Startup Weekend Denver | IoT 3.0 and Smart Cities

    Friday, May 26 - 28, 2017

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Denver | IoT 3.0 and Smart Cities

Friday, May 26 - 28, 2017

Friday, May 26 - 28, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Galvanize Golden Triangle
1062 Delaware St
Denver, Co 80204

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Join The Smart Revolution and the new potential in health, education, industry, public and private spaces


Secondary Location is denhac located at:

700 Kalamath St.
Denver, CO 80204,-105.0017983,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x876c...

Our wonderful sponsor Intel has donated a number of Intel Edison Arduino development boards for the teams to create with.
You can find more info on this development kit here:

In addition, another great sponsor, Google Android Things, will be providing an Adafruit Project Kit for Android Thing in addition to giving a presentation on how to build with Anroid Things on the Intel Edison boards.
More info on this kit and Android Things can be found here:

Please join us, bring your ideas, join a team, and learn to build!


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 Denver,
  • 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? 

Internet of Things + Smart City edition means we will be focusing the ideas we select on solving problems in the space of IoT.  With the explosion and growing number of internet enabled devices for just about any realm of life, this edition will be as broad as your imagination allows and focused on addressing the problems and opportunities related to these devices. 

Whether you are interested in the IoT + Smart City or not, the ultimate objective of the event is to empower you with a powerful process for taking any idea, IoT/Smart City-related or not, from concept to creation!

Your ticket includes:
  • Access to the full weekend-long event,
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night @ Pitch Fire,
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the IoT+Smart City world and the tech startup community,
  • Tasty meals all weekend,
  • Collaboration with awesome IoT+Smart City professionals from throughout Denver,
  • All-star judges panel lead by startup and IoT+Smart City 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, and
  • Over 100 new awesome 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 from your peers.  If you have more questions, check out the Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ!

Are you excited yet?

IoT isn’t just the latest buzzword hype.  It's a transitional phase of Internet, a natural extension and an umbrella term that captures a staggeringly huge fertile space for disruptive innovation, exaptation and new products and services  The combination of Mobile, Big Data and explosion of smart devices connected to the Internet, open new opportunities for people to interact with their environment.  

The first internet booms only put dumb data and limited transactions to connected devices.  The subsequent rich media boom and supremacy of mobility makes Internet geo-aware. The “IoT” revolution opens the door for using the cloud to make our personal, home, work and public environments smarter, safer and less exclusionary.

Soon we will witness experiences in this new phase once thought impossible.  Uber, Amazon's Echo, and Netflix will soon seem like early novel uses of Internet.  The future holds a revolution in the interaction of anyone to everything from health and education, to work and home.  

Join over 100 other rapid innovators from all backgrounds where we will escort you on this journey.


Friday May 26th

6:00 pm
Welcome Orientation
Get checked in at registration, pick up welcome pack & get oriented.

6:15 pm
Icebreaker Interactive
Speed Networking Line up for a rapid 1 minute 1-on-1 introduction with each attendee

6:45 pm
Dinner & Speakers
Sit down dinner, introductory keynote, speaker, coach & mentor pitches, guilds, tribes and cohort leader introductions.

7:00 pm
First Round Pitches
Includes tagging tips and favorite, domain sharing and a heatmap for each pitch.

8:00 pm
Teams Form
Teams start forming, sharing skillsets and areas of interest, possible tasks, user stories, tech or comparisons. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend on wall-charts. Participants are invited to find the right fit for them and where they can best help.

8:30 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. You may stay and work as late as you wish, sleeping space and showering facilities will be accessible.

9:00 pm
Wrap up
Work at Denhac if you want.

Saturday May 27th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Android Things presentation
Dave Smith, Google Developer Advocate, with give an Android Things presentation.

12:00 pm

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

2:00 pm
Coach & Mentor Office Hours
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

9:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday May 28th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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 Pitches

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Ken Fricklas
Serial Entrepreneur

Kenneth Fricklas is a serial entrepreneur, technical co-founder, and futurist.  He has been a featured speaker at dozens of conferences, including, Internet World, and Adobe MAX.  Past positions include head of Internet of Things and Smart Cities for CableLabs, and CTO of Disinformation and Mallfinder Network.  He can be seen teaching lean startup and design thinking at local accelerators, has written chapters in a dozen technical books, and leads 10.10.10 Denver's curriculum and design thinking activities.  Currently, Ken is co-founder of the CORE, a technical advisory group in the smart cities, IOT, and smart health space.

