Startup Weekend Dublin: Student Edition

    Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Dublin: Student Edition

Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015

Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Google HQ
Gordon House
Dublin, Ireland D2

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Got what it take to build the next big thing? Launch a startup in 54 hours over one weekend.

Startup Weekends are intense 54-hour events designed to let new technical and non-technical entrepreneurs launch a startup in a single weekend.  

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 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, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

This event is open to students at second & third level, and also recent 2015 graduates.

Startup Weekend Student Edition will be hosted at the Google Campus. Meals will be included on each day.


Friday November 13th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 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 14th

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 15th

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!


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.

Ciara Judge
Student Entrepreneur - CEO at PurchaseMate

Ciara Judge is a seventeen-year-old scientist and entrepreneur from
Kinsale in Ireland. Over the past three years she has won the BT Young
Scientist, the EU Young Scientist and the Google Science Fair with her
teammates Emer and Sophie for their research on the work of rhizobium
with cereal crops. In September of 2014 Time Magazine named her as
being one of the 25 most influential teens worldwide. She is now
codirector of her first company, Germinaid Innovations, with Emer
Hickey. This summer she attended a business course in MIT where she
established and is now CEO of PurchaseMate.

Deborah O'Neill
University Programs Lead, EMEA at Google

Deborah drives strategy and planning for university outreach and programs to build Google’s short and long term candidate pipeline for EMEA.

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.

Dr. Patricia Scanlon
Founder and CEO of SoapBox Labs

Dr. Patricia Scanlon is Founder and CEO of SoapBox Labs an EdTech startup. SoapBox Labs is developing a Speech Technology based Assessment and Personalised Learning Platform for young children learning to read or learning a language. 
Patricia holds a PhD in Speech Technologies from University College Dublin. She has 18 years experience working across academia and industry. She has served as an Adjunct Lecturer for Trinity College Dublin. 
Patricia has held positions most notably for Columbia University in New York, IBM T.J. Watson Research Centre and Bell Labs, Alcatel Lucent. The most recent role in Bell Labs was working with business groups, research engineers, external companies and university collaborators to design and develop innovative products, as well as validating business models and commercialisation strategies across a range of industries. 

Richard Pearson
Founder & CEO at

Richard is a founder of a revolutionary new crowd funding platform for professional sports people, teams and clubs that brings athletes, fans and sponsors together online.

Gene Murphy
Co-Founder Startup Boost Pre-Accelerator

Gene loves Startups! He is the Co-Founder Startup Boost a global pre-accelerator program for pre seed startups, Co-Organiser Startup Week Dublin and works with startup communities, city's and VC funds to increase opportunities for entrepreneurs.   He has also organised, helped or facilitated over 20 Startup Weekends! Previously he was a Co-Founder of Startup Ireland and Entrepreneur In Residence at Bank Of Ireland.

Gennadii Nissenbaum
Partner Manager - Startups@Google Ireland

Olivier Ansaldi

Olivier Ansaldi is an Engineering Manager in Storage SRE, based in Dublin, Ireland. He joined the company in 2007 as a Software Engineer, before converting to SRE in 2009. He runs a team responsible for the largest repository of data ever assembled in human history. Husband and father of three, he enjoys playing the saxophone, riding bicycles over long distances and shooting with film cameras.

Event Judges

Patrick Walsh
Managing Director at Dogpatch Labs

Dogpatch Labs is a co-working space for technology startups which is located in Dublin’s iconic CHQ building. Took on ownership of the brand from Polaris Ventures and re-launched it under a pay to play model in a newer and larger facility.

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

Pendo O'Donoghue
Large Customer Sales Manager at Google

Pendo is the senior manager looking after a team of account managers and account strategists working with advertisers in Israel, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Africa. Supporting them as they work with clients to deliver excellent digital performance across a range of Google advertising products and evangelise about the value of online advertising.

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.

