Startup Weekend Sustainability Dublin

    Friday, October 19 - 21, 2018

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Sustainability Dublin

Friday, October 19 - 21, 2018

Friday, October 19 - 21, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

42 Pearse Street
The Academy
Dublin, Ireland

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Startup Weekend Sustainability

54 hours to create and develop startup ideas that will have a positive impact on our planet.

Are you passionate about innovation? Design? Sustainable development? Want to work toward building a more sustainable future for all? Then look no further as we have the perfect event for you! Whether you are currently working within these industries or not, your personal experience, passion and perspective can enable the development of a successful idea. Anyone can help disrupt an industry and transform nations, regardless of what their skill set is. Programmers, Marketers, Strategists, Creative Professionals, Inventive Students and all around driven people will come together for this Startup Weekend of collaboration and innovation.

Startup Weekend Sustainability is the perfect opportunity to pitch an idea, gather a team and see if you can turn that idea into a startup that will support and enhance our economy, society and surrounding environment from the beginning. Whether the idea is sustainability-focused, or is simply a business which integrates sustainable practices in their operations and strategy, we will provide you with the tools to get your idea produced in an incredibly short amount of time, test it with potential consumers and pitch your startup to a panel of judges.

Don't have a startup idea? That doesn't matter, we want you anyway - and we would bet our bottom dollar that you will end up pitching something before the weekend is out!

What's different about this event?

To show that sustainability is the future of business, we are ensuring the entire event is a green event itself! Every element from our branded t-shirts to stationary, from food to waste disposal, we are incorporating ethical production and sustainably sourced or recycled materials throughout.

In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, joys and pressures that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company you will meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders and sponsors, all of whom are ready to help you get started. So whoever you may be and whatever dreams and aspirations you may have, come and take part in a weekend that could change your life and the future of many! And even if it doesn't, you can be sure that you will come away from the event with an extremely rewarding and memorable experience. 

Who is Startup Weekend Sustainability for?

It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend Sustainability is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including...
  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs
  • developers and other tech-related professionals
  • designers of all types
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.)
  • students from universities and even secondary school
  • professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills
  • passionate visionaries
  • lifelong learners and educators

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. Over the course of the weekend, you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your minimum viable product that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get mentoring, feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely!

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend-long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) vegan meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
  • Inspiration Speaker Series pre-event at Huckletree, October 10th @ 6pm
  • A jam-packed weekend of learning, innovation and FUN!
Feeling inspired? Join us for a very special weekend, and be a part of the global Techstars Startup Weekend movement!

Questions? Press inquiries? Email us at and don't forget to follow us on twitter and instagram @SwSustainDub

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Friday October 19th

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 October 20th

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 October 21st

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

Aideen O'Hora
Director Sustainable Innovation at Sustainable Nation Ireland

Aideen believes that the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient and circular economy requires everyone to do their part, and has more than 20 years experience working in the public and private sectors developing and delivering pioneering sustainability programmes to make that happen. Aideen has a wealth of experience in climate-aligned innovation, first as  CEO of The Green Way (Dublin’s cleantech cluster) and as a cofounder of Sustainable Nation Ireland, where both organisations were delivery partners for Climate KIC in Ireland.  Climate KIC is Europe’s main climate-innovation platform, and in delivering their Accelerator and ClimateLaunchpad programmes Aideen has supported >100 innovators and businesses to grow and scale their climate-aligned businesses. Prior to this Aideen was a Programme Manager with the Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI) and developed their highly successful Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC) programme, which now has over 200 Irish communities playing their part in creating a low carbon Ireland. Before joining SEAI, Aideen worked for Abbott Laboratories providing strategic sustainability support to 18 European facilities across eight countries, spanning multiple divisions, including pharmaceutical, nutritional and diagnostic. Aideen holds a Masters in Integrated Environmental Management (University of Bath), and a BSc in Environmental Science & Technology (Sligo IT).

Elie Shuggi
Global Head of Startup Delivery - Aviva

Elie works with the Start Up and Innovation community to identify emerging businesses, technologies and operating models that can deliver material results for Aviva.

Coaches and Mentors

Ali Sheridan
Sustainability Leader Ireland at IKEA Group

Ali has worked in sustainability for over ten years across the private, public, and NGO sectors both at home and abroad. She has been involved in the implementation of sustainable strategies and supply chains, stakeholder engagement and communication across a range of industries including textiles, food and technology. She is passionate in engaging as many people as possible in sustainability and finding solutions to the challenges of climate change through design and innovation. Ali has recently joined IKEA Ireland as Sustainability Leader where her work includes the delivery of their 'People and Planet' strategy, establishing IKEA as a leader in sustainable solutions, and the development of new circular business models and processes. Ali is also involved in a range of sustainability networks and initiatives across Ireland. Ali holds MSc Business Sustainability (UCD Smurfit), MSc Management for Sustainable Development (DCU), and a BSc Environmental Management (DIT).

Fin Goulding
International CIO - Aviva

Fin embraces change, transformation and innovation in equal measures. Always at the forefront of Technology and not frightened to experiment or challenge the status quo. He is currently the International CIO at Aviva Group with technical responsibility for Europe & India with a remit to kill legacy, drive their Digital agenda by introducing the next generation of Agile based on Flow Principles and to disrupt the insurance business by collaborating with FinTech/InsurTech startups. In his first book "Flow - A Handbook for Change Makers, Mavericks, Innovation Activists and Leaders", Fin explores what he calls the new world of Agile. The second book, "12 steps to Flow: The New Framework for Business Agility" delves into more detail and is backed up by a comprehensive training program. The third book, “From DevOps to Flow: Creating Teams That Win the Future” is the first part of a mini-series aimed at Executive education. Prior to Aviva, Fin joined Paddy Power as the Group CIO & CTO for Europe where he pioneered DevOps, Kanban, Continuous Delivery and an early variant of Flow where he discovered that Technology and Process change is relatively easy compared to cultural change.