Event Judges

Blake Yeager
VP of Engineering, Techstars

Blake is currently the VP of Engineering at Techstars. Prior to his current role, he led the Techstars Cloud program in San Antonio as the Managing Director. Before joining Techstars, Blake was the Director of Next Generation Markets for Rackspace. He led the team focused on developing ZeroVM, an open source virtualization technology, after Rackspace acquired LiteStack, the company that created ZeroVM, where he was the Chief Operating Officer.

Blake spent several years helping to build the public clouds for both Rackspace and HP, serving in leadership roles in Product Management. While at Rackspace, he was part of the team that launched OpenStack, an open source cloud management platform. Blake also worked as the VP of R&D for Gandi Innovations, a startup that manufactured grand-format digital inkjet printers.

Blake also serves on several non-profit and for-profit boards and holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Computer Engineering.

Alison Hughes
Founder, Little Barn Industries

Alison is an enthusiastic maker, entrepreneur, DJ, and goat farmer. Her software has supported audio hardware in many Apple products of the last decade, including Macs, iPhone and iPad, and the Apple Cinema Display. Last year she co-founded Beatrice Forms, where she developed a smartphone 3D body scanning technology to create body double dress forms, a tool used by apparel designers to fit clothing for real bodies. 

Sharif Youssef
CEO, DailyMynd

Charles McGregor
General Partners

Earning his degree in Biophysics from Claremont McKenna College, after his work at Berkeley Research Group, Charles serves as one of the General Partners at McGregor & Associates. He frequently acts as lead investor in seed and growth stage venture rounds, raising capital and overseeing investment analysis and deal structuring. His key industry focuses are biotechnology, biomedical, and cybersecurity.

As a General Partner, he has lead six investments, and their follow-on rounds, partnering with organizations like RVC and other angel syndicates. He is currently a board member for Rockies Venture Institute, focusing on both new entrepreneur and angel investor education. Voted RVC Angel Investors of the Year for 2016, McGregor & Associates commonly targets 8 investments per year.

Coaches and Mentors

Andrea Hill
Manager of Innovation Strategy

Andrea Hill is the founder of Frameplay Consulting LLC, an innovation consultancy based on design thinking. She has over 15 years of experience designing, developing and managing new product launches across a variety of industries. With a background in lean startup, UX and customer research and an MBA in strategy, Andrea is a great resource for teams as they're validating their customer needs and the market opportunity.

Rich Kopcho
Producer - WyoHackathon at University of Wyoming

Rich Kopcho's core competencies are Business Development, Product Management, Marketing and Sales. His lifelong work is building startups, having formed or joined over 15. He is currently working on Visual Farms, an AgTech company focused on improving farmer profitability and sustainability. Always parallel processing, he is a partner in building Sales180—Outsourced lead-gen and sales expertise; Opti.ML—Digital Agency; Visceral Art—Content Creation.
His experience includes international marketing, product management and business development for Hewlett Packard and others. As well as 10 years as the managing partner of an international manufacturing consultancy to fortune 100 clients.
He actively mentors entrepreneurial students at the University of Colorado—Boulder and Colorado State University, Fort Collins.
He is interviewed in the book: 50 Interviews: Entrepreneurs.

Nigel Sharp

Nigel is a leader in technology integration, product development, marketing approaches and entrepreneurship. Mentor to numerous acceleration programs, Techstars Alumni and current Global Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Nigel has widespread IT hardware and software experience with added professional knowledge of Humanities computing, EdTech and Infrastructure IT systems as well as current project management techniques, alongside practical experience of metalworking, hardware and electronics, HCI and NUI technologies.

