Startup Weekend Connected Home London

    Friday, September 23 - 25, 2016

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Startup Weekend Connected Home London

Friday, September 23 - 25, 2016

Friday, September 23 - 25, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Campus London
4-5 Bonhill St
London, UK EC2A 4BX

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Lets build the home of tomorrow, today!

Let’s build the home of tomorrow, today!
  • Do you seek knowledge and want to meet other like-minded people interested in the Connected 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!

All start-ups will have the opportunity to enter the EDF Energy Blue Lab challenge ( and winners of the start-up weekend will be offered a mentoring and coaching session with the Blue Lab team.

What is connected home? 
The rapid advancements in networking technologies such as superfast broadband and wi-fi have made possible for home devices to be connected with consumers via apps as well as directly with other home devices. There are three major segments in connected home market: remote home security, remote home control market and smart home.
PwC predicts that the connected home market could be worth almost US$150 billion globally by 2020, representing 35% average annual growth over this period. Today less than 5% in Europe and US are currently using home automation, monitoring and energy management solutions, but 35% are interested. The Gartner Group has predicted that by 2020 the average home will have more than 500 connected devices (from washing machines to light bulbs).

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 EDF Energy Pulse Innovation Challenge:
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. There are 4 innovation challenges for 2016: Connected home and business, Inspiring young people into STEM, Data solutions for health and safety at work and Monitoring and inspection solutions for energy generation assets. 


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Friday September 23rd

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

7:15 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Sort talk and Q&A
Speakers: Danny Bluestone and Prash Somaiya

7:50 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:15 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:30 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 24th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:00 am
Team Canvas
Speaker: Katherine Murray-Clark

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 September 25th

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. 

Prash Somaiya
Software Developer at Cyber-Duck

Prash is a Software Developer at Cyber-Duck, a leading full service digital agency that works with brands like the Bank of England, Cancer Research and Arsenal FC. The agency offers creative, technical and marketing services under one roof, applying their unique, ISO accredited user-centred design process.

Prash applies his diverse range of technical skills to create and support our web applications. He has previously worked on projects for the United Nations and the World Bank. Passionate about the Internet of Things and Connected Homes, he is a STEM Ambassador and works with local schools to run events like Code Club.

Kat Murray-Clark
Freelance Lead Designer

I have six years experience as a Designer across digital, motion and print, with experience leading and facilitating multi-disciplinary teams working with clients such as Volvo, Faber & Faber, P&G and Kellogg’s. 

I can lead the creative process through ideation to concept development and design, owning each stage with an attention to detail and a confidence which encourages collaboration and supports a groups development. A natural story teller, I understand how to communicate and engage with viewers through creative content and design in a world where digital is ubiquitous. 

Most recently my work has been focused on creative strategy, human-centered design, and promoting diversity and equality in the creative industry. I have a drive to develop by skills and work within an organisation that believes in the importance of creating a strong team culture. Energy, humour, generosity and commitment underpin my approach. I am self aware, resourceful and curious, and seek opportunities to extend my creative life and learning.

Event Judges

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

Alexandra is an interaction designer, product designer, entrepreneur based in London. 

She was named 2nd in Top 100 Internet of Things Thought Leaders (Onalytica, 2014) and in the Top 100 Influencial Tech Women on Twitter (Business Insider, 2014). 

She is the founder of the Good Night Lamp, connected lamps for your global friends and family. 

She is also the Director of designswarm a strategic consultancy focusing on the internet of things. Some of her clients include BBC R&D, Nokia, British Gas, EDF R&D and British Telecom. 

She was co-founder and CEO of Tinker London, a smart product design studio. Tinker was the first distributor of the Arduino platform in the UK. 

She has been running the London Internet of Things meetup since 2011, one of the largest meetups on that topic in the world. 

Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum and galleries around the world.

Dom Guinard
Co-founder & CTO at EVRYTHNG, Web of Things Pioneer, Internet of Things Expert

I'm a technologist, entrepreneur, R&D engineer and software developer with 10 years of hands-on experience in building Internet of Things both in the cloud and on embedded Things. I am also a pioneer in Web of Things research and wrote my PhD on the initial Web of Things Architecture. I co-authored a number of technical books such as "Building the Web of Things" (Manning, 2015) as well technical standards such as the first official W3C Web of Things Submission.

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.

