Startup Weekend Malta 2018 - Blockchain Edition

    Friday, May 4 - 6, 2018

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Startup Weekend Malta 2018 - Blockchain Edition

Friday, May 4 - 6, 2018

Friday, May 4 - 6, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Malta Life Sciences Park
Triq San Giljan,
San Gwann, Malta SGN 3000

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Kickstart your business idea in 54 hours

Startup Weekend Malta 2018 - Blockchain Edition. All of the awesomeness of Startup Weekend combined with all the possibilities of Blockchain Technology. Let's do this!

What is Startup Weekend?
Have you ever seen a new product, app, or business and thought to yourself, "that was my idea a few years ago"? If you have, that means you did not have a process for taking that idea from concept to creation.

Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within 54 hours! Whether you are looking to...
  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship,
  • learn the process for going from concept to creation,
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in Malta,
  • join or build an all-star team,
  • learn and practice new skills to take back to your job, or
  • take your own idea from concept to creation 
Startup Weekend is the event for you. Come and join us for a weekend long experience mentored by some of the brightest in the Blockchain Industry in Malta. 

Who is Startup Weekend For?
Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event that brings all sorts of people together, like: 
  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs,
  • developers and other tech-related professionals,
  • designers of all types,
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.),
  • students from universities and even post-secondary schools,
  • professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills,
  • passionate visionaries

What's the twist in this Blockchain edition? 

We will be focusing on ideas that utilize the power and potential of blockchain technology and design to solve problems. Blockchain technology gives us an opportunity to re-imagine how we move, transact, share, and track goods and services. Some argue that blockchain technology is like the next internet. That is, the internet was the enabler and delivery mechanism for some of the greatest ideas of the last 2 decades. Blockchain can do the same for the next couple of decades and this is our chance to be the first ones to embrace and build on it. Don't miss this opportunity to get in on a new pioneering technology, early in the game! 

I am not knowledgable on Blockchain. Can I attend?

Yes, of course! Any startup team, operating in any field, requires a range of skill sets - Marketing, Design, Software development, Product Management, and so on. Bring along your peculiar set of skills and let the magic happen!
This is your golden opportunity to tap your skills and experience into the Blockchain industry.

Whether you are interested in the blockchain or not, the ultimate objective of the event is to empower you with a powerful process for taking any idea, blockchain-related or not, from concept to creation! 

Do I need to come with an idea?
If you have an idea for a startup, then great! We hope you pitch for the weekend. If you don't have an idea, that's quite all right! Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched, and see if something strikes your interest! The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process and learning from each other. If you have more questions, check out the Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ!

Your ticket includes:
  • Access to the full, weekend-long, event
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night @ Pitch Fire
  • Mentoring by professionals from the blockchain world and the tech startup community
  • Meals and drinks throughout the weekend
  • Collaboration with awesome blockchain professionals from throughout Malta
  • 1 awesome Startup Weekend t-shirt
  • All-star judge's panel led by tech, startup, and blockchain leaders
  • A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days
  • Many new awesome friends!

Join us for a very special weekend! 

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Friday May 4th

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

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Kickstart the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Line up to give your pitch!

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming around the business ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
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 you want, as MLSP allows 24h access to the venue.

Saturday May 5th

8:30 am
Begin Work
Teams get back to work (or continue work if they sleep there). You can start earlier of course, though breakfast is still at 9 AM :)

9:00 am
Get the energy for the day!

10:30 am
Mentoring round
Every team will give a very small pitch to the mentors in order for them to understand what your project is about

12:30 pm

1:30 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams directly. Get one if you need to, 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 you want, as MLSP allows 24h access to the venue.

Sunday May 6th

8:30 am
Get back to work
Teams get back to work (or continue work if they sleep there). You can start earlier of course, though breakfast is still at 9 AM :)

9:00 am
Get energy for the big day!

10:30 am
Pitch Coaching
Pitching gurus in action… ASK QUESTIONS

12:30 pm

1:30 pm
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation. The SW team will help you with the tech check of your presentation

5:00 pm
Final Presentations
Your pitch is LIVE. 5 minutes pitch, and 3 minutes Q&A. Get more ideas at this link

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards
the first 3 teams will be chosen

8:00 pm
A nicely prepared goodbye :)

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Coaches and Mentors

Jesmond Darmanin
Brand & Online Marketing specialist

Jesmond is a Brand & Online Marketing specialist with a special focus on IT, Web and mobile​​ technologies. Technology is a core of everything he doe​s. He leads a marketing team of a local group of companies and takes care of their online marketing strategy and transition plans. Before that, he worked for 10 years in a leading role within the digital marketing team of an inte​rnational software company, and he gained a vast experience working on a large scale marketing/advertising campaigns, marketing strategies, social media, SEM, SEO, web projects and many other initiatives. Jesmond is al​so the co-founder of Riix Software, a startup that has developed an anti-bullying service that enable online bullying reporting for schools and other commercial organisations.​​

Matthew Zammit
Digital Strategist, Product Manager

Matthew is a Digital Strategist focusing on Customer-led Digital Transformation. His passion for marketing feeds into product management to prioritise development based on customer pain points to impact business operations. 

He has served in various roles across strategy, technology, marketing, consumer behavior, inventory management, customer experience and product management. Current acting as an intrapreneur developing mobile products and steering digital strategy at CEO and C-suite executive level. 

He loves to break down complex ideas into understandable concepts showing clear benefits and uses this to teach and act as a Digital Evangelist. 

Matthew can help you clarify your message and presenting it in a way which resonates. 

Organizing Team

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

  • Jarek
  • Reuben
  • Mario
    Di Florio
  • Eva
  • Angele'


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