Startup Weekend Singapore Mega 2018
Friday, September 28 - 30, 2018
Friday, September 28 - 30, 2018
Event starts at 5:30 pm
*SCAPE Co. Ltd
2 Orchard Link
Together is better. Let's tickle our brains, solve problems and change the world, one weekend at a time.
And...It's a wrap! Here's what you might have missed.
1st Place - MindPalace
Mindpalace is a VR technology that aims to help dementia patients remembering the ones closest to them.
2nd Place - Outspoken
Real-time wearable translation for the deaf and mute in every language. Outspoken will bridge the gap between the under-served community with the mass.
Post-Event - TBD
What is SWSG | Turn your ideas to reality in just 54 hours! Join forces with smart, passionate individuals to brainstorm, design products and validate your ideas with high caliber mentors and judges. Throughout the weekend, prepare to be immersed in an ideal environment where you will be equipped with the right tools and approaches to experience startup magic. Start off by brainstorming and building a strategic team on Friday evening, get down to business on Saturday, and pitch your ideas to the crowd and panel of experts on Sunday.
Why join SWSG | Meet people from all walks of life and join forces with smart, passionate individuals. Validate your idea with the very best mentors, investors and get equipped with the right tools and resources to help you bring your startup idea to life. You’ll take giant leaps towards creating a business, becoming a founder, connecting with the right people and resources to actually start a business in a weekend!
Each participant will get:
- Special access pass to two Pre-events (where you get close and personal with industry experts) and one Post-event
- Handpicked gourmet buffet spreads specially crafted for you across all 3 days (that's 7 meals!)
- All-day coffee, drinks, snacks and finger food to fuel your brain juices!
- Official Certificates!
- An exclusive .co domain (incl hosting) for a year- FREE!
- Actually get a step closer to starting up
- Exclusive goodie bag worth more than $100
- Awesome prizes
Hustler: The hustler eats, sleeps and breathes the business model. The one who builds the team, ignites their passion, forms partnerships and guides the team along the validation path all while cementing its culture. With a keen eye for numbers, this role typically entails anyone from a business, marketing, finance, law background, etc.
Designer: The designer eats, sleeps and breathe design. The one who follows the best practices in brand identity building, user experience, information architecture and wire framing. Constantly keeping the consumer behaviors in mind, this role usually loves UI, UX and is a born artist.
Really Make a Difference, Think Public Good | With GovTech's support and partnership we are encouraging participants to think "Public Good". We define a public good idea as any solution, idea or startup that can have a potentially large impact on a great number of people in a positive way. While the ideas can be directly related to helping the less fortunate, underprivileged and marginalised minorities of society, it need not be limited to social enterprises and charitable organisations. You will finally have the resources and setting here that will drive your passions to challenge conventions and create capabilities that contribute to a sustainable future for the greater good.
Startup Weekend is designed to embrace diversity in 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. Bring your friends, form a team, and build a startup in 54 hours. Whether you are a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, if you’re motivated to build a product, create a service and are open to new ideas — you’ll fit right in. Come solo or as a team then let the magic happen.
In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. Your community is here to help you — join Startup Weekend today!
We know all of you can't wait to form teams & start working on that awesome idea to change the world. To ensure each participant get the most out of SWSG, keep the team size cosy between 4 and 6 pax. But most people say, 5 in a team is the magic number!
*Participants can form teams prior to the event, however, to be qualified as a team, a member has to pitch on Pitch Night (Friday) and emerge amongst the top 60 voted ideas.
Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend
Friday September 28th
Saturday September 29th
Sunday September 30th
Dr Janil Puthucheary
Minister-in-Charge of GovTech
Teo Ser Luck
Chairman, Nufin Data
Teo Ser Luck was elected Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC in May 2006 and recognised as a young global leader by the World Economic Forum in 2007 for his contribution to the business and community services sectors. He also received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from his alma mater (NTU) in the same year. While in the private sector, he has also received accolades as global outstanding manager in business and operational excellence.
Teo Ser Luck was appointed the Minister of State for Trade and Industry on 21 May 2011. He is also Mayor of the North East District Community Development Council.
His previous private investments before their public offerings where in Alibaba, Twitter and Twilio. With a mission to connect Asia and Silicon Valley, K2’s latest S$250M fund is focused on early to growth global equity.