Kevin Sherry
Head High Potential Start Ups and Scaling @ Enterprise Ireland

Responsible for Enterprise Ireland's High Potential Start Up and Scaling activities

Coaches and Mentors

Sarah O'Farrell
Community Manager at SaaStock

I'm building a global community of SaaS companies @SaaStock. In my spare time I curate StartupDigest Dublin, and I previously spent 5 years supporting startups at NDRC

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.

Denis Dovgal

Online entrepreneur. Founder at Graduate from Academy of Art University and Stanford

Stephen Moran
Head of R&D, Bank of Ireland

Stephen leads Bank of Ireland's R&D programme in customer technologies. He has over 20 years’ experience with leading MNC's in engineering, research, and technology analyst roles, and is particularly focused on the potential of new platforms to radically alter international trade; improving the customer experience, increasing organisational efficiency, and reducing costs. Stephen holds an honours degree in Physics from Durham University, a postgraduate diploma in Information Systems from DIT and currently serves on the European Banking Federation (EBF) and Euro Banking Association (EBA) blockchain and smart payments taskforces.

Brendan Sutton

Brendan is a Co Founder at LoPoly. He is an expert in Animation, UI/Web Design, Audio and Programming.
His start up LoPoly games is currently developing their first major platform release for Steam, Xbox One and Playstation 4 due for release in 2016. LoPoly are supported by the NDRC Launchpad start-up accelerator programme and Enterprise Ireland's Competitive Start-up Fund.

Shonagh Hurley
EMEA Strategic Agency Consultant at HubSpot

Shonagh, a Start Up Weekend veteran, has experience across the full digital spectrum, from product development to online marketing to digital strategy. With a Masters and undergraduate in Computer Science, specialising in hardware description languages, from Trinity College, Shonagh's first role after university was with MCD, Ireland’s largest music promotor, where she started as a front end web developer and became Head of Digital shortly after. While at MCD she led all digital projects including app and web development for Oxegen, at the time Ireland’s largest music festival. Shonagh then joined a creative agency, where as she led the digital team and worked with global brands such as Live Nation, eBay, Coca Cola and Heineken. Key projects during Shonagh’s tenure at Thinkhouse included rebuilding the 3Arena and Bord Gais Energy Theatre’s digital assets.

Shonagh is now working as a EMEA Strategic Agency Consultant for HubSpot helping agencies, many of them at the start-up stage, integrate HubSpot software, scale and expand their businesses. 

Shonagh will be available at the weekend and happy to advise and chat on anything from design to product to growth.

David Scanlon
Dublin Chapter Director at Startup Grind

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).

Richard Donelan
Founder of IrishStartUpTV

Roisín Carroll
Digital Project Manager at Neuro Hero

Roisín has over 6 years experience in Communications Campaigns & Digital Project Management with expertise in the Education, Digital Health & not for profit sector. 

Iñaki Villar
Google Developer Expert for Android

Iñaki is a Mobile Software Engineer with a big passion for Android development who is currently working in Ireland. He previously worked with Bank apps in Spain and tourism apps. He is a new Google Developer Expert for Android in Ireland and a Co-organizer of GDG Mallorca. Iñaki enjoys any development related to Android.

Barry Walsh
Online Sales Manger & Digital Marketing Executive at OSD

Barry Walsh from OSD Digital is a Digital Marketing Mentor for the Failte Ireland Digital supports team for over 4 years, including Bank of Ireland Digital Expert and Digital Skills Trainer for ISME, ITAA, LEO. Barry’s passion in life is online marketing, development of new innovative ideas and utilising all available digital marketing outlets to make these idea/product/concept a success. With over 7 years’ experience in Information Technology and Communication sector in business to business sales, Marketing, customer/ client training

Chloe Delahousse

Chloe is passionate about marketing strategies. She works for Google to help the biggest French Fashion & Beauty brands shape their digital marketing. During her free time, she gives Digital Marketing seminars to Business School Master students.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Dublin: Student Edition 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

  • Daniel
  • Rafiq
  • Masha
  • Rebecca
  • Tracey
  • Artem
  • Gennadii
  • Anastasia


John Beadle
Director of Startup Weekend

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