Startup Weekend Cluj - Smart Cities Edition

    Friday, April 8 - 10, 2016

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Startup Weekend Cluj - Smart Cities Edition

Friday, April 8 - 10, 2016

Friday, April 8 - 10, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Spherik Accelerator
Strada Gării 21
Cluj-Napoca, Romania 400604

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Smart Solutions for Smart Cities

If you want to change the way we live and interact with each other, this is the place for you. Help make people’s lives easier, solve problems and develop smart solutions for smart cities and their inhabitants.

Whether you have an idea to make your home smarter, a new way of improving healthcare, an accessible approach to increase economic development, they will all find their safe place for evolving as an intelligent solution at Startup Weekend Cluj 2016 - Smart Cities edition.

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Friday April 8th

6:30 pm
Registration, dinner and networking
Arrive at the venue, get checked in, have dinner and get to know other participants.

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Be ready to pitch your idea in 1 minute

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start to form and to discuss the ideas selected

9:30 pm
Begin Work
Start to form 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

11:30 pm
Daily wrap-up
Location is closing, you'll be able to resume your work in the morning.

Saturday April 9th

9:00 am
Arrive, have breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:00 pm
Pitching Training
Short presentation on how to pitch you final results on Sunday.

7:00 pm

10:30 pm
Party starting
Close your day with a party for all the attendees.

11:30 pm
Daily wrap-up
The location is closing. You can continue working from home if you want.

Sunday April 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, have breakfast & coffee

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Optional Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS if you want

1:30 pm
Optional pitching practice
If you want to get feedback on the presentation from a few of the coaches.

4:00 pm
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

7:00 pm

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Closing of the event

Coaches and Mentors

Guido Giordano
Head of Mentorship at TIM#WCAP Accelerator

Guido has launched and managed 3 accelerators in his career, helping to form the structure of the programs and lead more than 100 startups to success. He’s also been an angel investor in several businesses. Currently head of Venture Initiatives at Tree, he is also the mentor in residence at TIM#Wcap Accelerator in Rome, TIM’s corporate accelerator, and is a mentor at StartupBootcamp Foodtech in Rome. Guido got involved with accelerators during university when he was selected to be part of the founding team of LuissEnlabs, while completing his master’s in entrepreurship. After LuissEnlabs, he moved to Canada where he was responsible for creating and launching the Mercury Grove Accelerator program. The accelerator program at Mercury Grove can be considered one of the most successful accelerator programs in the world, with an average growth of the companies, on their key metrics, of 14% per week over a 4 month period. Mercury Grove had its first exit in less than a year.

Simone Demelas
CEO of

Sardinian, currently based in Rome. Degree in Natural Sciences, GIS and Satellite Remote Sensing expert, after working as GIS analyst decides to begin to understand how business works and was amazed by the startup universe. It all started in 2013 with the participation at Startup Weekend Cagliari, from there he fell into the black hole, participating in a lot of startupsweekend and working on his own projects. He is currently CEO of ARMNet, a company that deals with integrating augmented reality to the management of infrastructure networks. Passionate about technology in every aspect, music, fitness, new trends. Crossfit addited but also good food addicted, house music hard listener. There is always a different way to see things and solve problems and there is a song everything.

Philipp Kandal
General Manager EU of Telenav

Philipp Kandal is the General Manager EU of Telenav, a leading global navigation company. He is in charge of a 100+ people team in the areas of product and technology. Before skobbler was acquired by Telenav in 2014 he was the co-founder and CTO of skobbler, a pioneering company specialized in OpenStreetMap based navigation solutions targeting both consumers and automotive clients. Philipp is deeply passionate about the innovations in the navigation space, especially with regard to OpenStreetMap and how it will enable the next wave of (semi)autonomous vehicles. Besides this, Philipp is an avid believer in startups and follows this passion as an angel investor and advisor for several young companies.

Daniel Homorodean
CEO at Arxia. Co-founder of PlanningWiz. Board Member at Cluj IT Cluster

Managing Director of Arxia - experienced web development company, his current challenge is to make the Romanian public sector more efficient through the power of BPM and open standards implemented in Arxia's newest product. Co-founder of PlanningWiz, member of the board of Cluj IT Cluster, avid traveler and mountaineer, always ready for new experiences.

Andrei Costescu
CEO mReady

Smart and experienced, Andrei is one of the people that loves doing and moving things forward. Driving his knowledge from everything that surrounds him and 11 years of entrepreneurship, he's always ready to share startup advice if someone needs it. He's also the founder and CEO of Bucharest based mobile development company mReady, he's part of the Forbes "30 under 30" 2015 list and he's always at the very heart of the Romanian startup ecosystem.

Iulian Padurariu
Cofounder Pony Car Sharing

"Always open to new experiences, Iulian likes to take people out of their comfort zone, in order to help them test new ways of interacting with technology and with each other. His newest entrepreneurial project implemented in Cluj only a few months ago - Pony Car Sharing, has already received national media coverage and is highly appreciated by its 1000+ active users. He's passionate about Smart Cities and creating communities, and has a wide expertise in marketing strategies and new technologies."

Marius Pop
Founder & CEO @ Direct Spark

As the founder of the first official romanian growth hacking agency, Marius is continuously building what he wants to become the absolute outsourced marketing department for startups.

Ionut Tata
Founder at Hub Onezero, Co-founder at Arkhive and QUIB

Ionut is President, Senior Consultant, Head of R&D - Iceberg - experts in strategic management, EU Funding, innovation, former Vice President - Junior Chamber International, President at the Cluster for Innovation and Technology Brasov and President at the Association for Promotion of Corporate Social Responsibility.

He's the Founder of Hub Onezero, Quib and Co-Founder at Arkhive.

Radu Iuhas
Co-founder, Chief Product Officer at PANGEA; Product Director at Spherik Accelerator

Marius Mornea
CTO at Onyx Beacon

Passionate about education, science and local ecosystem. Currently involved in growing Onyx Beacon, Cluj Makers and Scientifica. Marius spent most of his last years developing an IoT context-aware solution and helping in prototyping various other products.

Michael Dupertuis
President at Cofounder TupperBeer.

Entrepreneur strongly believing in a better way to impact our planet thanks to the technology. President at Cofounder TupperBeer.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • Mircea
  • Adrian
  • Adriana
  • Adriana-Elena
  • Cristina
  • Adela
  • Cristina
  • Raul
  • Andrada
  • Roxana
  • Mircea
  • Madalina
  • Mark
  • Leca
  • Ion
  • Dorottya


Damien Cavailles
Founder -

I'm a developer and an entrepreneur. I founded to help developers find a company they will love to work at.
"Startup Weekend changed my life. I became a SW Facilitator to help others change theirs" - Nick Stevens said that, and I would love to make it mine 🙂

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