Startup Weekend - More Personal Computing, Microsoft Ventures, Haifa

    Wednesday, January 13 - 15, 2016


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Startup Weekend - More Personal Computing, Microsoft Ventures, Haifa

Wednesday, January 13 - 15, 2016



Wednesday, January 13 - 15, 2016
Event starts at 2:00 pm

Microsoft -Haifa R&D Center
Building No. 25, Matam
Haifa, Israel 3190501

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What is Startup Weekend and why should you take part?

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event for developers, designers and entrepreneurs. At the event you’ll get a chance to hack on your latest idea. Participants are able to either present their own concept and form a team around it or join forces with someone else. Over the weekend, you will be putting the foundations of a business case, designing and building a product prototype, testing your assumptions with a potential customer. In addition, over the weekend, you will have access to over ten industry experts and mentors who will help you bring your ideas to life. The grand finale of the event will take place on Friday at noon, where you and your team mates will get a chance to pitch the results of your weekend's work to a panel of amazing judges.  

We live in an exciting time in which new technologies are changing our interactions and relationships with computers. Therefore , we have chosen More Personal computing as the event’s theme.
 

So come join us and bring your idea to life!
 

Your ticket includes:

  • Passionate co-founders with diverse skill sets 
  • Top-notch mentorship from entrepreneurs, investors and more 
  • The opportunity to pitch in front of top founders and investors 
  • A state of the art co-working space
  • New relationships and experiences 
  • Great meals and snacks
  • The opportunity to donate the sum of 25 ILS to a great charity
  • An event to remember……




EVENT SCHEDULE

Wednesday January 13th


2:00 pm
Gathering& Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


2:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the upcoming 54 hours


3:00 pm
Idea Pitches
Optionally line up to give your pitch


4:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


4:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


5:00 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 team.


6:00 pm
Mentors Session #1
Sharpening your idea with coaches and then continue working till 10pm


7:00 pm
Dinner
Work till 22:00

Thursday January 14th


8:30 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:00 am
Begin Work
Start your day with Energy good vibes and your new team members


11:00 am
Mentors session #2
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


1:00 pm
Lunch


2:00 pm
Work Continues


4:00 pm
Dev time
Best developers from Microsoft will come and help you scale up your product


4:45 pm
hiCenter Presentation
By Yael Mitelman, CEO


5:00 pm
Key note Speaker
Eran Yariv, Principal Group Engineering Manager at Microsoft Israel R&D Center


5:30 pm
Mentors Session #3


7:30 pm
Dinner& Warp-up
Back to Work- office open till morning

Friday January 15th


7:30 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Last questions for Mentors
Final opportunity to ask questions. Last call for help!


11:00 am
Final Presentations


1:00 pm
Judging& Final Cocktail
Final cocktail


2:00 pm
Go Home
Shabbat Shalom!



Speakers


Eran Yariv

Eran is a group engineering manager at the Microsoft Israel R&D Center, working in the Bing Personalization team. Eran and his team are developing in the field of Personal Assistants, Recommendation engines and machine learning. Eran has 18 years of experience at Microsoft, both in Redmond WA and Israel. In his career Eran has been developing and shipping products in the core Windows Operating System and other platforms. Eran holds a B.Sc. degree in computer science from the Technion. Detailed work history: The Personalization team– past 3 years. Prior to that Eran spent 3 years as the dev manager of the ILDC Innovation Labs. Before the innovation labs, Eran spent 4 years in Redmond working in the core-O/S network security team as the dev manager, shipping Windows Firewall and IPsec in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Eran is also a self-proclaimed gadgets and tech freak with a weakness to Xbox games, mobile devices, and cool toys.

Event Judges


Itzik Frid
Managing Partner of Takwin Labs

Itzik Frid is the Managing Partner of Takwin Labs, a VC fund and incubator based in Haifa. Takwin is a first partnership between Israel’s two largest funds, Pitango and JVP, founded in cooperation with Imad Telhami. Prior to founding Takwin, Itzik was the CEO of Playscape (a world-leading platform for development and distribution of mobile games); a Managing Director of Argoquest Holdings; VP Business Affair for America Online and the Senior Advisor for the Minister of Finance. He studied Physics before his army service and Law after.


