Startup Weekend Bangkok 2014 Travel Edition

    Friday, December 12 - 14, 2014

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Bangkok 2014 Travel Edition

Friday, December 12 - 14, 2014

Friday, December 12 - 14, 2014
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Hubba Thailand
10 Soi Ekkamai 4, Sukhumvit 63 Road,
Phrakanong Nua, Wattana
Bangkok, Thailand 10110

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Let’s begin your journey of a thousand steps with STARTUP WEEKEND BANGKOK 2014 TRAVEL EDITION

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

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!

Why "Travel" Edition?
The modern traveler is making travel tech industry ripe for disruption. Modern travelers are a new breed of individuals who plan and go on a trip by their own.They research and create their trips based on multiple online resources, book their own flights and hotel often on the last minute and on their mobile phones. They can city hop across the regions and the world and work at the same time in co-working spaces, and they create their trips on the go based on crowd-sourced, social, and/or location-based review and recommendation platforms. They want to explore something different, discover a local experience and do something off the beaten track. Unfortunately, the existing platforms and solutions in the travel industry have not kept up with digitally connected, creative, and adventurous nature of the modern traveler.

Do you have a passion about travelling? Are you ready to disrupt the Thai and Global travel scene? Let's begin your journey of a thousands steps begin with

1st Place Winning Prize:
  • HUBBA Co-working Space or PAH Creative Space Membership – Entire team for 6 months (worth 20,900 Baht per person)
  • UX Academy Workshop, Thailand’s #1 School on User Experience Design is providing free seats for 3 team member – (worth 4,500 Baht per person, 13,500 baht in total)
  • Gift Voucher 1000 BHT from
  • Jousen Miyabi Grill Voucher 
  • Business consulting support by HUBBA Team  (x3 appointments in 3 months)
  • Hardware & consumer electronics consulting in design, development, prototyping and fundraising by MakerZoo (x3 appointments in 3 months)
  • Special interview on and
  • Echelon Ticket 2015  
  • 50% Discount for HUBBA ACADEMY
2nd place Winning Prize:
  • HUBBA Co-working Space or PAH Creative Space Membership – Entire team for 3 months (worth 12,100 Baht per person)
  • Business consulting support by HUBBA Team  (x3 appointments in 3 months)
  • Jousen Miyabi Grill Voucher 
  • Hardware & consumer electronics consulting in design, development, prototyping  by MakerZoo (x3 appointments in 3 months)
  • Special interview on and
  • Gift Voucher from
  • Gift Set from Google Business
3rd place Winning Prize:
  • HUBBA Co-working Space or PAH Creative Space Membership – Entire team for 3 months (worth 12,100 Baht per person)
  • Business consulting support by HUBBA Team  (x3 appointments in 3 months)
  • Jousen Miyabi Grill Voucher 
  • Hardware & consumer electronics consulting in design, development, prototyping by MakerZoo (x3 appointments in 3 months)
  • Special interview on and
  • Gift Voucher from
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Friday December 12th

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

7:30 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 December 13th

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 December 14th

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!

Event Judges

Oranuch Lerdsuwankij
Co-Founder Thumbsup Thailand

Oranuch, or better known as Mimee, is the co-founder of Thumbsup, a leading Thai technology blog. She reports regularly on local technology startup, social media and digital business news. She has more than 10 years direct experience in telecommunication industry in part of product and business development.

Tiwa York
Head coach at

Tiwa has over 15 years of marketing, sales, technology, product marketing and consulting experience in the digital industry. At Sanook!, he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s eCommerce portfolio, including, and Sanook! Coupon.

Tiwa was previously Director Platforms, Omnicom Media Group, responsible for building the agencies digital services unit in Thailand. Prior to that, he held various positions between 2004 – 2010 within the DMS Group of companies including, MANAGING Director at Admax Network, Executive Director Syndacast, VP Marketing & Business Development DMS Group, and Managing Director New Media. Tiwa has implemented digital strategies for local and international Fortune 500 companies across a wide range of industries – including travel & tourism, telecommunications, consumer electronics, FMCG, finance, and automotive.

Tiwa is a regular speaker at industry events in Thailand and across Southeast Asia. He is also the co-founder of Web Wednesday Thailand, the local digital advertising industry’s largest event.

Natavudh P.

Moo Natavudh is a tech entrepreneur with over 12 years experience in founding, funding and MANAGING tech companies in Thailand and ASEAN countries.
He is currently the founder and CEO of OOKBEE (, Thailand's biggest e-book store with market shares over 85%. Since the launch, Ookbee apps have been in the top 10 Top Grossing iPad Apps in the Thai Apple AppStore everyday for the past 30 months. OOKBEE now has over 5 million users across Asia.

