Techstars Startup Weekend Boulder: Accessibility in Tech

    Friday, October 25 - 27, 2019


  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Organizing Team
Buy Tickets

Event Alerts and Updates

Get the latest on Techstars Startup Weekend, Boulder, and other local events through Techstars Startup Digest.

Oops! Double-check that email address.

Techstars Startup Weekend Boulder: Accessibility in Tech

Friday, October 25 - 27, 2019



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

Google
2930 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80301

Buy Tickets

Your idea in 54 hours

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. 


See what it's all about

Learn More






EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday October 25th


5:30 pm
Registration
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
Voting
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
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


1:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


6:50 pm
Check-In
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
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


6:00 pm
Keynote


6:30 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


7:45 pm
Event Wrap up - Go Home



Speakers


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


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.


James Swirhun
Product Manager, Googler

Product Manger at Google


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.
 


Organizing Team

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

  • Keni
    Herman
  • Eboni
    Freeman
  • Alex
    Rainone

Facilitators


Mark Madic
Manager - Southern Colorado Innovation Link

Mark currenlty serves at Manager of Southern Colorado Innovation Link, an EDA Regional Innovation Strategies Grant Program. He became a Facilitator for Startup Weekend Techstars in February 2018 after helping successfully organize multiple Startup Weekend events in the region. Mark enjoys being a Faciliator for Startup Weekend to serve as the fill in co-founder to entrepreneurs and help map out the process of customer discovery, business model creation, and creatively prototyping early solutions with limited resources. He has also worked for or with numerous spin out startup companies to serve as a link between education, government, and entrepreneurship. 
Mark previously served as a Coordinator and Business Resident for Entrepreneurship at CSU Institute for Entrepreneurship. 
He holds a B.S. in Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship from Colorado State University. 




Event Blog

See Full Blog


We haven't written any posts yet. Stay tuned!


×