Startup Weekend Denver | Internet of Things 2.0

    Friday, May 20 - 22, 2016

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Startup Weekend Denver | Internet of Things 2.0

Friday, May 20 - 22, 2016

Friday, May 20 - 22, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

3001 Brighton Blvd.
Denver, CO 80216

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<Create> The next big </Connected> THING

Imagine a world where nature communicates local ecosystem data to curtail extinction and deforestation. Or a city like Denver, implementing a new traffic grid, with stop light cadences responsive to real time traffic. Someone will start these companies. Someone will act upon a great idea. And we believe that someone could be you.

At Startup Weekend Denver | Internet of Things 2.0, we connect you with leaders in the Denver technology community, including investors, founders and potential sponsors.

Startup Weekend Denver | Internet of Things 2.0
May 20-22 @ Industry | Denver
<Create> The next big </Connected> THING

In a 54 hour immersion, you will meet amazing people, enjoy local food and gain a working experience like you’ve never had before. Surrounded by passionate people and with the best practices at your disposal, you will take giant leaps toward creating a business and becoming a founder.

IoT isn’t just the next app, trend, or Facebook. The “.com” boom only put our media data into the cloud. The “IoT” boom opens the door for using the cloud to create collaboration with the tangible things around us. Soon we will discover solutions in this data exchange once thought improbable.

Join over 100 other innovators from all backgrounds and
<Create> The next big </Connected> THING.


Teams will be provided with the Nordic Semiconductor 
nRF52 DK - Development kit for nRF52832.


Friday May 20th

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

7:15 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Speech by Matthew Bailey
Matthew Bailey will give a speech about the Internet of Things.

8:00 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 21st

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
Speech by Tom Higley
Tom Higley will speak about addressing the world's wicked problems with the startup you create.

8:30 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 22nd

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!


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.

Matthew Bailey
Educator at TechrIoT XLR8

Mr. Matthew James Bailey has been internationally recognized as a pioneer in the third wave of global innovation termed the Internet of Things (IoT). He has received award nominations (alongside Elon Musk and Sir Tim Berners Lee) for his work in communication technologies, specifically Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs).

Mr Bailey is a popular international keynote speaker, advisor, commentator and advisor on the IoT educating and igniting audiences to participate in this huge global transformation which will impact multitudes of global markets, our planet and our daily lives. The largest audience he has spoken to date is 6 Million on a BBC radio program.

He was privileged to introduce the IoT to the UK Prime Minister and has been appointed by the Premier of Alberta to advise the government on economic development frameworks, innovation and IoT. He has been Chairman of Marketing for the global IoT standards body - Weightless SIG, backed by global technology powerhouses such as ARM Holdings, CSR and Accenture. Leading a number of marketing strategies his team set a world record for creating the fastest global membership of organization to any wireless standards body!

Mr Bailey has also worked on IoT food/water/environmental projects. After giving an IoT keynote in Telecom Corridor to government and business leaders, he setup and developed the US operations of a UK based award winning IoT telecommunications company. Of late and aligning with his passion to support entrepreneurship, he partnered with a Fortune 500 company, Innovation Pavilion, and The Denver South Partnership to help co-create a pioneering IoT business accelerator called TechRiot, based in Colorado.

For over 28 years Matthew has been based in the world leading technology cluster, Cambridge UK, where he has helped to develop and deliver numerous high tech businesses to serve international markets. Following recognition by the US government for his international impact in IoT, Matthew recently moved to the USA and is currently based in Colorado, where he enjoys nature and outdoor activities.

Event Judges

Chris Huxley
Cofounder of Trendly

Chris Huxley is the Cofounder of Trendly, a social shopping app where you can shop directly from people's real life photos and allows anyone to make money when something is bought through their pictures and the Founder of Startup Soldiers, which provides resources and funding to veteran entrepreneurs. He is a graduate of Indiana University and is an Officer in the U.S. Military. 

