Startup Weekend | CSU Bakersfield

    Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend | CSU Bakersfield

Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018

Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018
Event starts at 5:00 pm

California State University, Bakersfield
Stockdale Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93311

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday November 9th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 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 10th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 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

1:00 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 11th

8:00 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!

Event Judges

Jim Damian
Technology Entrepreneur

Jim is a first-generation college graduate from Tehachapi, California and holds an undergraduate degree from San Diego State University and a master’s degree from The University of California, Berkeley. In 2005, after a short career in social welfare technology, Jim returned to the central valley and founded Stria. Stria, a three-time INC 5000 honoree, is a business process outsourcing (BPO) company that uses technology and continuous improvement to reduce the burdens associated with a variety of business processes. Stria’s areas of expertise include document management, cloud computing, process improvement, workflow automation and artificial intelligence. Stria employs hundreds of Bakersfield residents and provides a wide variety of outsourcing and automation services to some of the region’s most notable enterprises. Jim is a member of the Rotary Club of Bakersfield where he chairs the international grants committee, serves on the Waterman Foundation Board and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Jim is an active board member for Stewards, Inc. and is engaged with the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce. Jim serves on two Executive Advisory Councils at Cal State Bakersfield (School of Business and Public Administration and School of Arts and Humanities). He is a past board member for the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare Alumni Association and the Petroleum Club of Bakersfield. Jim is a previous member of the San Juaquin Valley Chapter of the Young President’s Organization (YPO). Jim resides in Bakersfield with his wife Kelly Damian, an educator at Stockdale High School. Together, they have two daughters, Ruby Jane and Clara Marin. 

Coaches and Mentors

Eddie Rangel

Professor in the Computer Science Department at Bakersfield College. He is a veteran who served in the United States Navy and a first generation college graduate. He is an experienced technology leader and has led teams in both the public and private sectors. Eddie is passionate about leveraging technology and building solutions that help to bring health and social changes to our local community. Eddie received his Masters of Science in Software Engineering from Cal State University, Fullerton. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Cal State University, Bakersfield and his Associates of Science in Computer Information Systems from Bakersfield College.

Dave Lofy

David is the CEO and co-founder of TeQube. He has over 25 years of business experience as an entrepreneur, Inventor, developer. He has founded and managed over 15 businesses in his career in a variety of technological fields. He is an experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the software industry.

Mike Russo

Michael Russo has co-owned Russo's Books in Bakersfield since 1989. A two-time graduate of CSUB's School of Business, he has taught business for Bakersfield College, Bakersfield Adult School, and, in addition to his bookstore duties, currently teaches Small Business Entrepreneurship for Kern High School District's ROC.

Walter Suazo

Walter Suazo is the founder of The W Creative, a design company that specializes in branding and creative consulting with major clients like Dignity Health Memorial & Mercy Hospitals and Bakersfield College. He has over 10 years of design and business experience, is a recipient of an Emmy award for his graphic design contribution, and is also the creative director of The U.S. Army All-Star Bowl. In addition to running his company, he currently teaches Mobile App Development at the Regional Occupational Center for the Kern High School District where the focus in the classroom is developing and coding for the iOS platform using Xcode & Swift, along with fundamental UI/UX design process and social media management.

Arturo Avila

Arturo Avila is currently leading and developing a newly formed team of Business Intelligence Analysts. He has over 20 twenty years of healthcare experience. Arturo has worked for public and private Hospitals, Health Plans, and Managed Care. Over his career he has served as Director of Decision Support, Director of Finance and Director of Information Services. Arturo works closely with his son’s boy scout troop where he helps to inspire the new generation of young adults.

Jay Manibo

Jay has worked in the software industry for almost twenty years in various industries predominantly in the California Judicial system, Oil & Gas, Labor Unions and more recently in Health Care. In addition to writing software, he enjoys the business aspect of software dealing with its design, marketing and distribution, as well as its societal impacts. As a Computer Science lecturer at CSUB, he is actively trying to inspire his students to help fuel the proliferation of a tech hub in the Kern County area where he has lived for almost 3 decades. "Software can be built everywhere and anywhere. It can be written by anyone, anywhere in the world, and instantly shared with the rest of the world. Why not start here, why not Bakersfield?"

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The Startup Weekend | CSU Bakersfield 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 Bakersfield is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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