Startup Weekend Trinidad & Tobago

    Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

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Startup Weekend Trinidad & Tobago

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Microsoft Innovation Centre
Mc Leod Street
Freeport, Trinidad and Tobago

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Create a Local Idea, Compete in a Global Competition

Have a world changing idea?  
Bring your idea to Startup Weekend to get a chance to participate in the Global Startup Battle. The Global Startup Battle is battle between all the Startup Weekends across the world - all at the same time. On November 21st-23rd Startup Weekends across the world (over 100) will be competing for the best business ideas, and we in Trinidad will be competing too. Bring your idea(s) to Startup Weekend and get help from friends, like minded individuals and fans to build your idea to compete in the Global Startup Battle. 

Don't have a Global Idea?
That's fine! Your ideas do not have to be global. They can be local or regional. Still bring your idea and get help from friends and attendees to build your idea out.  

Don't Have An Idea?
That's fine too! Startup Weekend is for anyone across any field or industry who enjoys being around creative, innovative and inspiring people. YOU DO NOT NEED AN IDEA TO PARTICIPATE. All you need is be human and alive. :) In past Startup Weekends we have had techies, marketers, managers, schools students (secondary and university levels), doctors, lawyers, accountants, sales personal, and everyone else. So join us. 


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Friday November 21st

5:00 pm
Transport to Startup Weekend Arrives
Transport busses will arrive at Grand Bazaar and Gulf City

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:30 pm
Transport to Startup Weekend Departs
Transport to Startup Weekend departs Grand Bazaar and Gulf City. If you are running late please call Gerard - 308-3865

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

6:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 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

10:00 pm
Transport from Startup Weekend Leaves
Transport back to Gulf City and Grand Bazaar departs Microsoft Innovation Centre

Saturday November 22nd

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

11:30 am

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 November 23rd

8:00 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

Beverly Demas
Manager, EDSS, YTEPP

Beverly C. Demas is the Manager, Entrepreneurial Development and Support Services (EDSS) at the Youth Training and Employment Partnership Programme (YTEPP) Limited. She is a highly skilled, high energy professional, described by many as a consummate professional who holds firm to the philosophy that “the only limits are those that we place on ourselves”. Beverly holds an MBA in Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University (U.K.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Business Administration from Boston University (USA)

Claude Marshall

Claude Marshall was born in Trinidad and Tobago and attended St Mary's College. He furthered his education at South Carolina State University where he obtained a Bsc in Computer Science. He then attended Clemson University where he obtained a Msc in Computer Science with a focus on Software Engineering. <br /> He has worked for several companies including Telcordia Technologies and Togu Systems where he has worked as a software engineer, software reliability engineer and project manager. He has also worked as a visiting professor at South Carolina State University for six(6) years where he taught several core CS courses including Data Structures, Software Engineering, Senior Projects and Special Topics in computing. Claude recently returned to Trinidad and is currently CEO of DMS Digital and Byte Academy. His interests involves the introduction of computing concepts using robots and game programming to elementary and early high school children as a means of increasing the amount of software engineers in Trinidad and Tobago.

Eric Bogers

Eric Bogers is a business leader with a wide and successful background in ICT and in international food,  beverage & equipment Industry. He has technical as well as managerial experience in start-ups, and he has been a VP at two multinational companies. Currently he is a business advisor and mentor to entrepreneurs of SMEs. Experienced in the development and implementation of strategic plans, leading & adjusting teams, implementing processes, restructuring plants and managing P&L. He understands what companies need to drive growth, value and profitability. He has international  work experience with Americas, Europe, Middle-East and SE Asia. Originally from the Netherlands, he holds a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering and Management.

Coaches and Mentors

Brevard Nelson
COO and Co-founder of Caribbean Ideas Ltd.

Brevard has a unique blend of marketing and corporate communications talent, web development and IT expertise, seasoned with an entrepreneurial spirit. Before moving into full-time work at Caribbean Ideas Limited, he functioned for over 10 years in various roles within the Guardian Holdings Group, culminating as Corporate Communications Manager in the Group Communications Department.
In his professional career he also served as VP of Branding and Visual Communications on the Board of the International Association of Business Communicators – T&T Chapter, where his white paper on how Caribbean Businesses can add digital media to their marketing mix, was published in IABC’s international, award winning publication, Communication World.
In addition to his professional work, Brevard is passionate about youth empowerment and Caribbean development. He currently serves as the VP, Membership on the board of the St. Mary’s College Past Students’ Union, and was the founding President of the Rotaract club of St. Augustine West.
Brevard completed an Executive Education Programme at the Harvard Business School and holds a Masters Degree in International Marketing Communications from the London Metropolitan University and a Masters in Management from the ESCEM Business School in France. He also holds an undergraduate Business degree from the University of the West Indies.

