Startup Weekend Dublin

    Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Startup Weekend Dublin

Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015

Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Google HQ
Barrow St
Dublin, Ireland

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Friday April 10th

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 April 11th

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 April 12th

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!


Paul Hayes
CEO of Beachhut - TECH MENTOR

Paul is the CEO of Beachhut, a market-wolfing consultancy firm.  He was previously the marketing Director of Havok and Demonware. He is a marketing mentor to over 50 tech start-ups and works with a number of incubators, entrepreneurs and investors in Europe and the US . He is a founder of Games Ireland and regularly hosts tech conferences and panels in Ireland and beyond. He is also available for weddings and children's parties.

Gary Leyden
Director at NDRC LaunchPad - SPEAKER

Gary is an early stage technology investor. As Director of NDRC LaunchPad, he specialises in helping new ventures to create value propositions that contribute to building repeatable and scalable business models. He has invested in over 100 startups during the last four years, including Soundwave, Boxever, Fieldaware, Logentries, Newswhip, Bizimply and VideoElephant. As an entrepreneur himself, he founded both Computer Gym And Vrising. With a background in the ICT sector, Gary brings a strong customer focus to the organisations with which he works, aligning technical solutions with customer problems. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and holds an MBA from the Smurfit Graduate School of Business.

Shane Lynn
Founder & CEO Kill Biller

Shane Lynn is co-founder and CEO of KillBiller Ltd. Shane previously worked in engineering and machine learning research, covering fields as diverse as semiconductor manufacture, space propulsion, and autonomous vehicles. Most recently, Shane worked as manager on the Deloitte Ireland Analytics team before embarking on his startup adventure, KillBiller. At KillBiller, Shane applies his analytics and data visualisation skills to work out the best value mobile phone plans for Irish users.

Connor Keppel
Head of Marketing at Phorest Salon

Connor Keppel is head of marketing at Phorest Salon Software, an Irish tech company that Forbes describes as the 'leading salon software provider' that operates predominantly in the US, UK, Irish Finnish

Connor was the first marketing person in Phorest and built a team of 6 marketeers in less than 18 months while increasing lead generation by multiples year-on-year. Phorest is a company that is built on bootstrapping techniques and his specialities lie in lead generation, developing marketing teams and delivering growth on small budgets.

Event Judges

Colette Sexton

Colette Sexton is a journalist with The Sunday Business Post.

She previously worked in communications for SkillPages, a recruitment start-up in Dublin. Prior to that, she worked as a sub-editor for the Irish Daily Mail and the Hull Daily Mail. She completed an internship at the Post in 2012, and was news editor of NUIG's student newspaper SIN from 2011 to 2012.

She was bitten by the start-up bug in 2010, when she worked for Apprivo, a start-up in San Francisco during her J1. She has also volunteered as a media and communications professional at the NDRC Female Founders pre-accelerator programme.

A native of Co Clare, she holds a BA in History, Politics, Sociology and Social Studies from the University of Limerick and an MA in Journalism from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Find her @colette_sexton

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

Kathryn O'Donoghue
Director, Ads Policy Operations EMEA at Google

Kathryn joined Google in Dublin in 2009 where she is the currently the EMEA Director of Monetized Product Quality Operations. Prior to this role in Google, Kathryn was the global Director of Insights & Improvements for the Small to Medium Business Services organisation leading customer research, business & operations analysis, project management & process improvement teams based in Ireland, India & the United States.  She has also held roles as Head of Advertiser Sales & Services for SMB SEEMEA (South East Europe Middle East & Africa) and Ad Operations teams across multiple languages.

Prior to Google Kathryn spent 12 years working for General Electric in a number of roles. She joined GE Global Consumer Finance, part of GE Capital, in Ireland as a Senior IT Program manager leading European wide projects and in 1999 she moved to the Italian GE Consumer Finance business where she led the project to replace all of the bank’s lending systems.   Three years later she subsequently moved to GE Capital Bank (now GE Money) in Switzerland where she was appointed as Chief Information Officer and in 2006 she became Regional CIO for GE Money in South West Europe based in Paris where she led the IT organization across six businesses in Switzerland, France, DOMs, Spain, Portugal & Italy.

