Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech Oakland

    Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017

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Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech Oakland

Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017

Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Kapor Center for Social Impact
2148 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

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50 Latinx led ventures across 5 cities in 54 hours 1 weekend... let's do this!

Did you know that the Latinx community is the second largest ethnic group in America made up of 52 million people? By 2060, over a quarter of the entire U.S. population will be Latinx - that’s about 119MM people and over a trillion dollar market that remains untapped - until now!

Join us for the biggest Startup Weekend in history!  We’re bringing 500 Latinxs and allies together for 54 hours in 5 cities - Oakland, LA, Chicago, Miami and New York - to ideate and design tech solutions to the problems affecting the Latinx community.  Participants will be mentored by some of the brightest minds in tech, business, and development. Stay tuned for amazing judges, mentors, and community members.

Oakland is our home, a city whose diversity, scrappy reputation, history of social justice, and proximity to Silicon Valley sets it up perfectly to be the epicenter of the social impact tech ecosystem. As the Kapor Center states, the Town is on it's way to becoming the home of "tech done right!"

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What is Startup Weekend?
In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event, during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening. Startup Weekend has grown into an organization with a global presence. As of December 2016, Startup Weekend has reached 135 countries, involving over 210,000 entrepreneurs.

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Friday September 29th

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 30th

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 1st

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

Dr. Freada Kapor Klein
Founder, LPFI & Partner, Kapor Capital

Freada Kapor Klein  is an entrepreneur, activist and pioneer in the field of organizational culture and diversity.
As a Founding Partner at Kapor Capital, Freada invests in seed stage tech startups that create positive social impact by closing gaps of access, opportunity or outcome for low income communities and communities of color.  Often, the founders are drawing on their lived experience to create a business that solves real needs.
Freada is an Advisory Trustee of the U.C. Berkeley Foundation and is a founding team member at Project Include, a community of women in Silicon Valley working to provide practical, effective diversity and inclusion recommendations for tech companies. She is also the author of Giving Notice, which details the human and financial cost of hidden bias in the workplace.

Miriam Rivera
Managing Partner, Ulu Ventures

Prior to Ulu Ventures, Miriam was Vice President/Deputy General Counsel at Google, which she joined in 2001 as the second attorney and where she built and led an award-winning, global legal department of 160 while Google grew from 160 to 15,000 employees and contractors. Every major deal and every dollar of revenue generated by Google from $85M to $10B used an agreement crafted or approved by Miriam during that time. Prior to joining Google, Miriam worked for Ariba as counsel, after having co-founded angel and then venture-backed Outcome Software. Previously, she worked as a strategy consultant for Accenture and as an associate at the law firm of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison.Miriam is also the co-founder and former co-president of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, an "open source network" of Stanford alumni investors and entrepreneurs. She has served on the Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School, Stanford University’s Board of Trustees, and as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Miriam has taught in the Stanford Technology Ventures Program in the School of Engineering on start-up board issues, as a mentor in entrepreneurship at the Stanford GSB, and as an advisor to the Rock Center on Corporate Governance Venture Capital Director's College. She is also a Kauffman Fellow in venture capital.  As a first generation college student and scholarship recipient, Miriam graduated from Stanford University where she earned the AB, AM, and JD/MBA degrees.

Shauntel Poulson
General Partner, Reach Capital

Shauntel Poulson is a Co-Founder and General Partner at Reach Capital, a $53M leading education technology fund, where she invests in early stage technology startups focused on issues of access and opportunity in education. Prior to Reach, Shauntel was a Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund and invested in over 40 early stage K-12 edtech companies through the NewSchools Seed Fund. Shauntel was previously a Senior Engineer at Procter and Gamble for the global laundry business. She received her BS in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and her MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University

Coaches and Mentors

Nuria Santamaria-Wolfe
Tech & Media Entrepreneur | Start-up Advisor | Education Advocate

Nuria Santamaría Wolfe is the CEO of Canticos - the first brand under the Encantos Media, PBC family of brands. Canticos is a bilingual children's brand inspired by Latino nursery rhymes. Canticos creates books, apps, videos, and more with a focus on creative play to fosters child development. 

Prior to co-founding Encantos Media, Nuria led Twitter’s Multicultural efforts in the United States. Mrs. Wolfe helped connect world-class brands with multicultural consumers leveraging the Twitter platform and its advertising products. 

Nuria has worked at the intersection of digital media, marketing and technology for over a dozen years. Prior to Twitter, she held leadership positions at firms including MediaLink (acquired by Ascential), EQAL (acquired by EverydayHealth) and Consorte Media (acquired by AudienceScience). She began her career in technology consulting at Accenture. 

