Startup Weekend LatinX Oakland

    Friday, October 19 - 21, 2018

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Startup Weekend LatinX Oakland

Friday, October 19 - 21, 2018

Friday, October 19 - 21, 2018
Event starts at 5:45 pm

Oakland, CA

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Techstars Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech

Techstars Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech brings exposure, awareness, and an experiential way to learn about tech to the community.

We aim to inspire potential entrepreneurs in the Latinx community to breathe life into their ideas and learn how to bridge the gap from ideation to prototype with customer validation.

We're gathering 100 Latinx entrepreneurs in the making and allies over 54 hours, in different cities to identify and design technology solutions to problems disproportionately facing the U.S. Latinx community.

Our main focus is on tech solutions, but we welcome all ideas that will help to create a future fueled by Latinx leadership and experiences.

About Techstars Startup Weekend
Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Techstars Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Refund Policy: No refunds will be granted within 7 days of the event if food and drink have already been ordered. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Terms of Participation Agreement: 
It is our job to provide you with an incredible networking and learning opportunity. Our intention is that you meet some amazing people that you might actually start a company with, build relationships with coaches, and learn from your peers. The event is intended to be a collaborative forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun. As such, by registering as a participant, you acknowledge that any ideas shared by you or anyone else over the course of the event are contributions to the overall experience and community. If you as a participant are worried about someone stealing your ideas, please reconsider your participation in the event itself or simply refrain from sharing specifics about your idea.

As a member of your startup community, you agree to be inclusive of any and all people and their ideas. You agree to act professionally, treat everyone with respect, and treat the event facilities with proper care. You agree that you are responsible for any accidents or damages that you cause. You also agree to not hold Techstars Startup Weekend, your local volunteer team, or any of the event supporters liable for any loss, damage, injury, or any other unforeseeable incident.

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Friday October 19th

5:45 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

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Pitch your startup idea to everyone

8:30 pm
Pitch Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.

9:30 pm
Wrap-Up and Go Home
All teams must leave the building by 9:30pm.

Saturday October 20th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:10 pm
Mentor Intros
Mentors introduce themselves to teams.

1:30 pm
Mentor Meetings
Teams meet with Mentors

6:30 pm

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

9:30 pm
Wrap-Up and Go Home
Finished for the day. All teams must leave the building by 9:30.

Sunday October 21st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Pitch Coaching
Teams receive mentoring on their pitches

3:00 pm
Submit Decks
Each team will submit their final deck to the tech team

3:30 pm

4:30 pm
Registration for Demo Night
Guests for Demo night will register at front desk.

5:00 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Alejandra Jimenez
Program Manager

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

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. 

Event Judges

Jomayra Herrera
Investment Analyst, Emerson Collective

Jomayra Herrera works on the venture investing team at Emerson Collective, a social change organization dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity for everyone. Jomayra specializes in the organization’s education technology, HR, and workforce investments. She spends most of her time identifying promising companies, driving the diligence process, and helping the team develop a point of view on particular parts of the market. Before joining Emerson Collective, she worked at an ed tech startup focused on transforming professional development opportunities for teachers. Jomayra was a 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 winner in education. She received her M.A. in Education Leadership and B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University.

Julio Rodriguez
CTO | Co-Founder

Julio is the technical co-founder of SimpleWater, Inc. an early-stage software startup that connects laboratories to commercial and residential customers. SimpleWater's first product is a smart water testing service called Tap Score (

Julio hails from Puerto Rico and has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Michigan. His interest in tech and involvement in the world of online commerce dates to the late 90s. Prior to becoming CTO of SimpleWater, Julio held leadership positions in IT, Product Design, and Software Engineering roles.

Sergio Marrero
Investor | Founder

Sergio is a serial entrepreneur, facilitator, researcher, coach, and project manager who graduated from the Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government with experience in strategy and innovation consulting, startups, research, manufacturing, venture capital, and design. He has a breath of background to lead the creation of both physical and digital innovation initiatives. 

Coaches and Mentors

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.

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

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.

Mary Jo
Manager at Google

Mary Jo leads growth, product management, creative strategy, and branding for Google's education + diversity initiatives.

