Startup Weekend | Internet Of Things

    Friday, May 29 - 31, 2015

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend | Internet Of Things

Friday, May 29 - 31, 2015

Friday, May 29 - 31, 2015
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Galvanize - Denver - Platte
1644 Platte Street
Denver, CO 80202

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Launch an Internet of Things (IoT) Startup in a Weekend

On May 29th, hardware and software will collide at Galvanize’s brand-new location for a special Startup Weekend - focused exclusively on launching the next generation of IoT companies.  

The winning team gets to stick around Galvanize after the weekend ends, each member will be awarded with a 1-month membership at Galvanize - Platte.

The idea of building a hardware prototype with software and internet connectivity integrated into it over the course of a weekend would have seemed crazy even a few years ago. Today, it isn't at all.  The emergence of numerous internet-connected prototyping boards like empower entrepreneurs to prototype connected hardware as easily, and quickly as a web application. All weekend long, you will have access to prototyping software, hardware, and tools that will make it possible to create an MVP and launch your business by Sunday night, just in time for the final pitch!

We are incredibly fortunate to have as a sponsor for this event.  They will be donating 15 maker kits with Spark core prototyping boards.  These boards and kits are designed specifically for IoT prototyping, perfect for Startup Weekend.

Like every Startup Weekend. you'll meet amazing people, enjoy great food, and have an experience working like you've never worked before.   

IoT provides massive opportunities for the next generation of entrepreneurs, be one of them.  

Learn more, join us the weekend of May 29th - 31st for Startup Weekend: IoT.


Wednesday May 27th

5:30 pm
Rapid-Prototyping Workshop
Over the course of 3 hours, workshop participants will create a working prototype controllable through a web app using Particle prototyping boards.

Friday May 29th

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 May 30th

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 May 31st

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!


Paul Berberian

Paul is the CEO of Sphero (formerly Orbotix). They make (among other things) a robot ball that is controlled with your smart phone. This hardware/toy company has seen great success including the honor of creating BB-8, the newest droid in Star Wars. Paul is a seasoned entrepreneur with a history of starting and growing companies. He's also an engaging speaker. 

Tom Higley
Founder & CEO at 10.10.10

Tom Higley is a Denver-based entrepreneur and mentor. He is Founder and CEO of 10.10.10, a program that begins with 10 wicked problems and 10 prospective CEOs from throughout the United States. The program brings these exceptional CEOs together for 10 days to create marketable solutions and new high-growth companies. 10.10.10’s inaugural program, focused on Health, took place February 16-26, 2015 in Denver CO to substantial acclaim. Tom has founded and run six tech startups, including Service Metrics (acquired by Exodus Communications for $280 million) and StillSecure acquired in 2013. In the course of his career as entrepreneur, he has raised more than $40 million and returned more than $1 billion to investors. As mentor for TechStars, Galvanize and INDUSTRY entrepreneurs and CEOs and an investor in more than 25 startups, Tom has been advisor to hundreds of entrepreneurs and startups. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Kula and Prime Health. Tom graduated from the University of Michigan and Harvard Law School.

Event Judges

Robert Reich
Executive, Founder, VP Product, CEO

A visionary executive with 15 years experience uncovering opportunities, building teams, leading product vision and growing communities. Technical specialties: algorithms, collaboration, and real-time. Business specialties: marketing, partnerships, process re-engineering, public speaking, and product strategy. Design specialties: user experience.

Adam Griffin
Manager, Business Development at Galvanize Inc

Author of The Guy At The Bar. Business Development at Galvanize. Founder at Bodeefit. Builder of startups. 
Writer at Men's Journal, Men's Fitness, SELF Magazine, Greatist,  Lifehacker, and  Under30CEO.

Ryan Margoles
Co-Founder & CTO @Notion

I see the world as a machine. I am fascinated by the way things work and how we can make them work better. I believe in a solution for everything and that when the right people are working together, anything can be achieved. I can see through walls... wait, can't do that but I can figure out what's on the other side. 

Chuck Hodges

Seasoned business executive and engineering professional and with strong track record in managing successful P&Ls in highly competitive high-tech environments. He's worked on the design of game changing products like the Xbox and the Palm Pilot, but He's most proud of having helped launch over 50 different product families into production over the years.

Trent Yang

Executive, Entrepreneur, Investor

Coaches and Mentors

Duer Reeves
Founder/CEO at WeatherCloud

Rich Powers
Co-Founder/CTO at WeatherCloud Inc.

Sasi Movva
Co-founder and Programming Coach at FunGram LLC

shashank Shekhar
Co-founder and Director at Antezen Technologies

Jessica Goulding

Nicholas Sheedy
LiveRowing | Founder

Ed Johnson
Director of Engineering at Qualcomm

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend | Internet Of Things team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

Signature Sponsors

IoT Hardware Sponsor

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Venue And Prize Sponsor

Maker Workshop

Hardware Community

Dev Shop Prize Sponsor

IoT Tools Sponsor

Prize Sponsor


Meal Sponsor

Organizing Team

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

  • Matt
  • Nathan
  • Ben
  • Steve
  • Ryan


Jace Lieberman

Jace is a junior at DU studying computer science. From Seattle, he is an avid Seahawks fan and moved to Denver for the mountains. When he's not in the classroom, he's likely skiing or doing something outdoors. 
Jace got involved in the startup community in high school, and went on to work at TechStars and Startup Weekend HQ in Seattle. He has been to 16 Startup Weekend events world wide, and has organized Startup Weekend DU for the past 3 years.

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