Startup Weekend IoT & AI New York

    Friday, March 17 - 19, 2017

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Startup Weekend IoT & AI New York

Friday, March 17 - 19, 2017

Friday, March 17 - 19, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Rise New York
43 West 23rd Street
Fl 2
New York, NY 10010

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Build Your IoT/AI Startup in Just a Weekend!

Following up an incredible Techstars IoT 2016 cohort this past fall, we are looking to inspire the next class of applicants for the Techstars IoT (+ AI) 2017 cohort plus a whole new group of people interested in learning the process for taking ideas from concept to creation in a matter of days.

Should you choose to apply, the Techstars IoT (+AI) 2017 accelerator application deadline is Monday, April 9.  You can find the application page here.

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
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? 

Internet of Things + Artificial Intelligence edition means we will be focusing the ideas we select on solving problems in the space of IoT.  With the explosion and growing number of internet enabled devices for just about any realm of life, this edition will be as broad as your imagination allows and focused on addressing the problems and opportunities related to these devices. 

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

Your ticket includes:
  • Access to the full weekend-long event,
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night @ Pitch Fire,
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the IoT+AI world and the tech startup community,
  • Tasty meals all weekend,
  • Collaboration with awesome IoT+AI professionals from throughout NYC,
  • All-star judges panel lead by startup and IoT+AI leaders,
  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni) #SWMafia,
  • A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days, and
  • 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 from your peers.  If you have more questions, check out the Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ!

Join us for a very special weekend! 

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Friday March 17th

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Arrive at the venue and get checked in, grab some food, and start meeting people.

7:15 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Kicking off Startup Weekend IoT + AI!

8:00 pm
Pitch Fire Session
Optionally line up to give your 60-second pitch! Finalists will be determined by audience vote. Finally, recruit teams for finalist ideas.

9:45 pm
Friday Night Wrap-up
Exchange contact info with your new teammates and head home for a good night's sleep.

Saturday March 18th

8:15 am
Check-in & Breakfast
Arrive, check-in, and get fueled with some breakfast & coffee.

9:00 am
Weekend Kick-Off
Review the mission for the weekend, judging criteria, and best practices for success!

9:30 am
Identify & State the Problem
For the next 2 hours, your team will identify and state the problem your idea solves. Draft a 60-second pitch of the problem.

12:00 pm
Problem Statement Pitches & Feedback
Each team will deliver a 60-second pitch of their problem statement and receive 3 minutes of feedback.

12:45 pm
Grab & Go Lunch
Lunch available until 2pm. Grab some food, go back to work, or mentoring sessions.

1:20 pm
Mentor Madness
Mentors with varying skills available to support your team in taking ideas from concept to creation. Available until 7pm by appt.

3:30 pm
Go Out & Validate!
In-person, human validation is critical; make sure your team makes time to hit the streets.

6:30 pm
Dinner Time!
Dinner time! Grab your dinner and head over to the main room for 60-second Solution Pitches.

7:00 pm
60-second Solution Pitches
Each team receives 3 minutes of feedback on your solution (not problem) as it stands at 7pm.

8:00 pm
Business Model
This is a good time to begin drafting your business model. Just a guideline, not mandatory.

9:00 pm
Venue Closing Time
Wrap up for the day, assign homework, and get some rest for Sunday!

Sunday March 19th

2:30 am
Tech Check
Make sure your deck/demo/wireframes render correctly on our projector.

8:15 am
Doors Open & Working Breakfast
Arrive, grab some breakfast & coffee and get to work with your teams.

10:00 am
Pitch Design Workshop
The Pitch Doctor, Craig DiFolco, will be making a house call and talking pitch design.

10:30 am
Pitch Mentoring
Pitch design mentoring will be available until 1230pm by appt.

12:00 pm
Working Lunch
Grab you lunch & Go back to work ahead of pitch rehearsal sessions.

12:30 pm
Pitch Rehearsals
Each team will have a 10 minute time slot to practice their pitch in front of mentors and receive feedback. Sessions are by appointment.

4:00 pm
Final Presentations Due
Teams will upload their final presentations to Google Docs by 4:00pm at the latest!

4:30 pm
Demo Night
We kick off final presentations! All teams to report to the main room for judge introductions.