After graduating from Trinity College, Dublin, Kathryn was an IT Consultant for almost 10 years initially with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) and later with Ernst & Young where she worked on and led assignments to design, develop & implement IT systems for financial services, public sector, manufacturing & technology clients both in Ireland and internationally.  

Recent recognition:

- 2012 WXN Top 25 Women

- 2013 Irish Independent Top 50

- 2014 Technology Voice Top 38

Eamon Leonard
Dubliner, Founder, Advisor, Angel.

Eamon Leonard is a founder, an advisor to start-ups, an angel investor, and a tech community organiser. Based in Ireland, he sold his company, Orchestra (a Platform-as-a-Service), to Engine Yard Inc., in 2011. There, he held the roles of VP Engineering and VP Developer Relations until August 2014.

He is currently in the process of founding a distillery, and will continue to invest in startup teams, products and opportunities.

Con Quigley
Corporate Finance Partner, BDO International

Con is venture capital and valuations specialist with BDO in Ireland - the world's largest Europe-led Accountancy network with over 55,000 employees and over 1200 offices in 138 countries. 

He has a track record of building strong and successful relationships between management teams and their founders through 25 years of success in leadership roles with KPMG, HBC (founder), Eyre Hotels (founder), Horwath HTL, Pyramus Capital Partners (founder), Wellesley Investments & Pensions (founder) and for clients as diverse as Kentz, EI Electronics, Aer Rianta International, Monex, Safeguard Scientifics, GPA, Messerschmidt Boelkow Blohm, Greensource,, Kernel Capital, ACT, Seroba Capital, Eternity Capital, Vista Healthcare, Lonsdale Capital Partners, Bluestone, Grandon Homes, Brindley Group, Associated Hardware,  Cornstore Group, Omega Aviation.

As a business founder himself, Con brings practical insight to valuations, strategic reviews, tax-structuring, accounting for, negotiating and exiting management-led investments in Ireland, the US and the UK. 

Con develops robust valuation methodologies for complex and intangible business assets especially IP, market-rights, contentious share values and strategic interests.

Con was a repeat-prize winning student at CAI, AITI, Marketing Institute of Ireland, NUIG and LSU Banagher. Con is an active member of the board of EVA International is Ireland's Biennial of Contemporary Art and a member of the advisory board of J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, NUIG

Tá an-suim ag Con i gcúrsaí cultúrtha, cumarsáide agus staire. Caitheann se a chuid ama saor le ceol, le h-ealaín, agus le scannáin. Tugainn sé tacaíocht d’fhoireann sacair agus d’fhoireann rugbaí na hÉireann agus is leanúnaí dílis é d’fhoireann iománaíochta agus peile na Gaillimhe.

Joan Mulvihill
CEO Irish Internet Association

Was appointed CEO of the Irish Internet Association in November 2009 and is privileged to work with the best and brightest of technology start-ups as well as supporting more traditional businesses in the adoption of web-based technologies. Over the past five years, the IIA has led new initiatives such as ‘Digitise the Nation’ and ‘Clicktailing’ to bridge the digital divide, as well developing policy on Digital Skills and Open-Data and driving business growth through Digital Marketing, eCommerce and Cloud Computing. 
Prior to joining the IIA, spent 8 years working in retail within the Kingfisher Group in London and Amsterdam before returning to Ireland in 2002 to work with Becton Dickinson's global sourcing team with procurement responsibilities across Europe and the US. From there moved to a senior consulting role within leading international professional services firm, BDO International.

