Startup Weekend Smart Cities London

    Friday, June 27 - 29, 2014

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Smart Cities London

Friday, June 27 - 29, 2014

Friday, June 27 - 29, 2014
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Google Campus London
2-4 Bonhill Street
London, UK EC2A 4BX

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Cities become smarter with Startup Weekend!

Passionate about producing products that aim to make our cities smarter?
Join us for the next Startup Weekend focused on making our cities better for living. We’ll be joined by London’s best architects, technologist, urban planners, sustainability experts, government planners, evangelists, researchers, developers and designers to co-create new prototypes to learn, play, share ideas, network, and get inspired throughout the weekend.

This year SW London is an official partner of our current project with the European Commission providing the Startup Weekend community with FI-WARE at their fingertips allowing huge opportunities for European startups and entrepreneurs to leverage the power of big data and begin building innovative products to make cities smarter. 

Also we're excited to announce that Startup Weekend Smart Cities is an associated project of this years London Festival of Architecture. The annual festival provokes questions about the contemporary and future life of the city, and promotes positive change to its public realm. The city-wide programme is delivered by leading cultural and academic institutions alongside associated projects by practices and individuals.

The theme Smart Cities means developing city services that make our cities better places to live - everything from sharing economy to crowd sourced urban planning applications, Swift mobile payment systems and smarter home technologies to overall improvements in the way we connect across cities. It's wide open to possibilities and can't wait to see what our entrepreneurs produce!

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Friday June 27th

6:00 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 June 28th

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 June 29th

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!


Benjamin Southworth
co-founder of 3 beards

Benjamin Southworth is the co-founder of 3 beards, was former deputy CEO of Tech City, and helps startups of all sizes grow, scale, connect and communicate via marketing, communication, creativity and raw emotional passion. 

Event Judges

Eze Vidra
Head of Google for Entrepreneurs, Europe

Scott Cain
Executive Director, Future Cities Catapult

Linda Chandler
Managing Architect for Cities, Microsoft

Sara Kelly
Senior Policy Officer for Technology, Greater London Authority

Uros Strel Lencic
Senior UX Designer, Digital Catapult

Lead UX Designer, Connected Digital Economy Catapult. Uros is UX Designer and Consultant with extensive experience designing and directing the production of numerous compelling and innovative digital experiences for Enterprise-grade and Content- based Wearable/ Mobile/ Tablet/ Desktop Applications, Transactional and Responsive Websites, Collaborative Work Environments and Intranets, Social Networks, and Interactive Multimedia Presentations. Recently he worked with NatWest, RBS, Vodafone, Ray-Ban, Lucozade, SapientNitro, EHO, Optimo, and Pininfarina. He helped them better understand their audience, defined their digital channels, designed new products, redesigned existing experiences and made their online services conceptual, simple, and enjoyable to use. Currently he’s working as a Lead UX Designer at Connected Digital Economy Catapult. He's responsible for leading, defining and delivering unique and high quality UX design across Desktop, Tablet and Mobile platforms while working with UK’s startups, SMEs and large companies enabling them to innovate at speed and with less risk.

Coaches and Mentors

David McDougall
Product Leader / Innovation Consultant

Senior Product and Innovation leader experienced in building & developing high-performing Product teams and establishing innovation best practices. 

Ian Maddison
Business Analyst, Connected Digital Economy Catapult

Business Analyst Ian has a wealth of experience gained in 35 years in the IT industry. He has provided business and functional expertise to a huge range of industries prior to joining the Digital Catapult to work on the Copyright Hub initiative. His assignments have included time at Channel4, Vodafone, British Gas, News International, Government Digital Service, BT, Orange, BBC iPlayer and many more including several startups.

Tia Kansara
Director, Kansara Hackney Ltd.