Focused on helping with:
Innovating new solutions / Idea generation
Expanding entrepreneurial aims and culture
System implementation / Product development
Connecting people worldwide for collaborative success

Molly Maskrey
Principal Systems Engineer at QBLabs and Global Tek Labs

Molly began a career in aerospace engineering after graduating with her combined Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of North Carolina. Working for companies such as IBM, Northrup Grumman, and Lockheed Martin where she also attended Santa Clara University for her MS in Electrical Engineering. During 1997-99 Molly also worked on assignment at MIT/Lincoln Labs  developing complex satellite technology and lecturing graduate courses in adaptive mathematics. In 2000 Molly moved to Maui and worked at the USAF Maui Optical and Supercomputing Station where she developed adaptive optics control systems for the 3.6M optical telescope as well as teaching surfing on the weekends.

In 2014 Molly and her partner Jennifer founded Quantitative Bioanalytics Laboratories (QBLabs) focusing on using high resolution wireless sensor technology for gait/movement analysis, sports performance quantification and fall prediction and prevention. The work Molly does for QBLabs has the potential of saving tens of thousands women’s lives each year from complications due to preventable falls alone. Molly’s second technical book, scheduled for publication August 15, 2016 focuses on helping the female software developer overcome the hurdles of working in a predominantly male setting. When not working or writing, Molly can be found pursuing her number one passion, Ballroom Dance.

Jennifer Maskrey
Founder/CEO at QBLabs and Global Tek Labs

A CU Boulder graduate and former immunology research scientist, Jennifer’s path followed a very interesting course: pastry chef, research chef, movie producer, non-profit manager, computer repair shop owner, and even general manager of her family’s payphone business.  An entrepreneur at heart, she loves the highs and lows that come from taking chances, and is grateful everyday to be able to create her own future.Always active in her community, Jennifer serves on the Parker Authority for Reinvestment Advisory Committee, the Biz Girls CEO Development Team, and the TechrIoT Outburst Advisory Board.Some of her proudest moments include meeting Governor Hickenlooper as a Woman Entrepreneur Innovation Award nominee, winning the 2015 UNC Monfort College of Business e-Challenge, and being selected as part of the TechrIoT XLR8 first accelerator cohort.Together with her partner Molly, Jennifer is the founder of two Apple technology businesses: Global Tek Labs, an engineering consulting company, and QBLabs, creators of wearable tech for fall prediction, physical therapy, and sports performance evaluation.The few hours not spent working together are filled with competitive ballroom dancing, and endless Labrador playtime.

Mark Radtke
Resource Supervisory Examiner at the USPTO

Mark Radtke joined the USPTO in 2005 after graduating from Boston University with a B.S. in Computer Systems Engineering and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering. He examined patent applications related to databases, file management and data structures until 2012, when he was promoted to Quality Assurance Specialist for Technology Center 2400 (networking, multiplexing, cable TV and computer security). In 2011, he led a team that built a new intranet web server system for the office. He spent the winter of 2015 detailed as a Resource SPE in the Detroit Regional Office, and then moved to Denver where he trained two classes of new examiners before accepting a permanent position in the Rocky Mountain Regional Office. In his free time, he enjoys playing board games and watching 30 Rock over and over again on Netflix.

Heather MacKenzie
Speaker, Connector + Consultant

Heather is a consultant, connector and community builder with 25 years of experience as a former healthcare executive who helps impact-driven organizations, start-ups and entrepreneurs find their true purpose, diversify their teams, develop growth strategies, increase market presence and build key partnerships. She is currently engaged with SheEO, 10.10.10, Wisdom Tribe, CHANT and select tech and healthcare clients who are working to build more diverse and inclusive organizations, while fueling growth. She co-founded a fund for female entrepreneurs in 2016, raising more money in Colorado than the LA and SF markets combined, and that fund is about to enter its second round of funding female-led ventures. She has also been responsible for the recruiting of Prospective CEOs with 10.10.10 and has achieved gender parity in every cohort she's recruited, along with representation of people of color, LGBTQ, millennials, baby boomers, veterans and others. With leadership experience in strategy, sales, relationship development, fundraising, recruiting, management and marketing at companies ranging from pre-revenue startups to industry giants such as General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble and Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Heather brings fresh perspectives to her client’s biggest challenges.

