Startup Weekend NYC | Latinx in Tech

    Friday, September 21 - 23, 2018

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Startup Weekend NYC | Latinx in Tech

Friday, September 21 - 23, 2018

Friday, September 21 - 23, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

303 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013

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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!

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Friday September 21st

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 September 22nd

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 September 23rd

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Jorge M. Torres
Managing Director | HBCUvc

I'm a Managing Director at HBCUvc, a non-profit and related investment arm that is training the next generation of black and Latino innovation investors. We do this by providing college students a two-year venture capital fellowship on the theory and practice of investing in innovation.

Damian Rivera
CEO | Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA)

Damian was most recently appointed CEO of Association of Latino Professionals for America, ALPFA, one of the largest and most established Latino professional organizations. 
Mr. Rivera was previously a Managing Director in Accenture’s Resources Utilities practice, where he led some of the firm’s largest utility clients in the Northeast. Mr. Rivera was also Accenture’s Managing Director responsible for the North American Hispanic Employee Resource Group (ERG), a role in which he led the strategic direction of internal career progression for all 16 ERGs across the U.S. 
Damian also serves on the National Board of Per Scholas, whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty by providing technology, education, access, training and job placement services for people in underserved communities.

Carolina Huaranca Mendoza
Venture Capital Investor, Kapor Capital

Carolina is a Principal at Kapor Capital, investing in social impact tech startups that seek to narrow gaps in opportunity and access for underrepresented communities and eliminate barriers to their full participation across the tech ecosystem.  A former M&A banker. Carolina left Wall Street to pursue opportunities at startups. Along the way, she built a commerce company that helped stay at home moms generate additional income while exposing their children to STEM education. Her proudest achievement is helping to build one of the top performing charter school networks in the country, now serving over 10,000 kids. 

Carolina has held operating roles in Sales, Partnerships/Business Development, and Sales Operations at multiple tech companies. 

Coaches and Mentors

Dr. Onyema Osuagwu
CTO | BlocPower

Dr. Onyema Osuagwu is the CTO of BlocPower. BlocPower uses IoT, AI, data science, thermodynamic models, structured finance, and edge computing to make city buildings greener, smarter, and healthier. He is the former Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Thrust Lead for Advanced Health Technologies at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and an Associate Professor of Physics and Computer Science in a past life. He has nearly two decades of experience in technology, entrepreneurial and research ecosystems as a engineer, scientist, investor and founder. He leads and advises companies in multiple sectors.

Luis Smith
Front End Engineer | WorkMarket, an ADP company

Luis was born and raised in Queens, NY. He's has been a front end engineer for over ten years, working at both startups and fortune 500 companies. When he's not writing code he's drawing, painting, or photographing interesting subjects.

William Ilarraza
UI/UX Developer at WorkMarket

William is a visual designer who's made a career in making conception into effective products with a proven track record of developing visual design elements required for an enhanced experience. Currently, he’s a UI/UX Developer for WorkMarket, the world's largest professional transaction network backed by Accenture, Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures.

Elisabeth Rosario
Independent Communications Strategist | Founder, The Latinx Collective

Elisabeth Rosario is an independent PR strategist that works with founders of VC-backed startups, consumer brands, and VC firms. Before she went out on her own, she was the director of communications at Spark Capital, an early and growth stage venture capital firm. Prior to Spark, she played an integral role in the growth of several PR agencies, where she led communications campaigns for companies including Rakuten’s, ClassPass, HowAboutWe, HelloFresh, Squarespace, Zola and Academy award-winning sci-fi film Ex Machina. In 2015, Adweek included her on its 30 Under 30 in the PR Industry list. She's also the creator of The Latinx Collective, which exists to celebrate, inspire and create thoughtful dialogue within the Latinx community.

Catalina Laverde
Backend Software Engineer at Spotify

Catalina is an engineer, entrepreneur, and female activist living in New York City. As a Backend and Data engineer at Spotify, Catalina has helped build, and scale the ad platform infrastructure and marketing systems that power user conversion. She was also one of the pioneers of Spotify's Employee Resource Groups, and currently co-leads their Latinxs ERG with over 100 members worldwide. Catalina is also the co-founder of Civic Action Network (CAN). A civic engagement company looking to bridge the gap between Congress and constituents.

Alexa Payton
Marketing Consultant

Alexa works with early-stage companies to integrate marketing into product development, and partners with founders to build their internal marketing function or source external agencies and freelance talent. She helps teams identify and execute creative growth strategies by harnessing her business development experience from some of the top global ad agencies. In addition to marketing guidance, she also advises on best practices for pitching, having secured partnerships with Intuit, Intel, GoDaddy, Airbus and DreamWorks.

Sofia Mussa
Program Manager | NYC Department of Small Business Services

Sofia is the Program Manager for FastTrac® at the NYC Department of Small Business Services where she assists entrepreneurs in starting and growing their businesses. Prior to SBS, she worked for a Root + Branch - a startup in Washington D.C. focusing on renewable energy and community development. She has also lived and worked in Kenya and South Africa, focusing on educational initiatives. Brooklyn born and raised, you can find Sofia watching her favorite soccer team lose on the weekends.

George Bonano
Sr. Product Manager

Currently a Sr. Product Manager with the Tech Infrastructure team at BNY Mellon focused on enterprise collaboration, hybrid cloud solutions, and developer advocacy. 

Prior to this, he spent time as Vice President of Account Management where he worked closely with global investment services companies to design and implement digital advice solutions. He has also authored Technical Cents: Trading Made Simple and is committed to helping advance both financial and digital literacy.

Akua Walters
Co-founder | Hacker Hostel

An Entrepreneur for over 7 years, with experience in Marketing, Business Development, Design and Process Design, Akua has worked as a Business Development Consultant and Co-Founder with many great startups including GangaGram, Start-Up Robot, Develop Digitally & SmartTaxi.  His current startup, Hacker Hostel, trains final year computer science, math, physics & electrical engineering students based in the Caribbean in skills needed for them to be considered junior software engineers by standards widely accepted by top Silicon Valley firms.Akua Attended the university of the West Indies and pursued an undergraduate degree in
History and a minor in Political Science.  His strength lies in his ability to communicate with entrepreneurs to help them gain deeper insights into how to quickly prove/disprove the assumptions around their business models.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend NYC | 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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Premier Sponsorship level to support Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech on 9/21 - 9/23

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend New York City is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Alejandra Jimenez
Program Manager

Global Facilitator @startupweekend | Interpreter, translator and editor | Program Manager @StartupBoost NY | Latinx

david silva
Señor Developer | Facilitator Latinx in Tech Philadelphia

David is a Software developer at a medical company, that is working to address the lack of easy access to medical care. Very passionate about startups, and helping others be a part of the startup world.

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Catherine Tenardi
Marketing Manager

Strategic marketer with over seven years experience working in various consumer product industries, from small business to established brands in Australia, USA & UK. Managed the development and execution of integrated marketing campaigns to drive brand awareness, as well as tactical activities to drive sales & growth.

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