Techstars Startup Weekend Oakland

    Friday, August 24 - 26, 2018

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Oakland

Friday, August 24 - 26, 2018

Friday, August 24 - 26, 2018
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Laney College
900 Fallon St
Oakland, CA 94607

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Techstars Startup Weekend and Grow with Google have joined forces to offer this special event FREE of charge to the first people who register.

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Techstars Startup Weekend is the best place to learn how to build a startup in a weekend and connect with your community; a melting pot of the area’s most creative thinkers, builders and implementers.  It’s a 3-day long sprint to launch new products and services that solve real-world problems.

Grow with Google is an initiative that draws on Google’s 20-year history of building products, platforms, and services that help people and businesses grow. Through Grow with Google, Google aims to help everyone across America – those who make up the workforce of today and the students who will drive the workforce of tomorrow – access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, and businesses.

Techstars Startup Weekend Oakland and Google have joined forces to bring this special event to life.

We are excited to bring this experience to Peralta Colleges community in the East Bay for the first time! 

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Friday August 24th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

7:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:00 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 as long as facility allows.

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
End of Day

Saturday August 25th

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

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
End of Day
Finished for the day.

Sunday August 26th

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
Startup weekend participants will present final pitches at the Laney College Odell Johnson Theater.

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Kirby Harris
Managing Partner at Base Ventures

Kirby Harris is a Partner at Base Ventures.

Kirby is a seasoned investment professional with more than 10 years Private Equity, business advisory, and investment experience. He was responsible for managing the due diligence processes and participated in the structure and execution of targeted investments at Impact Capital Management a boutique investment firm.

Kirby has provided business strategy advice for private businesses in the retail, food, and clean energy sectors.

Kirby graduated with a MBA in Finance from California State University Hayward and received a B.A. in Business from Morehouse College.

Mr. Harris is a Bay Area native, he serves on the Board of Directors for two local non-profit organizations, and enjoys coaching youth sports.

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.

Greg Hammons
Founder & CEO at Forever Phase | Google

Gregory Hammons, is a graduate of The Ohio State University where he earned his BSBA with a specialization in Logistics Management and a minor in Spanish. He currently worsk as a Project Analyst for Google on the Finance Team. 

His passion is embedded in the work he does to contribute value on the job and also in the effort he puts towards giving back to his community. His determination to fulfill his academic pursuits enabled him to remain on the Dean’s List consecutively for the entirety of his college career. To further his community outreach, Greg founded Forever Phase, LLC which is an inspirational entertainment company through which he delivers motivational speeches. The goal of Forever Phase, LLC is to encourage youth to pursue a higher education and a higher purpose for their lives. 

Dr. Tammeil Gilkerson
President, Laney College

Dr. Tammeil Gilkerson is currently the president of Laney College in Oakland, California.  Prior to her current role, she served as vice president of academic and student affairs at Contra Costa College and as the first diversity, inclusion and innovation officer for the Contra Costa Community College District.   Tammeil has also served as the vice president of academic affairs at San José City College and dean of counseling and matriculation at Evergreen Valley College.  Tammeil began her community college career as a faculty member in psychology-counseling at Chabot College, serving as the coordinator for the TRIO Student Support Services program.  In addition to her work in community colleges, she served as the Academy and Education Policy Director at The Greenlining Institute and in positions at UC Berkeley in the Office of Student Life and the Early Academic Outreach Program.  Dr. Gilkerson holds a bachelor's degree in history, a master's degree in counseling with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy and pupil personnel services, and a doctorate in educational leadership.   

Regina Escamilla
Associate, Kapor Capital

Regina Escamilla focuses on evaluating new investments, assisting on due diligence, and collaborating with diverse entrepreneurs to build innovative solutions for systemic social challenges. Regina joined Kapor Capital in 2018 after completing the firm’s Summer Associate Program in 2017.Previously, Regina discovered and advised content creators at YouTube, helping them improve their presence on the platform and build robust businesses. Prior to accelerating YouTube’s growth in Latin America, Regina developed business strategy for emerging Google products.Regina graduated from Harvard College with an AB in History of Art & Architecture. She holds an MBA from The Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. A native Texan, Regina enjoys hiking national parks, cooking Mexican food, and exploring architectural landmarks.

Coaches and Mentors

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

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

Deldep Medina
Director Research & Strategy, Black & Brown Founders

A serial entrepreneur with 10 plus years experience in Diversity and Inclusion, Design Thinking, Product Market Fit, Lean Startup, scaling and investment strategy. She brings her cross-cultural expertise to help her clients take the next steps forward in meeting the demographic shift. She does this by identifying, pitching, structuring, negotiating and creating close strategic relationships with partners. She's currently Director of Research & Strategy at Black and Brown Founders.