Henry Wright
VP Corporate Development and Technology Products at Ignyte

Henry has been expanding companies and propelling startups to growth for 12 years. He is a Sage Advisor with Rocky Mountain Innosphere, spearhead the High School Pitch Competition, was the Content Chair and an IIoT Moderator for Longmont Startup Week, and a Founding Member for the Colorado Capital Consortium. He sits on the Advisory Board for Startup Colorado and which brings Technology Education, Literacy and Life Skills programs to K-12 students in Colorado’s highest-need schools. He is a past Strategic Advisor in M&A and Portfolio Strategy for IIoT/Digital Solutions at GE Global Research, Executive Team Member Vocollect Inc., and Director for Boulder based SpectraLink Inc. He holds an Executive MBA from the University of Colorado and a BA in Sociology from Union College. 3 Primary Areas: seasoned entrepreneur venture success, product/technology/market strategy and Go-To-Market of breakthrough products, and driving profitable growth.

Nicole Gravagna
Author of Functions Lust: The fusion of work and passion

Nicole Gravagna, PhD is a neuroscientist who uses human behavior, decision theory, and systems theory to design organizational structure models for desired corporate outcomes. She is author of Functions Lust: The Fusion of Work and Passion, which is a handbook for readers to gracefully navigate the personal changes required to find passion in work. Nicole is co-author of Venture Capital for Dummies and has acted as advisor to hundreds of companies during the process of equity fundraising. She also built and sold a medical device distribution company last year.

Zack Nies
VP of Education at Techstars

Zach is CTO of Rally Software, the collaboration platform that allows companies to build great products faster with Agile and Lean practices. Prior to joining Rally, Zach was co-founder of a startup that radically changed how creative professionals managed projects. His company was acquired by publicly-traded Creo, Inc., now a division of Kodak. He also served as Chief Software Architect at Quark, where he provided the technological vision for one of the companies that led the creation of the desktop publishing market. At the age of 13, Zach began commercially publishing software and, at age 16, started a successful consulting business. A Boettcher Scholar, Zach received his BS with distinction in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Colorado. He gives back to the community by volunteering as a mentor to the startup community and at the University of Colorado. He lives near Boulder, Colorado and enjoys playing golf, mountain biking and spending time with his family.

Julie Penner
Director at Techstars Boulder

Julie is a Director at Techstars, a 13 week mentorship-driven accelerator for software technology startups running 23 programs year around and around the world. Prior to Techstars, Julie was the VP of Operations for Graphicly, a VC-backed company automating ebooks conversions and distribution platforms. Prior to that, she was a Corporate Development Analyst at Liberty Media and Liberty Interactive. She holds an JD/MBA from University of Colorado with an emphasis in entrepreneurship and a BA from Brown University. Other work includes positions at SRS, a company that manages escrows and holdbacks in VC-backed M&A deals, Lijit (now Sovrn), a VC-backed adtech company, and the CU Tech Transfer Office. She began her career at Zeo, a Boston-based VC-backed startup that developed a sleep-tracking consumer hardware product.

Coaches and Mentors

Hannah Klemme
Community Relations Manager at Fortrust

Hannah is the Community Relations Manager for FORTRUST Data Center. A premium colocation services provider headquartered in Denver, Colorado. In this position, she is responsible for all community development initiatives, industry events and strategic partnering for FORTRUST. She works with various entities to enhance relationships & programs surrounding education, entrepreneurship and diversity. Hannah is also responsible for the B2B marketplace program at FORTRUST, where she is responsible for helping businesses of all sizes grow their bottom line through creative public relations strategies. Prior to accepting her new role as Community Relations Manager, Hannah worked as the events coordinator for FORTRUST where she grew the organizations brand and lead base by more than 65 percent through signature events. She currently serves on the board for the Bolder Young Professionals, BBB Foundation, and 7X24 Exchange Rocky Mountain Chapter helping to build awareness and increasing volunteers and donors through various communication campaigns, special events and grassroots efforts. Hannah is a Colorado native with a deep commitment to supporting the local entrepreneurial community. She is currently involved in 15+ entrepreneurial organizations through monetary contributions, volunteerism, and internship partnerships. Hannah received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

Alvaro Espinosa
President and Founder of Be9Sigma

Business has become globally-driven, enabling a multilingual multicultural leader to excel. Alvaro Espinosa is just such a leader with twenty-plus years of international experience in multi-site global manufacturing, including electronics, plastics, metals, and full product integration. He has held VP and executive positions in product design, supply chain, business development, test and design engineering, operations and plant management. His tactical and strategic thinking are leveraged by an uncommon combination of hands-on engineering experience, plus sales, financial, and operations expertise. He has successfully applied his unique portfolio of skills in the areas of business development, lean operations, finance, plant startups/turnarounds/transfers, building high-performance teams, and developing relationships with strategic outsourcing partners, each with impressive results.

