Startup Weekend Denton | Maker Edition

    Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Denton | Maker Edition

Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015

Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

The Factory @ UNT
1506 Highland St.
Willis Library, #250
Denton, Texas 76203

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Calling all makers, hackers, hipsters, and hustlers: change the world in 54 hours!

Have the urge to create? Think you have the best idea for the next best thing? Then, listen up. 

Startup Weekend Denton is bringing you the first Maker Edition this November 13-15. 

Come pitch your idea, join a team, iron out your business model, and build away! In just 54 hours teams will come together to create startups from scratch and learn about entrepreneurship in a hands-on and meaningful way. Developers, designers, business experts, and makers will come to build prototypes and launch startups that use hardware or software to interconnect us all and change the world.

We're stoked about event space at The Factory @ University of North Texas where you’ll have access to workshop of maker tools and materials plus guidance and training from our expert maker mentors. This is a great opportunity to show off how UNT is engaging students in the maker movement, while opening up to the greater local maker community and enabling everyone to build and create new projects! The possibilities of what can be created during the weekend are just about endless. So, what are you waiting for? Grab a ticket and start building, November 13-15!

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Friday November 13th

6:30 pm
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
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 14th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 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

2:00 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 15th

9:00 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

Patrick Peters
EVP, GM of Programming, FourthWall Media

A career melding media, data and technology -- strategically, creatively, and operationally -- to help start and grow businesses.

Marshall Culpepper
CEO & Co-founder of Kubos

I'm a passionate entrepreneur and hacker trying to make the world better with open source software.

Noel Geren
Co-founder of

Husband and father. Hardware hacker. Software developer. Thinker of all #IoT. Founder and CTO of @ZoomRank. Creator of @Sprinkl_IO.

Coaches and Mentors

Jesse Hamner
Chief Engineer & Co-founder of Kubos

Father/husband, UNT Libraries, PhD survivor, backpacker. R, Perl, Fortran, bash, Python, GIS, & TeX make the world go 'round. I make cubesats. Callsign N5JHH.

David Hess

David K. Hess (Dave) brings 20 years of executive management, software development, computer security, administration, networking and entrepreneurial experience and expertise to the founding of Data Bakery – delivering turn-key custom software services and solutions. Over the past 14 years, Dave has worked at four startups – founding two of them, being one of the first ten employees in the other two and serving as CTO in one. He has experience with large scale service delivery, telecommunication and software product development and what it takes to start and operate a company. At Data Bakery, Dave is applying his product development and startup experience to help others develop their own solutions.

Eric Swayne
Sr. Director of Fan Engagement at Funimation

Sr. Dir. Fan Engagement at Funimation, Data Narrator, Digital Dallas Board, Startup Mentor. Maker of Whiteboards.

Ernest Soeralaya
Developer & Interface Specialist

Imran Charania
Electrical Engineer

Currently an Electrical Engineer at Kubos Corporation. Imran boasts experience working at Cirkyt Technologies, Inc as their CEO and Chief Architect. Prior to his position at Cirkyt Technologies, Imran worked at the United States Department of Defense as an Electronic Engineer.

David Brunow
Software / iOS Developer

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Denton | Maker Edition 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 Denton is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Jay
  • Kyle
  • Matthew
  • Randall
  • Natcha


Sean Duffy
Senior Partnership Manager

Sean Duffy is the Senior Partnerships Manager at Capital Factory helping bridge the gap between startups and corporate innovators through strategic programming and community events. As a former classroom teacher, Sean is a passionate education and technology evangelist, community organizer and founder of EdTech Austin.

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