Startup Weekend Detroit | Latinx in Tech

    Friday, October 5 - 7, 2018


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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Detroit | Latinx in Tech

Friday, October 5 - 7, 2018



Friday, October 5 - 7, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Grand Circus Detroit
1570 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend, you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “detroit@startupweekend.org”.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday October 5th


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


8:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


9:00 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 October 6th


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!


5:30 pm
Dinner


6:00 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


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

Sunday October 7th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


6:00 pm
Judging & Awards


6:30 pm
Wrap Up & Go Home!



Speakers


Nelida Velazquez
iOS Developer

iOS Developer @ Detroit Labs


Chacho Valadez
Investment Apprentice & Associate

Investment Apprentice + Associate @ Backstage Capital


Carlos Estrada
VP of Programming

Living on the coastline of Lake Michigan, Carlos is a Design Entrepreneur, Community Catalyst and Speaker with a passion for education, inclusion and racial equity. His career started in publishing, packaging and branding from Harper Collins/Zondervan. Carlos balances his time working as an information design consultant for Herman Miller, a Creative Director at Vias Latino Marketing, a Community Catalyst with Public Agency, a WMCAT Project and keynote speaker/panelist/educator.Carlos has served two terms with AIGA West Michigan as their Diversity + Inclusion Director, currently serves as AIGA Detroit’s VP of Programming and as Content Lead of AIGA National Diversity + Inclusion Task Force. He values risk, commitment, and collaboration to create lasting relationships and results.

Event Judges


Chacho Valadez
Investment Apprentice & Associate

Investment Apprentice + Associate @ Backstage Capital


Lili Gangas
Chief Tech Community Officer Kapor Center for Social Impact

Lili Gangas is the Chief Technology Community Officer. In this role, Lili helps catalyze Oakland’s emergence as a social impact hub of tech done right – where tech, diverse talent, and action driven partnerships can tackle pressing social and economic inequities of our communities head-on. Before coming to the Kapor Center, Lili was an Associate Principal at Accenture Technology Lab’s Open Innovation team, building bridges between startups and Global 2000 commercial clients through cross sector collaboration. She was also a founding member of the Innovation Services team at Booz Allen specializing in crowdsourcing, prize challenges, and open data solutions for the public sector. Before that, Lili could be found in the lab working on firmware solutions for the aerospace industry as a Senior Multi-Disciplined Software Engineer at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. Lili holds an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and Systems Engineering Certification from UCLA Extension. In addition to her day jobs, Lili was an active TechStars Startup Weekend DC organizer, a judge of the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s Startup in a Day Challenge, an open data innovation panelist at the White House Council of Women and Girls session, an Oculus Launchpad alumni, and advisor to Dreamwakers.org and OpenDataNation.com. Outside of work, Lili enjoys getting to know cities via distance races – she’ a 5-time half marathoner and last year completed her first full marathon. Contact Lili Gangs at lili [at] kaporcenter.org


Damian Moncada
Associate Account Strategist

Associate Account Strategist at Google


Coaches and Mentors


Chacho Valadez
Investment Apprentice & Associate

Investment Apprentice + Associate @ Backstage Capital


Nelida Velazquez
iOS Developer

iOS Developer @ Detroit Labs


Carlos Estrada
VP of Programming

Living on the coastline of Lake Michigan, Carlos is a Design Entrepreneur, Community Catalyst and Speaker with a passion for education, inclusion and racial equity. His career started in publishing, packaging and branding from Harper Collins/Zondervan. Carlos balances his time working as an information design consultant for Herman Miller, a Creative Director at Vias Latino Marketing, a Community Catalyst with Public Agency, a WMCAT Project and keynote speaker/panelist/educator.Carlos has served two terms with AIGA West Michigan as their Diversity + Inclusion Director, currently serves as AIGA Detroit’s VP of Programming and as Content Lead of AIGA National Diversity + Inclusion Task Force. He values risk, commitment, and collaboration to create lasting relationships and results.


Damian Moncada
Associate Account Strategist

Associate Account Strategist at Google


Donovan Brown
Web Developer

Front End Developer @ Hanson Inc.


Jose Romo-Puerta
Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer

Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer at ToDoolie


Armando Arteaga
Founder & CTO

Founder & CTO @ ToDoolie


Lili Gangas
Chief Tech Community Officer Kapor Center for Social Impact

Lili Gangas is the Chief Technology Community Officer. In this role, Lili helps catalyze Oakland’s emergence as a social impact hub of tech done right – where tech, diverse talent, and action driven partnerships can tackle pressing social and economic inequities of our communities head-on. Before coming to the Kapor Center, Lili was an Associate Principal at Accenture Technology Lab’s Open Innovation team, building bridges between startups and Global 2000 commercial clients through cross sector collaboration. She was also a founding member of the Innovation Services team at Booz Allen specializing in crowdsourcing, prize challenges, and open data solutions for the public sector. Before that, Lili could be found in the lab working on firmware solutions for the aerospace industry as a Senior Multi-Disciplined Software Engineer at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. Lili holds an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and Systems Engineering Certification from UCLA Extension. In addition to her day jobs, Lili was an active TechStars Startup Weekend DC organizer, a judge of the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s Startup in a Day Challenge, an open data innovation panelist at the White House Council of Women and Girls session, an Oculus Launchpad alumni, and advisor to Dreamwakers.org and OpenDataNation.com. Outside of work, Lili enjoys getting to know cities via distance races – she’ a 5-time half marathoner and last year completed her first full marathon. Contact Lili Gangs at lili [at] kaporcenter.org


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Detroit | Latinx in Tech 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 Detroit is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Javier
    Evelyn
  • Sergio
    Rodriguez
  • Kavya
    Davuluri
  • Carlos
    Estrada

Facilitators


Monica Wheat
Founder @ Parallel Ventures & Digerati Girls

Monica Wheat is a Strategist, Educator, and Venture Developer. She is the past Co-Founder and Partner of Pixel DSi, a digital strategy consultancy and Parallel Ventures, an incubator focused on branded innovation partnerships and startup ecosystem development. Ms. Wheat is also the Founder and Executive Director of Digerati Girls, Inc. / Digerati Kids, a non-profit that has helped over 5,500 Detroit-area students gain skills and an introduction to digital technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Ms. Wheat has extensive experience in program management focused on digital, social, and economic development efforts. Ms. Wheat is extremely invested in the Detroit startup community, including her roles as Lead of Detroit Startup Week, Curator for Startup Digest Detroit/Ann Arbor, Director of Startup Next Detroit, Organizer/Facilitator of Startup Weekend, and fmr. Co-Lead of Women 2.0 Detroit.


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Javier Evelyn
Founder & CEO

Javier is the Founder and CEO of Alerje, a MedTech & Digital Health startup. Javier recently served as the 2017 Google for Entrepreneurs x CODE2040 Detroit EIR at Grand Circus. In this EIR role, he hosted diversity focused tech events in Detroit neighborhoods with a goal to “Rewrite the Narrative” which culminated in a pitch competition exclusively for Black & Latinx tech founders called Pitch313. Previous to this endeavor, he led in the development of mobile app projects for a multi-billion dollar health insurance company and pharmacy benefit manager. He’s also spent some time teaching underestimated youth from Detroit how to code. Prior working in the tech industry, the Chicagoland native worked in sales as a founding team member of an independent insurance agency. He lives by the motto, "adapt & attack".



Sergio Rodriguez
Founder & CEO

Founder & CEO of ToDoolie


Kavya Davuluri



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