Startup Weekend: Maker Edition Lansing

    Friday, October 10 - 12, 2014

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Startup Weekend: Maker Edition Lansing

Friday, October 10 - 12, 2014

Friday, October 10 - 12, 2014
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Lansing Community College West Campus
5708 Cornerstone Drive
Lansing, MI 48917

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Startup Weekend: Maker Edition

Maker events are focused on building physical products during the weekend.   And better yet, it's made possible because by access to state-of-the-art tools and expertise provided by Lansing Community College.  The 290,000 square foot tech center offers electronics labs, CAD systems, 3D printers, metal working areas, woodworking tools, and more, making the possibilities of what can be created during the weekend just about endless.  A full array of tools, equipment, and workspaces will be available.  You should find just what you need to design, cut, assemble, program and finish your maker project.  We’re talking metal fabrication, electronic PLC design/build, CNC cutting and milling, electronics testing lab, and more.  

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Friday October 10th

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 October 11th

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 October 12th

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
Begin Setup for Presentations

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

5:30 pm
Judging & Awards

6:00 pm
Go Home!!


Jesse Flores
Chief Web Pro

Jesse is the founder of SuperWeb Pros, Cognite Labs and He is a results-driven leader with years of experience strengthening organizations via performance improvement initiatives, operations management, and technology-enabled innovation. He enjoys working with both technical and business stakeholders, taking the time to understand business needs and applying leading edge technologies to build important software. He loves startups and the entrepreneurial spirt, which prompted him to launch StartupLansing, which is dedicated to helping educate, connect, and promote startup activity in the Lansing region.

Jennifer Middlin

Jennifer Middlin is marketing strategist with deep ties to Greater Lansing community. She has served as director for TEDx Lansing, volunteered for Ignite Lansing and is a founding board member of the city of Lansing's first business incubator, the NEO Center.    Middlin recently joined Publicom, an East Lansing-based strategic marketing and public relations firm. Her knowledge of digital tactics is vast, and she is especially well–versed in search engine marketing, social media, online and mobile advertising, and public relations. She has done work on behalf of local, national and international clients across myriad sectors, including tech and architecture and engineering industries.    Jennifer began her college career at Lansing Community College and holds a dual bachelor’s degrees in marketing and management from Northwood University. She lives in Holt with her three children.

Event Judges

Joe Rabideau

Joe Rabideau is an inventor and developer from Lansing with a focus on “From Idea to Market”. From idea conception to prototype development, testing, manufacturing, marketing and then bringing products to market, Joe not only develops solutions for problems that he see’s, but also coaches others with their product ideas.  He has 35+ years of business experience in construction, architectural design, cabinet manufacturing and marketing for retail sales. He is an executive coach with training from Purdue University.He is active in the Grand Rapids Inventors Network, the Lansing Inventors Network and both Grand Rapids and Lansing Makers Networks. Joe came from a far off land. He has had many ideas and has brought them into being. Like the mythical elves, he was developing products and making things long before people believed in them.  Joe currently acts as a business advisor and new product development coach for Legacy Ideas which he developed and passed on to his daughter and son-in-law.

JV Anderton

An attorney focusing on estate planning, business formation, shareholder/ownership disputes and tax law, J.V. Anderton advises clients in a variety of tax-related fields. He also has extensive experience representing entrepreneurs and business start-ups in all phases of the growth cycle, including finding additional financing and capital. J.V. was the lead author for an article related to the special allocation of gains between partners in 1031 transactions published by the Journal of Real Estate Taxation in 2010. He won the 2007 Tax Writing Competition at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School for his article on non-spousal rollovers under the Pension Protection Act of 2006. In March 2012, Mr. Anderton was named one of the “Top 5 Under 35″ by the Ingham County Bar Association. Also in 2012, J.V. was honored with the distinction of being named as one of the “10 Over the Next 10″, an award given to the next generation of business leaders as selected by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Grand River Connection. He became licensed to practice in Florida in 2013.

Coaches and Mentors

Sean Huberty
Professor, Game Designer, Mad Scientist

Professor Sean Huberty is the Lead Faculty for Alternative Energy Engineering Technology and an adjunct faculty member in Computer Information Technologies. He currently teaches courses in electronics, building construction, and residential energy auditing. Sean is also the Project Investigator for an NSF grant titled "Integrated Career and Educational Pathways in Building Science" that aims to create a pathway for students into building science careers by way of new curriculum and partnerships with industry groups. The curriculum is designed as a series of games, visual aids, and simulations that are being developed at LCC's Digital Innovation Institute. Sean is the 2013 TRENDS Educator of the year and he enjoys playing ice hockey and video games in his spare time. Certifications include COMP TIA A+ Computer Support Technician, LEED Green Associate, BPI Building Analyst, MEEA Building Operator Certificate level 1, and Lead Safe.  

Chad Patterson

My name is Chad Patterson.  I am currently a Lab Technician in the Energy Management Department at Lansing Community College and a residential energy auditor for a company called Dr Energy Saver in Lansing, Michigan.  I obtained a degree in Alternative Energy Technology from Lansing Community College, and am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Power Technology with a minor in Technology Management from Siena Heights University.  I have in depth knowledge and experience of residential homes and how to make them more energy efficient. 

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