Winner, 2011 “Professional Business Woman of the Year” Award, Image Publications

Winner, 2012 “Best Public Affairs Campaign”, PR Excellence Awards, PRCA, PRII, CIPR

Winner, 2013 “Innovation Luminary” Award - Innovation Champion for Ireland

Winner, 2013 Dublin “Lord Mayor Awards”, Dublin Digital Champion

Coaches and Mentors

Andreea Wade
Co Founder & CEO at

Andreea is the co-founder of Opening. She has a background in coding, design, journalism, events, advertising, marketing and product management. She is a connector of people, a key tech community member, founder of AskATon and StartupHiking, organiser of a number of Startup Weekends in Dublin and a member of the Women in Technology and Science (WITS) Ireland board. Andreea is a startup mentor, having mentored in all the major incubators and accelerators in Dublin. You will sometimes find her on a stage

Alia Lamaadar

From cleantech to travel, Alia has enjoyed (and endured) many years working in startups across a host of diverse industries. Her current gig is Tapir, a clever customer referral tool built exclusively for clever startups. Having lived and worked in 7 countries across 4 continents, notable highlights of her 10-year career in product and business development include:• Identifying and executing on partnerships with large multinationals, such as Lockheed Martin, TicketMaster, The Emirates Group, Lonely Planet, and Air Canada• eCommerce management for the second largest sporting event in the world: The World Police & Fire Games• Learning from the trenches at a startup that recently went bust owing $68M (failing is so hot right now)

David Bowles
Delta Partners VC

David Bowles joined Delta in 2012 where he focuses primarily on ICT opportunities in Ireland and the UK.

Following time at IBM and Merrill Lynch, David joined McKinsey & Company Consulting where he advised a wide range of clients including internet start ups, mobile phone operators and private equity firms.

After McKinsey, David joined the senior management team of ezetop as the Head of Online and Head of Product before leaving to advise a number of multi-nationals and start-up companies in the areas of online sales, technology and fund-raising.

David received a Masters in Business from Smurfit Business School, University College Dublin (2007) and a BA Mod in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin (2006).

Eva Grundy-Lawrence
Creative Lead & Designer TNS

Never seen without a coffee in her hand and a pencil in her hair, Eva has worked in the Design Industry in Ireland for almost 15 years. A graduate of NCAD, The Grafton Academy and BCFE, she started her career in Fashion for a major multinational, where she learned much about the design process and production in the Far East.  She later broadened her experience into Textiles, Graphics and then Branding and Consumer Electronics. 
Eva has worked at TNS (part of the PCH Family) for 6 years and as Creative Lead, she  oversees all branding and creative.  She also designs all in-house ODM projects and helps new brands find their voice in an often overcrowded marketplace.  Over the years, she has worked on projects for Apple APRs, Vodafone, Orla Kiely, One Direction, HMV, Walmart, Target and Dixons as well as Klipsch, BubbleBum and last year she designed a range of products for Bear Grylls. 

Eoin Hurrell
Data Research Scientist

Eoin is a data scientist with a doctorate in machine learning and experience in multiple analytics-focused startups. His technical skills include experimental design, data pipelines, analytics suites and languages such as Python and Clojure. He co-organises Doodleledo Dublin and doodles far too much.

Fionnuala Healy
Startup Development Manager, Trinity College Dublin

Fionnuala advises startups emerging from academic research, supporting innovations from idea through to economic impact. Previously, she was CTO of Gotcha Ninjas, an EdTech startup, and a strategy consultant and business advisor with Garavogue Consulting, and has a proven track record in leading and delivering complex engineering and IT global projects. She has a particular interest in effectively using big data and the resulting data security, protection, and privacy issues, and is an advocate of privacy by design. She became an engineer after watching a few too many episodes of MacGyver, loves it when a startup plan comes together, and in her spare time is a SUXmas elf. She is passionate about successfully supporting teams in delivering new and innovative ideas from inception to market success.

Glen Mulcahy
Innovation Lead RTÉ

Jason Ruane
Technical Director, Co-founder at

Jason is the CTO and co-founder of Eventovate and He has 15 years experience in programming, systems architecture, hardware, automation and most recently, the Internet of Things. Across the years, he has built dozens of websites and apps in half a dozen languages, automated hundreds of machines, led product teams and been through the VC funding journey. He has won his fair share of hackathons and is delighted to dig in and help out.

