Startup Weekend NYC Blockchain Edition

    Friday, October 20 - 22, 2017


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  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend NYC Blockchain Edition

Friday, October 20 - 22, 2017



Friday, October 20 - 22, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Galvanize
315 Hudson Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10013

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Learn to take blockchain ideas from concept to creation in one weekend!

* First 30 people to buy a full-event ticket get a free, autographed copy of best selling author, Don Tapscott's, Blockchain Revolution*

Startup Weekend Blockchain Edition, sponsored by IBM!


All of the awesomeness of Startup Weekend combined with all the mystery and possibility of Blockchain Technology!  Let's do this!

According to Blockchain Revolution author, Don Tapscott, "blockchain technology – a truly open, distributed, global platform – will fundamentally change what we can achieve online, how we do it, and who can participate."

Check out his TED Talk on How the Blockchain is Changing Money and Business.

Harvard Business Review Article: The Blockchain Will Do to the Financial System What the Internet Did to Media


What is
Startup Weekend?


Have you ever seen a new product, app, or business and thought to yourself, "that was my idea a few years ago"? If you have, that means you did not have a process for taking that idea from concept to creation.

Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within a matter of days! Whether you are looking to...
  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship,
  • learn the process for going from concept to creation,
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in NYC,
  • join or build an all-star team,
  • learn and practice new skills to take back to your job, or
  • take your own idea from concept to creation
Check out this short video of last fall's Startup Weekend Music Tech Edition!  Many thanks to Sony Music for producing the video. 


Who is Startup Weekend For?


It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including...
  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs,
  • developers and other tech-related professionals,
  • designers of all types,
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.),
  • students from universities and even high schools,
  • professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills,
  • passionate visionaries, and
  • many more!

What's the twist?

Blockchain edition means we will be focusing on ideas that utilize the power and potential of blockchain technology and design to solve problems. Blockchain technology gives us an opportunity to re-imagine how we move, transact, share, and track goods and services.  Some argue that blockchain technology is like the next internet.  That is, the internet was the enabler and delivery mechanism for some of the greatest ideas of the last 2 decades.  Blockchain can do the same for the next couple of decades and this is our chance to be the first ones to embrace and build on it.  Don't miss this opportunity to get in on a new pioneering technology, early in the game! 

Whether you are interested in the blockchain or not, the ultimate objective of the event is to empower you with a powerful process for taking any idea, blockchain-related or not, from concept to creation! 


Your full-price ticket includes:

  • Access to the full, weekend-long, event (Friday 6pm-Sunday 10pm)
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night @ Pitch Fire
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the blockchain world and the tech startup community
  • 7 meals plus coffee throughout the weekend
  • 2 workshops on understanding blockchain
  • 1 Pitch Design (Story Telling) workshop, presented by The Pitch Doctor
  • 1 awesome Startup Weekend t-shirt
  • Free copy of Darin Eich's, Innovation: Step-by-Step
  • Collaboration with awesome blockchain professionals from throughout NYC
  • All-star judge's panel led by tech, startup, and blockchain leaders
  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni)
  • A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days
  • Over 100 new awesome Facebook friends!

Do I need to come with an idea?

If you have an idea for a startup, then great!  We hope you pitch for the weekend.  If you don't have an idea, that's quite all right!  Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched, and see if something strikes your interest!  The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process and learning from each other.  If you have more questions, check out the Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ!

Join Startup Weekend and IBM for a very special weekend!

Questions? Press inquiries?  Please email us at nyc@startupweekend.org.





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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday October 20th


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


9:00 pm
Voting
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 21st


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!


6:30 pm
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday October 22nd


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


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Coaches and Mentors


Craig DiFolco
The Pitch Doctor

Craig, The Pitch Doctor, is a public speaking and media coach dedicated to the art of narrative, film & video, and communication. Since receiving his MFA from Columbia University, he has served as a presentation coach for over ten years, as well as a producer for Sunnyside Films.


Sophia Lopez
Director, Blockchain Platforms @ IBM



Jiro Otsuka
Program Manager @ Urban Future Lab

Jiro Otsuka is the Program Manager for the Urban Future Lab, one of the world’s leading incubator programs for cleantech startups. The Urban Future Lab is part of NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and has advised 38 startups on go-to-market strategy and raising capital.  Jiro is responsible for conducting due diligence on startup applicants, program development, and investor relations for the incubator. Prior to the Urban Future Lab, Jiro worked at Ernst & Young, performing audits for clients such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, IHI, and Sekisui Chemical.


Don Buckley
Design Thinking Guru, Consultant, & Professor @ Columbia University

Don is passionate about travel, architecture, design, change, the future, and innovation. He is a scientist, technologist, educator, author, traveler, and innovator.


Jeff Hittner
Founder & CEO @ Your Project X

Jeff leads Your Project X, which helps people (re)discover their passions to build careers they'll love.  Jeff has more than 18 years experience as an entrepreneur, consultant, professor and changemaker.  He is the founder of five social ventures, including IBM’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) consulting practice.  In 2011, he developed the curriculum for the first MBA in Sustainability on the East Coast, at Bard College, where he was the Leadership professor.  He was also two-time Chairman of the Carnegie New Leaders at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.  Jeff’s passion has always been at the intersection of education and entrepreneurship.  Prior to your Project X, he ran a career transition program for 64 New Yorkers, built global education programs including a blended learning initiative for high school dropouts in Latin America and career discovery programs for youth in Europe.  Jeff received his Masters in Cultures and Development Studies from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from The College of William and Mary in Virginia where he was an elite gymnast.  As a thought leader, Jeff has been published in a half dozen major publications, including Forbes.  


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend NYC Blockchain Edition 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

Community Partners


Organizing Team

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

  • Ross
    Palley
  • Corey
    Stary
  • Roger
    Osorio
  • Arjun
    Grama
  • Chantal
    Gagnon

Facilitators


Roger Osorio
Entrepreneurship Program Leader @ IBM

Entrepreneurship program leader at IBM by day, math coach by night, and Startup Weekend global facilitator by weekend.  I deliver a powerful cocktail made up of education, psychology, neuroscience, leadership, and entrepreneurship.  I facilitate events to maximize the experience and learning for all participants.


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