Startup Weekend Bali: Digital Nomadism 2018

    Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

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Startup Weekend Bali: Digital Nomadism 2018

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

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

HUBUD {Ubud Coworking and Community Space}
Monkey Forest Road 88x
Ubud, Bali 80571

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Take your ideas from concept to creation in just 54 hours!

In this edition of Startup Weekend Bali, we will be showcasing: Digital Nomadism. We are calling out to all remote workers and nomads out there because this one is all about you! This edition’s challenge will be to create something that would fit, support, and promote the location independent lifestyle revolution. Are you up for it?

Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take an idea from concept to creation within a matter of days! Whether you are looking to...
  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship,
  • learn the process of going from concept to creation,
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in Bali,
  • join or build an all-star team,
  • or take your own idea from concept to creation
Startup Weekend Bali is your destination for the weekend of November 16-18th!  

Who is Startup Weekend For? 
It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend is designed as an event that brings all sorts of people together, including:
  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs,
  • developers and other tech-related professionals,
  • designers of all types,
  • anyone with talents/skills in business, sales, finance, legal, health, wellness, mindfulness
  • students from universities and even high schools,
  • professionals looking to switch careers,
  • passionate visionaries,
  • all-time learners.

What's the twist?  More than 15,000 entrepreneurs will come together for 200 events held during Global Entrepreneurship Week to celebrate entrepreneurship across the globe. The winners of Global Startup Weekend will be featured globally to help them gain more exposure and build momentum for their startup. All attendees will also be provided with high-quality resources and content exclusive to this event.

Your ticket includes:
  • Access to the full weekend-long event
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the entrepreneurship community
  • Tasty meals all weekend
  • Collaboration with awesome people from across the globe
  • All-star judge's panel lead by startup and entrepreneurial leaders
  • Cool goodie bags, from us and our partners
  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni)
  • A process for taking an idea from concept to creation in a matter of days
  • And over 70 new awesome Facebook friends!
Do I need to come up with an idea? If you have an idea for a startup, then great!  We hope you pitch for the weekend. If you don't have an idea, that's alright!  Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched, and see if something piques your interest!  The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process and learning from each other. If you have more questions, check out the Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ!

Join us for a very special weekend! Questions? Partnership inquiries? Please email us at all event details, please visit 

About Techstars Startup Weekend: 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, Techstars 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 entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered 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, Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Refund Policy:  Tickets are not refundable, but transferable. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Terms of Participation Agreement: It is our job to provide you with an incredible networking and learning opportunity. Our intention is that you meet some amazing people that you might actually start a company with, build relationships with coaches, and learn from your peers. The event is intended to be a collaborative forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun. As such, by registering as a participant, you acknowledge that any ideas shared by you or anyone else over the course of the event are contributions to the overall experience and community. If you as a participant are worried about someone stealing your ideas, please reconsider your participation in the event itself or simply refrain from sharing specifics about your idea. 
 As a member of your startup community, you agree to be inclusive of any and all people and their ideas. You agree to act professionally, treat everyone with respect, and treat the event facilities with proper care. You agree that you are responsible for any accidents or damages that you cause. You also agree to not hold Techstars Startup Weekend, your local volunteer team, or any of the event supporters liable for any loss, damage, injury, or any other unforeseeable incident. By Participating at the event, you grant Techstars Startup Weekend permission to capture photo/video of the event. You can find the exact legal terms on our FAQ Page but to summarize, we want to share your success with the world. By submitting your information above you agree to the Techstars website's Privacy Policy, and you consent to receive email communication from Techstars and its programs about events and updates that may interest you.

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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

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 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!

Event Judges

Gianpaolo Faccini
IT Project Manager of Mowgli

Gianpaolo is the IT Project Manager of Mowgli, a Singapore-based digital nomad agency based that provides services in business development, marketing strategy, design branding and development. His role in Mowgli is to manage all the tech part and our major clients are: Greenschool, Greenvillage, Marc Whittaker, Earth Company, and Refinance.

Gianpaolo has a Master Degree in Engineering Geology. Previously, has worked as Project Manager for an environment engineering organisation for 6 years.

Maire Shanahan

Maire started in ecommerce in 2011, and has built several product based businesses in the new mom space. Maire is now working on product development - developing a medtech hardware product with integrated apps and smart functionality. 

As an entrepreneur & founder Maire is familiar with all aspects of getting a business off the ground, including marketing, validation, project management and ensuring profitability. 

Coaches and Mentors

Blair Jones
Founder of Offshore Accounting & Finance

Blair is the founder of a company focussing on stripping back the complexity entrepreneurs face operating cross-border businesses. With a background in international finance as a Chartered Accountant, he has a passion for supporting entrepreneurs to fulfil their potential around the world. He has also lived the trials and tribulations of entrepreneurial success and failure, and empathises with the challenges presented by both.

Blair has previously worked in East Africa in a World Bank backed pilot program, assisting with planning and execution strategies to help entrepreneurs gain access to finance and create sustainable employment in the region. He is also a mentor within a Ugandan remote mentoring project, utilising technology to provide guidance and support to Ugandan entrepreneurs.