Arieann Defazio
Founder and CEO

Arieann is the Founder/CEO of Kitables, a company that gives people the confidence to build by making kits for DIY projects in the fields of science, engineering and beyond, for both customers and big businesses alike. As well as the Executive Director of Spark Boulder, a non-profit that helps people in their first steps as entrepreneurs through coworking and entrepreneurial development programs. She was recently named one of the top 5 Female CEOs in the nation by SheEO. Arieann has been founding, managing, or working for startups for a decade, and also spent 8 years as a Biochemist. She has a passion and a history of helping others build things from scratch - whether they are building projects, companies, or careers.

Dave Smith
Developer Advocate

Dave Smith is a Developer Advocate at Google, focused on IoT and the Android Things platform. He has spent the last decade working with smart connected devices in the mobile space. Since 2009, he has worked with the Android platform at all levels of the stack, from developing consumer applications to porting and customizing the system for embedded use cases. Prior to Android’s existence, he designed low power M2M systems and wireless radio links for SCADA monitoring solutions in industrial applications. He has a strong passion for finding opportunities to make devices, and developers, smarter.

Jenney Loper
NPI Supply Chain Manager

Ms. Loper founded JSL Solutions in 2007 to help Colorado companies manufacture custom products in Southeast Asia.  Since the manufacturing market crash in 2008, she has been more focused on helping US-based companies manufacture in the US and going overseas only for products that require higher volumes or manufacturing process that are no longer supported in the US. Ms. Loper brings more than 15 years’ experience in hardware manufacturing in the Denver-Boulder area. With a bachelor’s in Physics, she has developed a unique skill-set with competencies in manufacturing engineering, supplier quality and supply chain management; this broad experience allows her to create solutions that balance technical and business risks.

Ms. Loper is committed to helping companies transfer products into production with considerations for long-term success.  She’s repeatedly seen how poor planning for manufacturing in designs causes long-term quality issues in production and inefficiencies during assembly that limit production improvements and cost-savings.

Megan Kilpatrick
CEO & Creative Director

Megan founded Alloy in 2006, growing the company into a digital marketing and communications powerhouse fueled by a team of highly skilled developers, designers and strategists. As CEO and creative director, Megan is involved in the strategy, design, implementation, and testing of every major project. She balances perfectionism with a practical approach to business —  always exploring creative opportunities; constantly pushing for what's new; and most importantly, excelling at making “next” happen. She knows the tricks to bootstrapping, and she's a pro at helping companies build the image they need to grow to the next level. 

Kunta Hutabarat

Kunta Hutabarat is an entrepreneur and co-founder of IDEAitLab, a startup in Education Technology area.  He uses IoT technology to create tools to teach science to K-12 students.  His background is in Software Engineering where he has done multiple roles including Engineering Manager, Lead Architect and Software Engineer.  His current project involves using Intel Edison as prototyping tool with combination of Bluetooth LE, and the web-bluetooth API.  He and his team adopts lean methodology for the startup and took Technology Entrepreneurship courses from Stanford. He also uses Design Thinking approach for the Customer Development.  He won multiple prizes including Intel Hackathon, IoT Startup Weekend and Boulder Startup Weekend.

Kathy Keating
Co-founder, Apostrophe Health

Kathy Keating is co-founder and CTO of Apostrophe. She has dedicated her career to using technology to solve some of the most complex business and social challenges facing us.
With more than 20 years of experience, her work in artificial intelligence, big data and payments systems has lead several engineering teams successfully from startup conception through rapid growth. Apostrophe (Techstars Boulder 2017 company) is her second founder role.
Kathy is active in the local Colorado startup community and mentors several women
entrepreneurs and technologists. Together we can achieve so much more.

Brian Hanning
Vice President

Brian is the Vice President of the Larimer County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. He is a resident of Fort Collins and a graduate from Colorado State University College of Business. After graduating from Michigan State University College of Law, Brian returned to Colorado. He focuses primarily on helping businesses through drafting corporate structures, contracts, intellectual property, and more. For more information, you can find him at his LinkedIn Page.

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Organizing Team

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  • Aiko
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Jon Rossi

CEO/Founder of MyDealerService (Techstars Mobility 2015)
Organizer of first StartupWeekend Denver - October 2015
Facilitator of many SW Events
Attended 1st SW Summit in KC
Passionate about the community and always happy to help out.

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