Techstars Startup Weekend Boulder: Accessibility in Tech

    Friday, October 25 - 27, 2019

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Techstars Startup Weekend Boulder: Accessibility in Tech

Friday, October 25 - 27, 2019

Friday, October 25 - 27, 2019
Event starts at 5:30 pm

2930 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80301

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Accessibility in TechTeams will create startups that are universally accessible and useful to everyone. The competition organizers will provide participants with the fundamentals of accessible design and development, and grade final presentations on their ability to be utilized by users of all backgrounds. 

What to ExpectJoin mentors from Google and the Boulder startup community for an immersive Startup Weekend experience focused on inclusive technology. We’re gathering founders with broad backgrounds to deliver products that are accessible to all types of users, and we’d love for you to join us!

What You’ll Learn: You’ll get the chance to create your own startup group to pitch, brainstorm, plan, and create a basic prototype creation. We’re looking for creations that are universally accessible and useful to everyone. The competition organizers will provide participants with the fundamentals of accessible design and development, and grade final presentations on their ability to be utilized by users of all backgrounds.

Google Boulder: The event will be hosted at Google's campus in Boulder. You’ll meet mentors from Google and members of accessibility/diversity focused organizations from the community.

Refund Policy: No refunds will be granted within 7 days of the event if food and drink have already been ordered. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.Terms of Participation Agreement: It is our job to provide you with an incredible networking and learning opportunity. Our intention is that you meet some amazing people that you might actually start a company with, build relationships with coaches, and learn from your peers. The event is intended to be a collaborative forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun. As such, by registering as a participant, you acknowledge that any ideas shared by you or anyone else over the course of the event are contributions to the overall experience and community. If you as a participant are worried about someone stealing your ideas, please reconsider your participation in the event itself or simply refrain from sharing specifics about your idea. 

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Friday October 25th

5:30 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

6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:30 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 October 26th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

1:00 pm

1:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

5:30 pm
Dance Party w/ Mr.Gettdowne

6:30 pm

6:50 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

8:30 pm
Saturday Wrap Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday October 27th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Optional Check-In w/ Facilitator
Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Mentoring Session- Pitch Coaching
Practice giving your pitch and ask final questions for mentors

4:45 pm
Slide Decks due & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm

6:00 pm

6:30 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

7:45 pm
Event Wrap up - Go Home


Yevgen Borodin
President and CEO at Charmtech Labs LLC

Yevgen is the President and CEO at Charmtech Labs LLC. Their mission is to impower people to process information more effectively, overcome learning disabilities and language barriers, and make reading more interactive and accessible for everyone.

Mel Jack
CEO at Ramp USA

Founder, engineering fanatic, and wheelchair athlete, using robotics to cure disability.

Event Judges

Erica Ellis
Designer leader in UX + Research, a11y and inclusive design advocate

Erica is a Lead Product Designer and Researcher at Workday. She is currently focused on conversational experiences, building a chatbot to help augment the Workday experience for end users. Erica also works on accessibility and inclusive design. She recently spearheaded and launched Workday’s Accessibility Research and Training lab—a space for learning about disability, accessible technology, and building products that are usable for everyone. She has over 11 years of experience in human-centered design, building products across finance, medical, property, human resources, insurance, and the connected home. She has a diverse portfolio of product experience from small startups to large enterprises to nonprofits.

Jason Thompson
VP, Diversity and Inclusion, Techstars

Jason recently joined Boulder, Colo.-based, Techstars as VP of Inclusion and Diversity. His primary responsibility are providing leadership for Techstars’ ongoing inclusion and diversity efforts. A 25-year veteran in the area of diversity and inclusion programs, Thompson previously served as director of diversity and inclusion for the United States Olympic Committee. In that role, Thompson was responsible for creating and managing the USOC's diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives.