Matteo Scarabelli

Matteo joined LMarks as Head of Startup Support- a UK-based corporate innovation specialist and early stage investor (+£5 Mil invested since 2014) - working with some of the UK's best-known brands including John Lewis, EDF, BMW Financial Services, TopShop, and several others. Currently also serving as a mentor to other startup programmes, including MassChallenge UK.

He has worked both in startups and with investors, having spent 3 years working with a European angel investment group, before moving into operational and biz dev roles in 4 venture-backed technology startups (IoT, cloud computing, e-commerce, etc).

Coaches and Mentors

Elena Corchero
Lost Values - Entrepreneur, Smart Materials & wearables specialist

Award-winning designer Elena Corchero envisions a future where technology helps us become more human and less machine-led. Elena teaches and gives talks internationally for renown universities and institutions including TED. She is also the founder and CEO of Lost Values Creative Studio. Elena brings science closer to people through every day products while promoting local manufacture, environmental awareness and ensuring gender equality when it comes to understanding technology. She is a world-class expert on smart materials and wearable technologies.

Marco Matera
Chief Commercial Officer & Co-Founder at GIDEON AI

Marco è COO e co-founder di Gideon Smart Home. Con un background in PR, Vendite, Product Management e Marketing, Marco si è laureato presso l'Anglia Ruskin University e ha fondato la sua prima azienda all'età di 19 anni. Il suo forte è l’approccio non convenzionale a strategia, marketing e gestione d’impresa, per costruire identità ed un’esperienza senza soluzione di continuità... Tornato a Foggia di recente per evangelizzare il nostro territorio su innovazione e cultura startup, è subito diventato l’anima internazionale e l’enfant terrible del team

Sanford Dickert
Cofounder / CEO, OWLR

Sanford Dickert is an adventurous product technologist with a passion for solving business and society’s problems by applying basic engineering principles, combined with a strong consumer ear to apply the right solutions to whatever effort he is involved in. In his varied career, Sanford has held numerous positions in Product Development, Technology Development and Engineering.

He is currently Currently CEO and Cofounder of OWLR, a video security monitoring company focusing on user privacy and access control for home and storefront security. 

Patricia Lopez
Head of Mobext at Mobext (Havas Group)

As Havas’ mobile marketing agency, Mobext is focused on driving value for brands and their consumers through mobile business solutions. We imagine tomorrow’s experiences today and create engagement through creativity and relevancy through personalization. Our teams are passionate about mobile’s potential to reinvent business. With over 100 seasoned mobile experts in offices across more than 35 countries around the globe, we are the largest mobile agency on the market.

Rick Williams
Executive Director, Business Transformation, R/GA London

Rick has been at the forefront of corporate digital disruption for over 10yrs, providing solutions and advice for clients across industry sectors including automotive, retail, sport, home appliances and energy.  

He launched Fiat eco:Drive, the first Connected Car product to track your driving and help improve your fuel efficiency. He helped Nike transform their business for the Social Media age by introducing them to stealth startup Sprinklr, and he’s been an advisor to the charity platform  

He’s recently been focused on the consumer IoT Connected Home and FinTech space, and joined R/GA in April 2014 to lead the charge in Business Transformation and R/GA’s Accelerator program across EMEA, recently announcing RGA’s IoT Venture Studio UK, it’s first program outside of the US (

Matteo Carcassola
Partner at CC PARTNERS

Matteo is passionate about creativity, disruptive ideas and genuine brands. His professional experience ranges from global advertising campaigns to brand strategy for SMEs. He puts the best corporate practices to the service of small businesses.

Proud of:
Working on the best ad campaign of 2015.
Playing the piano from the age of 5.
Scoring 81 on the world's oldest golf course.

Fabrizio Caracausi
Partner at CC Partners

Fabrizio is in love with efficiency, data analytics and digital media. His own business endeavours span across luxury goods, food & beverage and sports broadcasting. He knows first-hand what entrepreneurs need and millennials want.

Proud of:
Starting a successful business aged 23.
Winning a UN literature prize.
Solving the Rubik's cube under 5 minutes.

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.

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.

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 Startup Weekend Connected Home 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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  • Amalia
  • Emily
  • David
  • Dimitris
  • Zoheb


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.

Event Staff

Lambros Efstathiou
Associate at 18 Havas

Tanya Moldovan
Developer at Endava

Since I've joined Endava, I have worked with various technologies and programming languages, including: Java, Spring framework, Hibernate, Postgres, NoSQL databases, Scala, Ruby/Ruby on Rails and Erlang.

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