Startup Weekend USM PENANG

    Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

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Startup Weekend USM PENANG

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

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Sparking Innovation In A One Weekend !

Startup Weekend USM Penang 2017 – Where Innovation Begins!

On the weekend of 17-19 Nov, 2017, over 60 passionate startup enthusiasts including hustlers, designers and developers will be gathered to hack out their next company. They are participants of Startup Weekend, a global movement of entrepreneurs who are crazy about starting a business and forging bonds that will last a lifetime. 

In just 54 hours, participants will form teams, brainstorm, design a product, validate their business idea and pitch in front of experienced judges on Sunday evening. Throughout the weekend, there will be highs and lows, frustrations and moments of triumph, but some people will meet their co-founder at the event, and some teams will even move on to start a company after the event. Win or lose, we are certain that new lessons will be learnt, ideas will be tested, limits will be pushed and lives will be changed forever. 

To spice things up, we will be having a few special activities: party and warm up games on Friday night to break the ice and form your teams!! On Sat, we will be inviting awesome mentors and guests down to interact with the teams so please seek their advice and opinions! In the true spirit of Startup Weekend, we will be bringing in local startups, budding founders and cool companies to sponsor, showcase and network with you! Remember, Startup Weekend is a time for experiential learning, networking and building your personal brand!

Startup Weekend has a strong brand in Malaysia. Globally, it has touched more than 1140 cities and its alumni consists of more than 480,000 entrepreneurs in 10 years.

It is for everyone, whether you are working corporate, building your own startup, having a career as a professional clown, a mechanic, a designer, coder or student, everyone can contribute in their own way. We are open to teams forming before the event, but we strongly recommend you to form your team on Friday night and work on an idea then. Startup Weekend is designed to embrace diversity, creating a conducive environment for anyone to turn their concepts into companies! So give it a go, you'll never know what magic can happen over a weekend!

Why should you register?   

Build your network
Startup Weekend attracts the best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.   

Actually launch a business 
You as a participant of this event and the presenter of your idea can join this community to actually work upon your idea and build your business under guidance and support of global, national and local supporters and collaborators. Take your idea to prototype.   

Get face time with thought leaders 
Get one-on-one time with the experienced startup community leaders and mentors. Meet and get valuable feedback from a panel of judges and startup coaches.   

Join a global community 
Startup Weekend alumni span across all the continents and scores of cities.   

Startup Weekends are all about learning through the art of creating. Build your own strategy and test it as you go.
Participation Fees 
Tickets are priced at MYR 80 - for all the participants. This includes a beautiful t-shirt, 2 breakfasts, 3 lunch and 3 dinners, with loads of Energy drinks and snacks to keep you going all weekend long.   

Bring your friends, form a team, and hack a startup in 54 hours. 

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Friday November 17th

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

7:25 pm
Johnson Lam Speaker
Sharing Section

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 18th

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 19th

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!


Johnson Lam
Founder of KakiDIY Dot Com

Johnson Lam a hardcore DIY enthusiast. Started to DIY and make things since young; mainly to make and modify his own toys. Eventually put his DIY skills into building his first DIY computer business at the age of 19 to fund his studies. Johnson loves Photography, Crazy over Cars and Gadgets. From the skill sets harnessed from being a Maker and DIY experiences, he managed to convert all his passion into action and with some entrepreneurial magic, make them work for him. Founded KakiDIY which focuses on DIYs; mainly up-cycling and recycling old stuff into something artistic and useful. Since last year, Johnson via KakiDIY also inspired and incubated new Makers into enterprising mindset and eventually building their own company selling their products and services internationally. KakiDIY also scouts for talented makers and collaborate them into building solutions for the industry.

Event Judges

Elvin Lee
Chief Product Officer (CPO) of Piktochart.

Elvin came from an engineering background with a passion for programming. His interest in the trade helped ease his transition from .NET to Javascript when joining Piktochart in 2013 as a web developer. Since then he has took on a team leader role, and is now the Chief Product Officer (CPO) and oversees the overall product development of Piktochart.

Howie Chang
Director of @CAT Penang, Founder of Gut Studio and Ayuh Bina.

