager at Microsoft

Sanjay has 25+ years of industry experience in product development company. Before joining Microsoft, he worked at multiple startups, Tejas Networks, Airespace, Chronologic and Clovis in various capacities. At Microsoft, Sanjay is Principal Group Engineering Manager for Visual Studio Team Services. His team is responsible for multiple services under that umbrella. He has active interest in startup ecosystem and continues to work with startups in his personal capacity. He enjoys building large scale services and building business strategies.

Rohith Reddy
CEO - MTW Labs

A firm believer in Karma - It might take a year, or it might take a day, but what's meant to be will always find its way. 

I have over 9 Years of experience in Web Application Development & Product Development with strong expertise in Scalable Web & Mobile Applications, Cloud, DevOps, AI & ML

Competencies: Python, Javascript, MongoDB, Cassandra, Django, Flask, Node.js, Meteor, AWS, DigitalOcean, UI/UX, Product Design, Product Development, Digital Marketing, MySQL, postGRE, Php, ExpressJs, C, C++, Git, Wordpress, Apache, Nginx, Moodle.

Dr.Shanta Thoutam
Director - Innovation Cluster at T-Hub

 Management professional with 10+ years of IT-Entrepreneurial experience and exceptional organization, communication, and leadership skills including coaching, team building, conflict resolution, and change management
- Standardized accelerator programs, supporting and working with early-stage startups (including SmartyPans, BitReady, Electronics Gaming Federation, Tunedly, CloudGuide etc.) grow and raise $2+ Million seed capital
- Directly responsible for strengthening Launch Proof of Concept Center's presence in technology commercialization community of southern New Mexico, resulting in a total of $250,000 grant funding given out to both NMSU faculty and student finalists who applied for 10 U.S. patents and started 5 businesses
- Driven by professionalism, fired with enthusiasm, care deeply about success of startups
- Have excellent people skills and the ability to set priorities, problem-solve, multi-task, and work well in a dynamic, rapidly changing environment
- Committed to continuous improvement and work with a sense of pride
- Possess excellent written, presentation and public speaking, quantitative, analytical, and problem solving skills

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Emerging Tech Hyderabad team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Technology Partner

Growth Consulting Partner

Co-Working Partner

Creative & Branding Partner

Cyber Security Partner

Gifting Partner

Media Partner

Digital Campus Partner

Ecosystem Partner

Organizing Team

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

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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).

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