Startup Weekend Southampton 2015

    Friday, May 1 - 3, 2015

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Startup Weekend Southampton 2015

Friday, May 1 - 3, 2015

Friday, May 1 - 3, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Building 176, Bolderwood campus
Burgess Road
University of Southampton
Southampton, Hampshire SO16 7QF

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Welcome to Britain's craziest Startup Weekend.

No, Seriously.

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For 54 awesome hours, become part of a group of wacky, talented and driven individuals striving to create an epic business in one insane, action packed weekend. (See how many awesome words were used).

Whether crash testing an idea of your own or building on somebody else's, join people from all backgrounds and experiences to take a raw, untamed concept and, through liberal application of skill, desire and caffeine, transform it into the foundation of a functioning startup.
Pitch, test, and validate your business model. Then do it again, because you realised the first one sucked. Design, build, break, fix and finally deploy your prototype. Push technology and entrepreneurship to the limit as you boldly go where no entrepreneur has gone before.

All Action, No Talk
To be, mildly, serious: This is a chance to bring your problem solving, technical skills or creativity to the table and engage in a fast-paced, fun, wild event packed with awesome technology and even awesomer people. This is your opportunity to seize that crazy idea of yours, that thing /that just might work/ and finally do it. Or, alternatively, to come have an amazing time making someone else's dreams a reality. Literally. 
Through this amazing experience, you'll have access to the best mentors, great workshops, the latest technology, fab venues, and a whole load of delicious local food to keep you fuelled. Not to mention the extra awesomeness we keep in store to surprise you with when you get there. We have more awesomeness planned than you'd even believe.
This year, we're theming our Startup Weekend around Life Hacks - Creations and innovations that make people's lives a bit easier, a bit better or just a bit more extra-awesome. Hacks to help people organise, automatically shop or point people in the direction of the nearest kitten. This is a super broad (and awesome!) theme to focus hacks on making a difference. We're gathering the latest wearables and hardware to hack on, adjusting the judging criteria and forcing the hamsters that provide us with power to run extra hard. All to give you the best chance at hacking something extra-special.

Dragon's Den on Saturday
You'll also have access to attend Saturday's Dragon's Den event, where people with innovative ideas have a chance to pitch them to renowned entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. This is an amazing chance to learn from other's pitching experiences, or equally to pitch yourself, if you apply here before the 24rd April! (Pitching application now closed) What better way to test a serious idea than to run it by successful entrepreneurs.

Who should attend?
Finally, no matter who you are, Startup Weekend is for everyone – a dream team typically involves a mix of ages, genders, nationalities and backgrounds. You do NOT have to be a student to attend Startup Weekend and, in fact, many attendees aren’t. To help you feel comfortable at our events, all attendees abide by our (equally awesome) code of conduct: . It's basically: be nice.

Come find your co-founder, create something beautiful, and build something amazing. But most importantly, have a blast and make friends for life. Join us, at Startup Weekend Southampton 2015.

(Addendum: All the mega-epic people attend, and you're one of those, so it's practically mandatory you attend!)    


Friday May 1st

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
American Diner & Networking
Eat Benny's Burgers, 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

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

11:55 pm
Video Game Tournament
Get to know your new team mates over some Mario Kart, FIFA or Forza Motor Sport.

Saturday May 2nd

9:00 am
Arrive, Epic breakfast & coffee

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

1:00 pm
Lunch Time
Subway Sandwiches...

1:30 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Dragons' Den Pitches
Do you need cash for your business idea? You can pitch to real investors, they have thousands of pounds to invest. Pitching applications are now closed. If you applied for a spectator ticket you can watch the pitches live.

7:00 pm
Portuguese Dinner
Serving the Southampton famous Diego’s chicken. Vegetarian options are available.

8:00 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

11:55 pm
Sugar Rush Hour
Stay up for HackaSoton’s signature sugar rush hour. There will be many surprises.

Sunday May 3rd

9:00 am
Arrive, Epic breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm
Lunch Time
Subway Sandwiches

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings

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
Greek Dinner
Enjoy the beautiful Sula's Greek Gyros.

5:00 pm
Final Presentations
Its all happening now!

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Yiu Yin Yau
Managing Director at Arabo Asiatic Holdings Limited & Associate Intern at Saatchinvest

Startup enthusiast who gets goosebumps talking about entrepreneurs and tech!

Tony Ransley
"Owner Director" Strategic Enterprise Asset Management Systems

Tony is a Southamption University Physics Graduate 1968. He did his post graduate research work at ICI and Harwell. Tony joined IBM in 1972 as a systems engineer, specialising in Production and Accounting systems. He became European IT Director of Olympus Optical Co in 1979 and in 1986 left to set up his own IT Software Company specialising in Import Export and Asset Management systems. In 1994 he sold the company. Since then he has taken a number of 3 year term assignments with US start-up companies, IBM and Vetasi UK. Tony retired in 2012, though still does ad hoc consultancy for a number of Small to Medium Size companies.  Tony had a parallel career at times as a Non-Executive Director at other times as a Director of Dorwin Limited for 35 years. He was involved with Dorwin from foundation till it was sold by the Freeman family in 2005.