The diversity and inclusion programs develop by Jason have won several awards at the local and international level. Most recently the D&I Scorecard developed by Jason received the top honor in the 2016 International Innovations in Diversity Awards program from the Profiles in Diversity Journal. Jason was also recognized as a 2017 and 2018 Diversity Leader by the Profiles in Diversity Journal. In 2015, the USOC D&I department developed by Jason received the Diversity Champion Award for Excellence from the Colorado SHRM.

Jason has been quoted in a number of media outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post and The Guardian. He has served on local, regional and national committees for a multiple organizations.

Mel Jack
CEO at Ramp USA

Founder, engineering fanatic, and wheelchair athlete, using robotics to cure disability.

Coaches and Mentors

Andrew Kumar
Product Manager

With a varied background in entrepreneurship, product life cycle management, research, and teaching across the globe I am as diverse as the products I build and the audiences I reach. I bring expert knowledge in understanding the voice of the customer and user experience, to champion the voices of those who cannot be heard to create products that will innovate the world.

Kyle Duffy
Senior Business Lead

Senior Business Lead for Google. Established travel industry and SaaS executive with a strong track record of beating sales numbers and managing customer relationships.

Shawn Lyndon
Senior Product Manager at Google

Shawn Lyndon has 20+ years experience building world class software products. Shawn combines a deep technical expertise with a strong product and customer focus in a diverse range of cultures, companies and industries.

Andrew Allen
Software Security Engineer, Google

Happy to help with Technology Development/ Eng!

James Swirhun
Product Manager, Googler

Product Manger at Google

Sarah-Frances Laracuente
User Care Program Manager, Google

Happy to help with general entrepreneurship! 

Jessica Glissmann
Cloud Solutions Architect

Happy to help with technology development/engineering. 

Scott Cohnstrenger
Solutions Consultant, Google

With deep product operations expertise, bridging functional silos between diverse stakeholders and cross-functional teams, Scott’s been fortunate to ride the ups and downs of startups, as well as balance the tight rope of continuous innovation and “don’t fix what’s working” at medium to large publicly traded technology companies. Currently he is part of the Google Play team; orchestrating efficient and scalable global product support, frictionless product / feature launches and strategic product improvements. He is passionate about creating and scaling solutions that empower us, challenge technological barriers, and improve our daily lives.

Becky Stifter
Transactional Law Clerk, Michael Best

As a future attorney, I strive to build a career in business law, specifically with a focus on social enterprise organizations and impact investing funds.

I look forward to connecting with entrepreneurs.

Alyn Kinney
Instructional Design Lead

Learn. Grow. Create.

Shawn Stigler
Managing Partner, Michael Best

As a lifetime entrepreneur, I have a real “thing” for helping out the little guy (aka start-ups, small business owners, and the like), which has given me the opportunity to serve my community in ways that feed both my personal and professional passions. Before accepting my current role as a lead at Venture Best, Michael Best’s legal support utopia for high-growth entrepreneurs, I founded Modus Law, a firm rooted in my everlasting support of the small business ecosystem. These days, I speak and lecture, invest in emerging companies, and act as a trusted counsel for clients in industries ranging from natural foods to artificial intelligence.

David DiGiacomo
Associate, Michael Best

Business minded attorney with a focus on supporting entrepreneurs and investors with a variety of corporate transactions needs, including; entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, contract negotiation, and compliance. I focus on effective solutions for scaling, growing, operating and selling your business. 

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Boulder is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Keni
  • Eboni
  • Alexandra
  • Molly
  • Kyle


Mark Madic
Business Resident

Mark became a Facilitator for Startup Weekend Techstars in February 2018 after helping successfully run 4 Startup Weekend events. 
He holds a B.S. in Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship from Colorado State University. 
Over the past 4 years, Mark has been heavily involved in the Startup communities in Fort Collins and Colorado, helping develop multiple startup programs. 
Additionally, Mark has helped oversee the research and development of a Protein Consumer Appliance Machine, similar to a Keurig. 
In his free time, Mark is a huge fan of boxing and golf, as well as being a mega fan of blues music! 

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