Startup Weekend Kraków

    Friday, May 15 - 17, 2015

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Startup Weekend Kraków

Friday, May 15 - 17, 2015

Friday, May 15 - 17, 2015
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Allegro office
Świętego Tomasza 34a
Krakow, Poland

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Startup Weekend is coming back to Krakow!

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!


Joanna Okrajni
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Jakub Kozioł
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Sylwia Wojtas
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Several years ago the realization of the need of spreading DevOps skills and knowledge got Proidea and us, Allegro into launching the first edition of the Atmosphere. The conference appeared to be important for Polish IT and software development communities, so we decided to continue our cooperation and to travel with the conference within Poland. Allegro stands for the biggest e-commerce site in CE Europe but also for advances in technologies spanning key areas: Big Data, Security, Deployment and Mobile as well as agile software development practices. You may learn more at:

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Friday May 15th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:40 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 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 May 16th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

1:00 pm

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

7:00 pm

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

Sunday May 17th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

1:00 pm

1:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

3:00 pm
Final Presentations

4:30 pm
Judging & Awards

5:30 pm
Goodbye & go home

Event Judges

Marek Kapturkiewicz
co-founder, investor & partner at Innovation Nest

Co-founder, investor & partner at Innovation Nest (seed/VC fund);Co-founder of Innovation Nest Entrepreneurship School (SPIN); previously i.a. long-term executive board member, COO and senior vice president of the largest horizontal portal in Poland and one of the biggest in Europe) and director of Promotion and Product Development Department in Tymbark SA (important FMCG company in Poland); having rich experience in internet, marketing, media, technology and investment; engineer - constructor with long experience (electronics, IT) at the Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Technology in Cracow; a graduate of the University of Science and Technology (AGH) in Cracow (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science and Electronics), and of business studies at the School of Business – National Louis University in Nowy Sacz; Specialties: technology, internet, marketing, media, investment

Andrzej Targosz
Founder & CEO of PROIDEA

Andrzej Targosz is a visionary, an educator, a community-builder, and a businessman who wears many hats.  He is the founder and CEO of over six different companies including the PROIDEA Foundation – an organizer of premier tech and startup conferences around Poland. He has been an entrepreneur since the ripe young age of 17, an investor of successful startups like Estimote, Intelclinic, and Jive, and most importantly, a loving husband and father of five.

Sebastian Pietrowski

My passion for creating software started long, long, long time ago. Who still remember eight bits computers knows what the long time ago means ☺.  In decent years I’m the architect slash expert in building complex systems. I also mentor all kind of programmers with craftsmanship, code quality and impact of architecture decision we made.  In free time hacking is of course natural thing I love to do (learning new languages, new technologies etc). For normal people I like to cook, play basketball and walking (mountains has preference ☺) I’m pragmatic programmer living with one sentence in my heart: “Do or do not. There is no try.”

Jakub Krzych
CEO in Estimote

Jakub Krzych is the CEO and co-founder of Estimote, leader in the smart beacons and contextual computing space. Last year Inc magazine included him in its 35 under 35 list of most innovative entrepreneurs. As one of the first in Poland, he’s been accepted into Y Combinator and completed the accelerator’s Summer 2013 batch with Estimote. In 2009 he founded AdTaily, which had grown to become a major player in Central Europe’s online advertising market, and was subsequently sold to Agora SA. Jakub is passionate about all things product and obsesses over how contextual computing will change human-machine interaction.

Coaches and Mentors

Grzegorz Banaś
CEO and partner at Ad Ventures

CEO and partner at Ad Ventures, consulting company which connects startups with investors and corporate partners and cooperates with investors wanting to operate in Poland and neighbouring countries (it is partner for CEE of Chinese fund Hyperspace Capital). Team member and Lead Expert of Idea Global acceleration programme which implements solutions created by startups at corporate partners such as Aviva, Mbank, Olimp Labs, Kirchhoff Automotive, Autosan, Romet and Netia.  