Thanachat Tangsriwong
Investment manager

Chad is an Investment Manager of CyberAgent Ventures who is leading an operation for CAV in Bangkok, Thailand. His scope of responsibilities covers exploring investment opportunities in Thailand and SEA region and supporting/incubating business development of portfolio companies.In Bangkok, Thailand, Chad is overseeing 5 portfolio companies and in 3 of those he also acts as a member of Non-Executive of Board of Directors.

Hossein Farmini
President at Farmani Group and Owner at Freelance Photographer

Hossein Farmani was born in Tehran, Iran, the son of a middle class iron worker in a family of three brothers and three sisters.

Upon graduating high school, Hossein left his native country for the United States, where he planned to study Cinematography. But once here, Hossein could not ignore this new interest and love for photography. His path was set on a course to learn all he could about the field, Hossein obtained his degree in photography from Orange Coast College and was immediately recruited to teach at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California. Hossein's professional photography experience led him into trying his hand at publishing, a new forum for his art, founding the award winning "International VUE", the first EVER Los Angeles based fashion magazine. After the success of Vue, Hossein developed yet another new venture. This time, he chose to combine his passion for photography with his experience in
publishing. FotoFolio was the result of that effort, born to promote the work of contemporary photographers across the country. FotoFolio too, won numerous awards of it's own and is in the permanent collection of The Library of Congress.

After little more than a decade in America, Hossein Farmani was already a living billboard for the American dream. In ventures of his own choosing, Hossein proved time after time that a good idea and hard work can result in great satisfaction and accomplishment.

The success of VUE and FotoFolio served to immerse Hossein in the arts community, where he soon found himself losing artist friends and acquaintances due to a newly known disease, AIDS. Hossein was at the very forefront in creating a benefit/auction, at a time when the general public was a fearful at the very mention the word. The Focus On AIDS (FOA) Foundation, was established in 1987, a volunteer-based non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to auction photography, donating 100% of its net proceeds to AIDS research, care and education. To date, FOA has raised over $3 million. Through FOA the world's top photographers donate their prized works to raise funds that can save lives. Contributing artists have included: Herb Ritts, Greg Gorman, Annie Leibowitz, Richard Avedon, Bruce Davidson, Horace Bristol, David Bailey, Bruce Weber, and William Claxton. To date, FOA has created the first Children's AIDS Hospital in India (Asha Kirana) and is about to open doors to a "safe house" Arnold's House, for AIDS street orphans in Tanzania, among many other hands on organizations directly benefitting from it's funds.

Coaches and Mentors

Patai Padungtin

Since 2009, Patai is the co-founder of, Ad-supported SaaS for construction industry.
Over 12 years in construction and 8 years in software business, he currently play a role as evangelist to promote
IT applications in construction industry. is the winner of Asia-Pacific ICT Awards 2011 and the most promising startup from Echelon 2012.

Yod Chinsupakul
CEO and Co-Founder at

•MBA from UCLA Anderson
•Computer Engineering background
•Entrepreneurial focused
•4 years experience in managing a technical team (30 people)
•Owner of multiple restaurants

Pawin Suthapong

Technology entrepreneur with a strong desire to improve entrepreneurship ecosystem in Thailand. Strong background in both management and technology.

In both USA and Thailand: involve in many entrepreneurship fostering activities including teaching entrepreneurship subjects and providing consulting services for start-ups.

Specialties: general entrepreneurship, technology entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, Thailand, software industry, high-tech industry, real estate industry, management consulting, start-ups management

Bow Kraivanich
Co-Founder & Chief Experience Officer of Fastinflow

Bow is a UX/UI designer with over 10 years experiences in website design and development. Now she working as a Chief User Experience Officer and Design Principle at Fastinflow, consumer research company which she cofounded and won dtac Accelerate 2013.

Chotirat Apiwattanapong,

Tem graduated from Chulalongkorn in Industrial Engineering. He started first career as an intern in Volvo company in Sweden. After that, work as system development engineer in SCG. Then he did his master degree in Entrepreneuship Management at CMMU. Right now he is the founder of Yim Huai Khwang Hostel, opened in January 2014 and ranked top3 on Tripadvisor in Bangkok's hostel.

Maxim Titov

Maxim is the CEO and Founder of Transport Systems, software provider to low-cost travel suppliers (bus, railway and ferry operators), est. Feb. 2014, and, a web-platform for online bus booking in Thailand, est. Aug. 2014. 