7:00 pm
Dinner & Mingling
Participants will enjoy dinner and mingling while judges deliberate.

7:30 pm
Winners Announced & Feedback
First, second, and third place announced plus team feedback.

8:00 pm
Wrap-Up & Go Home!
Team and group selfies, hugs, and good-byes!

Event Judges

Adam Carver
Investor Relations @ AngelList

I lead partnerships and investor development for AngelList in NY.  It's the greatest job I've ever held.  My mandate is to connect investors with entrepreneurs and ensure the AngelList network thrives.

Off the clock, I love bringing people together.  I co-chair, the largest networking body for NY venture capitalists.  I founded The Startup Egg breakfast series and also Startup Shabbat.

I've summited The Matterhorn, Mt. Rainier, Mont Blanc, and Kilimanjaro.

I'm drawn to people who take the road less traveled.  Adventure beckons.

Patrick Givens
Director, Smart Innovations / Head of VaynerSmart @ VaynerMedia

Patrick serves as Director of Smart Innovations and Head of VaynerSmart at VaynerMedia, where he works to extend VaynerMedia's digital leadership into voice A.I. and the internet of things.  His team helps clients understand and prioritize these new opportunities in order to focus on those with real business-driving potential.

Prior to VaynerMedia, Patrick held account management and strategy positions at Anomaly, Droga5, and Grey Group.  He began his career as a writer for Refinery 29.

Patrick received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland in 2008.

Gonzalo Galindo Gout
Head of CEMEX Ventures

Gonzalo joined CEMEX in 1998 in the Strategic Planning and Business Development group, where he contributed to CEMEX's expansion in Egypt, Asia, and Europe.  For thelast eight years, he was responsible for managing CEMEX's operations in the United Kingdom and US East Coast, among the largest operations in CEMEX with sales of over $1.5 billion and more than 3,000 employees.  Prior to joining CEMEX, Gonzalo served as Head of Strategic Planning for Sabritas (Frito Lay's largest operation outside the US) and  as a consultant for McKinsey & Company.

Jay Levy
Co-Founder & Partner @ Zelkova Ventures

Jay launched his entrepreneurial career while in high school with his first web-services firm, providing web development services to early stage companies.  After high school, Jay moved to New Jersey to attend Rutgers University, where he studied Finance & Political Science.  While at Rutgers he helped to launch an internet portal for college students merging the office campus community with the dorm.  While still in college Jay went to work for Morgan Stanley working on the development of their separately managing account business.  After leaving Morgan Stanley, Jay helped to launch MPI Professionals a New York-based financial service consultancy which was later acquired by a publicly-traded multi-national.  More recently Jay was a founding partner of Trueview Services, an online monitoring solution targeted to the small business and residential market.

Jay has been a recipient of the Crain’s top 5 Entrepreneurs to Watch in New York received the 40 under 40 Award from Westchester County.

Jay currently resides in Manhattan and in his free time enjoys playing golf, tennis, and running.

Jenny Fielding
Managing Director @ Techstars

Jenny Fielding is a Managing Director at Techstars, where she leads the FinTech-focused Barclays Accelerator and the R/GA Accelerator focused on the Internet of Things. 

Prior to joining Techstars, Jenny headed up a corporate venture and digital innovation group at BBC Worldwide where she made strategic investments and led business development deals. 

She has also started several companies, most notably Switch-Mobile, a mobile VoIP company that was acquired in 2008.  She began her career as a lawyer and also spent some time in banking at JP Morgan.

Jon Peachey
Former CEO @ Filip Technologies & Board Member @ Virgin America

Whether it's designing a business model for a commercial space venture or launching a world-first in wearable technology, I love helping design, structure and build disruptive companies. I have pursued this passion both as an operating executive and as a collaborative investor.

Most recently I led Filip Technologies, an ‘Internet of Things’ technology company with a mission to change the way families communicate. Following the sale of the business, I am helping the buyer leverage the assets to create new revenue opportunities.

Prior to that I was a member of Sir Richard Branson’s leadership team at Virgin Group, where I ultimately served as CEO of Virgin in North America, leading a team responsible for investing in and incubating new businesses. I was on the founding teams of Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial space line, and award-winning US airline Virgin America (NASDAQ:VA, acquired by Alaska Air), and also served on their boards.