Prior to Black & Brown Founders, Deldelp was  Director of the Residency at Code2040. Working with eight coworking spaces across the U.S. on diversity and inclusion programs while supporting an Enterprise in Resident at each of the coworking spaces. 
Her work and expertise have been recognized by TechCrunch, NPR, International Business Times, USA Today, Al Jazeera America, Latino Post and Forbes Online.

Eartha Petersen Farngalo
Global Lead competitive readiness strategy at Google

Eartha leads Google’s global competitive readiness strategy, enabling Sales to confidently compete - and is the founder of The Career Fairy, a coaching firm for millennials. She is passionate about helping people and startups live their best lives. Her professional experiences include success in Sales, Sales Operations, Corporate Communication, and Training & Development. Eartha holds a B.A. in Speech Communication and hails from the U.S. Virgin Islands. Outside of work you’ll find her on a yoga mat, with a good book, volunteering or globetrotting! She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Zuri.

Sal Bednarz
CEO & Co-Founder at Elevator Works

Sal co-founded Elevator Works, a coworking and fabrication company in industrial West Oakland. Conduct market research, develop partnerships, recruit team and membership, raise capital, manage finances.

Eugene Baah
CEO & CoFounder of Rezoltz

Eugene is the CEO of Resoltz Education, which empowers students and instructors to complete physical education requirements online. Eugene is a former professional athlete turned full-stack software developer. He launched fitness titles at Microsoft's Xbox (Nike Kinect) as well as next generation hardware such as Microsoft's HoloLens. Previously, Eugene member of a startup group within IDEO focused on organizational design. Graduated from Princeton and Stanford GSB.

Lili Gangas
Chief Technology Community Officer at Kapor Center for Social Impact

Lili Gangas is the Chief Technology Community Officer. In this role, Lili helps catalyze Oakland’s emergence as a social impact hub of tech done right – where tech, diverse talent, and action driven partnerships can tackle pressing social and economic inequities of our communities head-on. Before coming to the Kapor Center, Lili was an Associate Principal at Accenture Technology Lab’s Open Innovation team, building bridges between startups and Global 2000 commercial clients through cross sector collaboration. She was also a founding member of the team at Booz Allen specializing in crowdsourcing, prize challenges, and open data solutions for the public sector. Before that, Lili could be found in the lab working on firmware solutions for the aerospace industry as a Senior Multi-Disciplined Software Engineer at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. Lili holds an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and Systems Engineering Certification from UCLA Extension. In addition to her day jobs, Lili was an active TechStars Startup Weekend DC organizer, a judge of the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s Startup in a Day Challenge, an open data innovation panelist at the White House Council of Women and Girls session, and advisor to and Outside of work, Lili enjoys getting to know cities via distance races – she’ a 5-time half marathoner and last year completed her first full marathon.

Chris McLemore

Chris McLemore is Tech Entrepreneurship Fellow at the Kapor Center. He is responsible for providing thought leadership on scaling startup communities and activating the Oakland Startup Network to promote a diverse and inclusive tech ecosystem for entrepreneurs.
Chris was an Analyst at Nestlé and Product Manager at Gap. Chris is also a founder and is working on a startup of his own by the name of Netwirth; that focuses on bridging the gap between white-collar and Urban America through unequivocal product experiences catered towards social change. In its early stages, Netwirth garnered interest from investors and gaming companies like Zynga but instead decided to continue developing the brand independently.

Wayne Ng
Acquisitions Marketing at Google

Wayne is a Global Performance Marketing Lead (Google AdMob and AdSense). 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend 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

  • Chris
  • Lili
  • Kim
  • Jomari
  • Pamela
  • Gabriel
  • Greg
  • Ishmael


Tyrone Howard
MIH man

A 15 year active duty US Navy veteran that worked for Naval Intelligence as a Chinese Linguist and Training Mgr. After getting out he went back to college, but not for long as while there he came up with, tested and developed an algorithm that matches cool people with other cool people. Then after a two years of testing started Get Social - The new old-fashioned way to meet people, as the Founder and CEO. Tyrone is a steering committee member of TechSparks: a social forum for Entrepreneurs, in Pasadena. A co-organizer or the Innovate Pasadena Friday Morning Coffee meetup. A Startup Weekend (SW) Facilitator and lead organizer of multiple events including the first ever SW geared toward underserved students. Most recently Tyrone partnered with the Pasadena NAACP and Innovate Pasadena to help empower and teach underserved kids in the area about the opportunities available in the vibrant Pasadena tech and startup world.

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