Marek Cieśla

Founder, Investor, Crowdfunding expert and Product Launcher - Woolet, Sherly, ALLPlayer, Thorskan, CrossLifter, IndieDesigners.  Ex DivX, BitTorrent and Rovi employee. MBA Oxford Brooks. 

Konrad Dziedzic

A Scala/Java Developer, for last year focused mainly on the topics related to BigData. Responsible for development and maintenance of the internal analytical platform. His main subjects of interest are Spark, Spark Streaming, Kafka and ML. He is strongly convinced that ambition and hunger for knowledge are leading forces in the personal development.

Mateusz Gajewski

Working in Allegro Group for over 6 years. Long long time ago developer & incident manager, now Solutions Architect designing highly distributed, reliable and fault tolerant systems. Responsible for the development of financial, payments services and marketplace intelligence strategy. He believes that technology and speed of innovation are the only advantage companies have on the market.

Agata Kowalska
Managing Partner at Chabasiewicz Kowalska i Partnerzy a Law Firm in Krakow

Legal counsel, partner in the law firm Chabasiewicz Kowalska and partners. She specialises in M&As, legal services relating to VC/PE and company law. Sha has several years' experience in consultancy with regard to the protection of intellectual property rights. She cooperates with funds and start-ups, mainly from the new technologies sector. She participates in the management and coordination of legal due diligence of businesses and offers consultancy services relating to the listing of companies on New Connect. She organises many trainings and workshops for entrepreneurs, in particular with regard to the protection of intellectual property rights, copyright and investment agreements.

Radosław Kita

Expert – Data Scientist at Allegro Group and a lecturer in postgraduate studies "Engineering Data - Big data" at Warsaw School of Economics  "Hadoop as a development environment for engineering data”.
In the past: he was responsible for an implementation a recommender system at TVN. He worked on a project using the combined data about user behaviour on the Internet and mobile telephony with internal bank data at Alior Bank. For more than 12 years he was responsible for the development of analytical and reporting systems at Onet.

Kamil Łopata

Building entrepreneurial community and running co-working COLAB as a startup.
Past: leader of KrakSpot - the oldest barcamp about tech/marketing/e-business/startups, marketer at festival for designers ArtBuzz, c++ developer creating software for LTE at Nokia, student of computer science at EAIiIB AGH. 
You can talk to me about creating value for customers, marketing and sales.

Paul Nowak
co-founder and a CEO at Contellio

Skill collector, risk taker, doer.
In 2005, Pawel has started to write a blog, which rose to be the #1 in its category in Poland. In 2011 he retired blog-wise in order to fully devote himself to starting up and running online products.
Over 10 years of programming experience often help him with starting up and supporting projects in their very early stages, when they require a minimum of code and maximum of good ideas for promotion and client acquisition.
Pawel is a co-founder and a CEO at Contellio where he helps companies increase ROI of their content marketing.

Dawid Ostrowski

Dawid is true Google technology admirer, experienced developer and trainer, who joined Google to be in a place where the best humans create and use the best technology. As a Program Manager in Developer Platform team responsible for Central and Eastern Europe, he wants to make developers successful in building applications and businesses on Google's developer platforms and APIs. Prior to joining Google, Dawid worked as a freelance developer and trainer in projects of various size (from small startups to biggest players on the market) in Poland, USA, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands. In his free time he plays squash.

Matt Stec

Game producer at Duckie Deck. Creates educational content for the youngest kids since 2010. Passionate about lean management and autonomous production teams. Aims to produce apps for little ones that encourage being creative with their parents and the world around them. Big believer in hands-on approach, versatility and life-long learning. Loves tea.

Piotr Wilam
CEO and leading investor at Innovation Nest

Co-founder, general partner and leading investor at Innovation Nest (seed/VC fund), board member and co-founder at Innovation Nest Entrepreneurship School (SPIN); entrepreneur, founder of Pascal Publishing House and co-founder and first president of the management board of

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