Techstars Startup Weekend Smart City & Home London

    Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
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Techstars Startup Weekend Smart City & Home London

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

19-23 Featherstone St
London, UK EC1Y 8SL

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Lets build the London city of tomorrow, today!

  • Do you seek knowledge and want to meet other like-minded people interested in the Connected City and Home market?
  • Do you have an idea you want to execute?
  • Do you want to get hands-on and learn about business design, marketing research and developing a prototype?
  • Do you want to get mentoring from experts in their field and industry insiders?
  • Do you want to start building your future in just 54 hours?
Then grab your ticket to Startup Weekend Connected Home London, and join the global Startup Weekend Family! This Startup Weekend is even more special as it is part of Techstars Global Startup Weekend! Techstars Global Startup Weekend (TGSW) connects entrepreneurs, organizing teams, and startup communities around the world. Attendees get access to exclusive resources to help prep for success at Startup Weekend and make connections to mentors and other startup teams. To help continue growth, the winning team of each event receives helpful perks for building their startup as well as a showcase in our global channels.
What are you waiting for? Take a chance and grab your ticket today! 

More about Startup Weekend:
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 co-founder, 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! 

More about Blue Lab:
Blue Lab, EDF’s innovation accelerator aims to make customers’ lives easier through innovation and brings together people with skills and expertise from across the business, and beyond, to help accelerate innovation.   

More about our signature sponsor EDF Energy Pulse Awards:
The EDF Energy Pulse Awards promotes innovation and contributes to the developments of the future. EDF Energy’s ' goal is to showcase and provide tangible support to start-ups that are helping to shape that future. Make sure to visit the awards website and explore this year's categories.


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Friday November 10th

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 November 11th

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
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 12th

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!


Danny Bluestone
Founder & CEO Cyber-Duck

Danny is the founder and CEO of Cyber-Duck, a Hertfordshire and London-based digital agency. Cyber-Duck are experts in the field of user experience (UX), branding and application development. 

Event Judges

Jessica Williamson
Director at Techstars

Having been with Techstars since we first started outside the US, I now focus on building up any of our new accelerators in EMEA + APAC. I am lucky to sleep well on planes and have amazing colleagues!

Americo Lenza
Head of Consumer IoT

Americo leads IoT product & service development at Vodafone group

William Germain
Director of Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Strategy at Inmarsat

William is a corporate executive with strategy, corporate finance and general management background in the technology sector. He is a board member and advisor of several growth companies and social enterprises. William has also participated in and won previous Startup Weekend editions.

Shetal Edwards
Head of Innovation Partnerships at EDF Energy Blue Lab

Responsible for developing the Blue Lab Innovation network and developing an innovation culture within EDF Energy.

Coaches and Mentors

Rania Svoronou
Lead Visual Designer IBM

Rania is a Lead Visual Interaction Designer based in London at IBM Interactive Experience (iX) - a new division within IBM, which has been named the largest digital-agency network in the world. Rania is an active speaker, guest lecturer, industry mentor and has been invited to judge and mentor at multiple hackathons and design events across Europe. With the aim of empowering more women in her industry, she has appeared at London Business School, UCL, UAL, King's College London, Royal College of Art and at events such as UX Crunch, MobileUX London, UAL Graduate Futures Week, Techstars Startupboost, and Google's Startup Weekend. Rania who is a selected Forbes fellow Under 30, made it to The Drum’s prestigious list Top 50 under 30, showcasing the highest achieving women making their mark in digital. She is a winner at ‘We are the City Awards’ Rising Star 2018 / Digital Category powered by The Times, which represent the best of the next generation of female leaders across British industry and has been shortlisted as a ‘Rising Star’ by TargetJobs National UK Awards 2018. She is also a proud member of Founders of the Future, launched by Founders Forum, which is an invite-only private community of the most promising entrepreneurial talent in technology in Europe.

Stephanie Georges
Co-Founder | Brand Strategist

Passionate about startups, Stephanie co-founded Almond Creative, a boutique agency based in London. Having worked with over 20 startups in 2 years, we specialise in developing memorable brands through a robust digital strategy and signature content.