Lorraine McCann
Senior Manager and Leader, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY Ireland

Lorraine McCann is a Senior Manager and Leader of EY Ireland’s Sustainability Services practice. 
Before returning to Ireland in 2016, Lorraine spent 6 years with EY Canada where she helped
companies across all sectors comply with ever-increasing regulatory and voluntary sustainability
Her experience has been focused on helping companies engage with stakeholders, undertake
materiality assessments, develop strategies, set and measure non-financial key performance
indicators, sustainability reporting advisory, sustainability risk assessments, sustainability assurance,
regulatory reporting and impact measurement.

Tom Popple
Senior Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability - Natural Capital Partners

Tom has years of experience in Business Development and Sustainability in both London and Dublin. He is passionate about enabling leaders to deliver on climate and sustainability goal. He is Co-founder of Climate Cocktail Club (CCC), a network for change in Ireland and beyond for action now on climate change and sustainable development, via empowered and enabled business professionals.

Tom is Senior Manager of Climate Change and Sustainability at Natural Capital Partners. He designs, develops and delivers high impact and value sustainability programmes for global businesses to reach their goals. Utilising results-based financing, impact measurement tools and client-focused engagement solutions, the client-focused programmes deliver measurable outcomes for climate change and sustainability objectives.

Aideen O'Dochartaigh
Research Co-ordinator - UCD Centre for Business and Society (CeBaS) and Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI)

Dr Aideen O'Dochartaigh is a researcher at the UCD College of Business, specialising in sustainability accounting and responsible business. She completed her PhD on sustainability accounting at the School of Management, University of St Andrews in Scotland, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCD, funded by the Irish Research Council. Most recently she has worked on a research project exploring the possibilities of sustainability reporting at a sectoral level, funded by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. Currently she works as Research Co-ordinator for a partnership project between the Centre for Business and Society and Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), a responsible business network. Aideen is a chartered accountant who has worked in practice with Deloitte and in industry with Irish Rail and Trinity College. She has a BSc in Equine Science and an MBS (Research) from the University of Limerick. 

Joe Borza
Co-Founder and CEO - EnergyElephant

Engineer and startup entrepreneur with a focus on ICT, energy data analytics and sustainability.

My experience incorporates over ten years of team leadership, engineering, technology development/deployment, project management and sustainability in a range of industries including smart cities, energy, environment, education, government, project management and financial reviews. 

My specialised experience includes: 
• Project management (interdisciplinary & technology);
• Software/app and business model development;
• Technology research, development and deployment;
• Energy/sustainability/environmental management systems (ISO 50001, ISO 14000); 
• Strategic planning and implementation;
• Sustainability/environmental/energy reporting;
• Regulatory compliance and negotiation;
• Environmental and energy legislation development/compliance;
• Greenhouse gas emission regulatory reporting and supply chain assessment;
• Sustainability policy development, implementation and assessment.

Serena De Stacpoole
Innovation Lead - Aviva Ireland

Previous Startup Weekend Dublin winner and weekend orgainser, Serena is an obscenely competitive Scrabble player who is currently working at Aviva Ireland as the Innovation Lead specialising in Marketing, Communications and Strategy. 

By night she founded the Order of Malta Knight Run in 2014 which is a weekly soup kitchen for the homeless community in Dublin – in partnership with Dublin Simon Community.

 All round startup supporter and champion make sure to chat to Serena on areas including marketing and of course scrabble strategies!

Colin Keogh
Research Engineer - UCD (Also Forbes 30 Under 30!)

Colin is an award winning Engineer leading new research in the Energy, Environment, 3D Printing and Innovation fields at UCD. He is completing a PhD in engineering in UCD focusing on improving innovation methodologies using disruptive technologies.He co-founded a social enterprise in 2014, The Rapid Foundation, which aims to disperse 3d printing technology to 3rd world locations and conduct printing workshops with schools in the UK and Ireland. This work won the IMechE 2016 Fritz Schumacher award, making him one of Forbes 30 Under 30 for Europe, JCI’s Ten Outstanding Young People for 2017 and as a 2017 Nissan Generation Next Ambassador.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Sustainability Dublin 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 Dublin is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Emily
  • Chloe
  • David
  • Mayerling


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Event Staff

Ahsan Kabirul
C.E.O / Founder at HazzPress

Former Founder & Editor in Chief - Point Squad. A technology and gaming point of news. 

Founder & CEO - HazzPress. An digital studio operating throughout the EU. We work with top clubs, enterprises and expanding small and startup businesses.

Karla Araque
Hub and Community Success

From Venezuela with a Bachelor in Economics and a Master Degree in International Business. Currently working in Ireland with Versari. Passionate about edtech and dark chocolate. Firm believer that dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.

Rachel Fay
Business Developer

Startup lover and tech enthusiast, Rachel worked for several early-stage startups while completing her Masters in Communication and Media in Paris. Recently graduated, Rachel decided to step out of her comfort zone by working in business development for growth stage software company in Dublin, Ireland. Lifelong learner and multipotentialite at heart, Rachel is always involved in different projects during her free time. She is currently helping Learning Tech Labs, an Irish edtech community, to scale.

Sinéad O' Keeffe
Team Lead @SWFashTech


Marc Picornell
Senior Manager

25+ years in IT and Telecomunication. Expert in Innovation, Lean Startup, Business Model and in Agile.  Entrepreneur

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