Howie is widely known as a proven digital product guy in the region and is Founder of Gut Studio and Ayuh Bina. Formerly Head of UI/UX @ Viki; Director of Product Management @ RedMart. As an early & perpetual advocate for user interface & experience design, he is also a trendsetter, culture-builder and does everything that’s needed to build innovative product-businesses; and great, sustainable companies.

Caroline Fong
Director of Coffeezone Malaysia

Caroline in inspired by the fresh ideas that are beyond her imagination that young people bring. She is a gem from the beautiful Tawau, Sabah. She wore many different hats throughout her life, from beauty queen to entrepreneur, and professional blogger to name a few. These experiences has shaped her incredible flexibility and passion. Her pageantry pursuits and winning several titles made her see life and beauty in a different and inspirational way. Caroline founded CoffeeZone Malaysia Sdn Bhd and joined the Social Enterprise industry. It is her passion now to help motivate others to succeed in the same way that she has.

CoffeeZone is a coffee enterprise that provides quality coffee to students in tertiary education and to the general public. We sell our coffee through lean mobile kiosks. CoffeeZone aims to provide equal employment opportunities to individuals who are differently-abled. In Malaysia, there are about 4.5 million individuals who are differently-abled. They face difficulties in getting proper jobs due to the perception that they cannot work as efficiently as able-bodied individuals. According to The Welfare Department of Malaysia, 80% of differently-abled individuals are currently unemployed.CoffeeZone provides barista training and employment to differently-abled individuals. In the long term and based on their ability, we plan to franchise the mobile kiosks to our beneficiaries to increase their independence and to provide them with a sustainable source of income to further uplift their quality of life.

Saiful Rizal Zainuddin
Senior Manager, Wadhwani Foundation

Rizal is currently attached with Wadhwani Foundation, which focuses on promoting the structured entrepreneurship program by the foundation to the Universities. As the result, this program will produce students with an entrepreneurship mindset and students with the business idea that are ready to jump into entrepreneurship journey and create jobs opportunities.

Before this Rizal is part of the MaGIC setup where he is a key member of the Global Accelerator Program (GAP) team, which runs MaGIC's in-house accelerator that aims to grow 60 startups to be investment ready within 4 months. His responsibilities include program budget proposal and monitoring, designing the curriculum and program structure, strategic partnerships, and mentoring startups. To date, Rizal has mentored over 200 startups globally. Previously known as MaGIC Accelerator Program (MAP), Rizal was the founding team of MAP where he was part of the team in designing, planning and executing the accelerator strategy.

Before MaGIC, Rizal was with Malaysian Biotechnology Corp, monitoring and assisting the progression of a biotechnology company. Prior to that, he was with the Business and Market Development team when he was with Multimedia Development Corp. He had diversified working experience in the hospitality industry, customer service, business development, and managing projects or events. Throughout his career, he has established contact and network within ASEAN countries especially with the startups, conglomerates, community builders, co-working space and investor/VC.

Coaches and Mentors

Caren Lee
Co-founder of Lean In Penang

Dr Caren Lee is one of the co-founders of Lean In Penang, with her passion to inspire and support others in achieving their full potential, especially in women’s empowerment. Possess a PhD in Materials Chemistry and MBA in International Business, Caren has more than 10 years of working experiences in product development and commercialisation. Her other experiences also include marketing and business development. She is currently working as a Technical Category Manager in a Swedish Medical Device company, where she works closely with global marketing on new product development and commercialisation, as well as category management and strategic planning. Caren was also the past Division Governor of Toastmasters International District 51, leading 24 Toastmasters Clubs in Klang Valley, supporting individual to develop their public speaking & leadership skills. She enjoys travelling and learning new culture.

Nazlina Quadir
Founder of Women Techmakers KL

With more than 15 years in Integrated Marketing Communications, Nazlina used to be an observer within the startup community while tagging along her soulmate with his geeky events. She saw the gap in gender equality and the needs to empower more Malaysian women to stand out and participate aggressively within the local tech community here in Malaysia. She then immediately took on the role to lead Google's Women Techmakers global program and brand for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for Kuala Lumpur and has been actively organising tech community events since 2015.