Marija Butkovic
Founder and CEO @Women_Wearables | Co-founder @GetKisha I Marketer

Marija Butkovic is digital marketing and business consultant who has worked across a
range of projects in different industry sectors, including legal, journalism, tech, IoT,
wearable tech and fashion tech.
She is a founder and CEO of Women of Wearables - UK’s and Europe’s first
organisation aiming to support, connect and mentor women in wearable tech, fashion
tech, IoT and VR/AR, and a co-founder of Kisha Smart Umbrella - a wearable tech
startup behind the world's smartest fashion tech umbrella.
She regularly writes and blogs on topics of wearable tech, diversity and
She has been featured in major tech and business publications such as TechCrunch,
The Next Web, Management Today and Huffington Post and regularly appears as a
public speaker and panelist on conferences, meetups and corporate events.
Marija was selected as one of the Most Influential Women in UK tech: The 2017 longlist
by Computer Weekly.
Marija is member of Tech London Advocates - an organisation aiming to support
technology startups in finding new investment, new talent and achieving high growth
and Women Techmakers - Google’s global program providing visibility, community and
resources for women in technology.
She currently collaborates with startup accelerators and incubators in London and
worldwide on delivering help as a startup mentor and advisor. She is also a STEM
Prior to working in the tech industry, Marija was a corporate lawyer and consultant for
legal trade journals. She holds a Master of Laws degree from Faculty of Law, University
of Rijeka, Croatia, and was also awarded a diploma from the Startup Institute in London.

Lu Li

Lu Li is the founder of Blooming Founders, a company that supports female entrepreneurship and works to get more women into startups. Lu has worked with over 2000 enterprising women and has created a business social network for women in the startup ecosystem. She is also the UK ambassador of Women's Entrepreneurship Day. In her previous corporate career, she worked for McKinsey and Procter & Gamble.

Andrew Leask
Business Transformation at Jaguar Land Rover

Andrew spent 10 years founding and leading a digital business in Australia, along with years of mentoring and coaching startups there and back in the UK before being seduced back into corporate life where he is responsible for delivering real transformation throughout the UK's biggest carmaker. Just as happy writing code as decoding a balance sheet, he also has a deep interest in making cities more livable, and homes more sustainable.

Chris Thompson
Head of Innovation

Chris is Head of Innovation at FreshMinds. He works with clients all over the world to help them take products from insight to prototype.  

Michael Setton
IoT Technologist at Digital Catapult

Design, architecture, sale and deployment of end to end Internet of Things solutions and platforms.
Competitive watch, innovation strategy, business model analysis and definition.
Tailored Internet of Things training course definition, delivery.

Team leader: Managed team of 10 engineers.
Real time sensing solutions and geolocated services based on wireless communications (Bluetooth, WiFi, Sigfox, Zigbee), smartphones, headless gateways.
Focused on: user experience, mobility, cross platform, data display/storage/analysis.

Expertise for industrial applications, consumer solutions (sports and fitness) and smart cities/smart homes.
Architecture of solutions integrating iBeacons and/or the Physical Web, wearables.
Team management, grant proposal writing, comfortable with senior stakeholders and high level management presentations.

Led the development of:
- Device design (Component and sensor selection, communication selection, PCB layout, design to cost manufacturing)
- Embedded software development for ultra low power consumption
- Mobile applications development for both iOS and Android
- Real time connectivity with Node JS and Websockets.
- HTML 5 responsive site fordata visualisation .
- Restful API for data integration into other applications or ERP systems.

Wireless sensor networks expertise.
Previous customers included IBM, Intel, Schneider Electric, ST Microelectronics, France Telecom R & D, MIT.

Specialties: Internet of Things, mobile, project management, competitive analysis, business planning, strategy definition, solutions architecture, appcessories, location based services, ibeacons, wireless sensor networks, security, real time web, iOS, Android, Bluetooth, wearables, ultra low power.

