Startup Weekend Dublin - City Edition

    Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Dublin - City Edition

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

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

4 Barrow Street
Dublin, County Dublin D04 E5W5

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

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. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) 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.
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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
Lean Canvas Training.
30 minute workshop on tools that can help you scale both your ideas and your businesses.

10:15 am
Start Hacking
Implementing the Lean Canvas and start validating.

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
Dinner and Presentations Submission

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Alan Costello
Venture Investment Leader @ NDRC

Alan is a Venture Investment Leader with NDRC where he sources and supports early stage tech startups.

He has spent ten years developing early stage startups - strategy towards growth and the investment needed to support that growth. 

He is also a founder of the M1PaymentsCorridor creating a major payments cluster in Ireland.

Event Judges

Natalie Novick
Research Lead,

Natalie Novick is the research lead for, Europe's premier technology industry information portal and market intelligence platform.

A sociologist by training, she also serves as the research director for the European Startup Initiative, a non-profit research group that works to facilitate mutual understanding between municipalities and their startup ecosystems.

Natalie's research focuses on early-stage entrepreneurship and the development of healthy startup communities, a topic that she has dedicated her work to promoting across Europe and beyond. She is the author of  Seed the Future, a new report by written in collaboration with Stripe and Techstars. #givefirst

Pete Townsend
Founder, Advisor, Consultant & Speaker

Pete is a founder, consultant, speaker and podcaster with 24-years experience in wealth and asset management, fintech and advisory.

Through Norio Ventures, a specialist advisory firm based in Dublin that he founded in 2016, Pete partners with fintech founders and leadership teams of established financial firms to build new ventures.

Lately, Pete has been spending most of his time in fintech-driven blockchain and distributed ledger technology projects in Ireland and abroad.

Pete is also the co-host of Money Never Sleeps, a podcast that looks inside the minds of entrepreneurs and at what makes them do what they do.  

Prior to his life in the wild, Pete was the chief operating officer and global head of product development for a division of BNP Paribas and director on the board of its Irish franchise for ten years.  He began his career in Boston in 1995 at Fidelity Investments and then departed for six years of servicing hedge funds in Bermuda before moving to Ireland in 2006.

Lewize Crothers
CEO/ Founder, Exit Entry

Exit Entry is a data analytics company  that showcases and measures the soft skills of third level students in an interactive way and connects them with work opportunities. We are building the first global student community of opportunity.

With over 20 years experience in design and project management, Lewize is passionate about creating an impact for students globally. A self confessed chocoholic and  animal lover who goes slightly bonkers for architecture (Zaha Hadid), the smell of the sea, Jeremy Irons and simple but life changing solutions.  

Colm O'Grada
Global Lead, ML and Business Analytics, Trust and Safety (Search), Google

Colm is an analytics leader at Google with over 10 years analytics experience across academia and Tech. Having recently returned to Ireland after several years working across Google and YouTube in both London and California, he is the global lead for ML and Business Analytics at Google's Search Trust and Safety Function.

His interests include business strategy and organisational development to maximise the utility of data within organisations, and the cultural change that is true analytical thinking.

David Tighe
Head of Enterprise and Innovation, Bank of Ireland

Dave has spent 18 years in Retail Banking in Ireland after graduating from Trinity College. David also holds an MBA from Manchester Business School. 

He has extensive experience across digital banking, the payments industry and innovation in financial products. He has been responsible for Credit Card, Deposits and Current Account product strategies and has delivered multiple new retail products to the Irish market.

His recent role in Bank of Ireland looks at long term planning, consumer behaviour changes, market planning and incubation and the integration of fintech and innovative start-ups. He is responsible for Bank of Ireland workbench and Startlab initiatives which incubate and support the vibrant tech ecosystem across Ireland. He is also responsible for the Bank of Ireland Enterprise programme supporting business and community growth in Ireland through National Enterprise Towns and Awards and the digital platform

Coaches and Mentors

Brian Kenny
Founder at MiniCorp

Brian founded MiniCorp, an international digital product agency that nurtures ideas from concept to successful products. Brian helps startups and enterprises to rapidly define, test and build their product. He also helps them to secure investment and assist in building out their teams internationally during high growth periods.

Brian has leveraged the growth of MiniCorp to create and invest in multiple product ideas. Prior to the inception of MiniCorp, Brian co-founded Media inMotion, a steaming wireless in-flight entertainment, travel,  and retail platform.

Anne Connolly
CEO, Smart Ageing Exchange

Anne has been deeply involved in ‘the business of ageing’ and the ‘smart ageing economy for the last 13+ years.

She is currently involved in establishing SALLI (the Smart Ageing Living Labs of Ireland) as a preeminent telehealth-and remote care facility for addressing the health and care needs of our rapidly ageing global population. 