Adam Sharpe
Co-Founder at Crowdid Digital

Adam Sharpe is an avid Tweeter (follow him @MrAdamSharpe), blogger, trainer & public speaker. He co-founded Crowdid Digital, a startup online consultancy designing bespoke digital strategies for various industries across Asia. Prior to launching his own startup Adam worked for MTV EXIT ( a campaign fighting human trafficking and exploitation by raising awareness, promoting behavior change and driving social action. There he developed & produced live events & training programs across the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand. He played a key role in managing regional online communities, creating content and designing digital activations at events.Previous speaking and training engagements include Microsoft’s #WeSpeakCode Hackathon in Bangkok 2014, the United Nations’ World Youth Foundation in Melaka 2013 & the US State Department Tech Camp in Phnom Penh 2013.

Thanapat Sinthuvarawan
Chief Creative Officer, PAH Creative Space

As a highly experienced Creative Director at Pheromone Studio, a digital design studio and lecturer at Faculty of Communications Arts, Bangkok University, Benz has the unique ability to work and communicate fluently between design, business and technology worlds. He is also currently the Cofounder & Chief Creative Officer at PAH Creative Space where he passionately trying to nurture a more collaborative Thai creative, arts and design community.

Karun Warapongsittikul
Chief UX Officer, PAH Creative Space & Cofounder, UX Academy

Karun Warapongsittikul is a user experience specialist and user interface designer. 7 years of User centered design experience, he drives the industry forward with the power of user experience to delivered a good solutions. He is one of the founder of UX Academy, the first school in thailand that specialize on UX. Karun attended a lot of workshops and events in a role of UX guest speaker.

Silp Pimolwattana
Editor at Barefoot Magazine

He was internship with Esquire Magazine (American Magazine) and FREE MAGAZINE as Travel by Budget project. After graduated he moved to Chiangmai to worked in small hostell. Then he found. It was not challenging enoungh. So He started with Barefoot Magazine ( The Inspiring Magazine for travelers). He believe "Every Journey always worth it")

Drew Kamthong
Business / Developer

Drew is the co-founder and manager of MAQE digital agency, a creative design agency that helps companies to plan, build, and support innovative products. His company has extensive experience developing educational products such as learning platforms and apps.

Somsak Boonkam
CEO OF Localalike

Somsak Boonkam (Pai) is the Founder and CEO of Local Alike, a community-based tourism platform
dedicated to connect local communities with travellers who look for meaningful and authentic experiences. 
He studied an MBA in Sustainability at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. Prior to start Local Alike, Somsak worked with Mae Fah Luang Foundation and Doitung Development Project as a business development person 

Idan Zalzberg
Advance Technical at

Advance Technician at

Wanvisa Chantrasmi
Director of Sales & Marketing

Sandy is CEO and owner of Always Vacation Co., Ltd, an outbound tourism company. They 

are mainly focused on New Zealand and are certified by Tourism New Zealand as a ‘100% 

Pure New Zealand specialist’. Their target market is independent, young, adventurous 

travelers. In 2013, Sandy had been selected from Asia New Zealand Foundation, a non-profit 

organization in New Zealand as a representative from Thailand to join the ASEAN Young 

Business Leaders Initiative Program for working visits to build New Zealanders’ knowledge 

and understanding of Asia. She graduated from Thammasat University in Journalism & 

Mass Communication (Second Class Honors) and also has a Master Degree in Business & 

Commerce from the University of Western Sydney.

Lam You Teck
Head of Performance Marketing

You Teck is currently a Head of Performance Marketing at HotelQuickly. He helps the HotelQuickly team scale user growth through buidling ROI driven mobile paid acquisition campaigns and has launched user activation program to onboard new HotelQuickly users through email campaigns. He  also focuses on leveraging new mobile platforms (apis) to bridge cross screen user experience between desktop and mobile to increase user activation for HotelQuickly. 
As a seasoned mobile marketer he has been through the phase of building user adoption campaigns for both pre-smartphone and smartphone era. He has been part of the several venture backed startup teams in SEA focusing on user growth in mCommerce, gaming and travel. He has helped scale users growth for a gaming company to more than five millions gamers and has also worked on driving growth traction for early stage mCommerce products. 

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Bangkok is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Amarit
  • Charle
  • Thanapat
  • Karun
  • Oranuch
  • Charath
  • Donlacha
  • Tidaporn
  • Rewadee

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