Startup Weekend Nairobi

    Friday, December 5 - 7, 2014


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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 Nairobi

Friday, December 5 - 7, 2014



Friday, December 5 - 7, 2014
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Nairobi Garage
Piedmont Plaza 4th Floor
Nairobi, Ngong road


Startup Weekend Nairobi

Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.

Come Network, Pitch and Build Startups!





EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday December 5th


5:00 pm
Registration
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
Voting
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


11:55 pm
Roll out
Roll out

Saturday December 6th


8:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday December 7th


8:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


12:00 pm
Lunch


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


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Joseph Mucheru
East Africa Lead, Google

Mr. Joseph Mucheru is the Google Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) ambassador as well as East Africa Lead, based in Nairobi. He joined Google in June 2007 where he leads the delivery of strategy, business planning and operations.

Event Judges


Elijah Kitaka
Program Manager

Outreach Program Manager focused on Google Business Groups and Entrepreneurship Support in Sub Saharan Africa. I'm the creator and 9-year presenter of Jazz Evenings, a weekly show on Radio One FM 90. I'm a co-founder of The Annual Jazz & Soul Safari, a premium sold-out calendar concert now in its 6th year. I spent ~3 years in technology roles in banking at Barclays Bank and Global Trust Bank. I started my career as a Lead Software Developer at True African, now a 13 year old value added services and software development company that I founded in my 1st under graduate year at university. I hold a Bsc. Computer Science, after dropping out of Bsc. Civil Engineering in my 3rd year. I'm passionate about technology startups / entrepreneurship, creative arts - especially music, and Sub Saharan Africa.


Nabeel Hassanali
Business Advisor

Nabeel is a business builder with extensive experience in business advisory, enterprise, talent development, and capacity building. Nabeel founded Genesis Consult – a management advisory and consulting firm based across East Africa servicing family businesses, multinationals, governments and non-profit organizations. With extensive experience across 10+ countries in Africa, he has previously advised over 60+ clients across 10+ industries. Nabeel is also an Executive Advisor to various SMEs across Africa, and a business coach with various organizations. As an active Board Member, he supports the growth of for-profit and non-profit enterprises in Africa. In 2012, Nabeel was recognized as ‘New Generation Leader for Africa.’ In the following year, he was acknowledged amongst the ‘Leading Under-30 Entrepreneurs’ in Tanzania.


Malaika Judd

Malaika has lived in the USA, UK, France, Holland, and Kenya and finds energy in discovering new cultures, business environments, startups, and hubs. Malaika volunteered as a live-in Fellow for an Emmaus-France Halfway House, gained extensive corporate experience at TomTom as a Brand Manager, and discovered the startup scene in Africa as a Consultant for Mobius Motors.At Savannah Fund, Malaika manages and mentors Accelerator startups. Her personal interests and expertise are in Transportation and Logistics.


Zaheeda Suleman
Sponsorships Manager at Safaricom

Head of Events & sponsorships - Safaricom


Coaches and Mentors


Elijah Kitaka
Program Manager

Outreach Program Manager focused on Google Business Groups and Entrepreneurship Support in Sub Saharan Africa. I'm the creator and 9-year presenter of Jazz Evenings, a weekly show on Radio One FM 90. I'm a co-founder of The Annual Jazz & Soul Safari, a premium sold-out calendar concert now in its 6th year. I spent ~3 years in technology roles in banking at Barclays Bank and Global Trust Bank. I started my career as a Lead Software Developer at True African, now a 13 year old value added services and software development company that I founded in my 1st under graduate year at university. I hold a Bsc. Computer Science, after dropping out of Bsc. Civil Engineering in my 3rd year. I'm passionate about technology startups / entrepreneurship, creative arts - especially music, and Sub Saharan Africa.


Bridget McGRAW
EdTech & Project management

Communication is my strong suit—whether written, verbal, or visual—followed closely by my sophisticated aesthetic sensibility, which has evolved since earning a Master’s degree in Fine Art Photography. I can create visual mock-ups and functional prototypes using tools that range from a pencil and paper to Balsamiq.