Mrs. Wolfe graduated from Stanford University with degrees in Economics and Spanish. 

Chris Ategeka
Serial Entrepreneur| Inventor| Keynote Speaker| WEF YGL| Forbes30under30| A fellow @(TED, Ashoka, Echoing Green, Cordes)

Chris is an award winning Serial-entrepreneur, Engineer and a UCOT Evangelist. He is the founder and Managing Director at LyfBase the world's first center for unintended consequences of Technology (UCOT). Chris coined and popularized the term "UCOT" (unintended consequences of technology) in the tech sector and the concept of "UCOT" evangelism. Before that, he founded Health Access Corps, a non-profit that works to establish sustainable health care systems on the African continent. Chris has been invited to speak at some of the world’s most prestigious platforms such as TED,Clinton Global Initiative and United Nations. He has won many international awards for his work, most recently 2016 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader; TEDFellow; Forbes Magazine 30Under30, Ashoka fellow and Echoing Green fellow. Chris' work has been featured in many major media publications both locally and Internationally such as BBC, Forbes, and NPR. Chris holds a Bachelor’s of Science, and Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Dixon
Kapor Capital Founding Portfolio Services Director | Forbes 30 Under 30 | TEDx Presenter

Mandela is a passionate go-getter, leader by example, and champion of big dreams backed by massive action. She is committed to doing work that fosters a social good, and is excited by the power of entrepreneurship, technology, and community-building to be a catalyst for personal transformation, societal development, and global improvement.

Experience: Founding Portfolio Services Director at Kapor Capital | Forbes Contributing Author | Global Director of Education Entrepreneurship Organization | Tech Startup Founder | Public Speaker | Blogger | Educator

Rodrigo Lopez
Product Designer and Co-Founder Arrivedo

Rodrigo has 11 years in user experience design for mobile and pc. Worked in various state-of-the-art platforms, mobile applications, mobile web, iphone, android applications and web 2.0 applications. Designed several branding and marketing award wining interaction and visual projects for fortune 500 companies.
He enjoys taking the responsibility to represent the user across the product challenges and opportunities. I specialize in the mobile ecosystem and how to best create experiences that bring gratifying emotions to users.

Specialties: Director of user experience, strategy, visual, interaction designer for mobile and web. Art director, Creative director, Design manager.

Silvia Li Sam
Social Media Specialist at XQ

Silvia is one of the few Peruvian Chinese immigrants working on the education problem in the United States. Because of her work with underserved youth in Los Angeles and experience with public schools in Peru, she has realized how similar both the American and Peruvian education systems are. She has spent the last year using her expertise in marketing to tackle the education problem in America.

Silvia is a social media expert, storyteller, and viral marketer who has created marketing campaigns that have reached millions of people organically. She is the social media specialist at XQ, a national nonprofit committed to rethink American high schools, create new learning opportunities for young people and open up the possibilities of the wider world.

Silvia joined XQ to combine powerful storytelling, social media, and design thinking to make education more accessible to every single person in this country. 

Prior to XQ, Silvia was a content marketer at Startup Grind, the largest independent startup publication in the world inspiring and connecting 1,000,000 entrepreneurs. She led and grew the largest Medium publication about technology from zero to now 250,000+ readers. The publication includes writers like a technologist, venture capitalist, and New York Times bestseller Steve Blank and Twitter’s co-founder Biz Stone.

Phillip Ventura
UI Engineer at Lending Club

Phillip is a software engineer working in fintech that is passionate about building software that creates more equitablefutures.

Marco Polanco
Mobile Consultant & Kauffman Fellow

Marcos Polanco has helped launch over 50 startups across Silicon Valley and Latin America as Director of the Founder Institute, and as CTO of Visor Labs has led over twenty software engineering engagements leading to dozen public-facing apps on the Apple App Store. In his prior role establishing the information technology business development unit for the Government of Puerto Rico, he facilitated the creation of 1,700 technology jobs by attracting $110M of corporate investment from Microsoft, Lockheed Martin and Honeywell Aerospace, among others. Earlier in his career, Marcos co-invented and patented a widely-cited machine learning algorithm, then founded an enterprise social search startup to commercialize the technology.

Luis Madrigal
Engineering Manager at Uber Freight

Established Mobility Technologist and Leader Diversity Co-Chairmen @ Uber L@tinos in Tech STEM Advocate2012-2013 PTA Elementary School President 2017-2018 PTA Middle School President Active PTA Leader

Josefina Aguayo
Integrated Marketing Strategy and Development

Creative marketing lead with 10 years experience building brands and expanding core businesses for retail stores and e-commerce. Proven success in delivering profitable integrated growth strategies across media channels, online merchandising and store expansions. Known for identifying white space, pitching and closing the deal.