Richard Gan
Founder of Geronimo Enterprise

Expert in Business Design, Branding and Marketing | Business Mentor, Marketing Expert, Branding Expert

Richard is an experienced mentor and has coached in several Startup Weekends in KL. After he left his designer job in London and back to Malaysia, he co-founded of "Sunrise Enrichment", an institution where students and dropouts could pursue an education, an opportunity that was not available to these group of people through the conventional schools in Malaysia. Fast forward to 2017, he started another e-commerce venture by mentoring and train those who wish to sell goods online locally & internationally.

Tan Mei Chuin
Technical Program Manager

Mei Chuin is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) who leads a team managing worldwide projects in next generation technologies such as cloud & data center, 5G and autonomous driving. She holds an MBA from the University of South Australia in addition to her extensive experience as a circuit design engineer.She volunteers her time for coaching and mentoring young engineers for in her organization and is passionate about supporting the growth of young women in engineering, in the same way she has benefitted from great mentoring in her career.

Choo Geng Qian
Assistant Manager, HR & Admin of MoneyLion Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Qian is an Talent Acquisition professional with a proven track record building high performance, passionate teams by streamlining the effectiveness and efficiency in Talent Acquisition functions. She has extensive experience in identifying organisational and cultural needs, providing innovative, strategic Talent Acquisition solutions. Graduated as a Certified Accountant, her interest in involving in fast-paced, dynamic, and entrepreneurial environments brings her to further equipped herself with other skillsets such as sales and marketing, content writing, business development.

Mei Tan
Founder of Scoopoint Sdn Bhd and Innovative Plus and COO of Asia Green Group

Mei Tan is a creative entrepreneur who is currently the creative director & COO of Asia Green Group - a property development company; the Founder and CEO of Scoopoint Coworking and Founder and CEO of Innovative Plus.

Mei graduated with honor with the Ringling College of Art & Design in Florida, USA and won few design awards in the States. After employment at MTV International as a Graphic Interactive Designer in NYC, she came back to her hometown of Penang as a member of the executive management team in Asia Green Group.

She is also the founder of Scoopoint - a disruptive and stylish co-working space in the central of Penang. The space formed with the mission of transforming how local people work and empower creative entrepreneurs. Scoopoint is not just a co-working space but a community and platform to encourage creativity, passion & collaboration.

She started an incubator program with the goal to change the creative ecosystem and values, also to groom new talented creative entrepreneurs. She has been instrumental in refining both companies' brands and products that make the company the icon it is today within the industry and also helped Asia Green Group won several awards.

She is also recently won Top CEO award, Top100 Most Influential Young Entrepreneurs, Top 30 JCI Creative Young Entrepreneur Award and High Flyer award herself. She has been called Wonder Woman because of her passion and dedication to build the creative community and she is the person with vision and action. A great model for today's woman entrepreneur. She would like to change the way people think about creativity and encourage people to follow their dreams & passion. She is on the mission to inspire and empower the creatives to unleash their true potential to be creative entrepreneurs.

Bryan Gan
Founder of Niagawan

Bryant Gan has been in tech industry for 17 years. Straight after graduated from USM, he founded software company Comdev, web components provider for web designers. Along the years, Bryant founded several ventures and current one would be Niagawan, a personalized accounting platform for micro small business. All the ventures are without external funding, nor Bryant came from wealthy family. Bryant strength is in bootstrapping new startup, strategy marketing n commercialization.

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Disted College, Georgetown is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Simon
    Yeoh Hong Boon
  • Li Wen
  • Kar Yen


Malcolm Wu
Strategic Manager

Malcolm is the Strategic Manager for iCube, Sarawak’s leading co-working space and community for entrepreneurs. He leads strategic partnerships, supports local startups and entrepreneurs in scaling their business and develops global connecting platforms to showcase Sarawak’s growing startup ecosystem. Malcolm is a firm believe in the power of #GiveFirst and is an extremely active regional community leader where he support founders through a myriad of startup programs. He created Free Coworking Day (FCWD) in mid 2017 which has since connected over 90 co-working spaces throughout 120 locations in Asia Pacific. 
Malcolm is a certified Techstars Global Startup Weekend Facilitator and has facilitated 14 programs in Malaysia. He is also the Chapter Lead for Google Business Group Sarawak, Director for Startup Grind Kuching, and Scout for AWS Activate Program.

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