Startup Weekend AI istanbul

    Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend AI istanbul

Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017

Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

İTÜ Maçka Kampüsü
Sosyal Tesisleri
Maçka Cad.
Istanbul, Turkey 34367

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Bringing Artificial Intelligence in Business! Bringing Artificial Intelligence into Business

Introducing the first Istanbul Startup Weekend Artificial Intelligence edition to the Turkish ecosystem! Istanbul Startup Weekend AI (SWAI) will take place between September 29 and October 1 at İTÜ Maçka Kampüsü Istanbul. In the spirit of AI, this is the first SW that will be part of a bigger Global initiative in which the winning team has a chance to fly to Paris (all expenses included) to meet with other SW members!! 
We are very happy with some amazing partners: Yapi Kredi (Ana Sponsor); Tarentum, ITU ARI Teknokent, DSV Global Transport and Logistics, BelartoİTÜ Girişimcilik Kulübü.

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Friday September 29th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

8:00 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 September 30th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

1:30 pm
Mentors are arriving to go through a Mentor Training

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
Continue the work,
but do get some sleep too!

Sunday October 1st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:00 pm

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!


Mobil Servisler ve Direkt Bankacılık Müdürü at YapiKredi

Burak Aydin
EMEA GM Silver Spring Networks

Event Judges

Mehmet Kirca
Co-Chair, LES Turkey Industrial Partnerships

Tunç Özgül
Angel Investor and Mentor Keiretsu Forum

Kenan Colpan

Mobil Servisler ve Direkt Bankacılık Müdürü at YapiKredi

Kaan Akın
Founder, CEO at Hackquarters

Coaches and Mentors

Sezer Arslan
Country Manager Turkey at Belarto Group

Afsar Akal
Director of Sales IBM Watson Health Turkey-MEA

Serhat Varolgunes
Data Scientist at Tarentum

İpek Rahtuvan
Direkt Bankacılık Uzmanı at YapiKredi

Yusuf Can Pirlibeylioğlu
Mobil Servisler ve Giyilebilir Teknolojiler Uzmanı at YapiKredi

Ayça Güler
Marka İletişimi Uzmanı at YapiKredi

Haydar Ucar
Chief Financial Officer DSV - Global Transport and Logistics

Özlem Özen
Human Resources and Communications Manager at DSV - Global Transport and Logistics

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Istanbul is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Ozgur
  • Neşen
  • Patrick


Patrick Bosteels
Chief Connector & Enabler Stage-Co

Patrick Bosteels was a serial entrepreneur with failures and successes. Co-founded Stage-Co & CodeDojo Turkey.

He refers to himself as a cineast and photographer. He worked long enough on a farm to understand how difficult it is. Creative and always positive. Innovation to him doesn’t mean a sh*t if it doesn’t solve a problem in a sustainable way. 

He loves organizing and bringing people together. 

Event Staff

Furkan Çıngı
President - İTÜ Girişimcilik Kulübü

İTÜ Girişimcilik Kulübü şirketinde Board Member

Tuğba Köksel
Workshop & Organization Director - İTÜ Girişimcilik Kulübü

Cengiz Özgün
Marketing Director - Board Member - İTÜ Girişimcilik Kulübü

Necmettin Toprak
Workshop & Organization Team Member - İTÜ Girişimcilik Kulübü

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