Startup Weekend Luxembourg - Smart Cities

    Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
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Startup Weekend Luxembourg - Smart Cities

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

9, avenue des Hauts-Fourneaux
Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg L-4362

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Friday November 20th

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 21st

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 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:00 pm

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

6:30 pm
Judging & Awards

7:30 pm

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Candi Carrera
Country Manager at Microsoft Luxembourg

Country Manager - Microsoft Luxembourg

Francesco Ferrero
Head of the Smart City Strategic Program at Istituto Superiore Mario Boella

Pragmatic and hands-on innovator with entrepreneurial approach. Demonstrated ability to imagine, build and execute applied research & innovation projects in the ICT domain, especially in the Smart Cities sector.
Editor of an international Handbook of Research on Smart Cities (
Research management experience, with special focus on technological and process innovation in an international environment.
Personal network at international level within the smart cities sector, with special reference to mobility, energy & utilities, open government, and social innovation.
Multi-year experience in the field of grassroots policy with specific focus on EU policy matters.
Lives between Italy and Luxembourg, and travels in many other places.

Samuel Clerc
Venture Capitalist

Francis Schwall
Director of Neobuild

Francis Schwall est Innovation Project Manager de Neobuild S.A. depuis 2012 et Directeur de la même entreprise depuis début 2015, il contribue vivement au développement de ce Pôle d’Innovation Technologique de la Construction Durable et a été particulièrement impliqué dans la conception et la réalisation de l’emblématique Neobuild Innovation Center. Diplômé de l’Institut Zenobe Gramme de Liège Belgique en Ingénierie Industrielle,  il a derrière lui 12 années d’expérience dans le contrôle et l’assistance technique en construction et construction durable de tout type. Il est également spécialisé en assainissement de produits dangereux (amiante, plomb, …) depuis 2003.

Warrick Cramer
Global Head of SCM Commercial Innovation at Vodafone

Leading a fantastic dynamic team in Supply Chain Management (SCM) that is dedicated to bringing innovation to the business. We have a global view and look for any size business that can change the way we interact in our daily lives.

Coaches and Mentors

Laurent Kratz
Entrepreneur and Investor

Internet Entrepreneur, IT Professional services background. Knowledge in innovative business models, business mutations.Specialties: Free software, Intellectual property, Internet strategy

Alex Sinner
Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services

Alex is a Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services and works with businesses of all sizes to help them deliver their IT projects in the cloud.During his career Alex has worked as a researcher in Artificial Intelligence, entrepreneur, and in various roles within Before joining Amazon Web Services, Alex was responsible for the launch of the Amazon marketplace business in Italy and Spain. He uses his experience to help customers bringing their ideas to life using Amazon Web Services’ IT infrastructure platform.

Denis Avrilionis

I am an entrepreneur in the software industry. My background is computer science and software engineering. I am passionate about people willing to created new businesses. I have the pleasure to advise teams in bootstrapping their business ideas.
For more info check my blog

Younis Hijazi

Younis works at Luxinnovation, the Luxembourg innovation agency. He is strongly involved in EU activities with the European Commission with his role as Luxembourg Horizon 2020 programme committee representative and National Contact Point for ICT LEIT, security and Future Emerging Technologies. Besides the EU activities, Younis contributes to the Luxembourg ICT Cluster where he leads the Mobilise Luxembourg initiative in synergy with Digital Lëtzebuerg, Luxembourg's national digital strategy. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Technische Universität Kaiserslautern and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from Université Paris Sud.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Luxembourg - Smart Cities 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 Luxembourg is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Diego
    De Biasio
  • Benoit
  • Georges
  • Laurent
  • Pablo
  • Sylvain


Michel Duchateau
Partner at Convidencia

Innovation coach, Partner & Chief Innovation Officer at Convidencia,

Michel supports organisations and entrepreneurs developing cooperation, agility, innovation and a sustainable performance. Actively involved in multiple startup communities, he coaches startups and animates hackathons and conferences. He collaborates with accelerators, incubators, business schools and public institutions in Europe.

Michel is Facilitator at Startup Weekend, author of the Hackathon Canvas and co-author of ParticipAgile.

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