This follows on from her role as founding CEO of ISAX, the Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange, which was established in 2015 to exploit the business opportunities for Ireland in the rapidly emerging global smart ageing economy.

Prior to that she founded and ran the Ageing Well Network, a think-tank comprising senior policy makers, academics, NGOs and experts in the area of ageing, providing a forum for addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by population ageing.

Outside of work - she is currently the Chair of Teac Damsa (international award winning contemporary dance company) and a governor of the Royal Hospital Donnybrook; she has recently stood down from the board of SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland).

She has previously been a director of a number of boards –  An Post, Chair Simon Community Ireland, ICC Bank, Agency for Personal Service Overseas.  

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.

Laura McLoughlin
Deputy Head of Product, Ryanair

Laura has been working in the area of product development for over 5 years, coming from a background of business analysis, web testing and structural engineering. Her experience is primarily based in e-commerce sites across the insurance and travel sectors with a core focus on improving customer experience for online booking and solving problems while also driving increased revenue growth and sales.

She has a keen interest in how the future of travel planning and booking will evolve and how an online platform can support this through data, technology and serving real customer needs while maintaining the excitement of going to new, spontaneous or favourite places.

Laura has previously supported and helped organise internal idea generation sessions and 24-hr Hackathons.

Kim McKayed
Technical Director of SPIRE Intelligent Vehicle Rescue

After high achievements delivering networks for Bank of Ireland with British Telecom, Kim left corporate and began working in the gig economy with his upstart 311 Solutions.

After applying DevOps with Cloud Computing in the Automotive Industry, specifically on digital roadside assistance, Kim became a co-founder of SPIRE which featured on Microsoft's Customer Stories and is now funded by Enterprise Ireland as a High Potential Startup scaling to the UK.

As a finalist in Google's Spring 2018 Adopt A Startup programme, Kim's focus has gone under the hood into the Connected Car with his spin out Bumblebee AIR, a value-based enterprise using IoT for Driver Experience, Transparency, and Sustainability in Smart Cities. Using an eclectic blend of Ai, Mobility, and IoT OBDII (OnBoard Diagnostics) Kim is currently on Enterprise Ireland's New Frontiers 2 programme at DIT HotHouse and is based at Dogpatch Labs Google for Entrepreneurs. 

Deborah Somorin
Assistant Manager at PwC

Deborah completed a degree in Accounting and Finance at DCU in 2014. She then went on to complete a Masters in Accounting in DCU in 2015 which helped earn her a place at PwC.

She is a qualified chartered accountant, and in 2017 she began sharing her story of overcoming adversity to help change the stigma attached with youth homelessness. She has won the JCI Dublin Ten Outstanding Young Persons award for 2018 and the JCI Ireland Ten Outstanding Young Persons award for 2018 as a result of her work in this area. 

She recently founded Empower the Family, a not for profit company which aims to open student accommodation with affordable quality childcare for single parents between 18-23 in third level education. Empower the family is one of the acts for the UN SDG’s with a focus on 3 goals, poverty alleviation, reducing inequality and providing access to quality education. Empower the Family was a finalist for the Social Entrepreneur Awards in 2018. Deborah was also a finalist for the Newstalk Female Social Entrepreneur award for 2018.

In addition, Deborah currently sits on the board of directors for Chartered Accountants Support which supports members and students of Chartered Accountants Ireland. 

Alexey Rashevskiy
Founder of Appuchino

Alexey is the founder of Appuchino and a software developer with over 15 years of experience. 

He is running mobile software development company Appuchino helping businesses from start-ups to an enterprise to deliver the best mobile experience to the market. Alexey is extremely passionate about creating beautiful and simple mobile experiences. 

Before founding Appuchino Alexey was working in smart card industry across the globe - Russia, Ireland, Singapore for almost 9 years. 

Susan Moran
Coach, The Mobile Coach and You

Hi, I'm Susan. I'm a start-up too ... at The Mobile Coach and You. 

I'm passionate about experiences, people, and ideas.   

My passion led me towards a sharp career pivot ... from finance and investments to psychology and coaching.

If I could describe myself in five words ... open, creative, compassionate, intuitive, and flexible.  

My words of wisdom ... 'there is no perfect solution, there are many good options.'

Gianluca Caccamo
Growth Lead, WeWork

Ex Rocket Internet and Google, Gianluca has grown his career in different sales & marketing roles working with organisations of different cap, vertical and geography for their user acquisitions needs.

He embodies the values of community development and entrepreneurship, having fostered communities like Startup Weekend, Google for Entrepreneurs,

Currently consulting at WeWork helping teams to increase productivity, retain talent, commoditise innovation and do what they love most.