Drayson Timbo
Founder & CEO, OkHi



Hannah Clifford
Operations Manager

Running the operations of the Nairobi office.


Louis Wajeiya

I serve as the founder and CEO of Intellisoftplus, a company I founded in the early 2009 with a vision of growing it to a trusted, reputable and influential business in Africa. My mission with Intellisoftplus is to empower business users in the workplace to be more efficient and successful using Google Services. My everyday obsession is one of delivering communication and collaboration solutions to the workplace, making them universally accessible from anywhere, at any time and from any device.


Nina Werner
Consultant

Nina Werner has quite the international profile. Having Swedish parents but a mother born and raised in Kenya, Nina was raised in France, although born in Switzerland. She studied for her Bachelor in Life Science in Lausanne, Switzerland, and now holds an MSc in Management, Technology and Economics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. The travel bug caught her in her early years and hasn't left her so far. Having travelled to most European countries, India, and China, she finally decided to move to Tanzania in 2010 and pursue the amazing opportunities that this country has to offer. Along the way, she got the opportunity to be part of Mara Foundation and bring this very unique organisation to Africa’s entrepreneurs. As the company has developed and grown, Nina is now focusing on Mara Online, Mara’s tech company developing apps and platforms such as Mara Mentor, an online mentorship platform, and Mara Messenger, a messaging app. Nina is based in Nairobi, Kenya and is the Head of Roll-Outs ensuring all activities in our countries of operations run smoothly. Mara Online’s current countries of operations are Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa and is planning to grow further in the next few months.


Deborah Beaton
Founder, Kamakazi

Founder and CEO Kama Kazi and online portal linking jobseekers with employers through mobile and Facebook.
Recently entering into the formal training and self development fields. Corporate training with the Oil and Gas Industries, Hospitality and Telecomms industries in Kenya. Moving into Graduate Training and Self Development.


Frank Tamre
Co-Founder, Moringa School

Co-Founder and Curriculum Head at Moringa School that trains its students to be Junior Software Engineers on Mobile and Web platforms. A mentor at iBiz.
Passionate about Education, Entrepreneurship, Technology and Hacking. Software Engineer who loves to research and is an adrenaline junkie.


Wes Chege
Data and Partnerships, OkHi

Wes is a Co-founder and the Partnerships Lead at OkHi. OkHi is building the next generation address system that will enable inclusion and access to services for the 4-billion people without a physical address globally.
Previously, Wes co-founded Fahari Technologies, a mobile development firm that designed and developed mobile products for international brands such as Crossfit and Bab.la.


Tim Gardner
Startup Hunter

The trouble with ideas is that you're at the bottom of the heap. Everybody has ideas. You need to be able to sell that idea. Find 3 customers. Then slap an MVP together. Continually evolve and iterate according to the customer feedback loop until you have something truly delightful to offer. Pivot if you have to. See, like many, I've had ideas. I've executed. I failed many many times until mild success with http://99tablets.org/. And that's okay. I 'flearned' (failure learning). Keep trying. Keep moving. Don't stop. Find what it is that gets you to stay up all night long, OD'ing on coffee and red bull - for 54 hours we're in this together! But don't forget you NEED to sell. Get the cash in the bank... This is Tim's 6th Startup Weekend. Previously mentored in Kenya and Sudan. Expertise: Marketing A+, Design A- Coding C- 


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Nairobi team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


Signature Sponsors

Startup Launch provides startups in all stages with the platform, resources, online content, mentorship and training they need to succeed. From first idea to successful implementation and growth, our mission is to help startups worldwide become successful on the Google Developers platform and open-source technologies.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Shyro
    Njoroge
  • Douglas
    Ogeto
  • Elijah
    Kitaka
  • Dorothy
    Lusigi

Facilitators


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