I advise select early stage ventures and growth companies, and mentor at Techstars, the leading technology startup accelerator program. I particularly love working with entrepreneurs who want to push the boundaries of the possible.

Greg Smith
Director, Startup Advocacy & Community Applications @ Solidworks

Entrepreneurial professional with 25+ years of industry experience in multiple areas of business operation looking to lead a motivated team on challenging problems. Strengths in bridging the communication barriers between marketing, sales, and development organizations in the process of creating new and visionary products. Successful in leading and mentoring geographically dispersed teams using both classic and Agile methodologies developing and shipping commercial software

Heather Zhuang
Investor @ Two Sigma Ventures

Heather has held numerous roles at major financial firms since 2010, including those in investment banking, quantitative research, and currently, in venture capital.

Heather resides in New York City.  She holds a B.A. in Statistics and Economics from Harvard University.

Coaches and Mentors

Jabber Al-Bihani
Co-Founder @ Komeeda

Jabber Al-Bihani Jr., engineer turned culinary catalyst is a community builder who develops meaningful relationships and experiences through food. Born & raised the diverse neighborhood of Bay Ridge in Brooklyn, flavorful dishes made by his friends’ immigrant mothers and the stories shared at those feasts inspired his euphoric appreciation of food at a very young age.
Founder and CEO of Komeeda, a social-good enterprise empowering people and communities through the culinary arts. Creating awareness and opportunities for local chefs, restaurants, and other culinary ambassadors through consumer foodie events, corporate catering, and events partnerships. Komeeda’s focus is to share the richness of local and global culture through the culinary arts, with over 250 events across NYC, D.C., Austin TX, and Istanbul, Turkey. In the short time since its inception, the company has been featured by the New York Times, AJ+ and Vogue and led talks at SxSW and the Bitten Conference.

Ayesha Kiani
Head of Business Development @

Alex Markov
Founder @ Refersion

Alex is the founder of Refersion, the leading sales-tracking SaaS. Refersion integrates with many of the top shopping cart providers, such as Shopify, and offers an intelligent API that allows anyone to connect online and offline sales to partners and publishers.  Refersion, based in Midtown Manhattan, is bootstrapped, profitable, and growing rapidly under Alex's guidance.

A graduate of Pace University's Lubin School of Business, Alex has held numerous technical marketing roles and holds Google Adwords and Shopify certifications.  He personally created the first iteration of Refersion before building out a core team of developers and customer-facing professionals.  Today, Refersion's client base ranges from 
small local businesses to large, $10 million+/month national retailers.  Alex's super powers are: development, e-commerce, marketing, and business management.

Maddy Maxey
Founder @ Loomia

Hani Shabsigh
Founder & CTO @ Inbox Messenger

Hani is a Startup Weekend success story.  A former Deloitte consultant with a degree in Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, Hani left the corporate world to teach himself how to code and begin a career as an entrepreneur.

In 2013, he founded PrivateChat, now known as Inbox Messenger, at Startup Weekend.  The company won first prize, and Hani drafted several Startup Weekend participants to become full-time co-founders.  Inbox was accepted into an NYC-area accelerator and later raised a $3.9 million seed round.  The Inbox team is now based in Soho, New York and recently rebranded itself as chatroom-based app, to rave reviews from its user base.  Hani's superpowers are: app development, business management, pitching, and fundraising.

Anna Curran
Founder & CEO at CookbookCreate

Anna Curran is the founder of a print-on-demand startup Cookbook Create, a site where anyone can make their own perfectly personal cookbooks. 

Cookbook Create has appeared in The New York TimesThe KitchnEdible, and on the Katie Show. Cookbook Create, which produced The Official SXSW Cookbook, combines the best of Web 2.0 and print-on-demand technology delivering a fun, easy to use tool to collect recipes and make your own custom cookbooks. 

Anna is a Pipeline Fellow and is the co-founder of the Boost Club, a group of angel and VC investors who are interested in investing in female founded companies. She is formally trained artist, printmaker, and dancer. You can keep up with Cookbook Create on their blog or on your favorite social media platform  Facebook,  Twitter,  Pinterest,  Instagram.