Jon Bayle
Founder & CEO Deposify

Jon is the founder and CEO of Deposify. Jon has over 10 years as a corporate finance lawyer with one of Ireland’s leading law firms specialising in technology M&A.

Kim Pham
‎Head of Platform at Frontline Ventures

Kim has been working at early-stage startups in New York and Boston since she was 16, at companies like Blue Apron, Foursquare, and HowAboutWe. She received a Marketing & Computer Science degree at NYU, where she led NYC's largest student developer & designer organisation. After learning the ropes of early-stage investing at Atlas Venture (Cambridge, MA) and SoftBank Capital (NYC), she became founding partner of Dorm Room Fund, a $.5M student-run venture fund investing in startups throughout the East Coast. Kim moved to Dublin last June to join the Frontline Ventures team, where she focuses on their growing portfolio of enterprise SaaS companies.

Karl Manning
Head of Sales & Revenue, Bank of Ireland

Karl is Head of Sales & Revenue for Bank of Ireland. For the past 16 years he has held key leadership positions in Retail Banking, Wealth Management and Direct Sales both in the UK and Ireland. He holds the QFA and an Msc in Management Practice. 

Luca Boschin
CEO LogoGrab

Luca Boschin is the co-founder and business leader of LogoGrab. Luca has extensive expertise in the development and commercialization of computer vision technologies.

Niamh Breslin
‎Business Development Manager, Emerging Business - IDA Ireland

Niamh qualified  with a degree in Computational Linguistics before working with Lionbridge Technologies as a software localisation engineer. She has over 8 years experience working with tech multinationals through her role in IDA Ireland, and most recently has been focused on helping European high growth startups scale internationally. Niamh has helped over 30 of these companies with their international planning, location research and initial setups in Ireland.
An active member of the startup community in Europe, Niamh has mentored in a number of incubators and at events, including the world’s first tech accelerator for innovative eye related products, EyeFocus Accelerator in Berlin. She has a strong focus on business development, marketing and community building. 

Paul Watson

Paul is a full-stack web developer and current CTO of Storyful with 12 years of experience in the industry. He previously worked as senior web-developer maintaining and developing features for Europe's largest
and most popular music video website, Prior to this Paul spent 5 years in the TSSG developing research ideas into commercially viable products. He founded and developed the initial FeedHenry offering out of the TSSG before moving onto industry partnership projects with O2 and Thomas Crosbie Holdings. Paul's primary technical skills are in Ruby on Rails, SQL, JavaScript, HTML and CSS.

Russell Banks
CEO at Investor Sheet

Russell is CEO of Investor Sheet and a customer acquisition specialist.

A huge supporter of the Dublin Startup Eco-System, curating the Startup Digest Dublin, producing DublinBeta and previosuly an organiser of  Startup Weekend Dublin!

Serena Fritsch
Web Frontend Developer at Storyful - TECH MENTOR

Serena is a Front-End Web Developer for Storyful. She previously worked for various startups as front end and back end developer. Prior to that she was doing research in the Distributed Systems Group in Trinity College.
She loves enthusiastic people and creative people and co-organises Doodleledo Dublin.
Serena's primary technical skills are in JavaScript, HTML and CSS, Grails and a small bit of Ruby on Rails.

Shane Murphy
Marketing Director EMEA at AdRoll

Shane has worked for over 10 years taking new products and services to market and growing them for brands like Orange and PaddyPower. Currently EMEA Marketing Director for retargeting platform AdRoll, he is passionate about helping people build and grow their businesses.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend 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.
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  • Diego
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  • Patrick
  • Tracey
  • Maya
  • Cristina
  • Alia
  • Aimee


Vidar Andersen

I’m Vidar @blacktar Andersen and I don’t talk about myself in the third person. 
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I’m a Norwegian entrepreneur and Internet-based software veteran having created industry firsts for F500 enterprises and GOs, currently living in Cologne, Germany.
I found tech startups to solve problems, consult F100 enterprises on Corporate Entrepreneurship, lecture on startup entrepreneurship to students, keynote entrepreneurial events and volunteer for the local startup ecosystem, invest in & help early stage startups raise venture capital funding.

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