Rene Holder
CEO and Co-Founder of Lab 206 Animation and Multimedia Design Studios

Rene Holder, CEO and Co-Founder of Lab 206 Animation and Multimedia Design Studios, which he started with a group of students at UTT. Lab has created Campaigns for both the Public and Private Sector and has entered into Strategic Partnerships with both Local and Regional Companies to expand its Portfolio and Service offerings in the regional marketplace.

He is the winner of the Trinidad and Tobago Collation for Service Industries Best Young Service Provider for 2012, and 2013 Nominee for Best Use of Innovation in Services Award. Currently he sits on the Marketing Committee for the National Carnival Association and is the Founding President and standing Vice President of the Trinidad and Tobago Animators Network, a governing body tasked with the promotion and development of the Local Animation Industry in Trinidad and Tobago.

Fabian Taylor
Founder of Push Media

Fabian spends most of his time being a creative thinker, building ideas, tinkering with technology, creating art, music and developing businesses.
Currently, he divides his days between being an entrepreneur and founder of  Push Media, a Lead Creative with DigitasLBi in New York, and producing music all over the world.
At Push Media, his fifth business and creative exploration, he combines the best of startup ideas and interactive experiences through Push & Move, the tech incubator, and through Push & Music, the music and entertainment production company. With DigitasLBi he specializes in User Experience and Creative Direction, leading and producing some of today’s top interactive products and services for some of the world’s biggest brands.
In 2013 he was instrumental in helping American Express create what is still known as the “Best Financial App” experience on the market today, and helping drive many of their successful interactive experiences such as Small Business Saturday and Fabian also had the opportunity to sit on the Small Business Committee of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce where he helped develop services and platform for some of New York’s best businesses.
His main philosophy is BALANCE. GIVE to GET, WORK hard and PLAY hard, and never forget to stop and enjoy the simple things. These keep him creating, innovating and loving life.

Nicholas Pallai
Solutions Architect, Teleios Systems Ltd.

Nicholas Pallai is the Solutions Architect for the Mobile Products and Services group at Teleios Systems Ltd. His team operates in the mobile applications and systems field as well as in the telecommunications industry delivering value added services to mobile networks in Trinidad & Tobago as well as a number of regional territories such as Belize, Jamaica and Suriname. His current role as Architect sees him involved in projects throughout the entire software lifecycle ranging from consulting, conceptual and functional design, code implementation, deployment and maintenance.

Nicholas also provides technical input and guidance as part of the team at Teleios responsible for the delivery and growth of an annual software development competition, called Teleios Code Jam, which targets students at the tertiary education level.

Anil Ramnanan

Anil Ramnanan is a software developer and entrepreneur with over 20 years in the IT Industry. While working and doing PhD research at the University of the West Indies, he has also been involved in a number of entrepreneurial activities with his latest being founder of the startup HelpQ and co founder of the startup My Beach My Water. In addition to developing mobile applications and doing research in the Internet of Things and Open Data, he tries to bridge academia, business and social enterprises to come up with innovative solutions.

Ian Alleyne
Lecturer, UTT/CFA, MBA

Ian T. Alleyne is a CFA charterholder and currently lectures on business and entrepreneurship at The University of Trinidad and Tobago. Prior to joining the university, Mr. Alleyne worked in the bank and finance sector with RBTT Bank Limited (now Royal Bank of Canada) and Development Finance Limited. His tenure at these institutions comprised nine years in IT and the remainder in finance.

Mr. Alleyne has written several articles for the electronic newsletter,">"> and the Business Guardian. He started the entrepreneurial blog">"> and the Lean Startup Caribbean group on Linkedin.