Pedro Irujo Salanueva
Vice President @ NEORIS & Member of CEMEX Ventures

Pedro holds 20 years of experience in the consulting, telecommunication, and financial services sectors.  Currently Vice President at NEORIS (a tech consulting subsidiary of CEMEX), he is responsible of sales & marketing efforts and is a member of the CEMEX Ventures team.  He previously led the management consulting unit at NEORIS, in addition to sector-specific business units including financial services, industry, public administration, and telecom & media.  Prior to NEORIS, he was associated with various multinational corporations, including Vodafone, Capgemini, Ernst & Young, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.  Outside of private business,
Pedro is an Associate Professor at Deusto Business School and Syracuse University for entrepreneurship in Spain.  He loves sports and has run three marathons and four IronMan competitions.

His super powers include sales, business strategy, corporate planning, innovation and entrepreneurship, digital transformation and talent management.

Marta Guzzafame
Project Leader @ The Boston Consulting Group

Marta is a Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group, serving mainly Industrial Goods clients with her experiences in digital innovation and disruptive business models.  Marta is a Young Leader nominated by the Council for the United States and Italy, and has been member of the Global Shapers Community.  She lived and worked in Italy and Spain, and in Singapore and France during her MBA at INSEAD.  Passionate traveler, Marta is fond of rowing and several other sports.

Shastri Mahadeo
CEO & Co-Founder @ Union Crate

Shastri is a serial entrepreneur who has founded three companies over the past ten years. He is now the CEO and co-founder of Union Crate, an artificial intelligence startup based in NYC.

Cristina Aparicio Maeztu
Insight and Business Development Manager @ CEMEX Ventures

Cristina Aparicio is the Insight and Business Development Manager at CEMEX Ventures, an inbound Corporate Venture that aspires to lead the evolution of the construction industry. During her 10 year tenure, Cristina has acquired international experience in today's and tomorrow’s global construction challenges such as sustainability, urban planning, and environmental management and carbon markets. In addition, she has experience in strategy and business development. Cristina’s education background includes a bachelor’s degree in Physics, Materials engineer at Complutense University (Madrid) and an MBA at IESE Business School. She is an accredited assessor for LEED and BREEAM certifications. Cristina is seriously passionate about motorcycles, sports, and disruptive business models and innovations which help to ensure a sustainable future."

Drew De Leon
Founder & Director @ Blank Label Records

Drew is much more than a record label owner – he’s a partner for his artists.  A music and visual curator, Drew takes an active role in shaping the brand identity of each of his artists, and carefully designing the way in which listeners experience each artist’s music.  His label, Blank Label Records, has been known for its charisma, popping events, and cutting-edge style since its founding in 2009.  Drew’s super powers are: brand management, music publishing, artist development, and marketing.

Pax Anthos
Product Manager @ CoVenture

Pax is a Product Manager at CoVenture, where he builds product for CoVenture's portfolio companies.  Whether it’s building 0 - 1 or the nth iteration, Pax figures out scope (what, why, for whom, how, and when) of the build, and manages implementation – always keeping in mind both near- and long-term vision and strategy.  Prior to CoVenture, Pax was a product consultant at XRC Labs, a retail and consumer goods accelerator; and a software developer for a dev-shop in Montevideo, Uruguay and an EdTech startup in Boston.

Mathias Bombardi
Associate Partner, Global Digital Strategy @ IBM

Mathias has over 12 years of experience helping client executives formulate growth and optimization strategies at Fortune 500 financial institutions and telcos, as well as major regulatory agencies and non-profits.  He advises executives and coaches entrepreneurs on modern business strategies and digital initiatives founded on engaging and data-driven customer experiences, disruptive business models, and new ecosystem partnerships.  Prior to joining IBM, Mathias was a leader in Booz Allen’s digital strategy business.  Before that, he was at Accenture where he developed and executed go to market strategies for new customer acquisition and product innovation initiatives.  His past experience spans multiple continents including North and Latin America, Europe, and Africa.

Angelia Muller
Program Manager @ Techstars

Angie manages the Techstars Internet of Things program with GE, Verizon, Siemens, Bosch, PwC and SAP.  Previous to Techstars, Angie ran the first program for XRC Labs, where she was responsible for sourcing retail technology companies and setting up accelerator operations for the Parsons-based design accelerator.

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.

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.  