Alvaro’s experience has been in both the OEM and EMS industries, ranging from component manufacturing and sales to leading an $800M+ state-of-the-art electronics manufacturing enterprise. In each of these ventures, Alvaro has remained committed to his key belief that people are what makes the difference between a good business and a great enterprise. His creative methods of generating opportunities for others has resulted in the development of many of his associates into leaders in their own right. His uncanny ability to connect with people in any culture has enabled the development and deployment of tools and principles that have led many to more successful, higher value add opportunities.

Alvaro is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, and he now resides in Denver, Colorado where he is actively engaged in community support activities. He is very committed to the entrepreneurial community there and in local manufacturing initiatives. Alvaro is a dedicated father to his daughters, a gifted artist and 
musician, and enjoys tennis, golf, and many other outdoor activities.

Gene Rittenhouse
Regional Sales Manager at Nordic Semiconductor

Gene Rittenhouse is a regional sales manager for Nordic Semiconductor.  Nordic Semiconductor is at the forefront of the IoT revolution having pioneered the ultra low-power (ULP) wireless communications sector in the 1990s.  Today, a version of ULP wireless connectivity called Bluetooth Smart is an open standard and appears alongside classic Bluetooth in almost every new mobile device.  In his role, Gene is responsible for business development and customer support throughout the Rocky Mountain region.  He works extensively with customers to help them make their concepts highly successful products.  Gene has nearly 25 years of semiconductor sales and marketing experience (including 13+ years of entrepreneurial experience), and has served in several volunteer leadership positions mostly in the field of education.  He holds engineering and business degrees from Arizona State University.

Karina Costa
Director of Techstars Anywhere

Karina is the Director of the Techstars Anywhere accelerator program. Prior to that Karina was the the Global Director of Startup Next (former Techstars pre-accelerator program) and Entrepreneur in Residence at Techstars Boston.

Prior to that Karina was the co-founder and COO of Fábrica de Startups accelerator in Lisbon where she spinned off 6 national and international programs and worked with +90 startups that raised over €30 mio in capital. In 2009 Karina founded Glutone, a waste management hardware solution for fast food chains. Prior to that Karina worked in marketing at Kellogg's and other consumer Fortune 500 companies.

Stacie Shaw
Lead Designer at Pitch Deck Fire

Stacie is a startup storyteller. She is the founder and lead designer at Pitch Deck Fire, a Denver-based startup consulting company that specializes in pitch deck design and communications. As a previous business owner, experienced consultant, and avid supporter of the startup community, she brings her expertise to Denver Startup weekend as a coach and mentor.

Pitch Deck Fire has helped companies and entrepreneurs all of the world and in varied industries to tell their story and develop a professional, compelling, and effective pitch deck. Clients come to Pitch Deck Fire when they are entering pitch competitions, applying to accelerators, when pitching B2B products or services, and most often when they are looking for angel, seed or series A funding.

Steve Hobbs
Board of Advisors at TechrIoT

After spending 20 years as a CFO and Management Consultant, Steve Hobbs is pursuing his passion - Emerging Businesses. helping them with financial and operations issues.  He is a member of the Board of Advisors for TechrIoT and is active in 10.10.10, Prime Health Colorado, Galvanize and 1 Million Cups. 