Anna Poberezhna
Founder Smart4tech

Anna is a strategic and innovation expert with a focus on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, blockchain and economic resilience. Founder of Smart4tech. 

Author and speaker.

Currently focused on research and development of the new economic model for Water on blockchain, the most important and undervalued global resource. 
The project is closely interconnected with Waste, Energy, Food, & Carbon sectors, which are in heart of National Security (Nexus paradigm).
As well as Greenfinance and ESG. 

Her previous expertise included strategy, branding, international relations, sustainability, and construction sectors. Earlier this year Anna provided a strategic vision for enhancement of the UK-Ukraine business relations with a particular focus on the digital economy and sustainability. Her latest project is the first smart ecological, BREEAM certified award winning office development in Ukraine. 

Anna headed the Strategy and Development in SCG International. She has worked across a wide range of sectors (both private and state owned enterprises) and her industry experience includes construction; investment and management consulting; media and creative sectors as well as start-ups. 

Her other projects include: UK: B9lab, BlockVerify, VimesVC clients, Ukraine Astarta-Kyiv, First Ukrainian International Bank; International conferences organised by Adam Smith Conferences; Ukrainian State Corporation of Civic Infrastructure Construction, Bahrain: construction of civic hydraulic projects.

Hugh Halford-Thompson
CIO at BTL Group LTD

Eduardo Brünger Paperini
Investment Manager at Collider

Eduardo works within the tech Startup scene focused on venture investing and startup portfolio management. He also has Executive-level London-based Corporate Finance experience along with 4.5+ years of wide and successful Big 4 experience working within Transaction, Financial and Advisory Services, interacting with international teams and clients. He is fluent in English, Portuguese, German and basic in French and Spanish.

- Dual nationality (Italian & Brazilian)

Industry expertise: Startups; Tech; Venture Capital; Marketing & Advertising; Real Estate; Agriculture; Banks; Insurance; Consumer Goods; Industrial Machinery; Food & Beverage.

Benjamin Maugain
Technical Project Manager at Cyber-Duck

Benjamin Maugain is Technical Project Manager at Cyber-Duck, a leading full service digital agency. He translates client requirements into high-quality digital solutions, applying extensive expertise in full stack web development. 

Benjamin has taught workshops at the BBC’s ‘Future is Now’ events, Mozilla Festival, and at the London College of Communication. His sessions are infused with an experimental passion for the Internet of Things: exploring animal robotics, connecting clocks to social updates, and more. With a colleague, he won the last Barclay's hackathon with a connected piggy bank project. 

Recently, he’s been nominated for the ‘Techie of the Year’ at the prestigious Wirehive 100 Awards.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Smart City & Home London 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.

Signature Sponsors

The EDF Energy Pulse Awards promotes innovation and contributes to the developments of the future. Our goal is to showcase and provide tangible support to start-ups that are helping to shape that future.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Amalia
  • Zoheb
  • Filippos
  • Honorata
  • Chris
  • Lu


Filippos Protogeridis
Product Designer

Filippos is an impact driven product designer working with leading tech companies in both Europe and the US, transforming ideas into engaging experiences. He has extensive experience in working with both consumer as well as business facing companies across multiple industries, from mobile marketing to food, travel, retail and localization automation. 

Filippos' work has been featured on AWWWARDS, Abduzeedo, SiteInspire and Behance. He speaks regularly in conferences and seminars about the role and impact of design in innovation driven companies. He is also a global facilitator at Startup Weekend by Techstars.

Zoheb Iqbal

Working with startups around the world, London-based Zoheb helps to accelerate and strengthen the growth of a world wide network of entrepreneurs. From early stages of the entrepreneurial journey to innovation within industry with companies such as Aviva, Lloyds banking group,  IBM, Google and EDF as well as governmental institutes, Zoheb works to facilitate, mentor and coordinate the experience of entrepreneurs everywhere. Challenging entrepreneurs to build in intensive programs centered on action, innovation and education. Zoheb is also an architect and co-founder of several startups.

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