Shlomo Garbi
North America GM and VP Mobile Strategy @ Zemingo

As the North America GM and VP Mobile Strategy at Zemingo, a mobile solution house for IoT and connected devices, Shlomo is leading the group's growth in North America, offering design, development and BI for AoT.  Apps in connected devices (Apps of Things) are an integral and strategic part of the overall user experience.  They are also the gateway to the cloud, facilitating firmware management on one hand and user business data and interaction on the other.  The apps are the window through which a company can reach out and engage its users, transform transactions into relationships, and fend off commoditization.  Connected devices must hit the ground running or not run at all. Shlomo mentor the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) startups, and former acting CMO at various startups.  Received his MBA from Fordham University in New York.

Amanda Gosling
Global Partner & Leader Strategy & Design - EU @ IBM Interactive Experience

Ali Chopra
Designer @ Techstars

With a degree in architecture and a masters in real estate finance, followed by a stint as an educator and 2 years in corporate America; I moved to NY to become a digital product designer.  I have spent the last 2 years designing for banks, the government, accelerators, and numerous startups from fashion to fin-tech.

Matt Sullivan
Principle Product Manager @ Carbon Five

I’m a product manager and strategist at Carbon Five, a collaborative software development and design firm.  I like helping others succeed and enjoy deconstructing complex problems to map out next steps.  Over 8 years I’ve helped teams optimize processes and ship products for startups, growth and enterprise companies in a wide variety of industries.  Prior to product management, I earned my PhD while studying the cellular and molecular systems underlying reward-related learning.

Pascale Xelot-Dugat
Director Europe for Developer Ecosystem & Startups @ IBM

Pascale Xélot leads the Developer Ecosystems & Startups organization in Europe. In this capacity, Pascale is in charge of IBM’s efforts to recruit startups, promote the IBM programs for entrepreneurs and Academia and develop the adoption of the IBM Bluemix Platform among developer communities.

Luz Paulina Chavez
Software Engineer Manager @ Lowes Home Improvement

Paulina is an Enterprise Architect and CRM expert who defines the technology strategy and drives technical implementations ensuring adherence to the business strategy. She has introduced new technologies and innovation like business process management, mobility and middleware technologies. standard operation procedures (SOPs) and Good documentation practices. Her domain expertise includes Life Science, Hi-Tech, Retail, customer relationship management (CRM) and financial services systems. She likes to volunteer in the Hispanic Minister in her parish. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Linh T. Le
CEO at Bonbouton

Linh Le is a chemical engineer by training, he has published multiple papers, international conference proceedings and currently holds six US patent. He later found Flextrapower to bring cutting-edge sensing technology into one of the most human essentials, a.k.a clothes. Prior to that, he got his MS in Chemical Engineering at Columbia University and BS in Chemistry at Vietnam National University. As a vivid distance runner, he recently acquired ultra-marathoner title, and had plan to run all the World Marathon Majors.

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.

Kristen Smith
Director of Sales, Retail @ littleBits

As Director of Sales, Kristen is working to get the world inventing by developing partnerships with national retailer and littleBits. She has 6+ years of experience in the international maker community and a background in museums from the Denver Art Museum and MoMA in New York.

Adam Haun
Region Director

Fan of smiles and collector of hugs + high fives. Techstars Startup Programs

Julia Macalaster
Co-Founder & COO at PreeLine

Julia Macalaster is the co-founder and COO of PreeLine. She is a fashion and technology professional who has worked in strategy consulting, e-commerce and mobile solutions. Driven by a passion for new and entrepreneurial opportunities, Julia first entered the e-commerce industry as the founder of her company, Winship LLC (a men’s underwear brand) in 2012, and later with Mack Weldon (, an e-commerce men's basics company based out of New York. Julia's experience in mobile solutions began during her time as a management consultant with Booz Digital. There she worked with one of the largest public companies in the US developing and implementing their mobile payment and loyalty solutions strategy. From there Julia further developed her experience with mobile technologies at MicroStrategy, where she worked with top retail brands to find mobile solutions and strategies. Julia is passionate about always driving to find the solution to every problem. She attended Princeton University and rowed on the varsity crew team. She currently resides in New York.

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The Startup Weekend IoT & AI New York 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 New York City is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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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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