Areas of leadership: 
Integrated Marketing: print, broadcast, email, SEO & SEM, affiliate, display, social media, blogger activations, outdoor, visual and special events
Creative: storyboards, asset production, editorial and script development
Financial: forecasting, budget and expense management
Sponsorship: RFP development, prospecting, client pitching and partnership management

Dontae Rayford
Sr. Director, Business Development at YI Technologies, Inc.

Currently interested in exploring partnerships emerging hardware tech and virtual reality.

Elizabeth Reynolds
Accenture Accenture Ventures - Senior Principal, Ecosystem Engagement and Global Expansion Lead

As a founding member of Accenture Open Innovation, established and implemented the strategy and methodology that has shaped how Accenture partners with startups.

Damien Peters
Founder, Wealth Noir

I am an experienced product manager, having worked in gaming, mobile, location, and digital advertising and over 5 years of experience.

I focus making products with great user experiences, driven by data and analytics. I place tremendous importance on team dynamics and making sure everyone works together to perform effectively. I love challenges and products that improve our daily lives.

Sandy Miller
Startup Sherpa

Sandra Miller is an expert in innovation and entrepreneurship education and played a founding role in the formation and growth of two world-renown entrepreneurship education programs: the Kauffman Foundation’s Labs for Enterprise Creation and the Stanford Biodesign Program. Recently, she was part of Accenture’s Open Innovation team, where she engaged technology-based startup companies, startup accelerators, venture capital firms and top tier research universities to generate transformative and disruptive ideas to identify new opportunities that benefit startups, corporate clients and Accenture. She was Managing Director of The Angels’ Forum, a leading angel investor group in Silicon Valley and the first Managing Director of the Singularity Labs startup accelerator, Sandra managed a portfolio of globally distributed startups developing technologies such as 3D printing in space, synthetic biology, artificial intelligence and robotics; supporting the portfolio to raise more than $100 million during her tenure.

Sandra has advised hundreds of early-stage, technology-based companies and is
an invited speaker on the topics of innovation, startup ecosystems, entrepreneurship, and the commercialization of university research. Recent invited speaking engagements include the Latin American Venture Capital Association (New York) and BusinessWeek’s Impact Competition (Taipei, Taiwan). She is an Advisor to healthcare startups in Silicon Valley: Arterys, Hancock Medical and Luma Therapeutics.

Don Loeb
VP Corporate Development and Strategy at Techstars

Over 15 years experience in digital media, focused on content syndication / social distribution and an array of publisher services. Have held a variety of senior Business Development and Product Management positions across a number of early-stage companies and larger internet entities. Currently heading up corporate development at Techstars, tasked with helping our over 600+ companies work with larger corporations. Also an advisor to Emtrain, Livefyre and SmartShoot and a mentor for, and Upwest Labs.

Specialties: Consumer internet, content syndication, social distribution, publisher services, etc.

Ulili Onovakpuri
Principal at Kapor Capital

Uriridiakoghene Onovakpuri returned to the Kapor Capital team in 2016. She is focused on sourcing investment opportunities, conducting diligence and supporting Kapor Capital’s portfolio companies particularly those in the digital health and medical technology industries.

Previously, Uriridiakoghene served as Director of Global Programs at Village Capital, a global accelerator program and venture capital firm which supports healthcare, education, agriculture, energy and FinTech businesses. At Village Capital she worked side by side with entrepreneurs from around the world helping them grow their ideas into marketable businesses.

Uriridiakoghene received her MBA with a concentration in Health Sector Management from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She is a native San Franciscan and a proud UC Berkeley Alum.

In her free time, you will likely find Uriridiakoghene watching Bollywood movies or playing with her niece Maya.

Sydney Liu
Co-Founder, Commaful

Sydney is the co-founder of Commaful, a storytelling site that reaches millions of people with fanfictionpoetry, and more!

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech Oakland 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 Oakland is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Lili
  • Josh
  • Roxanne
  • Jonathan
  • Ashleigh
  • Chris
  • Karen
  • John


Greg Monterrosa
Founder @ Hub101

Supporting and advancing entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic development. My passions lie in two distinct areas: tacos and startups. I am the Community Manager and one of the founders of Hub101, a startup center located in Westlake Village, California with a mission of encouraging businesses to “create, launch, grow.”

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