Paul Garcia
General Manager for Clear Blue Engineering

Paul Garcia is the General Manager for Clear Blue Engineering, an electrical engineering and manufacturing facility in Boulder County, CO.  Through his role, Paul has directed the product development and launch for over a hundred electronic devices spanning nearly every industry.  Paul's experience as the leader of both an OEM and a contract manufacturer brings a well-rounded perspective to the table.  Before working at Clear Blue, Paul had previously started several organizations including a media promotions company and a web design & marketing firm.  By constantly staying on top of emerging technologies and global market trends, Paul is poised to help any project anticipate and adapt to the factors that could affect a product's chance of success.  

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.

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.

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.

Jung Park
Founder / Principal

Jung has over 15 years of consulting experience in design, branding, marketing, user experience, strategy, and business development. He also has over 10 years of experience as a start-up entrepreneur in all facets of entrepreneurship from funding to operations.
Leveraging his experience from consulting and his passion for branding and entrepreneurship, Jung has built a unique platform of services. He provides a full suite of corporate consulting services in entrepreneurship, strategy and branding. Jung also delivers key notes, seminars and facilitates workshops on the subjects of corporate & personal branding, entrepreneurship, and Asian-American empowerment.
In 2004, Jung’s business plan for the original Personal Branding Center providing consulting, services and products to create and refine effective personal brands won the first place honor at the Annual University of Colorado at Denver Business Plan Competition. Jung executed the business plan in 2005 and still oversees all facets of the business from branding to operation.
As an adjunct professor at Johnson and Wales University Denver campus, Jung offers his expertise on business, entrepreneurship, marketing, and fashion merchandising to the undergraduate and MBA students. At University of Colorado Denver, Jung teaches graduate level program on marketing, entrepreneurship and personal branding for the school of business and entrepreneurship center. Jung also serves as an advisory board member at the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship at UC Denver.
As fundraiser and counselor, Jung has been working with the Korean Heritage Camp, an organization for Korean adoptees and their families providing education on Korean culture, language, food, and history. Jung works closely with the high school campers on self-identity and cross-cultural issues. Jung also has been serving as a board member and a fundraiser for the Denver Harlequins Wheelchair Rugby team, assisting athletes with spinal cord injuries to find passion through the sport of rugby.
Jung was born in Seoul, South Korea and migrated to New York City when he was 13. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife and two young children.

Matt Feierstein
President & COO

Matt Feierstein, PaySimple's President and Chief Operating Officer, oversees the company's holistic business operations. He has over fifteen years of cross functional management experience in the online software space, including four years at IAC's Pronto division where he last served as the Chief Operating Officer, and was responsible for the company's revenue and acquisition goals. Prior to Pronto, Matt's experience also includes senior management roles at several small business start-ups in both the service and retail industries.Matt began his career at Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch in a variety of business roles, last serving as the Senior Director of Customer Product Management. Matt has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan.

Sarah Jordan
VP of Marketing

Sarah Jordan is the VP of Marketing for PaySimple, the leading provider of service commerce solutions for SMBs. At PaySimple, Sarah is responsible for the company's brand, lifecycle, and product marketing strategies. She has been an integral leader in building the company's acquisition model, including its direct and partner distribution channels, helping take PaySimple from a fledgling startup in 2006 to one of the country's leading SaaS solution providers, serving over 13,000 SMBs nationwide.  

Sarah has BA in Business Administration, with concentrations in Economics, Marketing and International Business from Carroll College in Helena, Montana.

Jessie Van Gundel

I love telling powerful stories about inspiring people and causes in an authentic and genuine way. I aim to find the unique qualities that drive individuals and inspire others in order to share stories that are not only told creatively, but are also driven with purpose. Telling these stories is important, but sharing them with the world in a strategic and thoughtful way is paramount so that those that might be impacted the most are able to access and engage with the people and organizations that galvanize them.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Denver is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Ryan
  • Keith
  • Mattison
  • Aiko
  • Zoe
  • Jason
  • Matilda
  • Nick
  • Michael


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.

Jordan Rothenberg
Regional Manager

Event Staff

Leigh Vadas

Tristan Toney
Managing Partner

Chris Jones

Sarah Cox

Sarah Cox is a seasoned office/facilities manager with experience in the start-up/tech space. She recently moved to the Denver area from Boston and is enjoying the amazing Colorado weather while looking for her next career opportunity.

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