Startup Weekend: Blockchain Edition
Friday, February 23 - 25, 2018
Friday, February 23 - 25, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm
75 Binney St
Your idea in 54 hours
All of the awesomeness of Startup Weekend combined with all the mystery and possibility of Blockchain Technology. Let's do this!According to Blockchain Revolution author, Don Tapscott, "blockchain technology – a truly open, distributed, global platform – will fundamentally change what we can achieve online, how we do it, and who can participate."
Check out his TED Talk on How the Blockchain is Changing Money and Business.Harvard Business Review Article: The Blockchain Will Do to the Financial System What the Internet Did to Media
What is Startup Weekend?Have you ever seen a new product, app, or business and thought to yourself, "that was my idea a few years ago"? If you have, that means you did not have a process for taking that idea from concept to creation.
Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within a matter of days! Whether you are looking to...
- get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship,
- learn the process for going from concept to creation,
- meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in Boston,
- join or build an all-star team,
- learn and practice new skills to take back to your job, or
- take your own idea from concept to creation
Who is Startup Weekend For? It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including...
- aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs,
- developers and other tech-related professionals,
- designers of all types,
- non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.),
- students from universities and even high schools,
- professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills,
- passionate visionaries, and
- many more!
What's the twist?
Blockchain edition means we will be focusing on ideas that utilize the power and potential of blockchain technology and design to solve problems. Blockchain technology gives us an opportunity to reimagine how we move, transact, share, and track goods and services. Some argue that blockchain technology is like the next internet. That is, the internet was the enabler and delivery mechanism for some of the greatest ideas of the last 2 decades. Blockchain can do the same for the next couple of decades and this is our chance to be the first ones to embrace and build on it. Don't miss this opportunity to get in on a new pioneering technology, early in the game!
Whether you are interested in the blockchain or not, the ultimate objective of the event is to empower you with a powerful process for taking any idea, blockchain-related or not, from concept to creation!
Your full-price ticket includes:
- Access to the full, weekend-long, event
- Access to the educational pre-events
- Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night @ Pitch Fire
- Mentoring by all-stars from the blockchain world and the tech startup community
- 7 meals plus coffee throughout the weekend
- Pre-event Workshops on understanding blockchain
- Collaboration with awesome blockchain professionals from throughout Boston
- 1 awesome Startup Weekend t-shirt
- All-star judge's panel led by tech, startup, and blockchain leaders
- Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni) #SWMafia
- A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days
- Over 100 new awesome Facebook friends!
Do I need to come with an idea?
If you have an idea for a startup, then great! We hope you pitch for the weekend. If you don't have an idea, that's quite all right! Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched, and see if something strikes your interest! The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process and learning from each other. If you have more questions, check out the Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ!
Join us for a very special weekend!
Questions? Press inquiries? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Clement Cazalot is currently Managing Director of Techstars Boston, leading the expansion of one of the most prestigious, impactful and founder-friendly startup accelerator and early stage investor in the world.
He is currently Managing Director of Techstars Boston, leading the expansion Techstars' accelerator program.
Cazalot was the co-founder of docTrackr and went through the TechStars accelerator himself in 2012! DocTrackr was acquired by Intralinks and Cazalot become the VP of Technology.
Cazalot is recognized as a information security expert. He holds a both Master of Science in Intelligence & Innovation from Universite Aix-Marseille (France) and a Master of Business Administration and Management from Ecole de Management de Marseille (France).
Cazalot has been featured in a number of publications, conferences and recognized by peers and media alike for his information security expertise. He holds a both Master of Science in Intelligence & Innovation from Universite Aix-Marseille (France) and a Master of Business Administration and Management from Ecole de Management de Marseille (France).
CIVICS.com Consultancy, Founder and MIT Media Lab, Visiting Scientist
Federally, Dazza has testified several times on eCommerce before the US House and US Senate and other legislatures and has consulted to NASA as an Online Identity expert, GSA as a multilateral rules drafting expert, Homeland Security as a multistate federated governance expert, the UK Cabinet Office GDS facilitating and authoring identity federation rules and many other public and private sector organizations.
Dazza is the elected Vice Chair of the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group’s Plenary, which is developing a framework for federated identity and privacy at the international level, implementing NSTIC. Dazza Chairs the Forum on Law of Identity and Personal Data of the ID Commons. Dazza chaired the eContracts Committee of OASIS/LegalXML, which approved and published the Technical Committee Specification for eContracts in 2007.
IBM Blockchain CTO
Currently the CTO for IBM Blockchain with responsibility for the IBM's core blockchain platform as well as IBM's blockchain as a service offerings.
Barbara has been managing VC portfolios since 1986 and served on the board of several companies. From 1992 to 1999, she invested with a life sciences focus as a Partner of Schroder Ventures. She serves as an Overseer of Boston Children’s Hospital and as a Boston Advisory Board member of the Concussion Legacy Foundation. She serves on the Board of the Alliance for Advancement and Diversity in the Sciences, is a member of the Massachusetts Women's Forum. Barbara received an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School and holds a BS summa cum laude from Boston College where she graduated first in her class.
Research Fellow, Center for Blockchain Technologies, UCL
A United Nations Youth Delegate for 2017, Navroop has co-authored Hyperledger’s Blockchain for Business online course. She speaks regularly at FinTech and blockchain conferences and currently serves on the advisory board of a host of blockchain companies, across industries. Previously, she has worked at Harvard University and United Nations Environment Programme. Her research interests are focused on Distributed Ledger Technologies, Game Theory, Networks Theory and Complex Systems Science.
Coaches and Mentors
CEO & Founder of Anthurium Solutions
Industry Experience: Healthcare, Pharmacy, Technology, Manufacturing, Energy, Aerospace, Consumer Products, Education
Founder and CEO of DB Healthcare, Inc
DB Blockchain, a division of DB Healthcare IT, is a leading and innovative consulting organization providing blockchain expertise and solutions to the financial, healthcare and life sciences, supply chain and IoT industry. Our Blockchain certified team provides the best-quality service to our clients and enables them to build and implement cutting-edge technology to accelerate innovation in their enterprise.
Featured in Wall Street Journal
Editor of Blockchain Informed
Venture Capitalist and Board Member
Finance Professional | Blockchain Enthusiast
Executive Vice President, Chief Digital and Information Officer at Boston Private
CEO/Founder of East Coast Product
CEO, Code Undercover | Assistant Director Of Technology at Harvard Innovation Labs
Co-Founder & Principal at Appanite, Inc., and Angel Investor
Cofounder of Thesis
Corbin is a software developer and a graduate from the Computer Science program at Georgia Tech. He's been running a company in the blockchain space for over 4 years that has products ranging from consumer payments to fundamental infrastructure. As a serial entrepreneur, he has been through the full gamut of the startup experience, with time spent building apps with friends in school, participating in accelerators, bringing in those first exciting customers, and pitching in front of high profile venture capitalists. Most of all, he enjoys building products that solve real problems for real people, and he hopes that some of that experience can be used to help others.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend: Blockchain Edition 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.
Techstars Startup Weekend Boston is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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