Yossi Dan
Founder at Challengy



Hans Shakur
Entrepreneur, Startup Ventures Strategist & Business Catalyst, Tech-Community Leader & Change Maker

Mr. Shakur is the managing founder of MobileMonday Nazareth, an open community platform dedicated to strengthening and developing the rising hi-tech community and startup scene in Nazareth and the Arab society. Since its establishment as an official chapter of MobileMonday in 2013, MobileMonday Nazareth is bringing together entrepreneurs, tech-professionals, developers, and influential individuals, like successful serial entrepreneurs, investors and VC funds representatives, with the goal of sharing knowledge, discussing trends and encouraging individuals with good ideas to take action and turn a vision into reality.    Mr Shakur is considered a leader in the country’s hi-tech industry, spearheading enrichment and empowerment projects in the Arab society, and an active mentor and advisor for several startup acceleration programs in Nazereth, Galilee and the Triangle region. Recently he was chosen as one of the top 100 influencers in the Israeli hi-tech, and some say he's well connected and knows almost everyone.   Additionally Mr. Shakur is the owner of Markitect, a digital projects and products management company, and the co-founder and cross-culture strategist at Games For Peace.   In his remaining time, Mr Shakur is a public speaker and lecturer on entrepreneurship and impact!


Ruthy Kaidar
VP Developer Experience and Evangelism, Microsoft Israel

Ruthy leads all of Microsoft's startup relations and programs in Israel, as well as all developer relations. Ruthy is an executive and entrepreneur with over 16 years of experience in software, medical devices, telecom and venture capital. Ruthy held key R&D and business development positions in various telecomm and medical device companies, including Qualcomm and Medingo, acquired by Roche. Ruthy pursued a Master's degree in Brain Research, focusing on Brain-Computer Interface. As an entrepreneur, Ruthy led several Internet and mobile health initiatives, filled strategic consulting positions, and was an Entrepreneur In Residence at Carmel Ventures, focusing on digital health opportunities. She is also co-manager of "Yazamiyot" - promoting women tech entrepreneurship. Ruthy holds a BSc in Computer Science, MSc in Brain Research, and MBA, all cum laude, from the Technion.


Tzahi (Zack)
General Manager Microsoft Ventures Global Accelerators at Microsoft

Tzahi (Zack) Weisfeld is a seasoned executive and a serial entrepreneur, with 20+ years of experience in tech consumer and enterprise markets. Founder, General Manager of Microsoft Ventures Global Accelerators (Bangalore, Beijing, Tel-Aviv, Berlin, London, Paris, Seattle & Sao Paulo). Prior to Microsoft Ventures co-founded few startups, Sequoia backed Mintigo , Vice President of Marketing & Strategy at modu, the Israeli personal communications startup. (IP Sold to Google Corp.) Before that, Mr. Weisfeld held the position of Sr. Director of Business Management at Microsoft Corp. Prior to his period at Microsoft, Mr. Weisfeld was the General Manager Americas and Corporate Vice President for the Mobile Market at msystems (NSDQ: FLSH), which was acquired by SanDisk Corp (NSDQ: SNDK) for 1.6B at the end of 2006. According to Business Insider (May 2014) - Zack Weisfeld is among the 10 top Most Influential Israelis In Tech Worldwide. Zack was also named one of the top influencers on Israeli Tech by NewsGeek magazine (Dec. 2015). 

Mr. Weisfeld holds a B.A. in Economics and an International Executive MBA from Kellogg – Recanati business program from Tel-Aviv & Northwestern Universities.


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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Haifa is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Navot
    Volk
  • Irit
    Fidel
  • Simona
    Valsky
  • Valery
    Bamberger

Facilitators


Hans Shakur
Entrepreneur, Startup Ventures Strategist & Business Catalyst, Tech-Community Leader & Change Maker

Mr. Shakur is the managing founder of MobileMonday Nazareth, an open community platform dedicated to strengthening and developing the rising hi-tech community and startup scene in Nazareth and the Arab society. Since its establishment as an official chapter of MobileMonday in 2013, MobileMonday Nazareth is bringing together entrepreneurs, tech-professionals, developers, and influential individuals, like successful serial entrepreneurs, investors and VC funds representatives, with the goal of sharing knowledge, discussing trends and encouraging individuals with good ideas to take action and turn a vision into reality.    Mr Shakur is considered a leader in the country’s hi-tech industry, spearheading enrichment and empowerment projects in the Arab society, and an active mentor and advisor for several startup acceleration programs in Nazereth, Galilee and the Triangle region. Recently he was chosen as one of the top 100 influencers in the Israeli hi-tech, and some say he's well connected and knows almost everyone.   Additionally Mr. Shakur is the owner of Markitect, a digital projects and products management company, and the co-founder and cross-culture strategist at Games For Peace.   In his remaining time, Mr Shakur is a public speaker and lecturer on entrepreneurship and impact!

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