Youth Startup Weekend @CCNTH

    Saturday, March 21 - 22, 2015

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Youth Startup Weekend @CCNTH

Saturday, March 21 - 22, 2015

Saturday, March 21 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 8:30 am

525 N Thompson Rd
Nipomo, CA 93444

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What are you doing with your weekend? Startup something!

Fostering Creativity in Young Entrepreneurs!

Teen Designers, Developers, and Entrepreneurs discover what it takes to Startup a business.

Bring your best ideas and get support from local mentors and coaches as you pitch your ideas, form teams, and develop your idea for a final presentation and competition for prizes.

Ticket Prices for Participants will be used to help cover the cost of food. Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner on Saturday and Breakfast/Lunch on Sunday.

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Thanks, UP Global Team

About Startup Weekend: 
Youth Startup Weekends are events designed to promote students working together to collaborate, develop products or ideas, innovate and/or solve problems in their own schools.  Beginning with pitches and continuing through research and development with your coaches and mentors, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday afternoon demos and presentations.  Participants create working ideas and receive valuable feedback from local coaches and entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.  Whether you are looking for feedback on ideas, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute your plan, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test ideas and learn how to take them to the next level.

How is this Startup Weekend different?
This one’s for the kids! Innovators Peter Skillman and Tom Wujec created a marshmallow challenge to see who could build the tallest tower out of marshmallows and spaghetti. The results? Kids outperformed adults, especially MBA students. Why? Kids aren’t locked into existing solutions, kids aren’t distracted jockeying for position, and most importantly, kids take risk! All of the ideas presented to the judges on Sunday will be by middle and high school students and designed to innovate or solve problems in their own schools. There will be particular interest in exploring how real life and digital games can be used to improve learning.

Startup Weekend CCNTH will be like none other done before.
For the first time, we are going to take the young people who know most about schools, middle and high school students, and put them in the center of innovating. You will learn practices and develop skills that college students and working professionals learn - all before you even go to college or have your first real job!

I’m a teen; I don’t know anything about coding or business.
What you do know, no marketing expert can compete with you -- you know your school inside and out! Over the weekend, we will teach you the skills to develop your idea.

So what does the weekend look like?
It's all about networking and pitches. Those with an idea will present a one-minute elevator pitch to participants. Teams form organically around the most compelling pitches, and then spend the weekend hacking away on your product or idea. Mentors and coaches will be on hand throughout the weekend to help you develop your idea from a fledgling concept in less than two days. Check out the winning ideas in the video from last year's Youth StartUp Weekend in Mountain View, California.

Sunday is where the jury panel comes in. An awesome group of successful professionals will be on hand to scrutinize your ideas, evaluate your chances for successful implementation, and the most promising will win its team a grab bag of great prizes. From there? Well, it’s all up to you. Startup Weekend EDU can only help you start your dream. It’s up to you to live it out.

Terms of Participation Agreement: It is our job to provide you with an incredible networking and learning opportunity. Our intention is that you meet some amazing people that you might actually start a company with, build relationships with coaches, and learn from your peers. The event is intended to be a collaborative forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun. As such, by registering as a participant, you acknowledge that any ideas shared by you or anyone else over the course of the event are contributions to the overall experience and community. If you as a participant are worried about someone stealing your ideas, please reconsider your participation in the event itself or simply refrain from sharing specifics about your idea. 

As a member of your startup community, you agree to to be inclusive of any and all people and their ideas. You agree to act professionally, treat everyone with respect, and treat the event facilities with proper care. You agree that you are responsible for any accidents or damages that you cause. You also agree to not hold Startup Weekend, your local volunteer team, or any of the event supporters liable for any loss, damage, injury, or any other unforeseeable incident. 

By Participating at the event, you grant Startup Weekend permission to capture photo/video of the event. You can find the exact legal terms on our FAQ Page but to summarize, we want to share your success with the world.

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Saturday March 21st

8:30 am
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

8:30 am
Breakfast & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

9:00 am
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

9:30 am
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

10:00 am
Attendees vote for the top pitches

10:15 am
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:30 am
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

11:00 am
Begin Work - Coach Meetings
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend. Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

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!

4:00 pm

4:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

5:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday March 22nd

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast

9:00 am
Begin Work
Teams review progress and goals for the weekend.

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

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

3:00 pm
Final Presentations

4:00 pm
Judging & Awards

4:30 pm

5:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Dan Weeks
Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Brightscope, Inc

Dan is the Founder of BrightScope, a big data, financial analytics startup with 100 employees based in San Diego. He is a 25-year HP veteran holding 5 engineering patents. His experience includes managing development of embedded software, Mac Software, Windows Software and Software Quality organizations to test the solutions before they are shipped to millions of customers around the world. Dan is currently the Entrepreneur in residence at the SLO Hothouse and mentor to students at Central Coast New Tech High School.

Dave Congalton
KVEC Radio Talk Show Host and Writer

Dave Congalton has been the #1 talk show host on the Central Coast since his popular radio show debuted in January 1992. The former college instructor offers up “Hometown Radio” weekday afternoons from 3 to 7, mixing discussion of national and local topics and encouraging all points of view. Dave is also an award-winning author, screenwriter and freelance writer, with his screenplay "Authors Anonymous" released in 2014.

Anne Ozzimo
Senior Director at Oracle

Anne Ozzimo is a senior director in Oracle’s Applications Product Business Group and Oracle's CFO marketing and sales support specialist. She has spent the past fifteen years at Oracle working to help CFOs and senior finance executives realize the value that Oracle’s software, hardware, and engineered solutions can bring to their business

Juan Olivarria

Mr. O, as former students and their families fondly refer to him, is a retired Educator from the Lucia Mar Unified School District, serving as Principal of three different schools; Dana Elementary, Harloe Elementary and Grover Beach Elementary.  Before retiring in June 2012, Mr. O spent 36 years as an educator.  Since retirement, Mr. O. has continued to remain involved in the field of education.  He currently supervises Student Teachers for Cal Poly; teaches a graduate class for the University of Laverne; and provides Administrative Credential’s coaching for new administrators.

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Youth Startup Weekend @CCNTH is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Michael
  • Sharon
  • Dan
  • Jackson
  • Kaylin


Luke Bayard
Host MC

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