Backed by capital from prominent investors he is featured in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNBC, TechCrunch and The Economic Times. He has raised over $700M for private equity and technology investments and overseas $2b of assets. He is a graduate of Harvard University and a strong proponent of technology.
AP is the The Leading CEO Award recipient at the 2018 Singapore HR Awards, in recognition of his business and organisational leadership.
Since becoming an angel investor in 2000 through Avonmore Developments which he co-founded with his brother, Michael has invested in over 25 companies in the UK and achieved 6 successful exits. He has also invested in 8 early stage companies in Southeast Asia including Anchanto, MyDoc and Nugit under the name of Cub Capital since 2013. Most recently, Michael was named ‘UK Angel Investor of the Year 2015’ by the UK Business Angel Association, selected as one of the ‘Maserati 100’ and voted by AngelsNews into the list of ‘Business Angels You Should Know’. These accolades were not attributed to Michael only in recognition of his successful investments, but for the relentless support he gives to the founding and management teams of the companies he invests in as well as his generous contributions over the years towards building the startup and investor ecosystem in the UK.
He serves on the Singapore Government’s Pro Enterprise Panel (headed by Head of Civil Service), the Committee on the Future Economy's Sub-Committee on Future Corporate Capabilities and Innovation, and Investment Committee on Strategic Research Innovation Fund at Nanyang Technology University, as well as the Technology Enterprise Commercialisation Scheme Evaluation Committee for SPRING Singapore.
Yinglan was honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012. He also serves on the WEF Technology Pioneer Selection Committee Panel (2015-2017), Young Leader by the Milken Insitute (2016), Top “40 leaders under 40” by Prestige Magazine (2015), one of 100 Leaders of Tomorrow by the St Gallen Symposium (2010), 100 Global Thinkers (2011) by think-tank Lo Spazio della Politica, a World Cities Summit Young Leader (2014), a WEF Global Agenda Council member on Fostering Entrepreneurship (2011-2013) and a Kauffman Fellow. Yinglan is the author of 3 books, namely, The Way Of the VC: Having Top Venture Capitalists On Your Board.(Wiley, 2009), Chinnovation - How Chinese Innovators are Changing the World (Wiley 2010) and textbook New Venture Creation – Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century - An Asian Perspective (Mcgraw Hill 2011). Yinglan was educated at Harvard, Stanford and Carnegie Mellon.
Coaches and Mentors
After graduating from the University of Michigan, Jing Shen joined Amazon.com in Seattle. In Amazon.com, Jing Shen reduced the client side latency of the world’s largest online retailer by 300ms, developed and launched AWS Marketplace and was part of the team that re-architected one of the world's first cloud computing services, S3. In his spare time, Jing Shen goes wandering in the wild.
He has more than 35 years of experience from Silicon Valley, having spent many of his earlier yearsin Apple working on the Macintosh up to Mac OS X. After leaving Apple, he took on different engineering roles in Adobe and Yahoo. Jordan uprooted from America and came to Singapore in 2016 because he believes that Southeast Asia will experience profound growth and change in the next few decades.
He is extremely passionate about using technology to solve problems at scale, as well as nurturing talent and building a world-class engineering community in Singapore and Southeast Asia.
Prior to joining the government, Hongyi worked at Google on the distributed databases and image search teams. He previously attended MIT where he obtained degrees in computer science and economics. In his free time he works on personal projects like typographing.com and chatlet.com
Joel was the Regional Head of Partnerships in ZALORA Southeast Asia under
After his amazing journey with ChinaNetCloud and Wiredcraft, he randomly moved to Singapore and started working for Billpin. He then co-founded 99.co, which empowers consumers by enabling powerful search through its native search algorithm ListRank.
Prior to Carro, Vidit was Uber’s first employee in Asia, spearheading vehicle partnerships in the region.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Singapore Mega 2018 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.
Official Mobile Bar Partner
Official Pre-Accelerator Partner
Techstars Startup Weekend Singapore is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
Lalitha Wemel is a community architect based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is incredibly passionate about fostering entrepreneurship, grassroots leadership, and strong communities. Lalitha has been involved in various startup projects and communities for the better part of the last decade, both in and out of Malaysia. She has a deep love for eloquent minds, adventure, coffee, and travel. She is currently the Regional Manager for Techstars Startup Programs across South East Asia and Oceania, where she works with amazing community leaders to strengthen and empower their local startup ecosystem.
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