Daisy Ozim
Director at Blockchain for Social Justice

Daisy Ozim is the founder of Resilient Wellness, a public health startup designed to reestablish cultural medicine access for marginalized communities. As a board member for the Bay Area Entrepeneurship Alliance, she works to ensure access to resources and support for emerging entrepreneurs. She is a Commissioner for the Alameda Public Health Commission and her work is centered around decolonizing philanthropy, technology and public policy. Daisy also runs the Blockchain for Social Justice collective. A platform designed to promote education and access of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency for marginalized communities.

Corey Harris
Growth Manager @ Dispatch Labs

Corey is the Growth Manager for Dispatch Labs and leads their growth marketing strategy. Dispatch Labs is a DLT platform for creating data-centric smart contracts for B2B enterprise businesses. 

Before joining Dispatch Labs, he cofounded, Blackchain, a distributed tech education platform, where he discusses tokenomics, distributed network history, blockchain infrastructural issues and consensus models' impact on distributed network platforms' adoption.
He is an avid blogger ( who writes about tokenomics and how to create effective token incentive models. He views distributed network technologies like Blockchain, DAG, and IPFS as the next wave of new economic theory.

Derene Allen
Co-Executive Director

Derene Allen is the Co-Executive Director of the Ignite Institute, a leadership and innovation lab at the Pacific School of Religion that operates at the intersection of ancient wisdom and disruptive innovation.  Previously, she was Principal at Santiago Solutions Group, responsible for identifying strategic growth opportunities for clients such as Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, AARP, UNICEF and Catholic Charities. 

Prior to Santiago Solutions Group, Derene launched the San Francisco worker owned cooperative for the nonprofit, Prospera, a social enterprise creating healthy, dignified jobs for low income Latinas.  She is also a successful international entrepreneur, comfortable in high growth, highly volatile environments, having co-founded a database marketing company in 4 countries in Latin America. 
She is an Instructor of Business Plan Presentation and Elevator Pitch at UC Berkeley Extension and an Adjunct Professor at USF in the Silicon Valley Immersion Program. She is on the Board of AnewAmerica, a microenterprise nonprofit providing entrepreneurship training. She is also on the Board of the Bay Area Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance, a membership organization that facilitates a participatory platform for innovation, entrepreneurship and community engagement.  

Amanda Arvizu
Associate Director of Human Resources at Good&Co Labs Inc.

Amanda Arvizu is the Associate Director of HR at Good&Co. Good&Co is on a mission to make job hunting and recruiting suck less with quiz apps that give insight into the right career fit. Steeped in hard science and based on decades of organizational psychology and psychometric research, it empowers employees to make more informed career decisions and leaders to recognize and shape their company culture. The brand has taken a bottom-up approach, helping employees, teams and managers play to their diverse strengths and learn how to build a stronger, more productive workplace.

Amanda is a true believer that people are a business' strongest asset. Aiming to take the stereotypes out of HR as cold, scary and boring. With experience in retail, tech and media industries, Amanda has been apart of growing teams with big brands such as Sears and Uniqlo. Building HR structures, redefining culture and bringing to life different programs like training and development. Amanda enjoys engaging with all employees and communicating with top leaders on business needs, functions and opportunities so that everyone is on the same page. 

Candida Haynes
thical Developer, Computer Scientist in the Wild

Candida has been building and presenting software at hackathons for emergency services, publishing, fashion, education, and public affairs since 2011. Most recently she led and contributed to teams whose emergency services and personal finance apps won prizes for creatively and successfully implementing APIs for AT&T's FirstNet, Microsoft's Cortana (an Amazon Echo competitor), and Capital One virtual cards. 

Currently she is supporting entrepreneurs and new developers in the East Bay's emerging technology scene. She has mentored data analysis and visualization students at UC Berkeley's Extension Program, helped artificial intelligence and machine learning enthusiasts with their technical pursuits at, and fostered the professional development of new technologists from Oakland Rising, Las Mujeras Unidas, and Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice. Her current obsessions are the decentralized web - especially blockchain research, architectures for safe data storage, data exploration for socially impactful projects - and cybersecurity research. 

Her past independent projects include My Little Data in a Big Data World, which she presented in front of data scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs at PyData NYC in 2015, PyData SF, and PyBay in 2016. The technologies highlighted in these presentations remain on the cutting edge of sustainable data science and software stacks in Web 3.0. 

Isamarie Perez
Head of Business Development and Operations at Meadow

Isamarie Perez is Head of Business Development and Operations at Meadow 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend LatinX 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.
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Carolina Huaranca
Principal, Kapor Capital

Alejandra Jimenez
Program Manager

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

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