Graham O'Connor
Product Manager, HubSpot

Graham is a Product Manager at HubSpot where he partners with teams of engineers and designers to develop customer service software.

Since graduating from DCU in 2008 with a Bsc in Computer Applications, Graham has amassed years of product development experience working for Irish Startups OpenJaw Technologies and Realex Payments as well as multi-nationals such as Oracle and HubSpot.

He is extremely passionate about creating products that customers truly love and is energised by entrepreneurs that share his passion.

Jonny Cosgrove
CEO @ meetingRoom

Jonny is a tech entrepreneur based in Dublin, holds a Trinity MBA and CEO of Irish-based collaboration platform  
Jonny is a champion of #RemoteWorking. Jonny founded in 2017, it is already establishing itself as a leader in the corporate team collaboration space, featuring in Hot 100 Startups,  Forbes and on the road to building the #FutureofWork.  Jonny recently won the Dublin DLR County Final of Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur with Best Business Idea.

Jonny leads the Dublin Chapter for the newly founded Grow Remote community movement to help make Ireland the remote working capital of the world.
Jonny has a not-so-secret love for hackathons and building world-changing products in a weekend, having previously organised Europe's largest blockchain hackathon in Dublin in 2016 and won a number of hardware hackathons where he met future co-founders and life-long friends. 
Jonny can lend his mentoring has worked in many different streams of tech and business (telecoms, data protection, blockchain, hardware, software, events, marketing, concerts, non-profits, fashion) and has worked remotely between the US and Ireland since 2007.  For Startup Weekend feel free to ask Jonny about anything at all but specifically about presenting the business case for your innovation, the value of data protection and privacy and how to present the value of what you've done in a weekend with your team at the weekend.

Dave Linehan
Engineer & Project Manager

Dave is an engineer, project manager, and speaker, who is passionate about all things self development.

A former chair of Young Engineers in Ireland, Dave has participated in several Hackathons and Startup Weekends. Dave runs a blog about presentation and public speaking skills called Communicate You blog and this year he launched the Tribe of Speakers podcast. 

Shane O'Brien
Investment Director, Aviva Investors

Shane is a Senior Investment Director at Aviva Investors. He is primarily based in Dublin but his role covers both the Irish and UK market where he and his team work extensively with the Aviva sales teams to help improve their sales pitch and simplify customer and broker messaging to drive additional sales.

Since graduating from DCU in 2005, he has worked within the investment industry and maintained a consistent focus on sales and presentation skills with a forward thinking customer approach. Shane’s a frequent speaker at Ireland and beyond investment events and provides regular video updates to the Investment industry covering a broad range of markets and themes.

Colin Keogh
Mechanical Engineer, Designer & Innovator (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.

Ed Fidgeon-Kavanagh
Chief Presentationist, Clearpreso

Ed is a pitch consultant who has helped startup clients raise over $20 Million in funding.

He helps his clients to deliver winning presentations that replace the usual “death by powerpoint” style of presentation with one that is simple, clear and engaging.

Having come from a business background he approaches presentations from both a business-sense as well as design standpoint, knowing that for a winning pitch both aspects need to be well thought out.

Jerry O'Sullivan
Digital and Innovation Program Manager, Ryanair

Jerry is a serial intraprenuer who has successfully run numerous internal hackathon events in different companies and industries that have resulted in a numerous high value strategic projects being delivered.

Jerry’s journey in innovation started at a startup weekend in 2013 when a young beardless Gene Murphy introduced him to the concept, since then he has been hooked and is a huge supporter of the format to  give people the opportunity to work on a project that they believe will make a difference.

Commercially, Customer and delivery focused Jerry will help you find your MVP or even your ETP if you ask him nicely to validate your idea quickly and learn from real customers.

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Tetiana Siianko
Sweden Foodtech Program Manager

überpassionate about making things happen, smart people, music, art, skiing and dance. Working on saving the world via foodtech and bridging the gap between arts & technology. Love doing silly movies in my free time.

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Anthony Feerick
Business Development Manager, Creative Collisions

Previously an investment analyst where he dealt with hundreds of software companies across all industries pitching for  pre-seed investment. This included everything from tinder for dogs to connecting to the dark web to avoid the Americans so has seen a bit of everything.

Has since moved to an ecommerce start-up but has been involved in multiple start-up weekends and is interested in changing the way we do business.

Etienne Garcia
Agency Account Manager at Google

Account Strategist @Google / Founder @Junior_ESCE & Food Hunter / Organizer @StartupWeekend & @StartupGrind. #startup #frenchtech and #entrepreneurship lover.

Gennadii Nissenbaum
Partner Manager - Startups@Google Ireland

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