Award-winning entrepreneur. She is the founder and director of Kansara Hackney Ltd. (KH), a partnership with Dr Rod Hackney (Past President: Royal Institute of British Architects and Union of International Architects). KH are the first sustainable lifestyle consultancy in the UK, leading specialists in sustainable design and implementation for the future generation of private and commercial clients. She has organised London Business School’s Global Energy Summit, inviting prestigious Energy experts from around the world and is currently the co-director of the Global CleanTech Challenge, Ambassador of the UCL Bartlett School for the Gulf region, Siemen’s list of Future Influencers and Alumnus of EBS-INTEL Social Innovation School as well as the Start-Up Leadership Programme (SLP). She is Britain’s national coordinator for the Intel Business Challenge. She is the Global Ambassador for Sandbox, a community of 1000+ leading change-makers below 30.

Will Bentinck
Chair of techlondonadv Education Group

Consultant for startups and social enterprises, specialising in designing and communicating an attractive employer brand, creating bespoke selection methods that find talent and culture-fit, and helping you to build and maintain a super team. co-chair the Supporting Education group of the Tech London Advocates.

Peter Karney
Head of Platform Usability and Support Connected Digital Economy Catapult

Head of Platform Usability and Support Connected Digital Economy Catapult Peter is an experienced digital product manager within the mobile & consumer services space with a solid technical background. He has significant domestic and international experience in the mobile, telecommunications and digital media market. A seasoned technologist, Peter understands what it takes to design, build, deliver and review complete solutions and propositions. Prior to joining CDEC Peter was Head of Labs, Product Development Hibu. He has also held the position of Product Director for Whole Application Community and Livewire Mobile and was involved in 5 Vodafone mobile network launches across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Stephan von Perger
Associate at WellingtonPartners

Stephan joined Wellington Partners in 2014. He is an Associate with the Digital Media and Software team and his primary role is identifying investment opportunities and building relationships with the great entrepreneurs behind these companies. Stephan started his career at McKinsey in Dubai and London where he spent over 2,5 years working on projects covering the Middle East, Europe and Latin America. While working at the consulting firm his interest was piqued in the UK startup scene and he decided to move to (2012), a fashion e-commerce startup, as their Head of Operations. Before joining Wellington Partners he also set up and ran business operations at (2013), a mobile city navigation app. Stephan holds a BA in Computer Science from the University of Oxford

Miles Davenport
Automation Tools Developer, Connected Digital Economy Catapult

Technical Lead / Software Developer who believes in communicating effectively, the pragmatic use of unit-tests, wiki-based one page documents, who enjoys successfully delivering software, systems, and infrastructure. I'm lucky enough to have DevOps and support experience, understanding "the operational view" of a live system. Start-up, and corporate view of the software development life-cycle, including fire-fighting, and the transition to continuous integration / deployment of software and systems. In more detail: I enjoy writing robust software (mainly in Java, and Scala), supporting systems, solving annoying bugs, sharing good ideas, keeping a wiki up-to-date, running knowledge-transfer workshops, Learning new things, and "Getting on with it." Enjoys API development ("gluing things together"), working with content management systems, data feeds, parsers, search engines / indexing, and custom reports. Likes open source tools, integrating data, automating manual build and deployment, robust software, and infrastructure which is available most of the time. Prefers Linux, Unix, or Cygwin, common sense, pragmatism, O'Reilly, Pragmatic bookshelf, and the Pomodoro technique.

Navid Ostadian-Binai
EMEA Business Development Executive at Cogniance

strategic growth and business development efforts for Cogniance across EMEA. Cogniance is a Silicon Valley-based product development partner to venture-backed startups and corporate innovation labs in the world's technology hubs. We develop and design web, mobile, cloud, IoT (Internet of Things, embedded) based software applications as well as physical products. Startup Advisor. Angel Investor. Mentor. Contributing Writer.

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The Startup Weekend Smart Cities London 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 London is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Zoheb
  • Navid
  • Jose
  • Caroline
  • Mariann


Nick Stevens
Chief Digital Officer at Digital Office Groningen

Nick has been as part of more than fifty Startup Weekend events, as attendee, winner, organiser and facilitator. He is an entrepreneur, ecosystem builder, and professional event MC/host. When he’s not drinking nerdy coffee, he mostly spends his time helping others to navigate towards an uncertain future. His ability to cut through bullshit in a heartbeat ensures that there is never a dull moment around him. Speaking about and helping people to make business an impactful force for good (by combining purpose with innovation) is where you’ll feel his real energy

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