Stacey-Ann Duhaney
Entrepreneur, Consultant and Writer

Stacy-Ann Duhaney is an Entrepreneur, Consultant and aspiring Author. She has over 12 years experience in the marketing industry both as an employee and a Consultant combined. She considers herself fortunate to have been afforded the opportunity to work for unique brands across the Caribbean, USA & Europe such as Digicel, Stryker Uk, Virgin Atlantic and Ross Advertising.  She has extensive marketing consulting experience with small and medium-sized businesses and owns a boutique marketing consulting firm – Vision Shapers Creative Consultants Ltd.
Stacy-Ann's unique mix of skills has afforded her the ability to find a niche offering both Creative Services and Marketing Management Services. She also has a strong focus on Entrepreneurship and Digital Media.

Dhano Mc Nicol
Mission Control, A Big Box of Crayons

A Creative Professional with over twenty years experience in providing effi cient and effective visual communication design solutions.
A passionate, twenty-four hour creative junky. Admirer of sexy typefaces, lover of words and aspiring life long learner. He is also the founder of A BigBox Of Crayons. An online and offline community for creative thinkers + makers in Trinidad & Tobago.
The Regional Creative head of one of the Caribbean’s largest retailers. Where he
contributes to the group’s regional marketing strategy. Also responsible for development of the regional Design Strategy, Conceptualisation and execution of all creative, marketing and advertising communication for the group’s brands. With oversight of the regional and local creative teams and creative processes.
His mantra - Stay Passionate. Keep moving forward.

Mark Gilbert
Systems Synapse, A Big Box of Crayons

Mark is a Designer, Brand Strategist, Entrepreneur and former StartUp Weekend
finalist. Mark’s expertise ranges from Creative Consultancy, Brand Strategy, Film and Video Direction, Print Design and Layout, Logo Design, Sound Design and Sound Engineering to Lecturing as an Apple Certified Professional (Master Pro Certification).
Mark’s passion for creatively solving design and non-design problems has enabled him to work with clients such as BPTT, The University of the West Indies (U.W.I), YTEPP Limited, The
Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and Gayelle on various creative and innovative projects.
Mark is also the founder of two startup companies – The Improper Faction and Transit
Operators Utilizing Technology (TOUT).

Dionne Mc Nicol
Chief Connector, A Big Box of Crayons

An actress, singer and attorney at law. Specializing in the areas of Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property.
She has served as a Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Entertainment Company. Director of Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries. Also as Chair
of the Creative Industries Sector Advisory Committee of the National Training Agency.
Dionne currently manages a law practice.
Consulting in the areas of Film and Television Production and Live Event Production.

Gerard Andrews

ward winning creative professional with a proven track record for successful project implementation from concept to completion. High-energy, results-oriented leader that thrives in challenging environments. Education background in both communication skills and business management that will be used for the continued development and sustainability. Known and most practiced skill is logo design which he is willing and able to provide to participants.

Rachel Renie
Managing Director & Co-Founder of Market Movers Ltd.

Rachel is an experienced Entrepreneur in the Agri-Business sector for over five years. She is the founder of the first online, fresh produce delivery service in Trinidad & Tobago and is always at the forefront of the latest technologies and trends associated with agriculture, food and online services. Graduating from the City College of New York with a B.A in International Relations, it was her love for travel and food that sparked her pursuit to make quality, healthy foods accessible to homes, offices and restaurants throughout Trinidad. With a strong focus on high nutrient foods she has invested in promoting safer agricultural practices and setting quality standards for local produce in Trinidad and Tobago. 
Rachel has spearheaded several projects based on enhancing capacity building and mentorship for other entrepreneurs and it is this ideology that allows her to continuously strive to create growth opportunities for other entrepreneurs in the agriculture and business sector throughout the Caribbean.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Trinidad &amp; Tobago 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 Port of Spain is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Ashmini
  • Gerard
  • Candace
  • Krs
  • Cordell
  • Michol
  • Kristal
  • Akila


Chris Chang
Program Manager, Techstars Adelaide

Chris is the Project Manager for Pilot Programs at Techstars, guiding new products through the introductory phases of the product's lifecycle. This role works closely with cross-functional teams across the business to create and deliver on detailed project plans, driving on-time strategic objectives and pilot execution.

Previously, Chris was the Program Manager for Techstars Adelaide, the first Techstars accelerator in the APAC-region, focusing on startups advancing innovative applications in IoT, big data, sensors and robotics.

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