Startup Weekend Global Fashion Tech Battle Chicago

    Friday, September 11 - 13, 2015


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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Global Fashion Tech Battle Chicago

Friday, September 11 - 13, 2015



Friday, September 11 - 13, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

The Starter League
30 N Racine
210
Chicago , IL 60607

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About The Fashion Battle

Welcome to STARTUP WEEKEND'S GLOBAL WEARABLES AND FASHION TECH BATTLE! Each of the cities participating will host a Startup Weekend - a 54-hour event bringing together developers, designers and non techs to create functional companies from scratch. 

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. 
This event will focus around fashion technology. What is fashion technology? In a broad sense, it’s when fashion (what we wear, what we aspire to be, how we present ourselves to society through clothing) meets technology (innovation, a digital presence, engaging online & mobile content.) It’s fashion embracing a new and digital component to sell / present their business model. It’s where technology and fashion have merged to create faster and more innovative ways to shop, market, educate and ultimately experience the fashion industry whether through software, apps or products. From e-commerce to 3D printing to wearables, fashion technology covers a wide spectrum of applicable use cases. 

Chicago is one of many other cities from around the world participating in this battle. But to up the ante, we will be sending the top team from Chicago to compete in the global finals in Poland. So no pressure here. Just a free trip to compete on a global stage while representing your home city. No biggie. 

Why attend Startup Weekend? 

  • Education: Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating.  Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.
  • Build your network: This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.
  • Find a co-founder: We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.
  • Learn something new: Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.
  • Get face time with thought leaders: Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.
  • Actually launch a business: Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months.  Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.

Who should attend Startup Weekend Global Fashion Battle?

It doesn't matter if you are in the fashion industry or not. Come with an open mind and get ready to build something truly amazing and innovative. If you are in the fashion industry (eg: designer, buyer, seller, marketing, sales, advertising, PR, front of house, back of house, etc) or not (eg: mobile designer, application developer, business development, sales, student, teacher, etc), you are most welcome to participate in the weekend. 

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, thats quite alright! Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched and maybe 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, hit up the Startup Weekend First Time FAQ and hopefully your questions has already been answered

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday September 11th


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


7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, 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


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
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 September 12th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


6:30 pm
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday September 13th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


1:30 pm
Lunch
Freestyle all afternoon


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


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


6:00 pm
Judging & Awards


6:30 pm
Wrap-Up


7:00 pm
Celebratory Libations
@ The Beer Bistro


Event Judges


Nicole Yeary
Founder

Nicole is the Founder of Ms.Tech. A social impact focused, membership organization with a learning community that provides women in technology ventures and innovative companies the inspiration, knowledge and connections to reach their full potential. A community and forum for early, mid-career and executive-level individuals who are committed to developing themselves as leaders through education, mentorship, networking and knowledge-sharing.


Nick Brown
Founder and CEO

Glappitnova unites entrepreneurs, creatives, and influencers of different industries and races highlighting Millennial culture, sharing industry perspectives, and providing a diverse stage for some of the best and undiscovered talent.

Some call our festival a mixture of South By Southwest and TED Talks with a Coachella vibe.


Joe Martin
Founder

Joe Martin has over 15 years in web design and development, with a Bachelor’s degree in Interactive Media Design from the Art Institute. He focuses his 9 person creative agency on the utilization of design and user experience to construct streamlined user interfaces for companies of all sizes. Previous experience at companies like Cars.com and Chicago tech-mogul, Fieldglass, have paved the way for his own company's work with clients such as McDonald's, Anheuser-Busch, and Microsoft.


Coaches and Mentors


Neal Sales-Griffin
Co-Founder of the Starter League

Neal is the co-founder and CEO of The Starter League, his sworn purpose is to solve meaningful problems through technology, and empower everyone he can. Learn more about Neal directly by reaching out to him through twitter...@nealsales.


Joe Martin
Founder

Joe Martin has over 15 years in web design and development, with a Bachelor’s degree in Interactive Media Design from the Art Institute. He focuses his 9 person creative agency on the utilization of design and user experience to construct streamlined user interfaces for companies of all sizes. Previous experience at companies like Cars.com and Chicago tech-mogul, Fieldglass, have paved the way for his own company's work with clients such as McDonald's, Anheuser-Busch, and Microsoft.


Levi Baer
Designer of SuperPower Teams and Collaborative Communities

Levi Baer is a community builder, a team facilitator, an organizational change strategist, and was previously a nationally ranked Settlers of Catan player. He believes in using studied theories and real-life experiences to uncover the powers of effective team building, engagement, and collaboration. He is currently the community manager at Workshop Chicago; leads the Chicago communities, Coffee & Conversation and Game Night Chicago; and runs his own Consultancy business


Patrick Farrar
Software Engineer

Patrick is currently working as a software engineer with Pinpoint Health and is the lead member of Livenine LLC, a web development consultancy based in Chicago. He has a background and degree in Marketing and specializes in product-focused software development, ui/ux, application design, and front-end development. Patrick's background includes working for startups in various different technical and non-technical roles from product development, market analysis, application design, application development, automated testing.  

Patrick is a two-time Startup Weekend Alum and now also a member of the core Startup Weekend Chicago Organizing team. 


Roneesh Vashisht
Teacher, Maker, Web Developer, Mechanical Engineer

Roneesh is a maker both on and off the web. He’s a web developer and formerly a mechanical engineer. He’s worked on shop floors, R&D labs, hacker spaces, startup accelerators and giant corporate behemoths. When he’s not developing, he’s usually making people laugh as an actor and improviser.



Theresa Vandermeer
Founder

Theresa VanderMeer is one of the founders of Work Shelter. WORK+SHELTER creates safe spaces across India where women in need can come to live and work.W+S encourages self-reliance amongst its female stakeholders while promoting hands-on training and capacity building. At W+S women are taught to use the skills they have or develop new ones, and contribute to the success of the organization by effectively filling their role within the larger production process. Apparel and accessories produced by the women are then sold to overseas markets.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Global Fashion Tech Battle Chicago 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 Chicago is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Maggie
    Norris
  • Shannon
    Hall
  • Carlos
    Pena
  • Mai
    Hong
  • Roy
    Rao
  • Marion
    Desmazières

Facilitators


Marion Desmazières
International Expansion Lead, Amazon Alexa

Marion is a tech business developer based in Seattle, WA. She manages international expansion of developer programs for Alexa, the voice service powering Amazon's Echo devices. Before joining Amazon about four years ago, Marion coordinated the 2012 Global Startup Battle and managed partner relations for Startup Weekend in Seattle. She holds a Master's in Business Management from EDHEC Business School and an MBA in Technology Commercialization from the University of Alberta. A Startup Weekend veteran, Marion has facilitated 20+ events in France, Canada, the US, Algeria and Morocco.


Event Staff


Shannon Hall
Founder of Logitive Digital Marketing Firm

Shannon Hall is the Founder of The Agnes Anne Agency, a digital advertising maven, and full-stack developer! Two-time Startup Weekend winner, an all-around badass. 


Mai Hong



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