Layla Stacey
Managing Director at React Comms

MD and founder of React, Layla-Jane Stacey has always been a self motivated and driven person. Not one to settle for the norm, she has come a long way since her days as a self-employed marketeer, fighting her way through the trials and tribulations of what an early stage start-up can bring you. 10 years on Layla now runs a successful marcoms agency in the heart of Southampton, employing a dynamic team of creative individuals and working with a wide range of clients, from innovative start-ups to multi-million pound companies in the Tech and Marine sectors. 

Theo Black
Internet Entrepreneur & Founder of

Qualified as a commercial pilot, I established my business, in late 2012. My business focuses on providing potential flight training organisation, airline, military institution and recruitment agency candidates with the opportunity to prepare for their assessments. This is achieved by utilising recent advances in web technology, to deliver a realistic, reliable and unique online practice test environment that can be used by any individual with access to a computer, or iPad tablet device, and an internet connection.  To date, the product has helped over 3,000 individuals prepare for more than sixty different assessments. The product is distributed both online via an instant subscription service, as well as in-store with the largest UK-based European aviation product distributor.  Now the market leader in pilot aptitude test preparation, and regularly fielding requests from a variety of organisations, aims to deliver a unique professional product for assessors, embodying the existing infrastructure and assets of reliability, combined with the ease of deployability that established our initial strong foothold in our operating niche.  Going forward? My intent is to focus on entrepreneurialism that relies predominantly in the internet as a delivery medium for a range of products known as collectively as 'Software as a Service' (SaaS).

Coaches and Mentors

Tunde Yusuff
Co-Founder at SimpliDrive

Yiu Yin Yau
Managing Director at Arabo Asiatic Holdings Limited & Associate Intern at Saatchinvest

Startup enthusiast who gets goosebumps talking about entrepreneurs and tech!

Alejandro Saucedo
Co-founder at Hack Partners

Alejandro is co-founder at Hack Partners, running HackTrain, together with five of the largest transport owning groups, and the department for transport. Currently two of their ongoing programmes include the RailTech accelerator and the HackTrain hackathon.

Abdulrahman Badwan
Founder of Research and Joint Advisers consultancy and TDR initiative

AJ earned his BSc degree in management and finance in 2010. He then continued on earning his MBA in Leadership and Human Resources Management in year 2012 and his MSc in Strategy and Innovation in year 2014. AJ is now a Doctoral researcher in which he is doing his PhD in strategy and innovation at the University of Southampton.  AJ is the founder of Research and Joint Advisors (RJA) consultancy in Dubai which aims to provide systematic innovation and strategic management advisory services plus workshops for entrepreneurs and employees in the fields of change management, business modeling and human resources development.  He is also the founder of Talent, Development and Research (TDR) initiative that focus on empowering university students to positively develop community systems and processes through innovating in their field of study. The initiative gives students community development tools and strategic planning practices to create innovative procedures of how things in a macro level such as a country institutes or a university or micro such as creating products or SMART applications should work. In his free time, AJ works as an innovation and economic development adviser volunteer to significant stakeholders that plays a major role in contributing to community growth. AJ is a business and entrepreneurship mentor at the University of Southampton. AJ appeared in different newspapers in different countries in which he wrote many articles about education innovation and entrepreneurship and won awards for his strategic innovation tactics in Dubai. 

Christopher Foster
Founder & Managing Director at Student Engine

Christopher Foster is the founder of a new web based company, Student Engine Limited. Student Engine's purpose is to connect businesses with 'up and coming' talented young people across the UK who are looking to provide freelance services to businesses at lower than usual costs in order to gain both experience and build portfolios prior to graduation.
Chris also runs a Young Persons Chamber which helps, connects and supports young entrepreneurs emerging in the world of business.
He has a strong passion for helping young people succeed.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Southampton 2015 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.


Organizing Team

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

  • Ali
  • Callum
  • Roberto
  • xavier
    parkhouse parker
  • Taihai
  • ZiLong
  • Tahlie


Ali Amouzadeh

With a purpose to improve the world, and a smiling/high enthusiasm approach, he is a favourite..

Alejandro Saucedo
Co-founder at Hack Partners

Alejandro is co-founder at Hack Partners, running HackTrain, together with five of the largest transport owning groups, and the department for transport. Currently two of their ongoing programmes include the RailTech accelerator and the HackTrain hackathon.

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