Chris Thompson
Co-Founder at The Bridge @ Green School

Chris has been in the media and education world for over 30 years. He joined Electronic Arts (EA) as their 100th employee. He saw the company grow from $20 million to a $5 billion organization in over 23 years. He was involved in international development and finished his career at EA as Vice President and General Manager of Asia.

Chris left the corporate world in 2010 to move to Bali with his family. He enrolled his children in Green School Bali where he subsequently joined the Board, took on the Chairman role and then was head of the school for three years. He also ran Development for the school. Chris joined Hubud as their Director for 2 years from 2016 - 2018.

He is the cofounder of The Bridge @ Green School coworking and colearning space and has lectured at universities and sat on a variety of media and educational boards in the UAE and Singapore.

Citra Savitri
Founding Partner of Tinker Space (for Social Enterprise)

Citra is the former Impact and Growth Director of Wobe, a Singapore-based fintech social start-up which created an Android app to be marketed in Indonesian secondary city communities, providing them convenience and ease to purchase digital products and to make payments.

She successfully set up Wobe’s first operational office in Indonesia, recruited local women ambassadors to introduce the app to their communities, established Wobe's female agent program, oversaw the early stage growth of the app's user base through on-the-ground marketing, and initiated partnerships with local cooperatives. She and her team also provided feedback and direction based on input received from real users to help tweaking the user interface and app functionality, and communicated this with the team of developers in Bangalore, India. 

She has a strong marketing and communication background from her other experiences working for global advertising agencies in Jakarta and Singapore, and is now running her own consultancy firm focusing on social entrepreneurship and business impact, while honing her skills on human-centered design thinking.

Clare Harrison

Clare Harrison is the founder of Start Me Up, a startup that runs entrepreneurial education programmes in Mexico, Spain and Bali, Indonesia.   She spent eight years as a business journalist writing for The Times and The Telegraph before going on to launch several startups while working as a PR consultant for small businesses.   Clare's attended several startup weekends both as a mentor and as a participant and has experience of fundraising, product development, marketing, PR and business development. 

Cori Orak
Owner and Operations at Ethnotek

Cori Orak is Minnesota Native who has lived and worked abroad since 2006. Taught English as a second language, ran a coffee shop, volunteered at hospitals and orphanages, taught Kindergarten, preschool and was campus coordinator for an international preschool before joining her husband in owning their own company. Cori loves giving talks, joining both life and business-focused discussions and she is an advocate for mental health. She has faced millions of personal and professional challenges over the past 12 years and loves sharing both her failures and success with others.

Dai Manuel
Lifestyle and Wellness Coach

Dai Manuel is an award-winning digital thought leader and author, executive performance coach and certified lifestyle mentor who empowers people to lead a FUN-ctionally fit life through education, encouragement, and community. Dai models his work based on 5 F’s: Fitness, Family, Finances, Faith with an overarching roof of FUN, built on a rock-solid foundation of Health.
Dai is also a super dad, dating his wife, and extremely grateful to be living life on his terms with his family around the globe.

Egor Borushko
Co-Founder of Running Remote / Founder of Cushti / International Growth Manager

Egor is a Russian-born graduate from the University of Westminster in London. After a career in business development & marketing, he moved to Bali in 2009. A few years as Green Camp's Co-Director at Green School Bali he went to pursue IT. Since then Egor has been working from home and travels around the world. He recently launched a conference on remote work, Running Remote, before which he was in charge of international growth for a time-tracking tool for distributed teams. He also believes that nomadism is just at a starting point and that correct collaboration & lifestyle tools are your First Aid.

Hani Fauzia
Communications Manager at IGDORE

Hani is a former journalist from Bandung, Indonesia. She finished her masters in Media Practice for Development and Social Change at Sussex University last year. She moved to Ubud earlier this year and now works as a communication manager for IGDORE (Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education) where she joins the fight to improve the quality of science and the scientists' quality of life. Previously, Hani had been involved in several sociopreneur projects in Indonesia and the UK.

Jake Orak
Founder & CEO of Ethnotek

Jake Orak is from Minnesota, USA and has been a product designer for 12 years. His socially responsible travel and laptop bag business, Ethnotek employs artisans around the world for their traditional handmade textiles that are built into every bag and backpack that he designs himself. Jake runs the business with his wife Cori online out of Hubud. Jake has worn all the hats a startup business owner can and he's thrilled to share his experiences and expertise as a coach during Startup Weekend Bali.

Lavinia Iosub
Managing Partner at

Lavinia runs Livit, a Bali-based hub and international service provider for tech startups. Together with a team of kick-ass individuals, she builds inspiring environments where productivity, innovation, community, and adventure go hand-in-hand. Livit provides a wide range of business support services as well as a consultancy with regards to building high-performance global teams, who are fully capable of working remotely with maximum productivity.

Her professional and personal experiences span 4 continents, 35+ countries, and a few different industries. She is a future of work enthusiast. She can give you insight on tools and systems to help digital nomads and remote teams stay connected, productive and motivated

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Bali: Digital Nomadism 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.


Coworking Partner

Organizing Team

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

  • Kasyfi Reynold
  • Maria
  • Vitto


Ashley Uy
Project Manager at Symph

Ashley is a Cebu-based community builder working as a Product Owner/Account Executive at Symph, a development studio and startup foundry. Her passion is to help develop the Philippines’ startup ecosystem by working with the Philippine tech startup and design community.

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